While watching the oh so popular TV series “the office”The Office specifically the episode “Ddiversity Dday,”, I came to realize how big of a deal racism is. I believe that racism is an absolutely pointless objective, which many people live by. As the famous Michael Scott, who tries to solve problems, but eventually ends up making them ten times worse as they were to begin with, undergoes a Chris rock routine and has an African American male coincidently named Mr. Black come and try to teach about diversity. This doesn’t work out of course, because Michael thinks he knows more about it thaen Mr. Black, so Michael decides to take it upon himself.
To try and show everyone about diversity, he does this activity where he gets a bunch of blank index cards and writes different races and ethnicities on each one. These include; Asian, Bblack, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, and of course for himself, Martin Luther King, juniorJr. Although this exercise was to “better” everyone getting along and to teach them about diversity, it turns out to make it much worse as tempers begin to burst. As you watch this episode, you can see the point in which Michael Scott is trying to get across, racism.By doing this exercise, where each of the employees picks a name tag and sticks it to their tag, it created a lot of controversy. For instance, when Dwight was trying to figure out which race he could possibly be, he went up to Pam and had her start telling him facts, in which she didn’t believe. She started off by saying with facts based on totally untrue things; you might possibly be a bad driver. Now Dwight immediate came to the conclusion and yelled out, “I’m a woman! ” Now, this portrays those facts he probably has heard about led him into the conclusion that should make him a woman.
However, his tag was not a woman;, it was Asian.Yet again, this is a point the finger type of an analogy. Another key point in analyzing this film is the purpose of “Ddiversity Dday. ”. Michael Scott wanted to show everyone how to interact and commingle; however, it created yet another problem with the employees. It seemed as if it was impossible for them to just act normal to the person of another race or ethnicity they were trying to guess.
When they would go up and try to describe the tag, but not give it away, they sounded as if they were just using stereotypical gestures. For example, when Dwight went up to Pam, who had a tag which read Jewish, he started off by saying Shalom.Not hello or how are you or anything as simple as that. He proceeded to say, “can I get a loan. ” I didn’t catch onto this one at first, but then I put a little thought into it and realized what he was inferring.
Jewish people are supposedly very stingy, which is why they are so rich, so by saying “can I get a loan,”, he was inferring that because she was Jewish, she must be rich. The same theory applies for the girl who had the tag which Jamaican written on it, the people who were going up to her thought it was necessary to talk like a Jamaican and use words such as hey moon, and other stereotypical gestures.The final item in which I analyzed was the targeted group in which this show was aimed at. There wasn’t a specific group, but many in which were the target. I realized that there wasn’t even a tag for a white person. This shows that Michael may be racist against other races, excluding himself.
I also found it rather funny, but ironic at the same time that he saved the tag Martin Luther King, Jr. for himself. This cCleary shows that he portrays himself as an inspirational person, as well as someone who everyone in that office should look up to, however, that is most defiantly not how everyone feels about him.My In conclusion is this, this is a great episode to watch and analyze all the”Diversity Day” presents different events which that go on throughout the show unknowingly. By unknowingly I mean that everyone is just so stereotypical that they feel they need put those common beliefs to test because this is something in which everyone believes, and this is how you should treat another person. I really enjoyed watching this episode, and didn’tSome viewers do not realize how many stereotypical images there really are out in the world today, and how many people really fall into the category of actually portraying them.