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Media Bites – Hollywood and trivialized violence

August 17, 2010

In this week’s Media Bites we take a look at some of the content in the recently released DVD of the film Kick Ass. The film uses some stereotypical racial themes with a White “superhero” killing the “bad” black characters.

However, the stronger theme that this clip deals with is violence that is perpetrated by a pre-adolescent girl “superhero,” who seems to take pleasure in her acts of violence. While these acts of violence are taking place the theme song from a 1968-70 Saturday morning cartoon – The Banana Splits – is playing, which further trivializes the violence.

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