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I
chose to write about “The Office” show. This show is about the everyday lives
of the employees working at a corporate paper company in Scranton Pennsylvania
called Dander Mifflin. This is a comedy show that makes fun of corporate
American culture. There are many scenes in this show that the employees use and
say very rude and offensive comments. They make fun of each other’s race,
ethnic background, sex and religion in a negative way. Michael Scott who is the
regional manager at that branch in Pennsylvania thinks he has all the powers
and is the best boss in the world, but in reality he is completely the opposite.
Michael thinks he is above all of his employees because of his socioeconomic status. He mocks his employees,
makes fun of them and constantly is a bully. He is very rude to women and
treats them as if they are a kid or less. He is very sexist and thinks he can
do and say whatever he wants since he is the boss. I believe that there are
many men like Michael Scott who work at a big corporate company as a manager.

There
is a specific episode that caught my attention the most. This episode is about
diversity and work place. Michael is in charge of gathering all the employees
and to teach them about diversity. He comes up with a game to make it easier
for his employees and for them to understand the concept better. He gave
everyone a card with a race written on it. Then he instructed them to put those
cards on their forehead without knowing what race they got. Then they were
allowed to talk to each other and guess what race they have. Dwight who is the
top sales person working at this branch has a card that says “Asian” on it.
Pamela who is the receptionist is talking to him and she is trying to give him
hints to guess the race he has. She started off by making a nice comment that was
non stereotype. She said “I like your food”. Michael on the other hand who was
observing Pamela and Dwight’s conversation, jumped in and told Pamela that she
needs to be more aggressive and push it to the limit. Then Pamela said “you’re
a bad driver” to Dwight. Then he said “I am a women”. To me this was a perfect
example of a bad stereotype against Asians
and women.  

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I
chose this show because of a lot of reason. One reason is that this show is
very sexist and bias by using bad stereotyping and discrimination against women. One bias example is that the boss Michael
Scott is a male and most of the managers at corporate are males as well. There is
only one women name “Jan” as an assistant manager who got fired and was
replaced by a man. In the Scranton branch there are about 5-6 females that work
in different departments such as accounting, sales, customer service and
receptionist. This shows that as the ranks go up higher (corporate level) the
number of female reduce. This is a reality and the world of many females
working at a corporate company. This also creates the vision of how women don’t
belong in working outside of home and that they should be housewives and take
care of their husband and children. This brings us to our society and gender roles. In our culture women are generally
expected to stay at home, be nurturing, feminine and polite. And men to be
aggressive, bold and masculine. Stereotypes about gender could cause inequality
between men and women and for each to get different treatment from society. I
think The Office show displays many examples of how our society divides men and
women and their capabilities and place in our culture. Sadly most of the scenes
are negative and brings women down. But then again that is the sad reality of
many women in our country and around the world.

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