Ichose to write about “The Office” show. This show is about the everyday livesof the employees working at a corporate paper company in Scranton Pennsylvaniacalled Dander Mifflin. This is a comedy show that makes fun of corporateAmerican culture. There are many scenes in this show that the employees use andsay 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 theregional manager at that branch in Pennsylvania thinks he has all the powersand 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 andtreats them as if they are a kid or less. He is very sexist and thinks he cando and say whatever he wants since he is the boss. I believe that there aremany men like Michael Scott who work at a big corporate company as a manager. Thereis a specific episode that caught my attention the most. This episode is aboutdiversity and work place. Michael is in charge of gathering all the employeesand to teach them about diversity.
He comes up with a game to make it easierfor his employees and for them to understand the concept better. He gaveeveryone a card with a race written on it. Then he instructed them to put thosecards on their forehead without knowing what race they got. Then they wereallowed to talk to each other and guess what race they have.
Dwight who is thetop 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 himhints to guess the race he has. She started off by making a nice comment that wasnon stereotype. She said “I like your food”. Michael on the other hand who wasobserving Pamela and Dwight’s conversation, jumped in and told Pamela that sheneeds to be more aggressive and push it to the limit. Then Pamela said “you’rea bad driver” to Dwight.
Then he said “I am a women”. To me this was a perfectexample of a bad stereotype against Asiansand women. Ichose this show because of a lot of reason. One reason is that this show isvery sexist and bias by using bad stereotyping and discrimination against women. One bias example is that the boss MichaelScott is a male and most of the managers at corporate are males as well.
There isonly one women name “Jan” as an assistant manager who got fired and wasreplaced by a man. In the Scranton branch there are about 5-6 females that workin different departments such as accounting, sales, customer service andreceptionist. This shows that as the ranks go up higher (corporate level) thenumber of female reduce. This is a reality and the world of many femalesworking at a corporate company. This also creates the vision of how women don’tbelong in working outside of home and that they should be housewives and takecare of their husband and children. This brings us to our society and gender roles. In our culture women are generallyexpected to stay at home, be nurturing, feminine and polite. And men to beaggressive, bold and masculine.
Stereotypes about gender could cause inequalitybetween men and women and for each to get different treatment from society. Ithink The Office show displays many examples of how our society divides men andwomen and their capabilities and place in our culture. Sadly most of the scenesare negative and brings women down. But then again that is the sad reality ofmany women in our country and around the world.