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Media Reaction Paper
SOC 315

I choose a movie for my Media reaction paper, the title of this movie is Invictus starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. The movie is based on a true story about when Nelson Mandela became president and how he tried to make South Africa, what he called, “a Rainbow Nation.” Throughout this movie I thought it did a superb job of portraying not only diversity in the media, but also the diversity that Nelson Mandela tried very hard to achieve.

Though this movie was not directly about diversity in America, I think that it had much in common with diversity represented in the American Landscape. The film is centers on a newly elected Nelson Mandela fresh out of prison and how he joined forces with the captain François Pienaar of South Africa’s Rugby team, (also referred to as the Springbok’s) to help unite their country in the wake of apartheid. (IMDB). Mandela believes that though his country is racially and economically divided, he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, so with that he rallies the South African Rugby team in hopes that they make it to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship. (IMDB). In America it seems people are also brought together through the universal language of sport. Rather than in Rugby our language of sports is brought through Football, Soccer, and Baseball. In the scenes of the Rugby matches you see many black and whites cheering for the South African Rugby team, many of them waving the South African flag, and adorned with the teams colors, or painted faces and chests with teams name, just as our American culture. The feeling one arrives at when watching this part in the movie is that there is no apartheid; just a culturally diverse united South Africa. Like the American president, Mandela has an office staff who consists, of African Americans, Englishmen, and a few members who are of Pakistani decent. Much of the way that Mandela treats people and...