Brown Brothers; How Negative Stereotypes Affect Polynesian And Maori In New Zealand 'My demographic is: high school cleaning ladies, fast food burger-making, factory boxpacking, rubbish truck drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, sober drivers and living off the pension joy riders — I am a dropout.' These are all ideas raised and challenged by Joshua Iosefo's 2011 viral speech, 'Brown Brother'. 'Brown Brother' is one of three texts that will be examined, compared and contrasted in this essay. The second text, 'Manurewa', is a short film based on the South Auckland murder of Navtej Singh, a liquor shop owner. The third text is 'Fish Heads', a short story written by Aparina Taylor, that focuses on a group of Maori boys who live in the city.
The media is a huge culprit for the negative stereotyping that has been brought upon pacifica people. Brown people are more than what they are portrayed to be through media. Films such as 'Manurewa' reinforce many of the negative stereotypes that have been brought upon Pacific people. The stereotype of 'brown' people is a negative one, one of unemployment, one of crime, one of violence. In 'Manurewa' each one of these stereotypes were portrayed. The men in the short film were all unemployed, all committed crime and all showed violence.
“Bro Town, Sione’s Wedding, and do I have to mention the GC? Now I don't mean to condescend - I mean these shows are great, don't get me wrong - but can anyone explain: will there ever be a time when our representation goes deeper than putting our own people to shame?” Joshua Iosefo, in his 'Brown Brother' speech, spoke about this issue – how the media represents 'brown' people in a negative light. He highlights how these types of shows create and enforce the stereotypes that 'brown' people now have to live by. While these shows are meant to entertain, this negative reinforcement only show the bad side of Polynesian and Maori people.
One of the major themes of the film 'Manurewa' is about people...
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