This morning, Hardy was going on about stereotypes, and how they tend to create a popular perception, which sort of tend to colour our opinions. He was talking about a joke from Facebook. Laurel, being a movies person, chimed in. Some of the examples he gave seemed rather interesting.
To begin with, why are bad guys English? They are seen, more and more, speaking with an English accent. Whether it be Alfred Molina playing Doc Oc in Spider-Man or Benedict Cumberbatch playing the bad guy in Star Trek, or the Sir Miles Axelrod in Cars 2, where the bad guys were British or German.
Another interesting observation … The bad guy in the recent Star Trek release was named Khan Noonien Singh. Really? An unbelievably evil genius named Khan Singh?
Nothing against these characters, except that they tend to either create or reinforce stereotypes, which are a hindrance in creating greater understanding between communities, which is the need of the hour.