‘The Big Bang Theory’: Was The Series Too Stereotypical?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki, left) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco)

For 12 seasons, The
Big Bang Theory
was one of the closely watched TV reveals every year.
The sequence, which collected awards and accolades alongside the way in which,  discovered a ton of followers throughout its authentic run,
and nonetheless maintains a powerful fan base, even now that it’s
gone off the air
. That doesn’t imply everybody beloved the present. Opponents of
the sequence typically argue that the sequence was far too stereotypical to be
pleasant. Was it, although?

Penny’s character is the stereotypical “clueless girl”

Penny, who was never
given a last name
in the course of the present’s 12-season run, was the bubbly blond who
lived subsequent door to Leonard
Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper
when the sequence started. She later befriended
the group and ultimately married Leonard. Through all of it, although, her character
was fairly stereotypical.

Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki, left) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco)
Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) | Robert Voets/CBS through Getty Images

Penny was portrayed as bubbly, lovely, however a bit dim. That,
in and of itself, was stereotypical. It recommended {that a} lady couldn’t be each
lovely and clever. Penny was additionally portrayed as a struggling actress who
used her attractiveness to curry favor from her good, however socially inept next-door
neighbors. Critics argue that Penny’s whole early relationship with the blokes
was, in and of itself, a stereotype.

Critics argue that writers poked enjoyable at each Indian and Jewish
tradition

The writers of The Big Bang Theory have taken criticism,
over time, for his or her portrayal of each Jewish and Indian tradition. Raj
Koothrappali
has been deemed offensive by a number of members of the Indian
neighborhood. Several activists have famous that the writers relied on principally
adverse stereotypes to painting Raj, and used his Indian background for simple and
typically offensive jokes.

The similar was executed with Howard Wolowitz’s character. The portrayal
of Howard
as a man-child who was nonetheless being nagged by his overbearing Jewish mom nicely
into maturity was one other overused stereotype, argue critics of the sequence.

The sequence took intention at geek tradition

The
Verge
argues that The Big Bang Theory normalized geek tradition, however
opponents of the present declare the sequence relied on outdated stereotypes concerning the
individuals who determine with geek tradition. One important level that critics relaxation on is
the truth that the present primarily recommended that solely males had been keen on comedian
books, video video games, and motion figures.

While pursuits which were assigned to geek tradition had been
as soon as male-dominated, that’s not the case. Video video games, for instance, was
as soon as a male-dominated leisure sector, however ladies over the age of 18 now
make up 36% of avid gamers, based on The
Washington Post
. The Big Bang Theory refused to acknowledge that
truth.

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