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Welfare Disparities in America

Watch the following four movie clips (a total of about 20 minutes) about welfare disparities in America and answer the following questions. (250 words)

1. What images and perceptions about “welfare mentality” are highlighted in these four different movie genres? 

2. How does Hollywood overall reflect public assistance recipients? Give examples.

3. In your opinion, what changes in media would have to happen that could positively alter public opinion about welfare consumers?

Watch the following video clips on welfare disparities: Clips are on course home page

· Cheech and Chong at the welfare office

· Cinderella Man

· Claudine (1974) – Mr. Welfare Man

· Precious (2009): “Take Yo Ass down to the Welfare”

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