I Love Lucy, Seinfeld.
1. Who is empowered and dis-empowered in I Love Lucy and Seinfeld?
In “I Love Lucy” Job Switch Lucy and Ethel are empowered with their jobs, while Ricky and Fred are dis-empowered having to stay at home. In “Seinfeld” The Outing the news reporter is empowered with her story, while Jerry and George are dis-empowered trying to explain their sexuality.
2. Looking at the two shows as texts, what are the signs that create meanings to unify (or not) people in their everyday lives.
The way Lucy treated Ricky in the morning was a great reverse representation of how women were treated, men being the typical and symbolic bread winner for the family. Jerry and George’s bromance is easily misinterpreted when they quarrel over issues that are mistaken as a gay couple quarreling.
3. Looking at the shows as an artifact, what group identifications are prevalent?
The main group in “I Love Lucy” was gender roles; males’ vs. females’ roles in society/culture. Homosexuals vs. heterosexuals in “Seinfeld”.
4. How do these shows reflect our reality/culture?
Our culture was reflected in “I Love Lucy” for the given time period. Then men were expected to work and the women kept the house in order. “Seinfeld” portrays a modern man, Jerry defending his sexuality. When George claims he will have sex with her to prove it, that exaggeration keenly depicts a man vowing his manliness. They repeat the phrase, “Not that there is anything wrong with that”,” that” being gay every time they claim they are not “that”. This is slightly hypocritical today, and redundant because there is nothing wrong with “that”.
5. Since these shows aired, how have perceptions changed about the topics in these shows? Explain.
For example, there was a time when my dad was the family’s cook and took care of my sister while my step-mom worked full-time. There is no specific gender roles people have to follow now. People don’t focus on people’s sexuality as much, but I think some of “Seinfeld” still resonates
today. I think it would perfectly acceptable if someone overheard a homosexual girl say to a heterosexual guy: “I love Lucy, Seinfeld!”