American Entertainment | Nylon, Ribbon, Brick | 2017


It seems to me that most Hollywood movies and television shows assume a straight-white-male universe. The hero is usually a white male, and all of the other characters are positioned in subservient roles around them to augment the story. The woman is the object of desire, the foreigner the enemy, and the people of color comic relief or typecast. Even the stories that follow "non-traditional" protagonists usually frame these characters in a way that only accentuates what makes them different from the straight-white-male center; and thus, characterizing their relationship to the world as someone that is abnormal because they live outside of the American ideal. American Entertainment is big looming nylon balloons that, if you look it long enough, spells out "white" and only reflects your distorted image.