College of Education and Human Development
"Doc McStuffins" and the Power of TV Role Models
June 20, 2012
Kevin Clark affirmed the power of TV role models in an AP news story about a new children's animated series on Disney starring a spunky African American girl who wants to be a doctor.
Clark is a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.
The AP article, which has been picked up many major media outlets this week, is headlined "Black Doctors See Hope in TV's 'Doc McStuffins,'" and is by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer. An excerpt from the article is below.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pig-tailed girl whose favorite accessory is a pink stethoscope has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire.
Doc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children, dreams of becoming an M.D. and, for now, runs a cheerful home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls.
"I haven't lost a toy yet!" Doc exclaims as she hugs a blue dinosaur in need of attention.
The power of TV role models, even animated ones, is undeniable, said Kevin Clark, founder and director of George Mason University's Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.
"Because children of color (African American and Latino) spend the most time viewing television, it is important to have programming that represents them, their surroundings, as well as their dreams and aspirations," Clark said in an email.
For additional information:
- Media contact: Catherine Probst Ferraro, email@example.com
- College of Education & Human Development: cehd.gmu.edu
- Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity: cdmid.gmu.edu
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