Sexism, Racism, and Homophobia

Jennifer Margaret Smith calls Magic Mike out on being sexist, homophobic, and racist. Homophobic because of the character of the one bisexual character (Joanna), racist because the only mexican in the movie is a drug dealer, and sexist because Brooke is basically helpless. My question is, why is this immediately classified as an attack on race, sexuality, and gender? Does it go unnoticed that the movie is about a crappy life of a 30 yr old white male stripper? What changes could we make to this movie that would take away the social issues that Smith points out?

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  1. I think one thing that supports her claim is the fact that when Brooke sees her brother lying OD’d on the floor, she helplessly cries to herself despite being a trained physician. It is contradictions like these, i think, where the movie still aligns itself with some of the key issues of sexism and the woman as helpless waiting to be saved by the hero.

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