Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Short, insightful convo about key issues to inspire change.

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Positive Messages

Topics range from Black Lives Matter to professional female athletes receiving equal pay. The 2020 elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, are also addressed. This is all within context of making positive changes in the United States. Despite effort to remain objective, many of these issues are discussed from a liberal point of view.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Megan Rapinoe, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Hasan Minhaj are all activists who use their individual public platforms to speak out against racism, classism, bigotry, and other issues. 

Violence

Discussions include references to the deaths of Black people in America at the hands of law enforcement and the death of people in poor districts due to COVID-19. 

Sex

The importance of understanding gender discrimination and the discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is briefly discussed. 

Language

Occasional curses like "bulls--t." Words like "bitch" are audible in archival footage of one of then-candidate Donald Trump’s rallies.

Consumerism

Megan Rapinoe wears Nike sneakers, and the logo is prominently visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe is a 30-minute talk show-styled dialogue between soccer player Megan Rapinoe and three well-known activists about the national conversations taking place in the United States. These include issues relating to race, class, gender, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2020 elections. There are references made to violent events, some cursing, and other themes that some will consider too mature for younger viewers. Despite some effort to remain objective, some of the issues are discussed from a politically liberal perspective. 

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What's the story?

SEEING AMERICA WITH MEGAN RAPINOE is a chat series that explores the national conversations about culture in U.S. society, and how to continue shaping them to encourage positive change. Soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe heads up a conversation with Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and comedian Hasan Minhaj about the way subjects like race and ethnicity, Black Lives Matter, gender, LGBTQ+ issues, class, and others intersect. They also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has shed a brighter light on some of these issues. Media footage of key events in American history, sports, and politics are shown throughout. 

Is it any good?

This interesting program offers some insight on some of the major issues the United States is currently grappling with, including those relating to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Megan Rapinoe and her guests offer their points of view about things ranging from the 2020 electoral candidates to the importance of continuing the effort to make fundamental, systematic changes that can help end racism and other forms of bigotry in America. Rapinoe offers her point of view as both an athlete and as a gay woman, and encourages each participant to freely share their perspectives and to ask each other questions. But the 30-minute time slot doesn't allow for a lot of in-depth discussion and leaves you feeling as if there should be more to the conversation. Nonetheless, Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe offers some interesting food for thought.

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  • Families can talk about some of the topics discussed in Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe. How is this dialogue designed to help people "see" the United States? Is it an objective conversation?

  • Media often presents dialogue that combines political information with cultural insights. What kinds of things should we think about as we consume and discuss this information? Check out some of Common Sense Media's resources to help navigate the information distributed through the media about important issues. 

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