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Global Television Formats by Sharon Shahaf, Tasha Oren

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GLOBAL FRANCHISING,GENDER, AND GENRE

The Case of Domestic Reality Television

Sharon Sharp

In the Chappelle's Show parody of the domestic reality television Wife Swap format, comedian Dave Chappelle sends up the reality format's emphasis on housekeeping and social difference. Playing both the black and white husbands as the fictionalized show “goes interracial” for the first time, Chappelle comically points to some typical elements of the format: racial, gender, and class conflict played out around the domestic routines of housekeeping. In observational documentary mode, Chappelle's working-class black husband Leonard orders his new wife around and refuses to do any housework. Chappelle's middle-class white husband Todd makes unappreciated ...

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