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Horrible White People: Gender, Genre, and Television's Precarious Whiteness

Taylor Nygaard and Jorie Lagerwey


At the same time that reactionary conservative political figures like Donald Trump were elected and disastrous socioeconomic policies like Brexit were voted into law, representations of bleakly comic white fragility spread across television screens. Analyzing a cycle of transatlantic television programs that emerged mostly between 2014 and 2016 targeting affluent, liberal, white audiences, Horrible White People examines the complicity of the white Left, obsessed with its own anxiety and suffering, in the rise and maintenance of the Far Right—particularly in the mobilization, representation, an ... More

Keywords: race, whiteness, sitcom, television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479885459
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479885459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Taylor Nygaard, author
Arizona State University

Jorie Lagerwey, author
University College Dublin