For some, the sunrise means the start of a new day and time to brew a fresh cup of coffee, get ready and head to work.

For others living in the bustling city of Dubai, the rise of the sun means it’s time to squeeze in the day’s workout before being pinned at the work desk for the next 9 hours.

As the sun rises up in the sky, residents in the city engage in various available workout options ranging from jogging around the palm, making their way to their community gym, joining a workout class or attending an outdoor cross fit class.

Moreover, in the latest splash-worthy workout craze that has made it’s way to Dubai, residents are oddly turning to inflatable water matts for their source of exercise.

Getting dressed to go to the gym, exercise enthusiasts get into a pool and swim to their aqua yoga matts and climb on top for an intensive 30-minute barefoot workout.

According to UK-based website, The Daily Mail, the high intensity workout, that consists of short exercise bursts, is scientifically proven to shed hundreds of calories in a minimal amount of time.

For those with a tight schedule, this newly active workout, otherwise known as Aquaphysical, is designed to give you an effective workout in as little as 30-minutes on a floating and inflatable yoga matt board.

Risking the chance of being plunged in cold water, trainees perform sets of squats, burpees and push-ups alternated by yoga stretches all the while keeping their balance in-check.

American fitness pioneer Leila Francis Coleman, who at the age of 27 left her job as a business analyst to become a fitness trainer had originated the unordinary workout.

Getting inspired after spending most of her life sailing in the ocean, Leila would experience body aches in her efforts to stay afloat,

“My muscles would go into overdrive trying to give me enough stability not to get tipped off the dingy.”

She had then decided that a water-type exercise was an efficient niche exercise to look into.

After taking some time to study the industry and design the perfect aqua matt, Leila launched the water-based workout in swimming pools across the US earlier this year.

Not soon after, the crazed workout had made its way to Dubai at The Burj Club in the world-recognized Burj Khalifa through PUMA’s DO YOU women’s fitness campaign.

“It was a weekend of fitness and fashion where we involved a lot of studios and gyms from around Dubai to participate in the event,” said Samyukta Ranganathan, senior marketing manager at PUMA Middle East.

The only ladies gym, was one of the first to host the unique workout class in their indoor swimming pool with the corresponding aqua matts.

“Everyone loved it – it was different and challenging and a lot of fun.”

“A lot of people signed up for classes after seeing other people try it out,” Ranganathan added.

The PUMA team had decided to include the unique workout in their latest brand campaign after noticing the feedback received online, especially the amount of Facebook shares the exercise had gotten in such a short amount of time.

“We thought it would be a really cool workout to bring to the UAE since it hadn’t been done before and we were hosting a large women’s event and wanted to include this,” Ranganathan said.

Many, however, are skeptical of the workout and its benefits.

Leila has explained to The Daily Mail, that exercising on the board on top of water works the core and raises the heart rate because of the body’s effort to maintain balance throughout different workout positions.

Brendan Venter from a cross fit gym in Dubai backed up the effectiveness of Leila’s balance-focused exercise and said,

“When you are trying to stay balanced, the most muscles used are the core muscles because they connect to every other body part and are basically the backbone to a person’s balance.”

“A balance exercise on its own might not be effective but trying to maintain the balance while performing another type of exercise is definitely a different and great way to get in shape!” He concluded.

So regardless of how Dubai residents stay in shape, perhaps trying to make a splash in the pool might be a good enough reason to beat the scorching desert heat!


Food review: Parkers


What originally started up as a food pop-up truck in Al Khazzan Park facing City Walk, is now occupying a comfortable space at the busy Dubai Mall.

Cleverly setting up a PR stunt, Parkers, has gained the Snapchats and Instagrams of Dubai’s residents. In a shrewd scavenger hunt to find any Parker key, the restaurant created an interactive marketing campaign – i.e. no key, no entry.

However, this isn’t the creator’s first rodeo at the food industry. The founders had already won their way into Dubai’s stomachs and taste buds after the success of Salt, a creative food truck restaurant located on Kite beach in Jumeirah.

After finding a key at AUD, I was more than excited to try Dubai’s hidden and most crazed gem. Upon my arrival to Dubai Mall, I couldn’t help but notice an almost unending large queue in front of the restaurant and after waiting for almost an hour (with no seating areas to rest at) I was finally assigned a table.

The décor of the restaurant was not eye-catching or memorable of any sort – walls of grey with elements of nature were scattered around perhaps sticking true to the food truck in park theme?

Nevertheless, Parkers is not like any ordinary restaurant you’ve ever tried before, the waiters are there to help you but not serve you – you have to order/pick up your own food from the assigned middle area.

A quick glance over the menu, you will almost instantly notice the creativity that must have gone into each dish. More evident are the odd combinations: Toffee was added to spicy shrimps, beetroot was added to mac & cheese and truffle oil was added to French fries.

After drooling over the menu and not being able to make up my mind, I decided to try out four of their recommended dishes. The first was the Pretzel Chicken Strips – 37 AED.


A hefty amount of chicken strips along with a smoked mustard sauce is what I had expected. Instead I got 6 pieces of dry chicken strips and an all right mustard sauce.

Coating the chicken in the pretzels might have seemed like a good idea but instead it dried out the chicken and made it tough to eat without having to slather on the sauce with every bite.

I wanted a diverse palette to try, so next I ordered the Chicken Mojito Tacos – 29 AED. Thinking I was going to receive three pieces of tacos, I was disappointed at the portion size of just one, almost miniature, taco standing upright on my plate.

However, the taco was very zesty and refreshing but it fell apart after the 3rd bite and was very difficult to eat. Moving on, my experience wasn’t going to be fulfilled if I didn’t get a taste of their famous Choco Coffee sliders – 27 AED.

I was again surprised at the serving size, as the slider appeared to be smaller than the palm of my hand; regardless I soldiered on and took my first bite. The Wagyu beef was very juicy and paired very well with the buttered bun and beetroot topping but the coffee infusion was nonexistent.

Ending my experience with a sweet tooth, I couldn’t resist ordering my weakness; the Lotus Drama – 37 AED. I think this was hands down my favorite dish at Parkers; the warm Biscoff pudding was paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a more than generous serving of lotus fudge syrup – it was the perfect ending to an adventure.


The sweetness can be, however, overwhelming to some so I recommend ordering this as a sharing dish.

Overall some might find that the entire experience of the treasure hunt for the key, waiting in line and serving yourself a tad irritating while others might think that it adds to the overall experience and is an exciting challenge.

For me, the hype was way more than the restaurant deserved, the food seemed exotic but the execution-lacked richness and the portion sizes weren’t satisfying. Nonetheless, it was a fun experience and one that I recommend any adventurer to try!


Opening hours: 10 AM – 12 Midnight

Paying methods: Cash & CC

Highlights: Free Wi-Fi

No reservations allowed

Dubai: An Emerging Regional Art H


“Art is very subjective, what I see to be unique and beautiful, you might see as plain and boring. “ Rana Qasem, a student at AUD tells her friend Sondos Wehbe as they catch up for coffee one late afternoon and debate about which art event to attend during the weekend.

“There are so many art events happening lately I can’t even keep up! My main focus is to see some local art or even attend an art workshop or play; you never know I might become the next artistic mind just like Picasso!” Sondos jokes as she sips her coffee and browses Dubai Calendar on her phone.

Arabic calligraphy, silk carpets, oil paintings and unique architecture are often used to describe art in the Middle East. As far back as history can tell, art in the Middle East has had a lot of influences from Persia, China, India, Japan and those are just a few of the huge equation.

Even though art, in the past, was categorized and praised for the extreme detail nowadays with the emergence of trend conscious cities like Dubai, simplicity is key. Many resort to simple words on a canvas, unconventional techniques or photography as their main artistic focus.

The art scene in Dubai is one that is still rapidly growing and many have noticed a difference over the past couple of years.

“A few years ago, there weren’t as many art events as there are now. Art wasn’t seen as a niche market and wasn’t as popular.” said Dana Oraibi, a student at the American University of Dubai.

However that idea has drastically changed and hasn’t stopped anyone from jumping on the wagon.

Almost every week, anyone can find three to four upcoming art events and exhibitions like: “Short+Sweet Dubai 2016,” which is an Australian based theatre piece and this 10 minutes play has become a breeding ground for script-writes, actors and directors.

“Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016,” which is the Middle East’s largest exhibition of written and spoken word that brings together many people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds to discuss education and art in the region.

As well as events, many galleries choose to showcase the modern art of today’s artists, visionaries and photographers.

A contemporary art event called “Dubai From Dusk to Dawn,” was being held all through the month of February at The Monda Gallery, found at the Sofitel Hotel in the Palm Jumeirah.

The event was showcasing 20 photographs of two well-known photograhers; Daniel Cheong and Beno Saradzic, a Slovenian born photographer, cinematographer and visual artist.

Sogand Mozafarri, a fan of Mr. Saradzic, said, “I love the way he can capture the life of a city in just one picture. There’s this one picture of the skyscrapers of Dubai on Sheikh Zayed road that are almost being overtaken by the morning fog and it’s absolutely amazing how he can highlight the architectural and engineering beauty in its natural elements. You can truly tell his love of nature by simply looking at any of his photographs.”

Many locals and expats of this city don’t even need to go far for their fast fix of art just like Dana Oraibi, who said, “it depends on the kind and availability of art events but I usually check out Dubai Calendar for upcoming events. I use it a lot because you get to filter what you want to see whether it’s an art gallery, a workshop or just an event.”

Another student at AUD, Stephanie Jour, gets her art fix through e-mails about fun filled art events from the Student Services department, “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body but I have always wanted to try and be part of the art scene here and I appreciate when AUD notifies the student body because I feel more comfortable knowing that I might know someone who would be interested in going too.”

Dubai, in itself, is an artwork because of its modern architecture, skyscrapers and unique energy so it was only normal for such a city to become the backbone for strong and visual art scenes.

The development of the art scene is all about the market and about the people willing to be a part of it, almost two out of five people would have gone to an art event in the past month or so, just like Sara Daher, an employee at UM, who said, “I like contemporary art so the most recent art event I attended was Art For Thought which was a private event where people gathered to speak about a specific theme or topic and the guests also had the option of getting whatever art they wanted to share like paintings, sculptures and poetry.”

As for the artists who are finding their voice in this bustling city, Samar Kamel, a Dubai based artist, disclosed that being an artist here is easy as long as you have will and talent however this industry comes with some difficulties as she had a hard time establishing herself with no exhibition records.

Most of Samar’s art is about impressionism abstract and despite having no exhibition record at first, people are now able to view her artwork either on her website or Facebook page. Moreover, she continues to describe Dubai’s art scene as “diverse, versatile and competitive as there are many art events happening all year long.”

Dubai’s art scene is truly a reflection of the city as a whole; its ethnicity, dynamics, visuals and purely subjective interpretation allows anyone to either love what they see or hate it.

Nevertheless this city will always be here, will always be developing and will always be unique with what it offers.



Sarah Skaf takes a couple more minutes to order her lunch than most people in AUD. She has to pay attention to make sure that nothing animal-based is in her salad or any dairy based sauce is on her pasta.

It wasn’t until 6 months ago, that Sarah’s friends noticed the great amount of detail that went into every meal she ordered. Curious by her actions, they started observing her and noticed that she had more energy, seemed happier and looked healthier even though she wasn’t consuming any poultry, meat or junk food.

“I’ve become vegan!” Sarah explained when her friends asked.

Sarah is well known amongst all her friends to be an animal lover and was finally taking part in something that she hopes will change people’s perspective on a cause that is very dear to her heart.

There has been an uprising trend in health conscious diets and lifestyle changeovers in Dubai, causing many to abandon their old routines and embrace new ones.

One of the trends is becoming vegan. Veganism is commonly misunderstood and mistakenly thought of to be Vegetarianism, when they are both on complete ends of the spectrum.

Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish or poultry, while vegans in addition to being vegetarian can’t consume animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy, or honey and avoid other things such as leather, fur, silk and wool.

More and more people are trying out this lifestyle and there have been reports that Beyoncé, a famous singer, and her husband Jay Z have tried veganism a couple of times where they have actually cut out animal products for about 22 days as part of a “ spiritual and physical cleanse.”

Juliet Gellatley, director of a vegan and vegetarian group, told the BBC “that people choose veganism mostly for two reasons – healthy concerns, and a greater awareness about how animals are treated.”

She also added that “people might be prone to heart disease or want to get their cholesterol down, or it might be because they’ve seen something on a factory farming.” And that sometimes people switch to veganism because of “environmental reasons such as global warming or deforestation.”

“I became a vegan because I actually got motivated by my brother, he started it off and made me watch this documentary that changed my whole lifestyle and the way I view the way we treat animals. Which eventually made me realize how alike we are and how animals shouldn’t be beaten to death so we can eat them or exploited for our needs.” Said Sarah Skaf, an undergraduate at AUD.

However, this lifestyle has gotten a lot of backlash due to the severity of the diet, causing skeptics to question if veganism causes people to be tired and weak and many to wonder where vegans get their iron and B12 vitamins since they are abundantly found in meat.

Sarah Skaf admitted, “Being asked questions like these are honestly the only tough part about this whole lifestyle,” to which she added that veganism “is a healthy lifestyle because you stop eating junk food and you start looking at food that is actually good for you. I mostly get my B12 from lentils, tofu, and almond milk and there are so many other healthy alternatives you can have that aren’t meat or chicken.”

Another fellow vegan is Sara Daher, an employee at UM, who has been vegan for 2 years now and she says that “I don’t think it’s a limiting lifestyle, I still go to work like everyone else, do Yoga like twice a week and still have the energy to go out with my friends and enjoy my time.”

When asked what advice she would give to someone who wants to start being a vegan, she stressed on the fact that it should be their choice, they should do some research beforehand and finally “just take it one step at a time and start slow.”

Sarah Skaf and Sara Daher both concluded that transitioning into veganism “is just different but not impossible.”

Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans and more than 3,000 die every second. But by adopting a vegan diet, vegans can personally save up to 95 animals a year and thousands during their lifetime.

Food Review: Shakespeare & Co.



Shakespeare & Co. has been developed and brought up in the UAE in 2001 and has since then opened up many franchises in Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and 22 other countries. Shakespeare’s restaurant concept sets them apart from the rest with the restaurant’s 1550’s design, as it explodes with vibrant colors, paintings and unique furniture designs that are handcrafted in their workshops which will make you feel like you are back in the Bygone era in 18th Century Europe. According to their website the theme revolves around this period of elegance, luxury, and exquisite attention to detail. From plush upholstery encased with antique frames, to intricate chandeliers and vintage centerpieces, each restaurant is a classically majestic, awe inspiring union of color, fabric and textures that create a truly extraordinary environment that oozes comfort and encourages great conversation.

Shakespeare also added a Pâtisserie to the restaurant in 2007 to transform it into a unique café for anyone seeking to go back in time. This new addition of an impressively selection of pastries, viennoiserie, petit fours, macaroons and marshmallows are all produced in their state-of-the art pastry kitchen and has made Shakespeare a staple name in the pastry industry.

Personally, Shakespeare is my go to restaurant because it is conveniently located near my residence and is always packed with residents from the area as well. Because of its versatile menu and large hookah selection with an outdoor smoking area which includes huge fans and umbrellas that are there to rescue you from the Dubai heat, it explains the occasional 10-20 minute wait for a table to clear.

However, the food will definitely take your mind off of that wait. Shakespeare offers a menu of international cuisines from Lebanese sajj, Italian pizza, American burgers and many more. As soon as you are seated, friendly waiters approach your table with the menus and soon after bring along cute little fresh breadbaskets that are warm and soft to which you have an option of plain boring butter or a garlic and green onion infused butter than melts so divinely on the mini baguettes. Let’s just say it might not be the healthiest of options but it is one delicious way to start off your meals.


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Because I was feeling a bit nostalgic due to the rain, I decided to order their Tomato soup and the Mediterranean Sajj with French-fries on the side. As soon as they brought the soup over, the aroma of the fresh tomatoes and that heavy cream drizzled on top made it almost impossible for me to wait those extra 2 seconds to take the picture. But this was the perfect choice for a rainy day especially when you are enjoying their almost garden inspired outdoors. The soup was rich in tomato flavor with a hint of ginger, which will obviously not impress anyone who doesn’t like the taste of tomatoes very much. The consistency was also very light and surprising for a cream based soup and the portion was more than enough to get you cozy and full. Shakespeare has a variety of other soups ranging from traditional lentil, onion, mushroom, to chicken noodle or butternut squash. All soups are priced at DHS 37.




As satisfying as the soup was, I went on to my second dish; the Mediterranean Sajj with French-fries on the side. The Sajj caught my eyes almost instantly with its vibrant colors because of the green Rocca leaves, the red dried tomatoes and black olives against the thin and crispy cheese bread. And the French-fries were fried to perfection; they were golden brown and crispy from the outside but soft from the inside and you can tell that these were freshly cut and not frozen. The Sajj, however, was a bit messy due to the olive oil drizzled on top so it might not be the best date-night kind of dish but this only proves how juicy the whole thing was. Shakespeare offers a whole range of sajjs and I think this is a fun new twist on the regular pizza due to the nature of bread being ever so thin and crisp. This sajj costs around DHS 39.




To satisfy my sweet tooth, I ordered the Chocolate Crêpe to finish the meal off with a bang. The Crêpe came not long after I had ordered it and was still warm and smelled of Chocolate and Caramel. As soon as you cut into it, the chocolate comes oozing out like a milk chocolate river and tasted perfect with the texture of the crêpe that was a little bit crispy from the pan. The portion was a bit too large so I would say it is suitable for two people or a choco-holic.

What I like about Shakespeare is the variety. They offer set breakfast menus that are more than generous with the selection of either American (includes bacon, turkey sausage, eggs, hash browns and your choice of juice or coffee,) Healthy (includes an omlette with herbs, roast potatoes, fresh asparagus, fresh fruit salad, and natural yoghurt with juice or coffee,) or Lebanese (includes grilled halloumi, with either za’aatar, halloumi or kashkawan cheese sajj with juice, coffee or tea.) One of which will cost you DHS 55.

I also happen to be a fan of their tea selection, unlike other restaurants and cafes that offer the usual English breakfast or green tea, Shakespeare offers options from Jasmine lotus (jasmine scented green tea,) Jasmine Fairies (white jasmine blossoms,) Rising flower (yellow/orange marigold blooms,) or Wan Zi Qian Hong (deep purple lavender hibiscus petals.)

Shakespeare has over 16 branches in Dubai alone and is suitable for an early morning breakfast, a hungry lunch, or a satisfying dinner where I am sure you will find what your stomach desires.



Timings: 8 AM – 12 AM

Price Range: DHS 200 (approx. for 2 people)

Child friendly: Yes; includes high baby chairs

Smoking: Yes only outdoors

Cash and Card accepted

My First Ever Make Up Video!


Hi guys!

So this is my first ever attempt at making my very own make up video. It’s a very simple make up look suitable for anyone who wants to look “natural.” hahaha.

I still need to fix the lighting and come up with a strategy and stuff for next time but I thought I’d give it a try!

Also, if you want to know about any of the products that I have used throughout, just hit me up in the comment section.

Hope you like it 🙂


The 8 Different Types of People You’ll Meet Working at a Bar

While attending AUB this summer, I was casually passing by a pub in Hamra when a “we are hiring” sign got my attention. I have always been extremely curious as to what the experience of working in a bar would be like because we have all been on the receiving end but what would happen if we turned the tables around? For me it was gaining an experience while also conducting some research and I ended up working at Neighbor’s Pub for about 3 months. While it was an unforgettable experience, because I had met so many different people I have become more or less an expert in giving a crash course of the pub-bers you will probably see (or you might find yourself belonging to one of these types haha.)

Starting the list would be: 1. The Regular; they come to the bar at the same time every single day and order the same drink (I sometimes wonder if they actually put an alarm to remind them of their daily drink.)

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  1. The Happy Hour Fanatics; these are the people who literally will not come a second late and will not leave a second early without ordering everything off of the menu.giphy (1)
  2. The Beer Infatuated; these are the people who always order beer whether it’s during the afternoon on a weekday or at night on a crazy weekend (and have no problem chugging 6+ beers in less than an hour.)ngTvfVQ
  3. The person who still wants to drink 5 minutes before closing; this is the person who comes in late at night and orders a couple of drinks, one of which must be a couple of minutes before closing in hopes that being rebellious will make the drink taste better.aqueenisneverlate
  4. The one getting a hangover; these are the people who come planning to spend their money solely on alcohol. Their only interest is to get hammered as soon as possible.giphy
  5. The Fussy Drinker; no drink is ever good enough for this person they always want to add something or have something removed and they never know what they want.tumblr_m9qmp5sIog1rfthx4o1_500(Can we just take a moment and stare at Ryan Reynolds *drool*)
  6. The Couple; they come in, order a drink (that they never finish,) choose an area in a corner and will just stargaze into each other’s eyes (or use their phone.)

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    (Imagine that but like less cute)

Saving the best for last is 8. The Jiddo; you would think it would be a sweet old man that orders a drink, sits at the bar and keeps to himself, right? But the Grandpa at Neighbor’s is a DJ who comes in at 1 AM every Friday and turns the place upside down, transforming it into some kind of nightclub.

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Nevertheless, I have met so many great people there and working in a bar has honestly changed my perspective on the service industry (and has made me a better customer too!) So to whoever is planning to work at a bar, good luck and just have fun with it!

Orange is the New Black: An Analytical Look into Race and Gender


Orange is the New Black; an American comedy-drama series was first released on Netflix in 2013 by its creator Jenji Kohan and is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir and her experiences in a woman’s prison. The story revolves around the main character, Piper Chapman, whom gets sentenced to spend about 15 months in a woman’s federal prison because she had helped transfer a suitcase filled with drug money that belonged to her ex lesbian girlfriend and international drug smuggler, Alex Vause. However, this whole ordeal occurred about 10 years earlier to Piper establishing a life in the Suburbs with her fiancé. (Wikipedia) The entire time Chapman is in Litchfield Penitentiary, she encounters many different characters that each have an episode dedicated to their story and how they got to where they are by the use of flashbacks and memories. Agreeing with what Gaye Tuchman argues that reality really will mirror the media and one of the core arguments given is that: The media distorts women’s status in the social world and do not present [them as] viable role models, (Tuchman, p. 531, par 1) and because the entire show is basically about the incarceration of women in jail it presents them as not equipped to be good role models but instead as “damaged goods.” Nevertheless, the show has ladies who are doing things we have never seen ladies in entertainment do, especially around topics that don’t revolve around men. (McClelland, p. 1, par 5)

Moreover, Orange Is The New Black is depicted as a comedic overview of jail life but this show bluntly uses stereotyping and common ideologies about race and gender throughout the three seasons and I will be using claims retrieved from episode six of season one to showcase that Orange Is The New Black is actually promoting the idea of “whiteness” and “white supremacy” as something ideal while also degrading the status of women in society. People, however, would argue against this by stating that the show has brought an unprecedented diversity (McClelland, p. 1, par 9) and is seen as a platform for women of different race, sexuality, gender and class to speak up about real problems. On the other hand, Tuchman presented the “symbolic annihilation” of women by the media which plays alongside the existence of such a show because once again it presents vulnerable women who got sent to jail and who have to abide by the jail rules mostly under male authority figures.

The writers of this show also included a character known as “Porn Stash;” who terrorizes the women, sexualizes them and takes advantage of them. All of which falls into Tuchman’s idea of “men are shown as aggressors, women as victims.” (Tuchman, p. 531, par 2) The images of women in the show are not being uplifted by the good things they’ve done but instead are classified either by their crimes and violent behavior or by their victimization from men.

Episode six, also called the “WAC Pack”, is about the inmates and their strategies to campaign against one another in order to become the prisoners’ representative. “WAC,” in WWII, was known as “a member [representative] of a United States Army unit created for women.” (Webster) The title is a clever way for the viewers to foretell what the episode is about but what we end up seeing is not one representative for the women but instead racial segregation amongst the inmates with different WACs for the Blacks, the Hispanics, the Whites and the others and I will be using situations between the different WACs as evidence to my claims.

Entman argues that “some believe the real explanation for whites’ hostility to blacks’ striving is not racial prejudice but group-based conflict; these observers think that white resentment arises from competition with black groups over scarce resources.” (Entman, p. 333, par 6) This correlates with the setting of the entire show because it is a representation of the ethnicities in a place where resources are scarce; prison. Also, where the black and the whites do have to compete with one another so that their voices and needs are met.

Furthermore, my first claim of the episode starts off with Natalie Figueroa, who is a white women and the Executive Assistant to the Warden at Litchfield, degrading Joe Caputo by saying that it is so depressing having to deal with a man who earns less than $40,000 a year. The audience would probably regard this as an act of feminism because for once it is a female figure standing up to a man but in reality, Natalie only pities Joe because of his association to a lower working class. We would also notice that the vast majority of the officers and authority figures in charge at this prison are white, which signifies some sort of white power over the different ethnicities in jail. It is when ideologies like these are hidden with smirk remarks, bold actions and comedy that we become passive to their actual meaning.

Moving on, my second claim is about the connection of “being educated” with being white because as the episode continues on to Yoga Jones complaining to Sam Healy, who is in charge of the women’s activities in the prison, about her need to meditate and stresses on the “love and acceptance” aspect of her religion to which a counterargument was made by Tiffany Doggett about Christians having a hard time praying to God with all these meditating Buddhists. Here we clearly see a divide amongst the whites, but nevertheless it is associating whiteness with being religious. To which “Crazy eyes” joins and asks Sam to have a look at her genital area because she thinks she might have the flu. This scene implies 2 things about race: Buddhist religion is to be viewed as not important to Christianity, but both of which are white majority religions and that the Black race isn’t to be regarded as intelligent because genital areas cannot catch “the flu.”

The third and most important claim is about Piper Chapman being used as a tool in the show to justify how racist and stereotypical the show is being because she represents the educated, humble and idealist “white” figure that calls for equality and an effective election system. This claim comes from the conversation between Piper Chapman and her mother because her mother kept asking if her daughter is “okay” but all for the wrong reasons. Piper’s mother states that she wouldn’t blame Piper if she loses it in here and uses phrases like “look at this place, you’re incarcerated!” Which would imply that it would be unusual for a white woman from the upper middle class to go to jail let alone survive it. She then blames Piper’s ex-girlfriend for putting her daughter in jail because piper would instead be “at home trying on wedding dress and giving her grandchildren,” we clearly see what Piper’s mother thinks a woman’s role in society is; to stay at home and be care givers. As Tuchman argues that “[there are] some assumed activities that [show] women in the mass media [to] have some sort of detrimental impact upon individual consciousness and collective social life,” (Tuchman, p. 530, par 2) and the mother’s quote clearly shows us what the writers want us to think of the contribution of women to society which definitely harms their image and their capabilities.

However, the writers of Orange is the New Black cleverly justify all the racism and class distinctions with Piper defending herself and considering all the people in prison as “one.” For example, right after the conversation with her mother, she defends herself with the argument that she is in prison because she is no different than any one else in there and that it’s not because of race, gender, class but because she is the one who made bad decisions and committed the crime. I would think that the writers would want the audience to congratulate Piper for being the white figure that is courageous and humble because she stood up to the ideological ideas of her mother when in reality she is only there as a shrewd tool.

The first flashback of this episode is when one of the inmates, Nicky, tried to anger her mother by saying that she is pretty sure that her real mother was “that brown woman who made her pancakes and read her bedtime stories.” This phrase brings me to my fourth claim because it was said with a clever sarcastic tone implying that women from brown ethnicities are usually employed as housekeepers or nannies while the white parents have the real jobs. This is an example of how race and class correlate, brown nannies are seen as lower working class catering to the whites; white supremacy even in the household.

The next situation that clearly screams racist stereotyping that defends my fifth claim occurs with the scene of a handful of white women at the lunch table with Lorna Morello letting Chapman know how the WAC elections work and that they are only allowed to vote within their race or group to which Nicky replies and tells Piper to pretend like it’s the 1950s so she could understand better. Basically, this scene directly introduces the idea of racial segregations and implies that societies are regressing back in time to an era of ignorance and isolation from one another.

Chapman (the white figure) then realizes and points out that this is not an example of an effective system because not every Hispanic wants the same thing. Again we are witnessing Piper Chapman as the voice of reason and logic and this implies that the white race is actually an intellectual race and is considerate of other ethnicities. Lorna responds with the fact that the Hispanics shouldn’t complain because all they want to do is come to America, she justifies her racist comment by explaining that she lives in a neighborhood of Hispanic majority to which they live 20 to an apartment, they have more kids than the Irish, their men like their women curvy, they are dirty and greasy, their food smells nasty and finally they are taking all “their jobs.” This scene implies that the Hispanics are similar to animals because they are uneducated and undeserving of being in the United States especially when they are taking the white people’s jobs. To understand the context, we have to look at the broader scene and what occurs in it, in this case we see that some of the white girls laughed while others were very shocked, this is a clear example of the white majority ganging up on an ethnic minority, but what the audience fails to notice is that Lorna Morella is actually from Italian descend which is very ironic to the whole situation.

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When looking at the broader context, I also noticed that most of the media texts used and  referred to all included white characters and the idea of being white. There are 3 examples to which this occurred in the show: The first is when Tasha “Taystee” complains to Mr. Healey about the T.V remote and that she can’t watch any more “Toddlers & Tiaras.” T&T is a show about the competitive world of child pageants where the children, majority of whom are white, are judged on beauty, personality and costumes. (Drobis, TLC.) The second is when Poussè tells Taystee that she wants to watch Ina Garten, which is a show about a white women in the Hamptons that cooks and makes upscale dishes for her and her guests. If we refer to both images of the shows, we would notice the emphasis on “whiteness” and the associations such as beautiful, educated, elite and upscale. Poussè also points out that her name is French and is named after a place of kings and royalty, this implies that the French (whom are considered white) are seen as representatives of those qualities and if she is named after a place in France that she is those qualities too.

My last claim is shown towards the end of the episode with Piper Chapman winning the elections despite having actually electing herself. Instead, Mr. Healey had told her that “it is not often that he comes across intelligent women like herself in a place like this and that she should run and represent the white WACs,” to which she responded that she wasn’t interested but he took it upon himself to make her win otherwise. This scene explicitly showcases how the “whites” stick together and how people like Mr. Healy despite having to run a prison of different ethnicities, still believes that the world is a better place when white people are in charge because no harm can be done that way and that this is how things should be anyway.

When watching any type of media texts, we often are very passive towards the messages and ideologies that present themselves in a humoristic manner that Entman argues “is a modern form of racism that has arisen” (Entman, p. 332, par 1) to which we have fallen to accept. However, Colin Leach would argue that this is no such thing as modern racism, the subtleness that we associate with racism now has always existed and the notion of ‘new racism’ may actually work to prevent a much needed critical social psychological conceptualization of racism. (Leach, p. 434, par. 4) So, it is only when we stop for a second and invest the time to properly analyze what each word, symbol, reference, joke etc. is about or revolves back to, do we actually see the extent of how naïve we could be towards their effect on us and the long term effect in the future.