Project Type

Poster Presentation

Description

American entertainer Todrick Hall released his visual album Straight Outta Oz in 2016 in order to communicate his views on a wide range of topics from sexuality to family life. Hall used the video to advance challenging ideologies that discuss the harmful effects of the church on LGBTQ+ youth, problems the LGBTQ+ community face, the discrimination faced by black Americans, and pitfalls of the entertainment industry, with the purpose of forming a call to action for society to advocate for equality. By placing these themes into a medium popular at the time of release, Hall created a better chance for his message to be received. Although the album lacked one, clear direction, many of his ideologies were still found to be effective because he infused familiarity into every scene by featuring characters from The Wizard of Oz. Hall desired to make real social change by calling his audience to action to advocate for acceptance, and fight against discrimination

 

An Ideological Criticism of Todrick Hall's Visual Album Straight Outta Oz

American entertainer Todrick Hall released his visual album Straight Outta Oz in 2016 in order to communicate his views on a wide range of topics from sexuality to family life. Hall used the video to advance challenging ideologies that discuss the harmful effects of the church on LGBTQ+ youth, problems the LGBTQ+ community face, the discrimination faced by black Americans, and pitfalls of the entertainment industry, with the purpose of forming a call to action for society to advocate for equality. By placing these themes into a medium popular at the time of release, Hall created a better chance for his message to be received. Although the album lacked one, clear direction, many of his ideologies were still found to be effective because he infused familiarity into every scene by featuring characters from The Wizard of Oz. Hall desired to make real social change by calling his audience to action to advocate for acceptance, and fight against discrimination