|The Big Picture
STEREOTYPES/RACE/GENDER/ DOUBLE STANDARDS SECTION
INTRO (split between FOUR poets) #1: ESSENCE , #2 CHLOE, # 3 ASIA, #4 MOLLIE
#1 We couldn't stop the facts from being the facts ...the truth, the only thing no one has a choice in is the truth. We could have sugar coated, it wouldn't sound as harsh, poured some Clorox on it and it wouldn't look as dark, suppress a whole generation and act surprised when they ask to talk, try to hide the harsh truths from this generation...
#2 well, viewer discretion is advised but there is no parental lock on problems... no matter your age it's hard to avoid them... especially when you see the problems in yourself. Can you relate?
#3 No matter relation because nothing starts affecting you personally until it happens to your people right? Someone who looks like you, your color, your age... change “what ifs” into reality ….what it is, is your voice...
ALL: this is our voice.
#4 We bring you the statistics ,the big picture, we tell you these things that were already sitting in your living room, bust in your door without invitation.. your daughter , your son we invite you to listen... Shhhhhhhh everybody listen...
ALL: the statistics are talking. (Blackout)
VQ # ____________FUZZY SNOW
GRACE- ACTOR 1-DAKS, 2- MG AND PRISCILLA TOGETHER, #3 DORI, #4 QUEEN, #5 BREAUNA, #6-MACKENZIE, #7-JACOB, #8-EDUARDO, #9- CAILIN, #10 CHLOE, #11 MOLLIE, #12-JONATHAN, #13- ASIA, #14- AJ, #15- CHASE, #16-ZION, #17-CAMERON, #18- ESSYNCE, #19- J’DEJA
If you ask me teens act like they’re in a TV show. #1 So, if you’re black you’re “ghetto”. #2 If you’re white you’re “basic”. #3 If you don’t smile, you’re mean. #4 And if you smile too much, you’re fake. #5 If you like to eat, you’re fat. #6 And if you don’t you’re anorexic. #7 If less than half of the student population doesn’t know your name, then you’re a loser. #8 If you haven’t had your first date by 6th grade you’re bound to be “#forever alone”. (ACTOR) Why are we bound by these superficial rules just to be cool or normal? Adults would say (ALL) “just be yourself”…(ACTOR) But we feel pressured to fit in and be what magazines and TV show us as the "ideal"... In order to be in this show, your personality has to be summed up into one word; #9 you’re a Hipster #10 or an Emo, #11 a Prep #12 a jock #13 or a stoner, (ACTOR) which is ridiculous because nobody is that "stereotypical" or "cookie cutter" ...and whatever you do, don’t draw attention to yourself...which can make things hard if you happen to be #14 a nerd #15 or gay, #16 shy, #17 a brain #18- quiet #19 or big-boned. (ACTOR) Don’t spend your life trying to fit into a category because once you do, you’ve lost what made you; you. You can like nice things without being a Prep. And you can like dark poetry without being Emo. Why do we treat each other like we’re in a TV show? We’re not based off of those characters, they are supposed to be based off of us…but some teens act like they are permanently caught in their own cheesy TV show.
VQ______________MALE STATISTICS PROJECTED ON SCREEN
BLACK MALE STATISTICS (#1- DORRIEL, #2 DAKS)
GUY 1: The three leading causes of death for CMS teenagers are accidents, suicide and homicide. If you are a black male teen, that order is reversed.
Race is a sensitive topic. I swear I see it every day on TV, in the media, heck, on my street... another dead black teen. People try to say to say
ALL: "all lives matter",
GUY 1: but it doesn't change; The fact that life, for a minority, differs greatly.
The fact that Joey is more likely to get a higher paying job than me
The fact that I'm statistically more prison, than college, bound
I'm more likely to be falsely convicted for a felony
More likely to live in poverty
The fact that we, the minority are more likely to keep the prisons at 90% capacity
BOTH The fact that you and me live very different realities
GUY 2: The fact that I'm an endangered species...black teens who live to see 18
I'm in danger. I feel no safety, not even in my own community because if I am killed,
it will be likely by someone who looks just like me.
I can be just another statistic on the death toll
But see I am not a statistic.
I am different, I am an anomaly.
I change the world around me.
I am timeless, because I am quickly running out of time.
And I am screaming, not because I'm mad, but because I need you to hear me so we can meet, a mutual understanding,
GUY 1: don't misunderstand me,,.
yes we have come a long way...
GUY 2- But we are still too far behind to be called on even footing.
ALL: I'm just hoping this poem can bring us closer to seeing eye to eye
LQ______ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ_________ Stat: 17.8% of CMS high school students have ever been the victim of teasing or name calling during the past 12 months because of their race or ethnic background
VQ________PROJECTION OF EMPTY PARKING LOT
FEMINISM #1- CAILIN, #2-MOLLIE, #3- ESSENCE
#1: I should be free
I shouldn’t have to watch the shadows stirring at night
I should be safe
I shouldn’t have to carry weapons to prevent attack
As children we are told boys will be boys
But when do boys turn into men?
ALL: A man
#2: asks for consent, doesn’t pressure
ALL: A man
#2: compliments, doesn’t harass
ALL: A man
#2: respects my choices, doesn’t force me to live by his
Every walk to my car
Every night when I’m out with friends
Every time my guard is down just a little
ALL: “boys will be boys”
#2: seeps in
#3 Why am I told to cover the skin
I live in when boys are encouraged to stare?
I am not my gender, not my sex
I am done being a girl
I am a woman
ALL: A woman
#1: stands up for herself, doesn’t give in
ALL: A woman
#2 : owns her body, doesn’t feel shame
ALL: A woman
#3: makes decisions for herself, doesn’t let society pressure her
ALL: I am a woman
Now grow up and become a man.
LQ_______ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ________ PROJECTION OF QUOTE OR STAT
VQ_________PROJECTION OF STREET
MALE FEMINIST/ CAT CALLING POEM (DORI)
Yo, she's bad. I mean, she’s a bad little chick. She badder than the kid that got kicked outta the WHOLE school district. She badder than a FILTERED instagram pic. I mean she's pretty in the face, her clothes let you her know she has taste, And when you see the curvature of shawty, it just gets your blood flowing and you really want let her know what you thinking.
I mean she got the body that will make any man go crazy, but my man...don't. Come on, please, think before you speak. She's more than her body, in her body she hides a bright mind that you are too blind to see. Even though society don't really see past sexy, trust me there's more than skin. Trust me, when I tell you she is a person just like you and me. I know you feel like to really be a man you need to get as many girls as possible, I know about the status quo, for real. But you're just as manly if you don't try and bark at everything you see. A man knows restraint, a dog doesn't. Yeah, you may be stronger physically but birth pains is more strain than we will ever carry. She literally carries the human race so have respect from which you came. As she walks down the street, don't holler at her, because honestly it just makes you look stupid. You're smarter than that. That's offensive. Come on, how often do you have to squeeze your keys at night? Believe it or not, your harmless catcall threaten her safety, she feels afraid...you give her nightmares... she's not an object, she's a human being and if you really want to talk to a girl, try this new thing...it’s called Respect.
LQ_________ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ_________ PROJECTION OF STAT OR QUOTE
VQ__________PROJECTION OF “PERIL” WITH SOUND
LQ _________ LIGHTS UP
PERIL ANNOUNCER: EDUARDO, MIKE: JACOB, JENNY: BREAUNA
COUPLE: QUEEN, DAKS
ANNOUNCER: -and welcome back to Peril, everyone’s favorite trivia trial! We’ve reached our final round, and it’s time for our Video Challenge! Jenny, Mike, are you ready?
(JENNY and MIKE, the contestants, are smiling too brightly. They are wearing matching polos in primary colors. JENNY is ahead with 4050 points, displayed clearly on her podium; MIKE only has 3800. They nod.)
ANNOUNCER: Speeeeectacular! For our video challenge round, we’ll display a video on the screen for both of you to watch. Make sure you pay close attention, because the answer could lie in any aspect of this video! After the video is finished, we’ll ask both of you a question. You will have ten seconds to write down the answer- and a correct answer is worth 1000 points! Remember, this game could go either way! Ready, kids?
JENNY: (confident) Ready!
MIKE: (a bit nervous) Ready.
(Lights down on the ANNOUNCER and CONTESTANTS. Words appear on the screen: SCENE 1. Fades out to a boy and a girl arguing. He is much larger than her; she is of average size, or less than, and looks stereotypically feminine.)
VQ#_____________________ GIRL HITS BOY VIDEO
Girl: I saw you with her. Don’t even try and pretend you’re not cheating with her behind my back.
Boy: We were just talking, I swear! I would never do that to you!
Girl: Don’t even try and lie to me. I know what I saw. You cheating liar! (grabs his hair and pulls him in, slaps him hard across the face.)
VQ#________________ BOY HITS GIRL SCENE
The events repeat with the same actors, but in reverse. Dialogue switches, and this time it is the boy who grabs the girl and slaps her. Video turns off, lights come back up.)
ANNOUNCER: So there you have it. I am, of course, legally obligated to state that neither actor was harmed in the production of this video.
(JENNY and MIKE nod simultaneously, puppetlike.)
ANNOUNCER: So now for our game-winning question! Get your pads ready, kids.
(JENNY and MIKE pull out small dry erase or chalkboards from behind their podiums.)
ANNOUNCER: Which of these scenes is an example of an abusive relationship?
SFX___________ ___JEOPARDY THEME MUSIC
Perhaps the ANNOUNCER does a goofy little dance for the crowd. MIKE and JENNY think furiously before writing down their answers. JENNY writes agressively, certain of herself; MIKE seems uncertain so he tries to cheat.
ANNOUNCER: Aaaaaand time’s up! Let’s see those answers!
(JENNY and MIKE hold up their answers. JENNY has written: SCENE 2. MIKE: SEEN 2. JENNY glares at MIKE.)
ANNOUNCER: So you’ve both answered scene 2. In fact, the correct answer is-
SFX:_____________ UNHAPPY DRUM ROLL, WAH WAH
Both of them! Sorry kids, but both of these scenes show a pretty unhealthy relationship! Remember kids, when it comes to teen dating violence…EVERYBODY LOSES!
VQ_____________ PROJECTION OF STAT
LQ_____________ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ_____________ PROJECTION OF FIGHTING COUPLE
LQ_____________ LIGHTS UP
TEEN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS GIRL: MAYA GRACE BOY: JACOB
Girl- I don't think people understand. Being in an "abusive" relationship isn't just about getting hit. It's about someone hurting you; mentally or physically. That's what I didn't realize.
Boy-Having an abusive relationship doesn't mean they have to hit you, they can cause just as much pain, simply from words.
Girl- My boyfriend constantly put me down. He never laid a hand on me, of course, but he called me names, told me I was useless, always blew me off when we would make plans. And it hurt. But an hour or so later he'd call me crying. He’s sorry, He wants me to forgive him, he LOVES me… That's all that matters right? No. If you're getting hurt, that's all that matters.
Boy- Things started great with my girlfriend. But then, she got controlling. Possessive. She didn’t want me to go hang with my friends, she would even make me feel guilty for going to soccer practice. She would get angry and actually hit me....but because I'm a man, I obviously can't hit her back. When I finally told her I wanted break up with her, she threatened to kill herself. That’s abuse.
Girl- Don't be scared of being "lonely", and don't you dare worry about hurting their feelings.
Boy- You need to do this for you, and no one else.
Both- Because in the end, all that matters is you.
LQ____________________ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ___________________ PROJECTED STATISTIC
VQ___________________ FUZZY SNOW
VQ___________________ SAFE SEX COMMERCIAL IF WE CAN GET IT
SAFE SEX COMMERCIAL: FILMED AND PROJECTED ONTO SCREEN
(A boy and girl are holding hands)
Narrator: When you hold his hand, you are holding hands with every girl he ever held hands with.
Boy now has a group of girls on his other hand. Screen goes black and fades to new scene of couple hugging
Narrator: When you hug him, you’re hugging everyone he’s ever hugged.
(There is a group of girls surrounding the boy and girl like a big group hug. Screen goes black, new screen of boy and girl kissing)
Narrator: When you kiss him, you’re kissing everyone he’s ever kissed.
There is a group of girls behind the boy. The girl stares at them, confused. The boy doesn’t notice. Screen goes black, opens with new scene of the girl sitting in front of the mirror, with the reflection of the group of girls behind her).
Narrator: Would you have unprotected sex with him if you knew that you’d be doing it with everyone he’s ever had sex with?
Screen goes black. Writing appears on the screen: You never know. Do you still wanna hold his hand?
LQ#____________________ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ#_______________ PROJECTED STATISTIC : 16.1% of CMS high school students had sexual intercourse with four or more people during their life.
VQ____________________ FUZZY SNOW
VQ______________ ______TEEN BOP BACKGROUND
LQ)____________________ LIGHTS UP
Teen Bop Sex Edition (5 total) ANNOUNCER: EDUARDO AND DANCERS
Cheesy Announcer: From the producers of Proactive and True Life: I’m Emo. The makers of Kids Bop have stepped up their game to bring you “Teen Bop”... with sex, drugs and all of the above….Because “You’re not a kid anymore”. Here's our newest sex and relationships edition...Now That's What I call Teen Bop 64….. With songs like, STD's by Burn Out Boy.
SFX CUE_________________ AUDIO TO “CENTURIES” BY FALLOUT BOY
Centuries(Fall Out Boy Parody)- NAILYAH: Some people don’t think…they just make out when they drink…that’s how you get disease, sexually transmitted diseeeease. Just one mistake, is all it will take, PRISCILLA: you will remember me, because I gave you STD’s.
Announcer: and songs like “No Means No, Ho by Megan Trained Her
SFX_____________ “NO” BY MEAGAN TRAINOR CUE___
NO - ESSYNCE
I think it's so wrong and I think it's so creepy
How you guys want to try and have unprotected sex with me
But let me stop you there, before you try something
"Nah" to the "uh.." to the "Oh", "No", "No"
Try it "No"
We’ll be fine "No"
Relax a bit "No"
You need to wrap it up
You need to wrap it up
Need to wrap it up
"Nah" to the "Uh.." to the "Oh", "No", "No"
Ensemble - NO. Just. NO. GOSH.ASSORTED AD-LIBS AND WHAT NOT
Announcer: looking grossed out but trying to keep it together… Plus extra bonus tracks including “I’m Pregnant” by Nick Jon-askmetobeafather
SFX CUE_________________ “JEALOUS” BY NICK JONAS
I’M PREGNANT (CHLOE)
I sit down on the toilet and I pee on a stick, I look down I’m surprised it’s got two lines on it
It’s all my fault we were drinking we were tryna get lit
It’s not my fault I couldn't help it and now I’m pregnant
I didn’t take no birth control and he didn’t use a condom that’s why,
I still got pregnant
Now I’m dropping out of school and everyone says my life’s a waste, and I cry
And now, I am pregnant.
GUYS IN THE CAST ALL RUN AWAY FROM HER WHILE GIRLS CONSOLE HER
ANNOUNCER: and prepare to have your childhood completely ruined with this Disney hit
Let It Go (My Virginity) from Frigid
LET IT GO: MAYA GRACE
Let it go, Let it go
I don’t have my virginity anymore
I let it go, let it go
Why didn’t I use my head before?
Here I stand, pregnancy test in hand
Now the daddy’s goooooooooone
Now who’s gonna pay the child support?
(all boys run away from MG)
Announcer: “Daks, you ARE the father” (MG screams I told you…all reset)
Announcer: and who can forget that classic “Throw Some Cream on That Itch” by Itch Boy
SFX CUE_______________“THROW SOME CREAM ON THAT____BY RICH BOY”
THROW SOME CREAM ON THAT ITCH JE’DAJA, CMAERIN, AJ, DAKS
Dirty boy, scratchin it
Shoulda wrapped it up for sex
Headed to the clinic
Just got an STD (Throw some CREAM on that itch !)
Just got an STD (Throw some CREAM on that itch!)
Just got an STD ...REALIZES WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WALKS OFF STUNNED (Throw some CREAM on that itch!)
FRIENDS AD LIB: OH WAIT, YOU WERE SERIOUS, OH, MAN SORRY, EWW, ETC)
Announcer: Teen Bop…sold everywhere angsty Teen products are sold!
VQ_____________________PROJECTION OF PREGNANCY TEST
LQ_____________________ LIGHTS UP
Teen Pregnancy Monologue GRACE
I've been waiting and praying , pacing back and forth in my bedroom.. It was a mistake.. an honest mistake I forgot for two days… That little pill that I thought would promise an assured one line. So now... I pray… What if he tries to deny it’s his baby? Is he going to leave me? What are we going to do? I’m sure not ready to be a mother or get married. How can I make him grow up so fast? How can I make myself? I don’t have a job, I wanted to go to college… and he will have to quit the football team, and get a job…Please, one line! Where will we live, how will we eat? Please, please one line, How can I tell him? How can I tell my parents? They are going to be so disappointed. We should have used protection..we should have WAITED. God, please, give me one line. It's been 10 minutes. I have to look down. Two lines.
LQ_____________________ LIGHTS DOWN
VQ_____________________PROJECTIONS OF STATISTICS
Of the CMS high school students who had sexual intercourse during the past three months, only 67% used a condom during their last sexual intercourse.
45.9% of CMS high school students ever had sexual intercourse
30.7% of CMS high school students had sexual intercourse with one or more people during the past three months
VQ______________________ FUZZY SNOW
VQ______________________ BLURRY PARTY BACKGROUND PROJECTION
LQ______________________ LIGHTS UP
DATE RAPE PRISCILLA
I can barely bring myself to think of that night. The only thing I can remember is the sounds of my screams wondering why no one else could hear them. Or did they hear and decide to turn a blind eye to the situation that was happening only a FEW FEET away from them? I shouldn’t have trusted a boy I have only been talking to online for only two weeks. But I really felt like I knew him, I thought we made a real connection. I thought I could trust him. “We are only going to hang” he said. “It’ll be fun” he said. “Don't worry, there will be a group of us just hanging” he said. Where was that group when he threw me onto that bed and started ripping off my clothes? Where was that group when I screamed “help” at the top of my lungs? Tell me that, tell me where was that group when he got done... and walked out like nothing happened. I’ll tell you where that group was, and this is what is going to surprise you, right outside that room. We all know what he cared about, and I guess he got it. How will I be looked at now, will my friends and family act differently towards me now? “Relax” …that's what he kept saying "relax"...Well how can I relax when you're...(pause)...for a long time I blamed myself...did I do something that made him act that way? But I have come to realize that it was NOT my fault, it's not anything that I did, it wasn't what I was wearing, and when a girl says no, she MEANS NO.