The major difference between them lies in the following: the latter are known to convey inaccurate reflection of the reality, while the latter are also not correct, but the society does not treat them as such (Collins 68). In addition to that, the controlling images also serve an important purpose: they enhance the oppression of the majority over the minority, limiting the scope of opportunities for the latter. In other words, they justify the existence of inequality and make it appear as almost balance. For example, there is a controlling image that African Americans tend to be involved in criminal activity. This might be used as justification of the fact that there is a disproportionate number of Africans American inmates in prisons. Lee developed another interesting idea: he argued that the society came up with the myth of a model minority which was associated with Asian Americans. Thus, the latter were politically silent and they were willing to assimilate into the white society (Lee 145). In other words, they were a complete opposite of African Americans who actively fought for their rights and appreciated their own culture. However, despite the fact that is has positive implications for this group, it is still a controlling image as it places limits on their freedom. The movie that is titled Flower Drum Song actively portrays this situation. One of the characters, Linda has Asian appearance; however, she is working as a show girl to please the visitors with her exotic beauty, facilitating intercultural exchange in the society.
It would not be a mistake to suggest that the image of a homosexual on the screen has evolved a lot. In the documentary that is titled The Celluloid Closet it is suggested that there have been several periods of showing homosexuals. In the very beginning of the cinema any references to homosexuality were considered to be a joke. They were used primarily to entertain the audience