Date of Award

Summer 8-9-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Film, Video & Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Ethan Tussey

Second Advisor

Alessandra Raengo

Third Advisor

Greg Smith

Abstract

This project examines the relationship between melodrama, sport, and race. It particularly focuses on Colin Kaepernick’s athletic activism and the many melodramatic media moments surrounding his controversy (initial protest, media reaction, Nike advertisement response). I use genre theory, media framing theory, and cultural studies theories to examine contemporary American athletic activism and its melodramatic mode.

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