Ugly Betty Questionnaire
All of these answers will be confidential (unless of course you choose to post it publicly here).
Where were you born?
Where do you live?
How do you identify in terms of ethnicity, sexuality, gender etc.? Please state all that apply.
Would you mind if I contacted you? What is the best way to contact you if I would like to follow up with you?
*You can refer to the show as a whole as well as the particular episode I am focusing on:
"Don't Ask Don't Tell"
Air Date: 03/22/2007
Marc, promising to help Betty with inside info for Daniel, convinces her to pretend to be his "girlfriend" when his suspicious mom, Mrs. Weiner, arrives in town. Things go from bad to worse when Mrs. Weiner invites herself to dinner at the Suarez home and Betty's whole family has to play along with the charade. Meanwhile, Daniel and Alexis struggle to work together after their mom - who actually owns Mode - names them co-editors-in-chief of the magazine. http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/landing
*Be as honest and candid as you like. I want your opinion. I am definitely not judging you. I just want a sampling of opinions to create a very preliminary discussion of what audiences might be thinking about this show. There are no right or wrong answers. These are open-ended questions; feel free to answer however you like.
*Please answer as much as you can (as soon as you can too). If you would like to have a phone conversation instead please drop me an email with your phone number and the best time to call you: mediamuxerista AT yahoo DOT com
*This is a very preliminary research paper that is part of a longer comprehensive exam that I am working on in the next four weeks (but am trying to work on this part this week) so I would appreciate as much of your support you can offer.
∑ How often do you watch Ugly Betty? Do you watch when the episodes come out on TV and/ or Online or recorded such as with TiVo?
∑ Do you have any rituals when you watch Ugly Betty? (or TV in general) ( such as viewing with friends or preparations or your own added commentary etc ? Please describe.
∑ What drew you to watching the show?
∑ Do you consider yourself a fan? Why or why not?
∑ What aspects keep you watching?
∑ In your opinion what is the message or messages or themes of the show? Is that important to you in terms of being a viewer? Why or why not?
∑ Are there messages in this show that you agree or disagree with? What are they?
∑ Are there aspects that you feel like you reinterpret to suit your own view points? Such as?
∑ What do you like best about the show?
∑ Do you identify with any characters in particular?
∑ What do you think needs improvement or what do you absolutely hate?
∑ What do you think of the portrayal of Latinos on this show?
∑ What do you think about the portrayal of Immigrants on this show (and in particular to this episode)
∑ What do you think about the portrayal of gay characters on Ugly Betty? What are the positives or negatives or interesting aspects of some those characters or themes? What do you think about Marc’s character and the storyline pertaining to being in the closet to his mother?
∑ What do you think about the portrayal of women on this show? Any examples you’d like to share in particular?
What do you think of the shows portrayal of the fashion industry? do you think it is realistic?
∑ Who do you think watches this show? What makes you think so?
∑ Do you think this show is empowering? If yes, how so? If no why not?
∑ What do you think about how some critics have called Ugly Betty a ground breaking show and a “sly satire on class and race”? Do you think Betty is different from other offerings on TV?
∑ Is there anything else you want to add?
*Please add anything else you find interesting about this particular episode or the show in general. Any and all details or thoughts are useful.
Thank you so much for your time!