Tuesday, December 13, 2005

King Kong = big black horny racial stereotype

Well, that's the opinion of Kwame McKenzie, writing in The Times.

Most black men I know will think twice about going to see King Kong. First because of the story, second because of Peter Jackson's other recent blockbuster movies.

The story feeds into all the colonial hysteria about black hyper-sexuality. This imagery has a long history and is difficult to shift.

Apparently when all us whiteys go to watch the movie, we'll all come out with a semi-erotic chill running down our spines every time we see a black guy ("my god, he's huge, rampant, and wants to kidnap all our white-women and ravish them on top of the Empire State Building!") Yes indeed, black dudes are all King Kongs.
The story also touches the raw nerve of the Darwin-based association between black men and apes. Though the monkey noises and the discussion about whether Africans are the missing link between apes and humans may be out of the classroom, it still has to be endured by black footballers when they travel to away games.

Peter Jackson used the same hackneyed stereotypes for the Lord of the Rings triology. The most fearsome baddies were big black and just a bit too Maori looking, the good guys - well white.


Yes, well, all I can say is that I'm grateful for the wakeup call, and very glad that I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, since seeing those Oompah Loompahs was a valuable reminder that Asian people are damn sneaky and constantly plotting how to turn white folks blue and stretch them out really thin.

Who said the movies aren't informative?

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