Do you think black people think blackface is funny in 1993? Unquestionably Lee's angriest work, which says a lot, Bamboozled is a scathing, audacious, flawed, and altogether fascinating lampooning of a problem that's just as prevalent today as it was back in 2000: the misrepresentation of black people on idiot boxes the world over. Lee would probably like to harm , he is much less enthusiastic about libel suits. I was there, and I could feel the tension and discomfort in the room. Mau Mau: Jo Blak Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy League educated black writer at a major network. Dunwitty Michael Rapaport tells him to develop a new show that will boost the station's ratings, Delacroix sets out to create a program so offensive that he will be fired. It's kind of a 'fuck you' to everybody.
In a sense, movie Bamboozled is a film, which various black artists from different profession in the United States, gathers together and appear in the movie as their selves to show their unified thoughts as black Americans to fight the issue of racial discrimination. And who better than Spike Lee to direct such a confrontational film, right? The pool that I'm being told that I should be picking from is a majority white male pool. I think he makes his point intellectually; it's quite possible to see the film and understand his feelings. Nonetheless, it died in the late 70's. As a form of entertainment, minstrel show is one of the ancient ways of entertainment that had occurred after the American Civil. Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika Julius Hopkins as Mos Def.
Jackson flamboyantly narrates, Dave Chappelle cracks jokes about stripper poles, the usually squeaky-clean Nick Cannon plays against type as a hardened thug, and themes are hammered in with sing-songy dialogue and defiant choruses. It gets to the point where audience members ultimately including Dunwitty himself are showing up for tapings in black makeup. He then banks on it being a controversial flop, but it becomes wildly successful. Spike has always been aware of that. The show is a huge hit. Moreover, the film Bamboozled has its cultural and historical context in its storyline. With the use of blackface as the primary way of amusement, the historical context of the movie is visibly clear, on which blackface was already use as a form of entertainment in the history racial discrimination in the American society.
Blackface is so blatant, so wounding, so highly charged, that it obscures any point being made by the person wearing it. Not to say that these things haven't always happened, but the visibility and the awareness of them is at a new high right now, and there are aspects of those things in the film, like the massacre of the Mau Maus at the end of the film by the police, and how the one white guy in the Mau Maus is spared. The audience sat in stunned silence. But in their case, it's easy to see why. Lee takes a much braver approach: Every time something seems to make sense or make a point, he complicates the situation. This is the hook: Instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face.
Despite the muddiness caused by all the peripheral concerns, Lee never makes one forget that Bamboozled is, foremost, an attack on racial misrepresentation in entertainment. Having been regularly slighted by the Academy Awards, Spike Lee will receive a well-deserved honorary statue during tomorrow night's Governor's Awards. But I don't think there's ever been another film that so aggressively calls out racism in Hollywood like how Bamboozled does. Essentially, the satirical movie bamboozled is about the modern minstrel television show, on which feature black actors and actresses wearing blackface makeup. It used satirical methods to do that, but it definitely leaves people feeling uncomfortable.
It's impossible to sight of that, given how increasingly heavy handed his technique gets as the film wears on, crossing the line between satire and sermon; sly, stinging wit makes way for earnest and overblown preachiness--as exemplified by a lengthy montage of racist images in entertainment through the years that comes late in the film. In an effort to make all of the blackface even more uncomfortable, Spike Lee insisted that all of their jokes be unironically funny. Nevertheless, the movie sends a concrete message to entire American society that as a democratic country, every citizen of the state must have an equal treatment, regardless if he or she is a black African American or white people. Bamboozled is one of the funniest and interesting satirical black movies that had been released, during the first quarter of the 20th century in theatres round the United States. For a little while, though, Lee achieves that balance. What ignites instead, however, is Lee's need to vent about a variety of other issues. At one point, Delacroix goes to see his father, a standup comedian working at a small black club.
Bamboozled was an outpouring of that; it was his two-middle-fingers-in-the-air gesture to the world. This movie has some of the most striking images ever put on film. Anyone who's seen Bamboozled can instantly draw the parallels. In deeper understanding, the minstrel television show, though entertaining in its nature, the entire content is arguably discriminating, on which the social right of black African American, as the blacks were represented in the shows content in a mocking and disrespecting way of entertainment. Or women, for that matter? Those things all crash together in Bamboozled.
He has courted controversy at times, no doubt, but he's also been hit from all sides. Advertisement Consider the most infamous public use of blackface in recent years. The disturbing and unnerving finale, is a suitable response to our rising awareness of inner-city violence, hip-hop culture, the prison industrial complex, and the police state in which many blacks, poor or not, find themselves a part. Anyone who doesn't like it could be accused of not getting it. Characters are shot and killed.