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The Black Image The NAACP recently complained about the lack of racially diverse shows on the major television networks and the limited roles for African Americans on television The movie Bamboozled is a social satire on TVs seemingly racist practices It is also a social commentary on how media works to fuel popular culture Spike Lee in this movie is as he said in his own words making a satire of the history of film and TV industries and he is stressing satire The movie focuses in on a minstrel show Minstrels were the comedic variety shows of the early days These minstrel shows were often offensive and stereotypical Minstrels were performed in black face by both blacks and whites Spike Lee is drawing a connection between the common portrayal of African Americans then and now in entertainment and television and also how the white man needed to feel superior to the black by portraying them in a certain light Lee said In doing research what hurt me was the depth that I saw the hatred of us as a people To see the depths to which America showed its hatred via radio film television songs Aunt Jamima Uncle Ben Its just amazing The film opens with the Webster definition of satire as spoken by Pierre Delacroix played by Damon Wayans Satire 1aA literary work in which human vice or folly is ridiculed or attacked scornfully BThe branch of literature that composes such work 2Irony derision or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly vice or stupidity Bamboozled along with the television series Mantan The New Millennium Minstrel Show created within the movie is a satire Both are focusing on the stereotypes imposed on the black community by the media and white mans view of the black community This prison of stereotypes as referred to by Stanley Crouch is portrayed quite humorously and dramatically throughout the movie Perhaps one
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