loqueesha?! hollywood lost their minds
May 13, 2019
The premise, the acting, and the plot in this film is racist and ridiculous. We know this, and nobody here especially needs to be made aware of what we already know.
What’s most interesting and of note, to me, is the fact that paired with blatant white supremacist terrorist attacks and vitriolic language by politicians that isn’t niche or hidden or coded, but mainstream and blatant: there is also the return of Black mockery.
At the expense of giving undeserved attention to racist content, I think it’s important to know that all white supremacist culture — and the sustaining of that culture — isn’t all blood, tears, and both systemic and physical threats. It’s in the theatre of what white supremacy decides to produce and platform: the minstrel show, the lynching postcards, the racist cartoons, and Loqueesha.
The very idea that this type of content was created and approved supports that although there is a culture that is pushing for representation and diversity in Hollywood, there’s a culture that is pushing the other way that is supported by the idea about the mistreatment — even the erasure — of the white, straight male social class. It’s the culture that fuels talks and actions of white supremacist terrorist attacks and ethno-nationalist bigots that feel like there is a threat to the white race that justifies their racism and violence. It’s what has made the pro-choice conversation into a race issue: white men feeling like white women having abortions is proof of there being a white genocide. It’s even in Mayor Pete’s claims, no matter how misworded, that somehow being a white man running for president has been a disadvantage — instead of a huge reason why he had such quick political stardom.
These little moments of white supremacist camp as individual pieces of content might seem merely distasteful, but when looked at as one small piece of a larger racist articulation of the disdain for Blackness, it’s proof that the culture of white supremacy isn’t changing — the technology used to express it is evolving.
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