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Featuring an introduction by Stephanie Troutman, Black feminist scholar and associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona.
Spike Lee’s brave, biting and shockingly funny satire takes vicious aim at a wide range of hot button topics – blackface and the minstrel tradition; the appropriation of black culture by white culture; the vacuousness and venality of television; the use of the n-word; media stereotyping – that feel as relevant and urgent today as when the film was originally released in 2000.
“A scabrously risky comedy … the laughter it provokes is the kind that makes you squirm. But that’s what good satire is supposed to do.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
In Bamboozled, a frustrated African-American television writer (Damon Wayans), in an act of protest against his network’s racial insensitivity, creates an intentionally and impossibly offensive “new millennium minstrel show,” in hopes it will get him fired. The only problem is, the show not only becomes an unexpected hit, it also creates a national craze for blackface – while simultaneously provoking violent retaliation from a militant group known as the Mau Mau’s. Lee’s provocative, jaw-dropping satire, filled with uncomfortably truthful comedy, deploys centuries of egregious, racially-charged imagery to illustrate and attack the American media’s peddling of black stereotypes for the sake of ratings. Also starring Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Michael Rapaport. (Dir. by Spike Lee, 2000, USA, 135 mins., Rated R)
Stephanie Troutman is a Black feminist scholar and associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. Much of her work takes an intersectional approach to understanding issues of race, gender, and sexuality in relation to both popular culture and schooling. Specifically, Dr. Troutman focuses on educational policies, curriculum and pedagogy, film, media and youth discourses on issues of identity.