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25 02 2009
Bamboozled

Bamboozled

This is a movie that I own, but have never watched. The DVD cover was what had caught my eye in the first place and so I decided to do my movie poster analysis on ‘Bamboozled.’
This is what I found online about the movie: Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the violent fall-out from the show’s success. The content is intended as satirical, with its show within a show featuring its characters, all in blackface, performing in a watermelon patch. The audiences within the movie, initially baffled, come to love the show, and after a few episodes even elderly white women show up in blackface and proclaim themselves “niggers”.

What struck me first about this particular poster (there are many with different satirical cartoon images of African slaves) is that ‘this isn’t PC at all, especially in 2000). So the watermelon-eating blackface and red-lipped character on the poster is offensive to the viewers’ sensibilities, immediately drawing attention to the poster. The mustard circular background creating a halo behind the person’s head indicates a spotlight (if you know that this is a show within a show) or a halo for the ‘naive, black person’ who has done no wrong but depict media representations of the Black people. The poster itself is created as an playbill of a theatrical show.

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