lechzayenparaabout 1 year ago
I appreciate critical analyses of films and how they could have an impact on a culture. And I haven't seen this film yet. But I just want to point out that reclamation of words that were once used as a tool of oppression is a real thing that people do, and that really did happen with slaves in America as well. So in the given example, an exchange between two black men, this very much could have been what was being represented - using the word as a sort of stick it to the man, ala the "cunt" monologue in VMs or thousands of years of oppressed and exoticized cultures during colonialism who turned around the images of them being overly sexual and said "no whities, you're the ones who are exotic sexual beings who need to be put in their place." As I said, though, I haven't seen the film yet, so I very well might be wrong and this might have been very explicitly not what was being done. Maybe today people shouldn't use certain words, and it shouldn't have been used back then by white men either, but it was, and blacks had to deal with it somehow.