Thursday, February 28, 2008

26. Blaxploitation Films

Now this one will be a case hard to argue. Blaxploitation is defined as:

"a film genre that emerged in the U.S. in the early 1970s when many films were made that targeted the urban black audience; the word itself is a mash-up of the words “black” and “exploitation.” Blaxploitation films starred primarily black actors, and were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music."

Though many will argue that this trend died in the 80s, I counter with this: today's films are only different in their song choice.

I didn't see any white people buying tickets to see Soul Plane or Barbershop. Even films like Big Momma's House and How She Move would be considered Blaxploitation back in the 70s. The target audience is still black people. The cast is mainly black and the themes are still generic and overhyped stereotypes of black behavior and dress.

And yet, they have now become treasured and renamed as "black cinema". Embraced by the very community which used to bad mouth Shaft, the father of blaxploitation.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

You are truly an idiot. As an avid fan of Blaxploitation films (well, actually any type of exploitation flick), I can say with great certainty that you have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. Big Momma's House in no way would ever constitute as a Blaxploitation film.

I think you've really missunderstood the irony of the Things White People Like blog, because it is in humour and jest, and in no way supposed to be malicious. It is white people poking fun at themselves. Black people can poke fun at themselves, too, at and other websites.

I have to be honest, this pathetic waste of bandwidth seems to be less about you making "subjective" comedy about other races, and more like you using that paper-thin excuse to unload your own racist thought.

u suck lol