Dance on Film Students React to Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled”

Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Dialogue Blog | 16 comments

Dance on Film Students React to Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled”

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In a recent session of Molly Faullkner’s DNCE 102 Survey of Dance on Film, students watched and discussed Spike Lee’s controversial film Bamboozled  about the representation of Black people in the media and pop culture.  In the comments to this post, they will share some of their reactions, beginning on Thursday, September 29.  Read the comments below and please, add your thoughts to the dialogue.  Remember to be considerate and respectful in the way you choose to express your ideas.

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Maryann
Maryann

“Bamboozled” is certainly one of the most difficult films to watch that I’ve ever seen. Spike Lee leaves nothing to imagination, his characters in the film speak with no filter. The first scene showing “Manntan” and “sleep and eat” apply their black faces, is particularly sad to watch. It hurts to see these two men, simply wanting to make a living, apply their “black face”. They both look sad and disgusted as they degrade themselves, and are reminded of what tragedies their previous relatives must have gone through when slavery was still an active role in every day lives.

Mer_Calmant
Mer_Calmant

This was a hard movie to watch, honestly. There was so much racism portrayed within this movie that it virtually punches you in the face, more than once. One thing I found very interesting was in the documentary where Mrs. Smith talks about her own translation of the movie. She talks about how she felt that there was a big lesson to be learned from this movie about how people can begin to act as people expect them to act. They can take on that personality without thinking about it and it is not always someone they would like to… Read more »

Molly Faulkner
Molly Faulkner

This film is a brutal depiction of the devastating effects of institutional racism. By presenting a “Modern-Day” Minstrel show complete with racist content and stereotype, Spike Lee shows the power of popular culture to whitewash the foundational marginalization of the African-American people. A bad idea spins hopelessly out of control and the ultimate moral is that where racism is concerned, there is no happy ending.

AA, Dance 102
AA, Dance 102

“Bamboozled” is not just a mere parody on the institutional racism, it also raises modern day issues such as sexism, subordination,violence, product consumption,women objectification and double standards. Mixed with a handful of metaphors and double antandra on the blackface image, this movie gives a lot if food for thought regarding how people respond to, challenge or face the aforementioned issues. One of the things that actually stood out to me was how public easily accepted and supported the minstrel show, despite the fact that everyone was thrown by it at the beginning. The public unanimous acceptance of the prejudice and… Read more »

Vitolo, P
Vitolo, P

Bamboozled caught me off guard. The whole baseline of the show they produced in the movie had very blunt and racial stereotypes. It’s as if we all know what those are, but they say it with no restraint. This really opened up your mind and made you think more about racism. How that, even today, it’s still there. It’s crazy to think that some people really do think like that all time and segregate themselves by color. Bamboozled had also shown how people can get so caught up i the moment and continue with wrong reasoning. One specific way they… Read more »

Izzy
Izzy

Many controversial themes arose form our class screening of the movie “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee. Institutional racism being the largest and most obvious theme throughout the movie; really analyzing how we as a society determine what is deemed acceptable or unacceptable, what is right and wrong, or what exactly makes us “human”. Watching the entire movie was somewhat exhausting because of its vulgarity and racism being continuously “thrown in your face”. But one thing is certain, nobody wins and nobody is innocent; we need compassion and understanding, we need change.

Tomoka Fujita
Tomoka Fujita

I thought this is self-torturing film because producer who is black man made the channel which many black people act. Even though some people are not black, producer made them behave like black. As a result, the channel was finished, and one of main actor and producer were killed. This story finished sadly. The producer tried to change the image of black, but it was difficult. After I finished watching this film, I was kind of sad and felt sorry. This film was a little bit self-torturing.

Jessica Arredondo
Jessica Arredondo

This film was absolutely brutal to watch, but Spike Lees approach to showcase how Hollywood portrays black people on film is absolutely brilliant. The first scene of the movie goes against the norm of hollywoods conception of a black male living in the slums/ghetto without having an education.He does this by making the main Character Damon Wayans a successful tv show producer and explains the meaning of Satire to the audience so they understand that this movie wil push us in ways that you wouldn’t even imagine. Overall this movie gives a lot of insight about all the racial profiling… Read more »

Tia Rivera
Tia Rivera

I think Spike Lee was a genius in bringing attention to the horror of racism and its immense influence through the media through this movie. Spike Lee did not just directly say “racism is bad” but he demonstrated racism through satire. This type of satire, however had a dark truth behind it. After watching this movie I started to wonder if post de jure segregation still applies today because although segregation is legally outlawed in society, I feel like there still exists a racial divide due to the influence of media. The usage of “black face” in the movie evidently… Read more »

JM dance 102
JM dance 102

Spike Lee’s movie Bamboozled was not only hard to watch but very interesting to watch! The movie not only hits racism but in today’s society hits all kinds of point from sexism, racism, violence, equal equality, and so much more. Throughout the movie “manntan” and “sleep and eat” painted black face over their black faces trying to portray the stereotype of what black people act and live like. Having the film take place on a cotton field and watermelon field. I asked a few friends about what they thought about black face and minstrel shows? And none of them could… Read more »

Andrew Ghani
Andrew Ghani

Spike lee has always been known for his controversial yet outstanding work in the film industry and this exploits (the film bamboozled) that everyone has a price tag so to speak except for the few that are noble and stand for good (referring to jada pinkett smiths character). Greed and Lust for power and money corrupts people of all color throughout this movie and this film all around sends a very powerful message to all viewers and I being a mixed young man (African American/Caucasian) am glad to have participated in watching this film

LD
LD

Not only was this movie extremely hard to watch because of it’s racism, the fact that it was filmed on a hand held camera was very distracting, personally. To be honest I was not as shocked as some of the other students about the racist things going on in the film, however it was still very uncomfortable to watch. “Bamboozled’s” most shocking aspect was the use of black face on black actors. This was very disturbing to the whole class. Although I understand the satire of the film and how it could be funny, I did not find myself laughing.… Read more »

Rachel

This film really caught me off guard and was pretty tough to watch.

Ranjeet

The movie bit tough to watch for me

Rick

This discussion is great. I love to read and comment on this blog