"Bamboozled". This theme was attractive to us because we felt the filmmaker
had a powerful message to send his audience after viewing the trailer in class.
Despite the fact that there is only one woman in a starring role, a multitude of
specific and acute ideas are presented by Spike Lee through the film. We were
also eager to take advantage of the opportunity to apply what we have learned
in class to the thought-provoking and controversial nature of his work.
When reflecting upon representations of women, we felt that a continuous
motif of women as puppets is present. The lead female character, Sloan
Hopkins, is played by Jada Pinkett Smith. She comes across as being under
Pierre Delacroix, or his puppet, from her first appearance in the film. The
opening scene of the movie emphasizes this as he is yelling at her for not
informing him of a staff meeting. Sloan continually apologizes but, not knowing
about the meeting, has no reason to do so. Regardless of this fact, she is put
down and silenced by Delacroix. He dismisses everything she says and acts as
the voice of authority with no consideration of the actual circumstances. She is
merely his puppet who has failed. When Delacroix comes up with the "Mantan
Show" idea, Sloan feels strongly against it. However, she is the one who has to
research and come up with historical portfolios for the show. She tries to
educate everyone about what they are getting into by doing such a blatantly
wrong show, but her voice is not heard and her arguments are brushed aside.
She remains a puppet controlled by Delacroix. It seems the only way she has to
get any attention is to agree and go along with the horrible concept. These are
just a few examples of how Sloan acts as a puppet. We would like to move on to
some other representations of women that continue this motif.
Women in the film were also portrayed as... [continues]
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