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The Offensive Movie Cliche That Wont Die

By tiffanywilliams83 Apr 14, 2015 496 Words
Tiffany Williams 
Feb. 3, 2014 
Prepared for Dr. Dugan 
Summary #2 
"The Offensive Movie Cliche that won’t die" 
                             ​  Summary of "​
The Offensive Movie Cliche that won’t die​



                                                               Part one                       Matt Zoller Seitz is a freelance movie critic who works for New York  magazine and is also the founder of the online publication of “ ​ The House next doo​

r ”. 
In His article  " ​
The Offensive Movie Cliche that won’t die​
 " he observes in a critique of 
the character called the "Magical Negro" he argues that white america is trying to strike  a deal because they  no longer have complete control of the cultural and political  agenda.  Forty years ago, the word "negro" started to fall out of fashion, it's a  transitional word that fell between "color" the white comforting word and the more  militantly self­determined and oppositional word "black".   He continues to make his point by referring to many movies such as " ​ What 

dreams may come​
 " and " ​
The Matrix​
 ".  He defines "​
 A Magical Negro​
 " as a saintly 
African American character who acts as a mentor to a questioning white hero, who  seems to be from the community but is adored too much, has an ability to say and do  exactly what needs to be said and done to keep the story going right along in the heros  favor. 

A candidate to chair the republican National Committee made out a song entitled  "Barack the Magic Negro".  There was a sense that with the Obama candidacy that it 


was a time to rebuild, repair, and move forward.  Not just towards a post­bush society,  but a post­racial one.  Obama at first resisted endorsing this but soon played up his  status as the first non­caucasian man to pursue and win the democratic presidential  nomination.  This election triggered paranoia and rage in roughly half the population  (most were entirely white sector immigrants who embraced the idea that "we have to  protect or reclaim" our country from them).  He continues on with more references to  movies where blacks are actually quite influential, not literally magical.                       He concludes by stating the " ​ magical negro ​

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