Final Essay - Josh Youngerman Sweet Sweetback's Bad Ass...

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Josh Youngerman Sweet Sweetback’s Bad Ass Song Sweet Sweetback’s Bad Ass Song was the first big blaxploitation film. It kicked off an era of action films where you had mostly black casts. This was definitely not a Hollywood film and it had it gone to the ratings board it would have probably gotten an X rating. The opening scene lets us know what we are in for as we see a boy (Mario Van Peebles) graphically having sex with a white woman. Sex is a common theme in the film and the titular character Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) has a lot of it. He fits the common black archetype of the big black buck. The black buck is the black character that is oversexed, athletic, and violent. All he cares about is having sex and acting machismo. This fits Bogle’s definition of the buck archetype. The one difference from Bogle’s is that usually the buck is the villain. We don’t see that much of the black buck on screen today although their have still been some modern representations of that character. One example of character like this was actually portrayed by a white man. It is Christian Bale as Jim Luther Davis in Harsh Times from the creator of Training Day . He is of course a cop gone mad in the hood and we see him sexually abusing woman and constantly getting into violent fights. All he cares about is sex and power. In one scene towards the end of the movie he rapes his girlfriend while threatening to shoot her
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