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2,
Minstrelsy
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Unformatted text preview: Unit
2,
Minstrelsy
 Video
Guide
 
 Bamboozled
(2000),
Directed
by
Spike
Lee
 
 There
is
much
to
discuss
in
this
film.

Of
particular
interest
for
purposes
of
this
 course
are
the
reactions
of
the
live
audience
during
Manray
and
Sleep
n’
Eat’s
debut.

 When
Lee
filmed
this
scene,
the
audience
did
not
know
what
they
were
going
to
see.

 Therefore,
their
reactions
are
unrehearsed.

What
many
find
surprising
about
this
 scene
is
not
the
audience’s
initial
disgust,
but
how
quickly
they
engage
with
the
 minstrel
show,
laughing
at
the
racist
humor
of
the
19th
century.


 
 Lee
also
uses
this
film
to
protest
the
continued
use
of
minstrel
stereotypes
in
the
 media,
and
to
parody
the
bizarre
and
demeaning
ways
that
many
(both
black
and
 white)
“perform”
race
in
everyday
life
and
the
entertainment
industry.

For
example,
 the
movie
begins
with
Pierre
Delacroix
rehearsing
his
own
name,
perhaps
in
an
 effort
to
adopt
a
more
white
persona.


 
 Here
are
some
questions
to
take
notes
on
during
this
film:
 
 What
do
the
“audiences”
in
this
film
find
entertaining
about
the
“New
Millenium
 Minstrel
Show?”
 
 What
entertainment
personalities,
shows,
or
public
figures
does
Lee
satirize?

Does
 this
film
change
the
ways
that
you
view
these
people?
 
 What,
in
your
opinion,
is
Lee’s
overall
“argument”
in
this
film?


 
 What
are
your
personal
reactions
to
this
film?

Did
you
find
it
disturbing?

 Entertaining?

Boring?

Why
do
you
think
you
had
such
a
reaction?
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2011 for the course MUS 355 taught by Professor Carson during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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