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I went to check it out and this film is a weapon of mass destruction in

that it destroys black people as fully developed human beings. Further

it emasculates all the black men in the movie and makes being a goofy

wanna-be-black white boy from a dysfunctional family seem cool.



Malibu's Most Wanted, The Beat Goes On

By Junious Ricardo Stanton


Hollywood movies have always exhibited a sort of cultural politics in their treatment of ethnicity, but their usages of African- Americans have always seemed more resistant to change, even under the pressure of social crisis. - Thomas Cripps from Split Image African Americans in The Mass Media, p.125

Just as whites co-opted ragtime, jazz, rhythm and blues (turning R&B into Rock and Roll) Hip Hop is now being hijacked right before our very eyes using a myriad of media, CDs, videos, and film. Contrary to popular opinion, art is not neutral. Art can be and often is very political in its message, intent, and purpose. Western art promotes white supremacy and by extension the denigration of "the other," meaning all nonwhites.

The AOL-Time Warner movie Malibu's Most Wanted is a prime example of this phenomenon. Like Bringing Down The House which is still raking in mad money at the box office, Malibu's Most Wanteddeals with white family alienation but this time the protagonist is an adolescent white boy named Brad (B-Rad) Gluckman played by Jamie Kennedy who thinks he's a gangsta rapper although he and his wanna be crew are livin' large in Malibu California.

His father Bill Gluckman played by Ryan O'Neal is a candidate for governor of California and B-Rad's trying-to-be hard core lifestyle prove to be an embarrassment to him and his campaign.

Gluckman's handlers plot to get B-Rad out of the picture and come up with the idea to stage a kidnapping, take him to LA, show him simulated life in the ghetto to scare the black out of him and bring him to his senses.

Blair Underwood plays Tom Gibbons who hires two nonghetto oreo- type black actors --Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson -- to pose as thugs carjack and kidnap young Gluckman, take him to the hood for a taste of simulated ghetto life.

The film which is rated PG-13 is aimed at whites which makes it all the more insidious because it plays to every negative stereotype imaginable, the hoochie mommas, thugs-r-us ghetto dwellers and their poverty gripped sociopathic lifestyles.

I went to check it out and this film is a weapon of mass destruction in that it destroys black people as fully developed human beings. Further it emasculates all the black men in the movie and makes being a goofy wanna-be-black white boy from a dysfunctional family seem cool. For the black male characters nothing turns out right: Underwood's character gets fired, Diggs and Anderson’s characters are like fish out of water in the hood interacting with the hard core gang bangers and they are depicted as real punks.

The gang leader eventually adopt B-Rad into their gang (it's a long story) but in the end his house gets destroyed. Except for Shondra played by Regina Hall, all the sistahs are portrayed as skeezers. Shondra who has dreams of being an entrepreneur (that's how she gets roped into the kidnapping scheme by her cousin Anderson) leaves the hood but incredibly ends up with B-Rad who in the end helps her accomplish her dream of opening the first of a string of beauty salons.

Oh, by the way B-Rad reconciles with his father who in the end is elected governor. The film is not high art and doesn't pretend to be. It is white supremacy at its best, using sly subtle yet in your face stereotypes to stigmatize not only Hip Hop but black people. When things get out of hand and tight, Ryan O'Neal fires Blair Underwood and takes off to save his son who has inadvertently gotten caught up in the ghetto thug life.

Even B-Rad's well to do suburban fake-gangsta crew, an East Indian, Arab, Afghani phenotype named Hadj, a punk rock type looking white girl named Mocha and another fake looking gangsta white boy named Monster summon up the courage to attempt to save their friend while the black males in the movie who are supposed to be "real gangstas" wimp out and back down from not only B-Rad but his father and his crew.

So not only does the goofy white boy get the fine head-on straight black girl, he reconciles with his on-the-way-up daddy. He and his crew make all the black men in the film look like punks and buffoons -- typical Hollywood. Like I said earlier this film is insidious. It is characteristic of a white boy's idea of comedic cinema. From an analytical and African consciousness perspective, Malibu's Most Wanted is not funny.

The Digital Underground hosted by Junious Ricardo Stanton airs live on Sundays from 12 noon to 2 PM Eastern time on This week's guest will be Gary Grant and Ridgley Muhammad President and Vice President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association who will speak about programs to support black farmers, co-ops buying clubs etc. The second hour will  feature Sheila and Sharon Peters of the Memphis Tennessee based Peters Group who will talk about juvenile female offenders, parenting and intervention strategies and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color. Log on and learn. Engage in mental decolonization, free your mind the rest will follow.

26 April 2003

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