[Marxism] Re: Ali G - missing the point
minnows at connexus.net.au
Thu Jul 22 01:27:45 MDT 2004
> From: "David Quarter" <davidquarter at sympatico.ca>
> > In arguing that Ali G. is trying to "represent black people"
In arguing that Ali G. is trying to "represent black people" comrades
here have mostly got it wrong even though Einde and others have pointed
Ali G is sending up white kids who adopt "black" language and dress and
so on that they pick up from watching imbeciles like 2 Live Crew, Chris
Rock, Puff Daddy etc etc etc. Ali G is sending up, for example, Eminem
albeit less so than some of the young twits who I meet. An example, my
younger brother (who is or at least was an Eminem fan) used to think it
funny to refer to his (all white) friends as "my niggers". (nb I think
he may have wised up a bit now). In a similar vein, the UK band "the
Prodigy" did an appalling song called "slap my bitch up" (which my
brother also found funny in the same way).
One criticism of Ali G is that although I (and a fair few reviewers) are
convinced that he is satirising this idiocy by over-acting the
stereotype in a kind of _reductio ad absurdum_, too many people don't
get it and think that he's just being funny like those "crazy" black
rappers who are also so funny when they go on about all their guns,
ho's, bitches, niggaz and all the rest of the shit.
My main beef with Ali G however is that his use of sexism is only
ancillary to his main targets of ridicule (which is people who adopt the
"black gangsta rapper" image, and those twits in the establishment who
take him as a serious expression of youth culture). Hence the sexism is
criticised little and at best only in an implied way - when it's not
positively *used*. That's my take anyway. All those who find him funny
regardless, please keep watching -- don't let me spoil your fun!
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