One of my favorite bloggers, Angry Black Bitch, this weekend posted a very funny, very smart take on her dismay at the fact that Peter Jackson has remade "King Kong" for the umpteenth time.
"A bitch has no hatred for Peter Jackson or his team of amazing folks. What this bitch hates fucking cannot stand and thinks should be relegated to the same dark, murky hole in Hades that hopefully holds the entire body of black-face entertainment is the story."
What does she hate about the tale? Well, that it's about "a white, very white ... extremely white and Aryan the way Ann Coulter wishes she was Aryan ... woman who some how ends up on a tropical, very tropical, WILD and untamed island populated by NATIVES! Yep, natives who become entranced with this Aryan representation of civilized female beauty even though they have never set eyes on a white woman."
Worse, yet, these worshipful natives have a secret, or as ABB puts it, "A big fucking secret! There is a giant highly sexualized primate lurking on the island! ... In order to pacify said giant black primate, the natives offer up sacrificial women." But when those regular women don't satiate him, the natives capture the white woman, "tie her ass to a stake and offer her."
According to ABB, "the giant primate, who represents societys notion that black men are obsessed with white women and are driven into uncontrollable frenzies by them, comes upon the blond and well becomes obsessed with her and is driven into an uncontrollable frenzy."
ABB spells it all out in much more nuanced detail in her post, and concludes with her frustration that while she "knows that Hollywood cant and/or wont get its shit together regarding portrayals of minorities," her basic attitude is "Fuck everyone involved in bringing this historic insult back to the screen to insult the fucking shit out of me again! Fuckers!"
"Between the portrayal of women and the resurrection of antiquated racial stereotypes, this black woman can find little good in the King Kong story. Which means that this remake will join the other blockbuster films of 2005 on the 'this bitch won't even watch it on cable' list."
Perhaps Peter Jackson should have stuck with Middle Earth?