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Prof Suggests the ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ Film Franchises Support Anti-Black Racism

Prof Suggests the ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ Film Franchises Support Anti-Black Racism

“reinforce anti-blackness”

It seems that people who view the world through this lens can find racism in pretty much anything.

The College Fix reports:

Professor: The ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ film franchises support anti-black racism

There’s one thing in the universe you can always count on: the absurdity of sociology professors.

Writing in The Conversation, which dubs itself as “academic rigor [with] journalistic flair,” Brock University’s Tamari Kitossa would have us believe — because of the post-George Floyd era, natch — that the popular film franchises of Alien and Predator actually reinforce anti-blackness.

After citing a few statistics and mentioning Mr. Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Kitossa claims the Alien franchise is a reference to black women as (alien) breeders, while the Predator films “riff on images of Black men as dreadlocked, violent and superhuman.”

Let’s take Predator first because Kitossa has a point, however minute:

Predator depicted a Black, dreadlocked, large and super-virile male in a way that converged white art with white political history. A white man once said he thought it was cool that I had dreadlocks like the Predator. This is not a compliment.

The police rape, torture, castrate and murder Black men. The link between visual culture and anti-Black, racist, dog-whistle politics reveals that these violent, racist behaviours strikes deep at the heart of white psychosexual fears and pathologies.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | August 24, 2020 at 1:08 pm

This clown makes Cornell West sound profound and learned.

Let me see if I have some logic correct…

The motion picture industry is generally considered to be centered in California. Movies are funded by studios and producers, again, mainly located in California. The motion picture industry has created considerable wealth among a select, very privileged group of people. Residuals from popular movies often provide ongoing wealth to many in the industry, including, and particularly, the studios. The actors, actresses, and the multitude of people required to make a motion picture are generally located in California. Many of the same people, their unions, and their various employers tend to espouse liberal causes, even to the point of embedding liberal messages in the films they make. California is a very vocal liberal state. Liberals demand erasure of images that offend them. Liberals demand penance and reparations from those who do not echo the party line. Liberals demand reparations from people whose entire genealogy had nothing to do with slavery or racism.

So at what point will all the good liberals in the motion picture industry get on their knees and empty their wallets in reparation for all the harm done by wrong-thinking movies produced over the last century or so?

Yeah, I thought so.

If everything is racist, then nothing is.

Now do Ferengi.

    henrybowman in reply to daniel_ream. | August 24, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    (((Ferengi)))?

      daniel_ream in reply to henrybowman. | August 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Yes. Ferengi per Deep Space Nine are every negative stereotype of the Greedy Money-Grubbing Jew, and every Ferengi was played by a Jewish actor.

      Ask the writers and they insist the Ferengi are just a metaphor for all humanity, because we’re all so greedy and stuff.

      Sometimes, SF really does have offensive caricatures in it.

I’m assuming everyone associated with the movie was liberal, so hard to believe there was some intentional acts of racism going on–maybe its subconsciously racist? Or subtly racist? Or just not racist at all? Maybe it’s just a movie made to entertain?

The irony of all this is that there was a successful plagiarism lawsuit by A.E. vanVogt complaining that the premise of “Alien” was cribbed from his short story, “The Black Destroyer.”

On and on Coeurl prowled!

(Quite likely the most awkward opening line since “It was a dark and stormy night.”)

    daniel_ream in reply to henrybowman. | August 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Cameron was successfully sued by Harlan Ellison for the Terminator series, and another golden age author has noted the similarity between Jake Sully’s character arc and one of his short stories.

    Cameron in particular has openly bragged about stealing SF short stories for his movies, which is why he keeps losing the lawsuits.

I’ve been saying for years that one of the things that drives leftists to find racism/sexism/transphobia/whateverEvilDuJour everywhere is simply a childish urge to top each other.

I am amazed that they continue to succeed.

The police rape, torture, castrate and murder Black men

Perhaps Professor Kitossa would grace us with actual examples of police raping, castrating, and torturing black men?

George_Kaplan | August 25, 2020 at 2:39 am

Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t Predators a matriarchal society, or was that only in some of the books? As for Aliens being a reference to black women as breeders, isn’t only one of the Aliens a breeder – the queen? Aren’t most Aliens actually ‘drones’? Sure they grow from Chestbursters which means dead humans etc, but I’m not see the basis for racist whining.

And then there’s the fact that both Aliens and Predators are Hollywood productions, and Hollywood is known for its liberal nature. Is this black academic simply attacking white liberals? I’ve no skin in this game so go for it. 😀

    Milhouse in reply to George_Kaplan. | August 25, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    There is no such trope as “black women as breeders”. The Aliens are clearly based on insects, not on any stereotype of any kind of human.

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