Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Monster's Ball--Monster Balls

Monster’s Ball

Monster Balls

Bad news for race relations as Hollywood validates the not-so-subliminal desires of the white man for the black woman.



I’d have to agree with the anonymous author on one point: if I wrote such a virulent attack, and tried to pass it off as critical analysis, I wouldn’t sign my name to it either.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see such a diatribe from the Nation of Islam or similar pro-segregation organizations that uphold racial purity and only look out for their own kind.

Alternatively, a post-civil rights era perspective can reveal the movie as a tale of cultural integration and the growth of compassion.  In this case, Lawrence Musgrove’s execution could be the cinematic representation of injustice visited upon blacks throughout American history.  The death of both Sonny and Tyrell (Hank and Leticia’s pure-bred sons) reflect the lack of future for segregationist policy for either race.  Could the monumental sex scene be the turning point, the ‘little death’ of racist America, the opening of white men’s eyes to the plight of his fellow Americans?  If Hank’s guilt over past injustices compels him to give Leticia whatever she needs to become self-sufficient, the car and business are not fees for services rendered, but affirmative action or reparations.  At the same time he welcomes her into his own home, displacing his father and the racist traditions the elder represents.  This act inverts historical miscegenation – Hank brings Leticia into his home in broad daylight, whereas the proverbial Thomas Jefferson certainly visited Sally Hemings in the slave quarters under the cover of darkness.

Of course, the movie ends with the interracial relationship in-tact, leaving the viewer to infer the mixed-blood fruits it may spawn.  The Wanna-be’s and Jigaboo’s can fight about whether Hale Berry is Nubian enough, perhaps the rest of us glimpsed a future where it doesn’t matter.

Posted by Alex Z on 17 Jun 04 at 07:31 PM

Why can’t the story just be astory. Why does it have to be this or that. She’s black he’s white he’s a racist can’t he change can’t he realize he’s wrong why is the black man threatened by this movie? Get over it in 500 hundred years we may all be Mulato so what then. Man back the Fuck and see it for what it is a movie about first Tagedy and social condition. In the end two people find each other and Race is a big part of it and an obstacle the was hard to overcome. And if Denzel Fucks Julia Roberts Good! I’d see the movie if it was a good story!! Oooh somehow this would horrify white people?!?!?!? WTF is wrong w/ you get your head out of your ASS!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 16 Jul 10 at 02:48 PM

This is the most backwards review of a film I have ever seen. It is appalling that you find so little and make such little understanding out of that. Referencing Birth of a Nation is not only a vapid extension, it’s referencing a film that wholeheartedly represented itself as propaganda. Stop reading so much into what’s not there and go enjoy transformers. Sad fool.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04 Jul 12 at 12:42 PM

I’m white and my mrs is black, and I got a black son…so what. When it comes down to it, you should be allowed to fall in love with whoever you want, and be happy , this article kinder shocked me. Never thought about ” splitting the oak wood” never really thought about what do black men think of me..never thought what do white men think of me..what do black women think of me…etc etc etc . Life is about moving forward..yet the powers that be want us to keep our minds in the past..keep us feel guilty about past historic events that not one person on this earth can change..all you can change is the future, spread love and respect all man and women and nature.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 21 Mar 13 at 11:41 AM
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