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The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die By Matt Zoller Seitz

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Over the past decades, Hollywood movies have brought out the representations of racial inequality through out various themes of racism and stereotypical ways. One frequent type of racial inequality is that there is a culture or race that is belittled, under-privilege and inferior while the other is superior and high in order. In “The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die” by Matt Zoller Seitz, He identifies the term “magical negro” as: “a saintly African American character who acts as a mentor to a questing white hero, who seems to be disconnected from the community that he adores so much, and who often seems to have an uncanny ability to say and do exactly what needs to be said or done in ...view middle of the document...

The author is able to express to readers what is implied instead of them searching every detail to grasp the main concept. Author’s purpose influence the themes-- racism and stereotypes—because it allows the author to add as much facts and opinions they want to in order to convey to our judgment. In “The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die”, the author’s reason to create this article is to persuade us into thinking that the term “magical negro” is anachronistic and that it is produced off of stereotypical and racist beliefs. Also, it is enhancing our judgment on the issue to better agree in his favor. In order to support this idea, he quotes from and uses arguments of individuals to prove what he is saying is true and that readers should agree. For Instance, Seitz states “Even though the movies take pains to insist that the African American character is as much a flesh-and-blood person as the white hero, the relationship is that of a master and servant…one that really, truly lives to serve, has no life to speak of beyond his service…” (409) but quotes from Spike Lee saying ““How is it that black people have these powers but they use them for the benefit of white people?” Lee asked sarcastically” (409). His purpose of persuading the readers and quoting from other individuals is beneficial to our judgment because it’s allowing individuals to get a better insight into the topic. In “Race Relations Light Years from the Earth”, Sengupta has an opinion that the Avatar movie is racist and stereotypical and he goes on to list details from the movie to justify his stance and includes factual evidence of some of the terminology in the movie. His purpose is to persuade and inform about the Avatar movie by analyzing, in order to confirm that the movie is a stereotypical “White Messiah” film. As shown by the quotes: “Befriend its indigenous population; the Na’vi… Cameron is clear about whom the Na’vi represents. They are repeatedly referred to as “indigenous,” “aboriginal,” and...

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