Whenever a movement comes along that the establishment (media + Fascist government + controlling corporations - in this case, Hellyweird) doesn't like, the establishment tries to ignore it at first, then tries to take it over, and eventually discredits it. A key aspect of discrediting movements that don't fit into the Marxist social plan is to provide a discrediting label which, after endless repetition, will cause an emotionally negative reaction in those who hear it and cause the general public to reject that "discredited" movement because of their brainwashing, and not because of anything that they can specifically articulate about the movement itself.
Whether it is "sexploitation movies," "teensploitation movies," "hair metal," or "fake news," the response of the simpering idiots in the establishment is always the same to anything that challenges the progressively Marxist status quo: slander, slander, slander.
Thus it was with the independent movement that produced the so-called "Blaxploitation" films that came into their highest vogue in the 70s. So "exploitative" were these films that they accurately and/or aspirationally presented the black experience of the time. Accurately, the films portrayed the government as completely incompetent (as it is), and that is why a new breed of black heroes had to appear on screen to act as saviors in the streets. Accurately, it presented the police as absent, at best, and corrupt, at worst.
Aspirationally, the blaxploitation films presented the black man as mystically attractive, with women generally throwing themselves at his feet. It presented those same men as tough enough and smart enough to step in and do the jobs that the incompetent government wasn't doing. It presented black women as existentially sexy, strong in general, possessing that something special that would enchant black men (something that even women of other enthicities did not possess), and yet ultimately dependent in the roughest situations on those black men. This equation ultimately, whether intentionally or not, pointed to the familial (and ultimately social) cohesion that everyone knew would be the ultimate salvation of the streets.
So of course, a political and media establishment whose ultimate plan was to convince people that they were dependent upon government for safety, medical care, and even cell phones, would have to slander such an artistic movement and claim that it "exploited" the very people that filled theaters every weekend to see its version of the superhero flick. But who exactly was this genre exploiting? (Hint: No one.)
*Black Shampoo* is a great place to start your investigation of the so-called "Blaxploitation Genre." If somewhat over the top and lacking nuance, it demonstrates each of the themes that would come to be associated with the genre: the radical strength and independence of the black man, the incredible beauty of the black woman, the necessity of the individual for solving problems, and cooperation in the face of common enemies as the only real means of "fighting."
The wife gives if four stars for being too over the top. I give it five stars for the same reason - if you only watch one film to learn what the "Blaxploitation" genre is all about, this is the film to watch. You will have no doubt about what the goals of the genre were after watching this film.
- Actors: Joe Oritz, Skip E. Lowe, Tanya Boyd, John Daniels
- Directors: Greydon Clark
- Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: AID
- Run Time: 82 minutes
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- ASIN: B01DRYSDB8