Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why

Reed, Adolph Jr.
Date Written:  2013-02-25
Publisher:  NonSite
Year Published:  2013
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX14857

On reflection, it's possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests and interpersonal transactions and thus effectively sanitize, respectively, slavery and Jim Crow by dehistoricizing them. The problem is not so much that each film invents cartoonish fictions; it's that the point of the cartoons is to take the place of the actual relations of exploitation that anchored the regime it depicts.

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