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Simpson, the image of the black male as the spoiler of white womanhood has been a staple of media representation in this country.
The demonization by the media of black men as rapists and murderers has been well documented by scholars interested in film Carby, ; Guerrero, ; Mercer, ; Snead, ; Wiegman, ; Winston,news Entman, ; Gray, and rap music Dyson, ; Rose, What tends to be ignored in these studies is the content of the mass-produced, mass-circulated pornography magazines which, because they can be purchased in bookstores, news stands and airport terminals, have a much larger circulation.
Of the hundreds of mass-produced, mass-distributed pornography magazines the three best sellers are Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler Osanka, While these three magazines are often lumped together they differ markedly in the type of world they construct.
Indeed, even the white working-class is invisible in the Playboy world of expensive clothes, gourmet restaurants and well appointed homes. While blacks are absent from most sections of the magazine, they appear regularly in caricatured form in the cartoons where they are depicted as competing with white men for the few sexually available white women.
The notion of the black male as sexual monster has been linked to the economic vulnerability that white working-class men feel in the face of a capitalist economy over which they have little power. This encoding of the economic threat within a sexual context, is, according to Sneadthe principal mechanism of cinematic racism and is one of the subplots of the enormously successful King Kong movie re-named King Kong and the White Women in Germany.
Thus, the image of the black male as sexual savage serves to construct white male sexuality as the protector of white womanhood, as contained and, importantly, as capable of intimacy and humanity In her analysis of black and white masculinity in Hollywood movies, Jonesargues that although black and white actors are increasingly portrayed in terms of a violent masculinity, for white actors this violence is tempered by his sexually intimate scenes with a white woman.
These scenes assure the audience that for all his violence, the white male is still capable of bonding with another human being and of forming relationships.
For black actors, however, this humanizing quality is absent and thus he can only be defined in terms of his violence. Hard-core pornography similarly depicts black men as more sexually dehumanized than white men.
This would seem surprising since in pornography all participants, men and women, are reduced to a series of body parts and orifices. Moreover, in movies and magazines which feature black men, the focus of the camera and plot is often the size of his penis and his alleged insatiable sexual appetite for white women.
Movies such as The Adventures of Mr. Tootsie Pole Bo Entertainment Groups feature a black male and white female on the cover.
The image of the black male as sexually aggressive is a regular cartoon feature in Hustler, one of the best-selling hard-core porn magazines in the world Osanka, Cartoons which have as their theme the sexual abuse of white women by black men began appearing in the late s and by the mids, Hustler was running an average of such cartoons an issue.
Hustler was by no means the first to produce such as image but it is probably the first mass-distributed cultural product albeit in caricatured form to visually depict an enormous black penis actually doing severe physical damage to the vagina of a small white women.
That these types of images have been marginalized in the debate on pornography is problematic, especially in light of the international success of Hustler magazine. Much of the analysis of pornography has focused on the ways in which the text works as a regime of representation to construct femininity and masculinity as binary opposites.
From the image of the black woman as Jezebel, to the black male as savage, mainstream white representations of blacks have coded black sexuality as deviant, excessive and a threat to the white social order. In Hustler sex cartoons, this threat is articulated par excellence in caricatured form and serves to reaffirm the racist myth that failure to contain black masculinity results in a breakdown of the economic and social fabric of white society.
Marketing the Hustler Cartoon In the history of American mass media, cartoons have been a major form for the production and reproduction of racist myths. Cartoons, with their claim to humor, have been especially useful vehicles for the expression of racist sentiments which might otherwise be considered unacceptable in a more serious form.
Indeed, in his award-winning documentary, Ethnic NotionsMarlon Riggs shows how the cartoon image of blacks has changed little from the beginning of the century to more contemporary versions while other media forms were forced, in the post-civil rights era, to encode the racist myths in a more subtle manner.The Hollywood Reporter is your source for breaking news about Hollywood and entertainment, including movies, TV, reviews and industry blogs.
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From the box office success of The Birth of a Nation in to the national obsession with O.J. Simpson, the image of the black male as the spoiler of white womanhood has been a staple of media representation in this country.