Movie Critic Likens Django Unchained ‘House Negro’ to Black Republicans Like Michael Steele and Clarence Thomas
Boston Globe movie critic Wesley Morris likens the House Negro in D’Jango Unchained, played by Samuel L. Jackson, to black Republicans like Clarence Thomas and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Morris’ review of the movie was positive, in that he thought director Quentin Tarantino did a good job meshing a spaghetti Western with a Civil War era drama, but he spared no criticism of Samuel L. Jackson’s character:
Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. He’s conjuring the house Negro, yes, but playing him as though he were Clarence Thomas or Alan Keyes or Herman Cain or Michael Steele, men whom some black people find embarrassing.
Morris continued, saying, “Jackson turns the volume way up on his entire persona to broadcast the nightmare of black self-loathing. It’s a terrifying, fearless, and easily misconstrued performance.”
Are black conservatives the equivalent of House Negroes? Is the definition of a House Negro someone who works against the interest of black people, or has the definition shifted over the years? And are black Republicans always in that category? Is it possible to be a black Republican and still be down for the cause?
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