Women in Bamboozled Essay

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Our team chose to focus on representations of women in Spike Lee’s latest joint,
“Bamboozled”. This theme was attractive to us because we felt the filmmaker had a powerful message to send his audience after viewing the trailer in class.
Despite the fact that there is only one woman in a starring role, a multitude of specific and acute ideas are presented by Spike Lee through the film. We were also eager to take advantage of the opportunity to apply what we have learned in class to the thought-provoking and controversial nature of his work.
     When reflecting upon representations of women, we felt that a continuous motif of women as puppets is present. The lead female character, Sloan
Hopkins, is played by Jada
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She remains a puppet controlled by Delacroix. It seems the only way she has to get any attention is to agree and go along with the horrible concept. These are just a few examples of how Sloan acts as a puppet. We would like to move on to some other representations of women that continue this motif.
     Women in the film were also portrayed as puppets for society. This is demonstrated through the stereotypical roles the characters fulfilled. They were used as a tool for advertising, in this case clothing and an alcoholic beverage.
Scantily clad and engaging in sexual behavior, the women are used as objects in advertising to sell products. Another character that is highly sexualized is the only female member of the rap group, Mau Mau. Her official name in the credits is Smooth Black, but we will refer to her simply as “Lollipop Girl”. She plays the role of “group slut” and comes across as sexually promiscuous. There is always a lollipop present with her and it’s obviously meant to be a phallic symbol. Her main response is agreeing with all the men in her music group. This makes her submissive in the same vein that Sloan bows down to the wishes of her male counterparts. While these are two completely different characters both visually and mentally, they are portrayed in a similar manner of disrespect. Both play the role of a “yes” woman despite their attempts to assert themselves.

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