hall_of_rage ([personal profile] hall_of_rage) wrote2012-05-12 01:52 am
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Shove it, stereotypes

Four African men, not sure which country they are from, go over some violent, angry stereotypes of them and then talk about who they actually are. The video is heartwarming and brilliant. I got it from this entry, wherein The Crommunist says

The brilliance of this video is that it repeatedly hammers you with the contrast of the reality with the stereotype. In so doing, it forces your brain into a state of cognitive dissonance – it must reconcile these images that do not go together. Those happy, smiling, fun-loving guys do not conform to the pictures we’re shown in the movie clips. It drives that wedge in there and forces us to confront our programming.





No transcript this time, until I get around to writing one. The video description says in part,

Wouldn't it be better if African men weren't always depicted as warlords or victims?

After viewing Mama Hope's video, "Alex Presents Commando," Gabriel, Benard, Brian and Derrik (the Kenyan men in this video) told us they wanted to make one that pokes fun at the way African men are portrayed in Hollywood films. They said, "If people believed only what they saw in movies, they would think we are all warlords who love violence." They, like Mama Hope, are tired of the over-sensationalized, one-dimensional depictions of African men and the white savior messaging that permeates our media. They wanted to tell their own stories instead, so we handed them the mic and they made this video.

Learn more at: http://www.mamahope.org