King Kong Movie And Racism In America

On Friday, the new onscreen version of the King Kong story hit the screens, and it came a long legacy of racially-charged undertones.

Many cinema goers are looking forward to seeing “Kong: Skull Island,” which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. Though some critics see racial controversy behind the classic story.

The original “King Kong” plot features a film crew, accompanied by damsel actress Ann Darrow, who discover an island inhabited by “savage” natives. Eventually, the men capture a gigantic ape, King Kong, and bring him back to New York City to display him as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

The adventure story has been viewed by some as a kind of racist allegory, symbolically depicting white America’s view of black people at the time. Critics have even drawn connections between the capture of Kong and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, with Kong’s disastrous escape in New York symbolic of the perceived “disaster” of granting black people in the U.S. true freedom.

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The clip above has inspired the Internet users to rewatch the 1933 movie and their comments speak for themselves. The issue of racism in no laughing matter so we strongly hope that the creators of the new movie didn’t repeat the mistakes of their predecessors.


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