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 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.