84) Armond White Movie Review of The Hughes Brothers’ Menace II Society film -1993-
“The Hughes Brothers have made an insipid piece of protest art, a
movie about Black-on-Black violence that is so self-infatuated, so loc’ed on the slick, new forms of Black urban angst that it quickly implodes. Only the impulse to glamorzie the ghetto in MTV color fields, fancy camera moves, and shortcut sociobabble (an insulting speech about survival by Charles ‘Roc’ Dutton) seem authentic; whereas the Hughes Brothers’ examples of damned youth are phony from beginning to end. Rapper Too Short appears handling a shotgun and asking, ‘Ready to put a hole in a motherfucker?’ It’s the king of fake hardness designed to be accepted by white rock critics who like to see young Blacks go wild. Menace II Society is chockablock with cliches, which may explain why it impresses white and Black middle-class reviewers. This is a version of African-American life that is…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on The Hughes Brothers film Menace II Society, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.