79) Armond White on the reception of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film -1992-
“When TIME magazine calls a film biography of Malcolm X ‘tepid’ and New York magazine calls it ‘solid,’ only one thing can be said for sure: The figure of the slain Black politician has been thoroughly
domesticated…The shocking thing is that the agent of this process is Spike Lee, a so-called outspokesperson (Albert Murray’s term) who pretends to shake up America’s white-dominated culture industry while trying to attain all its benefits, from money to influence. Sellout is too common a word for an outrage of this shame and magnitude. The full horror of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X didn’t occur to me…”
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