Armond White on the reception of Spike Lee’s film “Malcolm X” (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

 

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…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read more of Armond White’s take on the reception of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years Of Pop Culture That Shook The World.

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