In Collins chapter 5, Collins uses a movie named Booty Callthat was made in 1997, to talk about sex, violence, and images of blackmasculinity. Byusing the film Booty Call she brings to light the one main stereotype of blackmen being young and violent. When reading this article, it talks about thehyper sexuality of black men and their images and stereotypes in media andcinema. Black hyper-sexuality can be seenthroughout media history. From early films and their origins, such as Birth ofa Nation, to Blaxploitation a genre of the 70’s and even in today’s movies. Inbirth of a nation (1915) black men were seen as savages who when freed fromslavery, would undoubtedly rape and torture white women. The film whileextremely racist was once the top grossing film of all time until Snow whiteand the Seven Dwarfs out.
This depiction of violence and rape seemed to add astigma to African American men. Even the film booty call, Collins talks aboutthe probable history of the black vernacular term booty call, and booty plunderand how it’s about masculinity and property. It culminates to stereotypes ofpimps exploiting women.
I have not watched the movie BootyCall but just from what I read in this article, rape and violence are known asa stereotype when it comes to black men. I think this film is a great examplefor how other people view African Americans and what is stereotyped. Black mendo unfortunately still have this “booty call” sense today. This movie should bean eye opener for others to see what is being said about African Americans. In this article, Collins also usesthe show The Cosby Show to compare black sexuality. “For example, on The CosbyShow, the ability of Cosby’s character to dance, shoot hoops, model chiseledabs, or perform in the sack in the sack is irrelevant.
The show provided shotsof Heathcliff and Claire cuddling under the covers, hinting at a safe sexualitybut never showing it.” (pg. 169) I used to watch The Cosby Show growing up, andI felt this family was no different from mine. Yes, the family is black butthey still dealt with issues that I dealt with as child. Such as parents alwaysmaking me check up with him, always making me introduce my boyfriends to them,and even knowing that school and college is important. Just because this familyis black, does not mean they aren’t any normal from any other family anddealing with more sexuality. The Cosby show was a good show for others to seethat families can all be the same in different ways.