Straight Outta Compton: The Music and Movie of Police Brutality

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This film is worshipful of

This film is worshipful of three central characters who grow little throughout the film and who face no moral crises that could lead to the sort of maturation that might merit the admiration that the film demands that the viewers feel. Worse, the rappers are ridiculously presented as being contemptuous of - and heroically fighting against - the very degradations and humiliations that they boast of in their lyrics (In the film, it is always the rappers' hangers-on and associates who spread inhumanity, never the rappers themselves). This is particularly egregious, given, for example, Dr. Dre's history of brutally beating women. Although the film is thoroughly enjoyable, it is not of high quality, frankly, because the director thinks of the viewer as some adolescent fan-boy, or because he is so blinded by his own adoration that he fails to notice the film's dishonesty.

Nor did the young rappers say, do, or write much that was constructive. Many black activists were speaking stridently and relevantly at the time, about the criminal justice issues that NWA indirectly raised. Public Enemy comes to mind, as does Jesse Jackson, who nearly won the Democratic nomination, while NWA was slinging their nihilistic pre-civilized nonsense. Even Louis Farrakhan, who was at least passionate and earnest, looks favorable compared to the likes of NWA.

Erik more than 1 year ago

This film is worshipful of

This film is worshipful of three central characters who grow little throughout the film and who face no moral crises that could lead to the sort of maturation that might merit the admiration that the film demands that the viewers feel. Worse, the rappers are ridiculously presented as being contemptuous of - and heroically fighting against - the very degradations and humiliations that they boast of in their lyrics (In the film, it is always the rappers' hangers-on and associates who spread inhumanity, never the rappers themselves). This is particularly egregious, given, for example, Dr. Dre's history of brutally beating women. Although the film is thoroughly enjoyable, it is not of high quality, frankly, because the director thinks of the viewer as some adolescent fan-boy, or because he is so blinded by his own adoration that he fails to notice the film's dishonesty.

Nor did the young rappers say, do, or write much that was constructive. Many black activists were speaking stridently and relevantly at the time, about the criminal justice issues that NWA indirectly raised. Public Enemy comes to mind, as does Jesse Jackson, who nearly won the Democratic nomination, while NWA was slinging their nihilistic pre-civilized nonsense. Even Louis Farrakhan, who was at least passionate and earnest, looks favorable compared to the likes of NWA.

Erik more than 1 year ago

NAAWP RESPONSE to this MOVIE:

NAAWP RESPONSE to this MOVIE: RAP MUSIC supports VIOLENT CRIME, HATE for AUTHORITY FIGURES like POLICE and TEACHERS and promotes ENTITLEMENT LIFESTYLES!

MARK TRAINA more than 1 year ago

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