Examining Django’s True Super Power
There is a chance a few of you Fanbros are familiar with Mr. Btongue, a pop cultural critic who’s YouTube channel has covered everything from video games, movies and even soccer. His 40 minute deconstruction of why The Mass Effect 3 ending (and its extended edition) ” is flat out broken” is the best analysis of the entire fiasco. Last week, he returned taking a look at Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
More specifically, his latest video was inspired by his beef with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. What beef? If Mr. Btongue is to be believed, it stems from who the actual creator of the legendary “Skyhook” is and the “literary context” of Django Unchained. Kareem was not the only person who has debated whether or not Django has any worthwhile literary context or if Tarantino only used American Slavery has a backdrop for his Western; however, it is Kareem that Mr. Btongue’s excellent video was inspired by. His analysis will absolutely have viewers reexamining the subtext of the film. He argues Django has plenty of literary value because the text of Django examines the power structures and lies needed for institutional slavery to sustain itself and how different characters acknowledge those lies. Django’s true heroic trait isn’t his gun slinging prowess, but his ability to navigate and manipulate the forces of institutional slavery. Still today, the act of being “other” in America requires individuals to maneuver around those lingering lies.
If you ask me, Mr. Btongue thesis is on point (The Skyhook is non debatable though.) His closing statement that while slavery may have been abolished , the lies that supported the institution still linger. There are still plenty of people in America that want some people “to keep it funny.” If that if that is not worth a little bit of consideration, then I don’t know what is. What do the Fanbros think: Does Django have anything worthwhile to say or is Tarantino appropriating history again to fill his pockets?