Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The River Was Deep But I Swam It

I met a friend of Hutch's this weekend. Hutch quickly informed both me and Jesse, the friend, that we both keep blogs and the inevitable exchange of URLs eventually happened. Perusing Random Press landed me on one post that discusses the theory that "King Kong" and its various incarnations are racist — an allegory for society's inability to accept a relationship between a white woman (Fay Wray, Jessica Lange or Naomi Watts) and a black man (Kong himself). Jesse himself does not outright endorse the theory, but owns up to the fact that it's at least an interesting idea. He also points out something interesting in the poster for the Jessica Lange version that I had never noticed before.

Look hard.

You should have noticed by know that Kong's index finder and curled hand look remarkably like a giant, black dong aiming at Lange's nether regions.

That, dear readers, is a close reading I can stand behind.


  1. Anonymous1:03 PM

    I have a couple of articles on this (and the larger genre of "jungle films" in general) around here somewhere from my "African-American Image in Cinema" classes. There were some pretty convincing arguments, if I recall... I'll dig around for them and give them a re-read.
    And, re: Dean O'Dell, my money is on the son now.

  2. Interesting. I kind of thought it to be more about voyeurism and turning the other into spectacle.

  3. Anonymous8:49 PM

    Well, a voyeuristic spectacle is never far behind when the giant tip of your finger looks like the giant tip of a penis.