[Marxism] How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 28 08:55:15 MDT 2018

“Sorry to Bother You” comes out in wide release in July. The film is 
visually ingenious and funny, yet grounded by pointed arguments about 
the obstacles to black success in America, the power of strikes and the 
soul-draining predations of capitalism. A self-described communist since 
his teens, Riley has said he aims “to help build a mass movement that 
can use withholding of labor as a strategy for social change.” That 
credo suffuses “Sorry to Bother You” and, notwithstanding the delay in 
getting it made, the film’s timing could hardly be better. In Hollywood, 
two recent blockbusters by black directors — Peele’s horror hit “Get 
Out” and Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” — staged nuanced readings of 
race within fantastical scenarios. Fresh anxieties about the 
precariousness of work and the increasingly precarious place of the 
worker have, meanwhile, permeated the cultural mainstream, from mounting 
critiques of the so-called gig economy to the teachers’ strikes enjoying 
popular support nationwide to Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” a 
Hollywood vision of the future that features characters who become 
indentured servants to rapacious tech overlords.


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