NPR: King Kong Racist Because He Represents Black People

"A big, black man" - right?

King Kong, the "8th wonder of the wonder of the world," the king of the jungle, the box-office champion, is apparently a metaphor for uppity black men looking to steal white women.  

In an NPR segment, Afro-American studies professor Robin Means Coleman of the University of Michigan asserts that King Kong has always been a tale about black lynching.

“This is, again, a big, black man - right? - a big, black ape who is absolutely obsessed with whiteness and particularly white women. That has to be cut down," she asserts.  

At the show's opening, the host Lakshmi Singh gave a not-so-subtle hint at Kong's racist undertones.  

"King Kong has been around almost as long as Hollywood itself," he said. "The first 'Kong' movie was in 1933, and from its inception, it's always been loaded with some ugly, racial subtext, ridiculous caricatures of natives, white men protecting a white woman from the savages and a giant, dangerous, black creature from the jungle."

Ed Straker The American Thinker has the right take on this nonsense, because the implication to this argument is that all on-screen primates somehow represent black people.

In the original Planet of the Apes movie, the main chimpanzee was played by Roddy McDowall, whose voice was obviously very white-sounding (and more than a little gay).  No one said the Planet of the Apes movies were about black people. In Star Wars, the character of Chewbacca is obviously monkey-related.  But no one says Chewbacca is a slur on black people. Is Disney's Jungle Book racist for having a monkey in it?  Is Tarzan racist as well?  And what about computer games like "Donkey Kong"?  Is "Donkey Kong" a game made by racists who want to give white people the ability to make black people jump in the air repeatedly?

Disparaging black people as apes always served the racist ends of white supremacists. Curiously, leftists are now the ones promulgating it.  

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