Why Use Blaxpoitation Film Clip in News Story, Mediaite Wonders

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Mediaite slammed CNN for airing a clip from 2002 movie Undercover Brother in its report on TSA agents’ inspection of hairdresser Isis Brantley’s hair.

“Was it really necessary for CNN to use a clip from, of all things, Undercover Brother — a film satirizing 70s Blaxploitation films — to highlight the fact that people don’t like strangers touching their hair? Afros and “natural hair” have had a long and complicated history in the U.S., adding a potential extra layer of significance to the officials’ decision to specifically search Brantley’s hair.”

“To diminish that by using a cartoonish portrayal of a black person with a full afro to highlight a point is, at best, highly unprofessional.”

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