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Director Spike Lee, heavily influenced by the 1976 film Network, back in the year 2000 would give him an opportunity to create a satirical tragedy film that shares a striking similarity to Network. A frustrated TV worker pitches a controversial new TV show; it becomes a hit, and then certain events spiral out of control, right to the tragic point of getting shot to death. It starts off with Pierre Delacroix, an uptight, Harvard University-educated black man, working for a television network known as the Continental Network System. At work, he has to endure torment from his tyrannical boss Thomas Dunwitty. He frequently rejects Delacroix's scripts for television series that portray black people in positive, intelligent forms, dismissing them as "Cosby clones". Facing the necessity of either coming up with a hit black-centric show or being fired, Delacroix decides to aim for the latter. Delacroix would be in violation of his contract if he resigned, but getting fired would release him from it and allow him to seek work at another network. With help from his personal assistant Sloane, Delacroix decides to pitch a minstrel show named Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show is complete with black actors in blackface, extremely racist jokes and puns, and even offensively stereotyped CGI-animated cartoons that caricature the leading stars of the new show. Delacroix develops the program believing that the network would reject such over-the-top racism and fire him immediately. Delacroix and Hopkins decide to recruit two impoverished street performers, Manray and Womack homeless squatters who regularly perform outside CNS' headquarters building to star in the show. While Womack is horrified when Delacroix tells him details about the show, Manray willfully agrees to star in the show, seeing it as his big chance to become rich and famous for his tap-dancing skills. To Delacroix's horror, not only does Dunwitty enthusiastically endorse the show, it also becomes hugely successful. He quickly embraces the show and his newfound fame; he even wins awards for creating and writing the show, while Hopkins becomes horrified at the racist nightmare she has helped to unleash. Eventually, Womack quits, fed up with the show, Manray and Hopkins grow closer, which angers Delacroix. Delacroix tries to break up Manray's relationship with Hopkins by accusing her of sleeping with Manray to further her career. Delacroix reveals that Hopkins only got her position as his assistant by sleeping with him. The move backfires and drives Manray and Hopkins even closer. Hopkins creates a tape of racist footage culled from assorted movies, cartoons, television shows, and newsreels to try to shame Delacroix into stopping production of the show, but he refuses to view the tape. After an argument with Delacroix over all these differences, as well as realizing he is being exploited, Manray defiantly announces that he will no longer wear blackface. He appears in front of the studio audience, who are all in blackface, during a TV taping and does his dance number in his regular clothing. Thomas Dunwitty immediately turns against Manray, and personally fires him from the show and throws him out of the studio. The Mau Maus, led by Hopkins' older brother Julius kidnap Manray, and then announce a plan to publicly execute Manray on a live webcast in hopes of bring the show down with violence, though they had long ago auditioned for the program's live band position and were rejected. The authorities work feverishly to track down the source of the internet feed, but Manray is nevertheless shot point black, while doing his famous tap dancing. At his office, begins to fantasize the various coon-themed antique collectibles in his office staring him down and coming to life and goes into a rage, destroying many of the racist collectibles. The police quickly catch The Mau Maus, shooting them down in a hail of bullets. Furious, Hopkins confronts Delacroix at gunpoint with her brother's revolver and demands that he watch the tape she prepared for him. Delacroix, after watching the tape, tries to get the gun, but is shot in the stomach. Hopkins, horrified, flees while proclaiming that it was Delacroix's own fault that he got shot. Delacroix, after positioning the gun to make the gunshot wound to the stomach appear self-inflicted, watches the tape as he lies dying on the floor. The film concludes with a long montage of racially insensitive and demeaning clips of black characters from Hollywood films and cartoons from the first half of the 20th century.
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11th Feb '15 6:51:56 AM Prinzenick
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