''Bamboozled'' (2000) is a satirical film written and directed by Creator/SpikeLee.

Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) is a Harvard-educated African American man, working for a television network known as CNS ("Continental Network System"), who's feeling a bit pissed. His boss, Thomas Dunwitty (Creator/MichaelRapaport), is a [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy whigger]] who insists he is more black than Delacroix is, and who dismisses all the intelligent shows about African-Americans that Delacroix proposes as knockoffs of ''Series/TheCosbyShow''. Delacroix believes that all Dunwitty wants are shows portraying African-Americans as buffoons.

Frankly, Delacroix would just like to leave, but he's contractually bound to the network. In order to get himself fired, and to satirize the network's desire for buffoonish black people, Delacroix concocts a brilliant plan: He comes up with a televised [[ModernMinstrelsy minstrel show]] called ''Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show'', in which two black street performers portray goofballs named "Mantan" and "Sleep 'N Eat" on a watermelon plantation in blackface makeup. Dunwitty, sure enough, greenlights the show.

[[SpringtimeForHitler To Delacroix's horror, the show is a huge success!]]

!!This film provides examples of:

* AnAesop: Racial caricatures in entertainment are bad, m'kay? Particularly when enacted by members of one's own race.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Perhaps unintentional, but the whole premise mirrors ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_and_White_Minstrel_Show The Black and White Minstrel Show,]]'' which ran to high ratings from 1958 to 1978 on BBC television. It had high production values, excellent writing and performances, and was both popular and hugely entertaining. Nonetheless, it died of ValuesDissonance in the late 70's.
* AngryBlackMan: Every member of the Mau-Maus. Yes, including [[AngryWhiteMan the white guy]].
* AwesomeMcCoolName:
** "[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Pierre Delacroix]]"'s real name is Peerless Dunphy.
** Sloan's brother (and Mau-Mau's member) Big Blak Afrika, played by MosDef. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded:]]
---> '''Sloan:''' I hope you don't think I'm going to call you "Big Blak Afrika."
* BadBoss: Thomas C. Dunwitty, the tyrannical vice president of the Continental Network System, or CNS.
%%* {{Blackface}}
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Taken to extreme. [[spoiler: Every black member of the Mau-Maus is shot dead by the police, except the white guy, who protests loudly about it.]]
* BulletDancing: After he refuses to do his routine, the gangsta rapper Mau-Maus force Manray (the guy who plays Mantan) to tapdance at gunpoint one last time before shooting him.
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: The whole point of the racist show, was for Delacroix's to offend people and get fired from his job, which he hated.
%%* ClusterFBomb
* CringeComedy: The "Mantan" sketches. In an effort to make all of the blackface even more uncomfortable, Spike Lee insisted that all of their jokes be unironically funny.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Delacroix assumes the idea for the show will get him fired, but his boss greenlights it. He then banks on it being a controversial flop, but it becomes wildly successful.
* HauntedTechnology: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Delacroix's Jolly Nigger Bank spontaneously starts operating, repeatedly, with increasing frequency.]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: Sloan invokes it to try and bring "Pierre" back down to earth.
%%* JiveTurkey
* ModernMinstrelsy: The whole point.
* MyNaymeIs: The Mau-Maus insist on spelling the word black as "blak", since "nobody be pronouncin' that shit.".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Much as Mr. Lee would probably like to harm Creator/QuentinTarantino, he is much less enthusiastic about libel suits.
* NWordPrivileges:
** Dunwitty argues he can use the N-word because he [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX grew up among black people and has a black wife]], and is thus effectively black himself.
** Thanks to the phenomenal success of Delacroix's show, ''everyone in America'' winds up having these. It gets to the point where audience members (ultimately including Dunwitty himself) are showing up for tapings in black makeup. So we have a blonde girl in blackface, an Italian-American in blackface (he calls himself "a Sicilian nigger," which is [[AluminumChristmasTrees an actual slur]]), and... [[ShapedLikeItself a black girl in blackface]].
* ParodyCommercial: A few, advertising Tha Bomb soda.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Dunwitty. Also, one of the members of the Mau-Maus[[note]]He is, of corse, the only one [[DoubleStandard not to get gunned down by the police]].[[/note]].
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Sloan is only seen wearing glasses while at work and is shown having no difficulty seeing without them in sequences where she is not wearing them.
* ShoutOut: Mantan and Sleep-N-Eat are names of classic minstrel characters.
** "Two Real Coons" was the tagline of George Walker and Bert Williams, two historic African-American blackface performers. (Sic.)
** A lot of historic black caricature material is referenced, including Delacroix's Jolly Nigger Bank, a caricatured black head and hand that eats coins.
** In his rebellious final appearance on the ShowWithinAShow, Manray [[BreakingTheFourthWall speaks pointedly at the audience]], and recites an amended version of [[{{Film/Network}} Howard Beale's]] "Mad As Hell" rant.
* ShowedTheirWork: The movie (or at least the characters producing the minstrel show) takes pride in replicating the same blackface makeup -- mostly burnt cork mixed with cocoa butter -- used by the blackface performers of old.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show", a television show.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Delacroix intentionally made Mantan as offensive as he could in the expectation that it would fail. Unfortunately for him it succeeds.
* StunnedSilence: The audience in the first taping, after:
--> '''Mantan:''' ...And we are two ''reeeeal cooooons.''
* TakeThat: Early in the film, Lee uses the absurdly buffoonish and offensive character of Dunwitty to take a [[{{Anvilicious}} not-at-all subtle jab]] at his much-publicized spat with Creator/QuentinTarantino over the issue of NWordPrivileges.
* TruthInTelevision: Spike Lee did not make up the minstrel names [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantan_Moreland Mantan]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Best Sleep n' Eat]].
* UncleTomfoolery: A central theme of the film.
* VerbedTitle: Bamboozl'''ed'''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Dunwitty disappears from the movie after he fires Manray, only appearing once more when filming a PSA regarding Manray's kidnapping.