: "Always trying to keep the white
Back in the '70s, Blaxploitation
films took hard-nosed Black heroes and pitted them against The Man
in action-packed stories full of Jive Turkey
and Unfortunate Implications
, all set to a funky beat. Most were just bad. (Not to mention insulting
.) On the other hand, some, despite the poor production values, were vastly popular, well-crafted within their limitations, and immensely entertaining nuggets of pure gold.
These days, any film producer (with the possible exception of Quentin Tarantino
) would be committing career suicide if they tried to make a Blaxploitation
film... even if they did it because they loved the genre. The solution is the Blaxploitation Parody
, which allows the producer to showcase the best elements of the genre while avoiding the worst, all while making fun of the whole thing.
A subtrope of Affectionate Parody
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Anime and Manga
- The probable Ur Example is the "Cleopatra Schwartz" segment of The Kentucky Fried Movie. Notable in that it came out in 1977, when actual Blaxploitation was still in its prime.
- Austin Powers in: Goldmember - "My name is Foxxy Cleopatra and I'm a whole lotta woman!", "You have the right to remain sexy, sugar..." And yes, her name is just "Foxy Brown" and "Cleopatra Jones" put together.
- Black Devil Doll is a very low-budget spoof of blaxsploitation cinema, featuring a foul-mouthed vantriloquist dummy.
- Black Dynamite, an almost perfect recreation of period films.
- Coonskin (also known as Street Fight), Ralph Bakshi's live-action/animation deconstruction of both Blaxploitation and Song of the South.
- Dolemite - A hard-working pimp fights back against crooked cops who want to frame him for crimes he didn't commit (instead of the rather obvious crimes he does commit). One of the first blaxploitation parodies, but some people think it's a straight example.
- The Hebrew Hammer. A "Jewsploitation" movie, same plot concept, but with Jewish stereotypes. And Santa Claus.
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka - A 1986 film starring Keenan Ivory Wayans and several other stars of blaxploitation films such as Jim Brown, Antonio Fargas (that's "Huggy Bear" to you Starsky & Hutch fans) and Isaac Hayes.
- Machete started out as a fictitious Mexploitation film whose trailer was part of Grindhouse, but Robert Rodriguez actually made it.
- Undercover Brother - An early 2000s Eddie Griffin film about a Soul Brotha who joins a secret organization in its fight against "The Man" and his quest to "whitewash" influential black figures.
- Pootie Tang is a completely silly spoof of the blaxploitation genre.
- In Hollywood Shuffle, Robert Townsend plays an actor who gets cast in a Blaxploitation film. He's not sure if he should take the job - on the one hand at least he'd be working, but on the other hand he'd be working in one of these. Imagine Spots aplenty.
Live Action TV
- Just Shoot Me! once showed a clip from Nina's own star turn as Foxy Trouble.
- Saturday Night Live had a blaxploitation film parody on the season 36 episode hosted by Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network) with musical guest Nicki Minaj called "The Bride of Blackenstein," in which Dr. Blackenstein (Jay Pharoah) and his assistant Igor (Jessie Eisenberg) create a bride (Nicki Minaj) for Blackenstein's monster (Kenan Thompson). Unfortunately, despite the fact that the bride has a nice ass (made from two basketballs filled with Jell-O), she is very much the embodiment of the Sassy Black Woman trope (only she's not fat).
- Similarly (and far before the SNL version), Mad TV had "The Son of Dolemite" as well as "Funkenstein", with Bad Bad Acting, nonsensical camera-cuts, and the occasional boom-mic hanging on-screen. All intentional, of course.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a host segment where they perform Crow's attempt at a Blaxpolitation screenplay, Chocolate Jones and The Temple of Funk.
- Isaac Washington, the secondary protagonist of The House Of The Dead Overkill is basically a straight sendup of the average blaxploitation hero, who uses "motherfucker" like most of us would use a comma. Make him mad and he'll rip your balls off.
- Not an entire work, but one of the main characters of Indigo Prophecy is an African-American police officer. We get to see his apartment early in the game, and the place is a blaxploitation nightmare.
- The hats released for Demoman from Team Fortress 2 are a parody of this: The small black "'fro" and a pimp's hat.
- Max Payne 2 has the Show Within a Show "Dick Justice", a parody of the first Max Payne with a black protagonist.
- The Black Baron (stop starin'!), from MadWorld and Anarchy Reigns IS This Trope. He wears blinged-out Pimp Duds, is a Cluster F-Bomb-dropping Plucky Comic Relief (who, in MadWorld, is constantly made the victim of his own lethal minigames by Matilda, his silent, Dominatrix-esque girlfriend), and can still bitch-slap your ass back to 1969 with his Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs (which are literally on fire in the later game!!!). He gets away with this by Crossing the Line Twice, and Refuge in Audacity alone even after the announcers in Madworld reveal HE'S NOT EVEN BLACK!!!
- In Skullgirls, one of the Gag Dub voice-packs available for DLC is one for Big Band/Sax-Daka, creatively called "Saxploitation".
- SOLID! The D20 Blaxploitation Experience features abilities like "booty slide" and being able to conceal objects inside your massive 'fro.
- It's only a brief clip, but The Simpsons did a memorable gag where Homer is watching a tv-movie titled Blackula Meets Black Dracula. It's pretty much what you'd expect based on the title.
- Also in The Simpsons, Homer watches "Blaxploitation Theater" which is said to feature Blacula, Blankenstein, and The Blunch Black of Bloture Blame. Homer's response? "Ooh, funkay!"
- Similarly, Family Guy once had a fictional trailer for Black to the Future, a Blaxploitative version of Back to the Future.
- Said trailer also mentioned Blackdraft, Caddyblack and Black Kramer vs. Kramer.
- An elder black version of Dracula in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is parody of Blacula, who talks like Fred Sanford.
- Drawn Together has Foxxy Love, a sass talking black girl and mystery solver who is often fighting against oppressive, and white, institutions (i.e., The Board of Education)
- The American Dad! episode "Brains, Brains, and Automobiles" has a Blaxploitation-style fight between Stan and the Chocodile mascot (a crocodile in Pimp Duds), complete with funky soundtrack.
- The Venture Bros. has Jefferson Twilight who is a Blacula hunter.
- Robot Police Officer URL from Futurama is a parody of Blaxploitation heroes. This overlaps with Salt and Pepper and Odd Couple, given his partner is human Police Officer Smitty.
- The Show Within a Show Action Hank in Dexter's Laboratory.
- In an episode of The Cleveland Show, it was revealed that Donna starred in a film she regretted being in, Hot Cocoa Bang Bang.
- In an episode of The Angry Beavers, all the forest animals are sitting around a campfire telling a segment of a story. Barry the Bear (an obvious Barry White parody) tells his story segment in this fashion.
- There's an animesque Black Dynamite cartoon series on [adult swim], based on the aforementioned movie of the same name.
- An episode of Duckman has him mention that he's a fan of Blaxploitation movies, with his favorite being about "the greatest detective of them all - Jim Slate: Big Black Dick".