- Anvilicious: Spike Lee isn't exactly known for subtlety, Bamboozled may be his biggest assault on discretion yet. In the opening scene the film explains what satire is (because it is a satire, get it??) and doesn't go uphill from there.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: But on the otherhand, while shows have not gone to the outlandish example shown in the movie, shows like Housewives of Atlanta and even the entire network BET have been accused of everything Lee was making a commentary on. Dave Chappelle even infamously abandoned his show after having a crisis of conscience over this.
- Ending Fatigue: By the final act, the film has descended into bizarre melodrama and rambling repetition of its scattershot messages.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The film depicts what happens when blackface is brought into the modern age. Eight years later, Saturday Night Live managed to cast the not-at-all-black (but still mixed-race) Fred Arimsen as Barack Obama (until season 38, when they hired Jay Pharoah [a skinny, black guy] to play Obama, as Armisen was about to leave the show and they needed a replacement).
- Truth in Television: Many people think reality shows such as Housewives of Atlanta, play off negative black stereotypes and is a form of modern-day buffoonery. And just like with Mantan, these shows are huge hits.
- The Woobie: Delacroix. And Manray.
- Delacroix is more of a Jerkass Woobie.