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Blaxploitation Parody

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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, 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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    Live-Action TV 
  • Just Shoot Me! once showed a clip from Nina's own star turn as Foxy Trouble. Even though she's white, it's still done in this style — likely because it's a flashback to The '70s and you can't get more '70s than blaxploitation.
  • 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Human Tornado and the tag team "Supply And Demand" in Ultimate Pro Wrestling. by virtue of being Captain Ersatzs to Dolemite.
  • Jimi Mayhem, a captain Ersatz to Shonuff from The Last Dragon, looking to get his revenge on Bruce Leroy in NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling.

    Tabletop Games 
  • SOLID! The d20 Blaxploitation Experience features abilities like "booty slide" and being able to conceal objects inside your massive 'fro.
  • In Shadowrun, orksploitation media is a relatively popular genre of entertainment in-universe. It blends elements of both blaxploitation and gangster rap. And orks.

    Video Games 

  • Satan Ninja 198 X features a character named Valery "Viper" Viperelli, a freelance badass, who fights Satan Ninjas and sports a bleached blond mohawk.
  • Skin Horse has Tigerlily Jones, a black female Mad Scientist who can be strapped into a straightjacket in institutional grey and come out looking like Pam Grier.

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Black to the Future

Rufus Griffin was Peter's distant cousin, a black actor who supposedly starred in a series of blaxploitation films such as Caddyblack, Blackdraft, Black Kramer vs. Kramer and Black to the Future in "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'".

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