Written by Biko Baker
My man Minister Jasiri X (who also puts it down in the booth) just forwarded me this blog he just wrote about his reflections on Hancock. Pretty insightful stuff. Check it out:
The Text can be found at http://blog.myspace.com/jasirix
Hancock: The First Ni**a Superhero!
I know I know I'm a conspiracy theorist…
It's just a coincidence that the first "superhero" depicted on the silver screen as a criminal, alcoholic, lazy, foul mouthed, not giving a you know what bum, living in a broken down trailer, who everybody hates including the people he saves, *just happens* to *be black.*
And, it's just a coincidence the one man who loves Hancock, has faith in him and truly cares about him as a person; is an idealistic white man who wants to save the entire planet. Let's call him the Anti-Bush. Oh and I can't forget his adorable little son is the only character, besides his loving father, that doesn't refer to Hancock as an a**hole.
And, is it just a coincidence that Hancock only maintains his super powers if he stays away from a "beautiful" white woman who is *technically* his wife.
*You have got to be kidding, right??!!*
I mean, of course the Blacks and Latinos hate Hancock because the only ones depicted in the movie are criminals, and although he does an extremely poor job, is often late, drunk, unshaven, shabbily dressed and does more damage than good (just coincidences!) he does, at the very least, fight crime.
But, everything changes for friendless Hancock when he saves a white man with a heart of gold and an angel of a son who wants to help Hancock with his "image". (Because of course America won't accept an always drinking and cursing black man with a rap sheet, I mean who does he think he is Lil Wayne?) In a matter of minutes he convinces Hancock to turn himself in and go to jail. He even writes his press conference speech for him!
Mr. Save the World then proceeds to "civilize" the savage Hancock by convincing him to stop drinking, shave, wear a hero uniform, treat other people with kindness and consideration, and even how to land without ruining public property. Things that; in the 80 years he remembers being a superhero, poor Hancock never seemed to figure out.
After his much needed "makeover" Hancock finally receives the love of the people he was always looking for. And, even when he realizes he is not the only superhero and his "savior's" wife is his long lost love, he gladly leaves because when they are together they become "mortals". Plus, she was smart enough to hide her powers, because unlike Hancock; she could care less about saving people -- she just wants to live a "normal" life. (How ironic that her husband wants to save the world and she actually has the power to do so but selfishly refuses to do so because she prefers being a spaghetti cooking, house wife.)
The black man, even though he's a superhero, needs the white man to properly educate him and integrate him into his society and the white woman who is also a superhero has to hide her power just to keep her white man *
Come on now, we all know that any woman in her right mind would take Jason Bateman over Will Smith, and of course Hancock does have his bird to keep him company (yes, it's literally a bird).
But, please don't leave right after the movie ends or you'll miss a bug eyed Mike Epps playing — You guessed it, a jive talking criminal— one steaming pile of white supremacy with a coon on top!
Don't believe me?
Well, just compare Hancock to the other superheroes of the summer like millionaire, genius, scientist Iron-man or millionaire, playboy, martial art expert Batman. Hell, even Bruce Banner (The Hulk) is a world renown scientist who only seems to get into trouble when his skin is no longer…….I know, I know I'm a conspiracy theorist.
Well, at least there is one more action movie coming out this summer that stars a black man! Don Cheadle plays a Black Muslim and former solider with apparent connections to a number of terrorist operations in a movie called "TRAITOR".
OK, OK, *I'm sure this is just a coincidence.*
*Questions or comments contact Jasiri X at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-404-2347*