Can’t see a polar bear being called King Kong.
With a new movie about King Kong coming out, a whole segment on NPR was devoted to proving that the fictional King Kong monster is actually a commentary on black people. The show interviewed Robin Means Coleman, a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan who specializes in studying King Kong.
Yes, you read that right: a professor of Afro-American studies whose specialty is…King Kong.
King Kong was a metaphor for black masculinity. This is a big black man, a big black ape who is absolutely obsessed with … white women.[…]
This is ridiculous. Yes, in the past, some racists have compared blacks to monkeys. But that does not mean that all portrayals of monkeys are about black people.
In the original Planet of the Apes movie, the main chimpanzee was played by Roddy McDowall, whose voice was obviously very white-sounding (and more than a little gay). No one said the Planet of the Apes movies were about black people.