The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Martin Kevorkian: Matt Damon Falls from Bourne (White) Supremacy to ‘Pathetic’ in Downsizing and Suburbicon

Wednesday, March 14th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy welcomes the return of Dr. Martin Kevorkian. A professor of English at the University of Texas Austin, Dr. Kevorkian authored Color Monitors: The Blackface of Technology in America. The book examines White Supremacy in cinema and suggests that non-white people are often symbolically depicted as robots and other non-human entities in White films and narratives. He’s visited The C.O.W.S. numerous over the years to discuss an array of films. This time we’ll briefly revisit Netflix’s Black Mirror. This sci-fi anthology, which began as a British television series, has become a global favorite. The fourth season was recently released, and the six episodes reinforce many of the Racist themes we discussed with Dr. Kevorkian previously. We’ll pay special attention to the depiction of black males throughout the series. We’ll also discuss Matt Damon’s two most recent projects, Downsizing and Suburbicon. The former tackles overpopulation and environmental destruction, by imagining technology that would allow humans to be shrank to mere inches. Suburbicon is a Coen brother film that’s eerily similar to their 1996 smash hit Fargo. While a neighborhood of White Terrorists assaults the one black family to move into their area, Matt Damon and a cadre of gangsters, including his Damon’s sister-in-law, Julianne Moore, bungle a conspiracy to kill his wife and defraud the insurance company. The racial strife helps conceal Damon’s treachery. These strangely comparable films represent bedraggled White men, who are desperate, dangerous.

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