I went to see Madagascar this weekend with my family to have a little wholesome family fun. The movie seems okay, nothing great, but okay, yet the whole time, something seemed not quite right. I couldn't put my finger on it at the time, but I just felt uneasy.
Later in the day, it started to come together. This movie is racist. Not in the typical "black are weak" or "Jews are greedy" way, but in a much more sinister fashion. Consider these points:
1. Chris Rock plays a zebra, an animal that is part black, part white in Central Park zoo. He adds a bunch of "izzles" to his lines, just to show you how hip and urban (read black) he is. What is his main ambition in this film? TO GO BACK TO AFRICA!!!!
2. Who plants this idea into his head? The penguins. Penguins are blacker than zebras, about 75% of a penguin is black, as zebras are basically 50/50. The penguins are depicted as a violent, sociopathic bunch, just adding to more racial stereotyping.
After a series of events, the zebra, his Jewish lion and Giraffe friends, played by Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer, respectively, end up in Madagascar along with Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays a hippo (a gray animal, again a combination of black and white).
In Madagascar they help a tribe of lemurs (part of the monkey family) overcome oppression so they can sing and dance hip-hop all day. The lemurs are voiced by Cedric the Entertainer, and Ali-G!!!
So in a nutshell, here is the subliminal racist message of the movie. Blacks should go back to Africa for multiple reasons, inlcuding to help their monkey breathren.
Please keep in mind, I am only pointing out these facts as facts, I do not agree with any of the viewpoints which these sinister cartoonists have depicted in this film. Please direct your outrage at the cartoonists, not me.