An Overly Close Reading: Ghost.

That scene in Ghost where Whoopi Goldberg channels Patrick Swayze and then has sex with Demi Moore is actually about white control of black female bodies.

This has been An Overly Close Reading.


Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
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  • ajuaorangemoon

    that gave me a good chuckle.

  • quadmoniker

    Too bad Ms. Tek is no longer here to misread the joke and give you an idiotic response.

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  • Steve

    I just wanted to say nothing but “ditto”… can we do a close reading of that word please

  • ladyfresshh

    i was thinking the same thing quad

  • imnotemily

    that happened in Ghost? Man, I need to see that movie again… all I remember is the pottery scene and something about a subway platform.

  • cdg

    That was a helluva first post for me to read here. Well played…..

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  • Bougie Applebum

    Oh my dayum. Finally the story is told. lol

  • Lisa Marie

    LOL! this is awesome and so right on! this made my day!

  • Kent Alexander

    Wow … I’d love to “unpack” that conversation! Deep and wide!

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  • themiltonian

    that scene has always destroyed “Ghost”for me, though not quite because of the overly close reading, but simply a literal reading … Demi Moore having sex with Whoopi Goldberg, while one of them is possessed … no way to write that down in a good way …

  • Vanessa

    Wait…they didn’t have sex, did they? All I remember is a small kiss. Did I miss something?

  • dumi

    Wow!! I love it!

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