Overly Close Reading Archives

In my little (and decidedly liberal) corner of the blogosphere, it has now become inappropriate to use the word “illegal” when referring to immigrants.  Colorlines, one of my favorite PB-based blog discoveries, has launched a site called “Drop the I-Word.”  From the site: How is the I-Word inaccurate – isn’t some illegal action happening here? Read More

Walt Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in which a spoiled black princess from Louisiana learns valuable life lessons after she becomes a frog, is really just a recruitment film for AKA. This has been an Overly Close Reading.

This commercial is really about how The Black Man tries to defend his woman’s honor, yet she has no problem flaunting her exposed beauty, thereby nullifying his role as Protector. This has been An Overly Close Reading.

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.