The Symbolism of King Kong

by Young Che on April 27, 2008

The Symbolism of King Kong
By Harry R. Davidson, Ph.D.
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The April 2008 issue of Vogue magazine depicts NBA star LeBron James and a blue eyed blonde in a pose that is strikingly similar to the depiction of King Kong and a blonde in the movie. Am I making too much of the picture?

Well, the 1987 movie version of King Kong provides an example of the role of the media and movies in the destruction of Black images. Anyone that has survived English Literature 101 knows that within every work of fiction there is a degree of symbolic reality. At no time has a gigantic gorilla been known to terrorize New York City. So, who does the giant monkey represent? The movie was originally released in 1933, an era when White racists commonly referred to Blacks as monkeys. During the World War White American men told European women that Black men were monkeys and had tails. These women approached Black soldiers on their arrival in Europe eager to see their tails. (more)

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