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Allegories of racism in Battle for the Planet of the Apes

by Critical Commons Manager

Set in the year 2670, Battle for the Planet of the Apes bears an uncanny resemblance to the cultural and racial politics of 1970s America. In a film replete with flat-footed and sometimes ill-conceived allegories for race relations, this remarkable scene indirectly addresses the issue of allowable and contextualized language via the 27th century "N-word" which was once used for the subjugation of apes ("No") and may now be uttered only by apes, not humans.

The N-word of the 27th century in Battle for the Planet of the Apes

A human is punished for using a word associated with past repression of apes

from Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Creator: J. Lee Thompson
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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