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The Daily Show - Obama the "Magical Negro"

by Nicholas Sammond

Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore look back on Obama's presidency after the first year. Stewart ridicules the arbitrary grades given by the news to rate Obama. Wilmore says that expecting wonders from Obama is just a repeat of the "Magical Negro" trope. Wilmore lists some of the small changes Obama has made ("just regular president stuff"), as Stewart keeps faintly arguing that Obama must have made some great changes. Wilmore explains that these great expectations stem from the Magical Negro trope still alive in popular media, the hope that an African-American character could appear out of nowhere, do unforeseen magic, then disappear. And that it isn't true, Obama can of course do no such thing.

The Daily Show - Obama the "Magical Negro" (19/01/2010)

Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore look back on Obama's presidency after the first year. Stewart ridicules the arbitrary grades given by the news to rate Obama. Wilmore says that expecting wonders from Obama is just a repeat of the "Magical Negro" trope.

from The Daily Show (2010)
Creator: Chuck O'Neil
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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