RE: ?Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song?

LeeAnne Krause (
Tue, 4 Feb 2003 09:42:49 -0800 (PST)

Amen. And I know this is *kind of* off topic, but at least the title
SSBS should give the patron a clue what to expect. I was really
surprised when I started reading the Harry Potter books. I expected
good clean kids stuff, and was really shocked by the extent of the
violence in them. Which all leads to one basic truth in collection
management: "Inappropriate" is entirely subjective.

LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager, Educational Films
USC Film Library

>>> 02/04/03 12:33PM >>>
>Actually, I've seen this film myself, and there's a LOT of stuff that
could find objectionable.

Which rather nicely summarizes the whole blaxploitation genre.
interested viewers should be pointed toward Docurama's Baadasss Cinema,
documentary that explores the history of blaxploitation movies before
actually viewing Sweet Sweetback, or The Mack, or Hell Up in Harlem, or
Brown. And if patrons are put off by this stuff, they'd better be
restricted from some of the YA books currently out as well as every
Seagal movie--adolescent sex in the former, senseless violence in the
latter. In any case, whether it's sex, violence, drug use or uppity
minorities that bugs one, blaxploitation movies have it and then some.
hope the offended patron doesn't decide to check out the biker movie

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses