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Zach Stroup Blog #2

Zach Stroup



Blog #2


            The film that I decided to write my ideological analysis about is white men can’t jump. It is about a white basketball player who hustles an African-American player and eventually they work together and hustle everybody they can. Their strategy is to have the African-American player (Sidney Dean) talk a bunch of trash and have the white player (Billy Hoyle) sitting on the bench looking like a “nerd”. Sidney says to the other players that they can pick any one guy to play against them for a sum of money. Of course everybody picked Billy because he had the stereotype of a goofy basketball player, but in all reality he was the best player on the court. They pull these antics for a few games, but eventually get caught hustling by a few other teams.

I believe that this movie attracted audiences because basketball is a sport most people enjoy. People have heard the term “white men can’t jump” so it intrigues them to watch it. The audience for this movie is most likely males who like basketball.

The ideological analysis for this movie is the expectation that Billy Hoyle cannot play basketball to save his life. It is a social norm in the sports world that if you see a white goofy basketball player he is not going to be very good. The players that were getting hustled by Billy and Sidney were stereotyping the goofy white guy and expecting that he is going to be terrible.

I decided to choose this film because I play basketball a lot and know how often people stereotype the goofy white guy. It is a social norm to do so and in this movie they exploit it in a comedic way. This is one of my favorite movies because I know how realistic the situation is.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, Zach, I feel like you could have delved deeper into the ideological analysis of white men playing basketball, but what you provided is sufficient for the assignment. Don’t forget to provide a link to a review of the film. You can add a comment with this link to receive credit for this post. Thanks!

  2. October 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

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