It’s hard for me to talk about Boots Riley. On one hand, I’ve been supporting and promoting his band The Coup for decades and was one of the first persons to predict “Sorry to Bother You” was going to be a one-of-a-kind movie. On the other, he’d recently been talking reckless about Venezuela and ignored every message polite and serious people sent him challenging his ridiculous views. And then, he deleted his Twitter account like a coward.
But that’s neither here nor there.
The point is I noticed something no one has talked about in “Sorry to Bother You”, the real message, a hidden layer of meaning.
So, SPOILER ALERT: Don’t advance if you haven’t watched “Sorry to Bother You”, mayor SPOILERS ahead.
The correct interpretation of that great movie, after the jump:
Look, I’m not going to beat around the bush: Steven Yeun’s character, Squeeze, is working for The Man from the get-go. His job is to go around the country railing up the workers, apparently organizing them, seemingly creating trouble for corporations. In reality, he’s on their pockets, he’s controlled opposition.
And in the end, LaKeith Stanfield’s character, Cassius Green, took the deal offered by Armie Hammer’s Steve Lift. The last scene, Cassius as a horse-man coming to Lift’s house for revenge, is just theater that will eventually pacify the horse-people population. In the end, corporate America wins. Again.
Steve Lift’s speech to Cassius explains all of this, how they have always been in control of the revolutionary forces that are apparently against them. It’s their way of soothing human beings’ revolutionary urges. And, in this case, horse-people’s revolutionary urges.
And what does all of this say about Boots Riley himself? Is he Cassius Green? What kind of deals did he have to make to get this movie made? Who did Boots have to get into bed with to receive all the media attention “Sorry to Bother You” got? Could all of this have happened organically? Or did Annapurna Pictures generate the buzz and I’m reading too much into it? That’s for all of you to answer.