“Beneath its self-presentation as a satiric comedy of manners lie cogent interrogations of notions about race and class, the history of blacks in America, the limits of assimilation, the representations of black gay men, the nature of African American and Hollywood homophobia, and the fluidity of racial identity. Smith performs, resists, and usurps this character in order to effect certain cultural interventions and to further the cause of his public star identity.”
Author: Willie Tolliver
Willie Tolliver is Associate Professor of English at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches American literature, African American literature, and film studies. His current book project is a study of Will Smith as a cultural icon.