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7. 12. ) Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, London, Verso, 1990, p. 10. 13. Ibid. 14. Shay, Don and Norton, Bill, Alien: The Special Effects, London, Titan Books, 1997, p. 9. 15. , p. 12. 16. , p. 27. 17. Creed, Barbara, ‘Alien and the Monstrous Feminine’, in Kuhn, Alien Zone, p. 128. 50 Aliens R Us 18. Ibid. 19. Jordan, Glenn and Weedon, Chris, Cultural Politics: Class, Gender, Race and the Postmodern World, London, Blackwell, 1995, p. 267. 20. , p. 313. 21. Breidlid, Anders et al.
In the cinema, the sexualised imagery of the black male is constantly exploited, by both white and blacks. 19 To which we can now add the films of Will Smith. So Captain Hiller turns out to be another token. He might well fly the craft that saves the planet but this in itself is what is so problematic. If someone has to die for the clarion call of ‘Uncle Sam’ it is much better for it to be the expendable body of a black; after all, modernity itself has been built on the bodies of the ‘blacks’. All the stereotypes of race are stitched together in this one character – funky, rhythmic, athletic, graceful and sexually charged.
Congratulations, Mrs Steven Hiller, and welcome to the double shift! Marty Gilbert (Harvey Fierstein) the token ‘gay’ man in the film is similarly two-dimensional – decidedly camp and ludicrous. His ineffectuality means he can be easily dismissed. This begins to expose the limits of the film’s pretence at representing different identities. ). At the same time this phrase capitalises on all those familiar stereotypes of American Jews – WASP values permeate! In contrast to Jasmin, First Lady Patricia Whitmore (Mae Whitman) embodies the ‘virtuous feminine’ patriarchal ideal, the vanilla accompaniment to the masculine WASP.