Communism in Hollywood: On the Satire ‘Sorry To Bother You’

by Conor G. Warning: this essay contains (somewhat vague) spoilers. In their essay "Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution" from 1999 [PDF], historians Robin D.G. Kelley and Betsy Esch reflect on a peculiar trend in hip-hop: the revolutionary thought of Mao Tse-Tung. The authors show how the lyrics of Boots Riley—frontman and main …