November 09, 2006

Another Indian slams "Brocket 99"

“Brocket 99:  Rockin’ the Country”:  Native Filmmaker Speaks OutBack in the mid-80's--a couple University students in Lethbridge, AB. got hold of a tape entitled "AIDS Radio," which was an attack on the gay community. They became inspired and decided to create a new tape that attack's the small native community of Brocket, which is located on the Piikani reserve in Southern Alberta--my home. In the Fall of 1986, a tape depicting a fake radio station on the Piikani, entitled Brocket 99 was born.

Brocket 99 defenders claim the tape is a "parody." According to my friends at Wikipedia, a parody is "a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke affectionate fun at the work itself,"--Brocket 99 does not poke any affectionate fun at the Piikani Nation, it is simply a work of pure hate and racism. It plays on stereotypes of Native people and makes light of substance abuse problems found throughout native communities. The main DJ Ernie Scar is presented as an elder native man, who is an alcoholic, misogynist, racist, sexist beast, that has a ridiculous Aboriginal affectation in his voice. I thought he was funny, but I didn't know any better and have since changed my opinion.

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