Saturday, November 7, 2009

Super Fly

In Superfly, the moment when Priest frees himself from his white masters and achieves complete self-determination is also the moment that shows how Priest's ultimate victory is ultimately inscribed in the system he beats. Priest outsmarts the corrupt policeman who is trying to prevent his getting out of the drug business, but he does so without disrupting the prevailing system. He may play the game a little too well for members of the establishment, but he does nothing to change the rules. Priest tells the cop that he is going to walk away unscathed because he has used his drug money to purchase a contract. Trade the purple pimp coat for a mask or a cape and he could be The Lone Ranger or Batman.--William Lyne, African American Review, Vol. 34, 2000.