Cause it can't just be my dislike of insults/confrontation. Identitarians are surely going to immediately scream racism and have at it, but my best guess comes down to two things. (1) A personal appreciation for well-crafted dark jokes long before poetry. White poetry, black poetry - seldom my thing either way. And (2) that yes, I find comedy culture to be more open. Nowhere near as stuck in those dumb fucking thug stereotypes I used to love so much as a teen. You can try to dance around this reality by caricarising the people who point it out all you want, but that doesn't make it any less toxic. Which brings me to the other snippets I appreciated here. Where on top of making weak excuses for it, the movie showed examples of those old boundaries being pushed. Because, as the film perhaps hints at, but doesn't make clear enough - the answer to this problem is the opposite of censorship.
Also, can Worthy look any more like Domhnall Gleeson? Jesus Christ!
"Bodied" is the most unlikely movie in this era in which people are reconfiguring themselves. We still struggle between perpetuating micro-aggressions or being part of a new, "woke" generation. Or, seen from the other more cynical and presentist side, between being funny as fuck or being "PC" androids that humorless over-analyze everything. These are very confusing times for those who value dark irreverent humor but also want to be a better person.
And "Bodied" deals with race and gender on a constant basis.
"Bodied" starts by being a ruthless mockery directed at every flank. It exposes academic patronization, privilege, cultural appropriation, useless white guilt, street cred poses, and even inner racism. The number of cultural references even exceeds the already frantic "Detention" (his wonderful previous Tumblr-movie). And it does so by unleashing laughter and wielding absolute impunity.
But even Kahn knows that the codes aren't changing by a mere caprice. Towards the end, he strategically muddies "Bodied" in an ambiguous puddle where there is no clear bearer of virtue. Well-argued opinions come and go. There is no clear answer. As one of the bars of one of the rap battles says: "you can be whatever you want to be if you're smart enough to argue it."
"Bodied" will create loyal cult followers and strong detractors with some really good points. Sometimes, like me, a little bit of both.
That's what great works of art and entertainment should do. I see more merit in that than in the pieces that only speaks to the converted.