Leon Schuster Essay

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Introduction My research into the issues and the life of Leon Schuster clearly shows topics that are much discussed and debated. Leon Schuster’s personal experiences are used in all three films that were researched. There’s a Zulu on my Stoep (1993), Oh Schucks… I’m Gatvol (2004) and Sweet ‘n Short (1991), discuss issues that are close to the South African culture and gives an insight to the comedians childhood. What issues are discussed through Leon Schuster’s films? Leon Schuster clearly uses and deals with two main issues in the films studied: apartheid and being politically incorrect. Apartheid Leon Schuster’s films are based on the comedic pranks that he pulls on his fellow South Africans. There is always a sense of seriousness to his films in regards to the content. The apartheid era is discussed in both There’s a Zulu on my Stoep and Sweet ‘n Short. There’s a Zulu on my Stoep was filmed in 1993. The apartheid era had just ended but theoretically it was neither forgotten nor forgiven. In this film the audience follows best friends Rhino, a white boy given all the opportunities, and Zulu, a black boy who is forgotten about, through their rocky friendship. The viewer witnesses the acts of injustice, which creates a sense of how things really were in the past. But payback, in this film, comes about unexpectedly and in the form of a gay make-up artist and old-fashioned imagination. Zulu becomes white and Rhino becomes black. The role of the apartheid is somewhat reversed meaning each one is able to feel the others injustice. Zulu explains to Rhino the misconception and unfairness towards the black man. “If it’s black, it’s bad. You got black mail, black leg and black plague. Black Head! How about that? An innocent little harmless teeny weenie thing on your face – they call it a black head. But you got a big nasty bag of ugly white puss

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