A Brief History of White People Rapping in Movies

Warren Beatty as Senator Jay Bullington Bulworth in Bulworth (1998)

Song: "Big Money Rap"
Level Of Embarrassment: Extremely High

Everything about this scene is designed to cause discomfort. When Warren Beatty's Senator Jay Bullington Bulworth decides to ditch the script to speak about the problems of special interest groups and the awful influence of money in American politics, he sets everyone on edge—including viewers. But it's not the content that grates; it's the form.

He raps. All the buttoned-up white folks in the audience look aghast. Two black women come to his aid and act as backup vocalists. From the film's POV, progressives viewers are supposed to feel good about the truth Bulworth spits. But if you respect rap, you have to cringe at the film's ham-fisted use of the music and culture. Also, who dressed Halle Berry in a jockstrap? —RS

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