Movie: The Color Purple (1985)
Who does the sonning? Celie Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg)
Who gets sonned? Albert (Danny Glover)
Context: A true moment of sonning involves making your opponent feel so inferior, out of their depth, and helpless so as to stun that person into disgrace. In The Color Purple, the triumphant moment comes when ALbert is going to put his hands on Celie for the upteempth time—and she stops him. In a single sentence, she makes him realize his own powerlessness. It shuts him down. —Ross Scarano