Sorry to Bother You
Copresented with UC Berkeley’s Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, in conjunction with Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times
Darieck Scott is a professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Scott is the author of Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics (NYU Press, 2022), which won the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Studies.
LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover,
Surrealism meets satire in Oakland. Boots Riley’s black comedy Sorry to Bother You chronicles a hapless telemarketer, Cassius Green (LaKeith Stanfield), whose sudden burgeoning success in the workplace is directly proportional to his alienation from his coworkers; his girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson); and himself. Critic Emily Yoshida observed: “This is ultra-progressive, radical storytelling that manages to stay totally joyful and inventive throughout. Riley manages to both never come off as taking the thing too seriously, but he also verbalizes his intersectional, anti-capitalist ideals in visually unforgettable fashion.”