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Watermelon Contest (1896)

Two men have a contest to see which one can be the first to eat a large slice of watermelon.

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Two men have a contest to see which one can be the first to eat a large slice of watermelon.

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Disturbing--but that's what it was like back then.
7 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

It is in black and white. Short. About 13 seconds.Four black men participate in a watermelon contest---I guess there trying to see who'll win. This short film is disturbing. It's how they eat the damn fruit. Especially the man in front (who irritates me more than the rest) is chewing on his watermelon so savagely and lustfully you'd think there was no tomorow. The black man in the far right corner is laughing and smiling. The dipiction that African Americans love watermelon and that people are laughing about it--is just.... real disturbing! Also, I want to know why the hell these men offered to do it? Why they wanted to be ridiculed? For the money? That's sad. But that's what it was like back then.What really bugs me is that this short clip was intended to be a comedy----to be fun. But like I said, that's what it was like back then in the 19th century and that's the way it always was.


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