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Vampires, Race, and Transnational Hollywoods$
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Dale Hudson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423083

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423083.001.0001

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Conclusion: History and Hollywood, Mashed-Up

Conclusion: History and Hollywood, Mashed-Up

(p.229) Conclusion: History and Hollywood, Mashed-Up
Vampires, Race, and Transnational Hollywoods

Dale Hudson

Edinburgh University Press

The conclusion pulls into focus the interplay of aspirations about democratizing media and realities of democratizing the United States as they coalesce on race and the presidency by focusing on the viral video Barackula: The Musical (2008) and theatrical feature Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). In them, US presidents or future-presidents are represented as vampire hunters and enduring icons of US exceptionalism. Amateur and astroturfed grassroots internet memes demonize the first and only nonwhite president of the United States by employing the animalistic and dehumanizing iconography of Nosferatu, thus signaling afterlives of race in self-authorized acts of racism that can now be distributed via social media to larger audiences than classical Hollywood ever dared imagine.

Keywords:   animalization, assimilation, immigration, internet meme, miscegenation, presidents, race, user-generated content, video mashup, whiteness

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