Forget comparisons to NETWORK or the suggestion that this is a scathing satire of network television. Like most of Spike Lee's films, this is less a movie than a lecture in narrative form. The subject is racism in the mass media and the result is blunt but
powerful, if only because the imagery it decries is so hateful. Fed up with seeing his ideas for positive, mainstream shows about African-Americans ignored, Harvard-educated Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans), CNS network's lone African-American writer, comes up with something so spectacularly
offensive, he figures it will get him fired: "Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show," starring African-American tap-dance...