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A Beast or a Teddy Bear?: Bob Sapps and Bad-Ass Black Representation

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“A Beast or a Teddy Bear?: Bob Sapps and Bad-Ass Black Representation,” investigates black images in the context of sports and its fans. While Warren Cromartie, an African American professional baseball player in Japan in the late 1980s, subscribed to the idea of a “cute” (and often childish) African American, Sapps, a professional kick boxer, balanced his own cuteness with a beast-like representation. In the boxing or ultimate fighting ring, he accentuated his wild image of himself associated his skin color. He portrayed himself as a fighter who only relied on his physical capabilities and intuitive needs to fight while minimizing the significance of tactics or strategies. Out of the ring, however, he was another cute black male. As Michael Oher in the movie, The Blind Side (2009), was depicted as a large strong black male who is simultaneously a teddy bear-like figure, Sapps often appeared on television shows as someone who possessed a larger-than-life personality. He also combined his physical excellence with his childish traits.
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Kiuchi, Yuya. "A Beast or a Teddy Bear?: Bob Sapps and Bad-Ass Black Representation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518711_index.html>

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Kiuchi, Y. , 2011-10-04 "A Beast or a Teddy Bear?: Bob Sapps and Bad-Ass Black Representation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518711_index.html

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Abstract: “A Beast or a Teddy Bear?: Bob Sapps and Bad-Ass Black Representation,” investigates black images in the context of sports and its fans. While Warren Cromartie, an African American professional baseball player in Japan in the late 1980s, subscribed to the idea of a “cute” (and often childish) African American, Sapps, a professional kick boxer, balanced his own cuteness with a beast-like representation. In the boxing or ultimate fighting ring, he accentuated his wild image of himself associated his skin color. He portrayed himself as a fighter who only relied on his physical capabilities and intuitive needs to fight while minimizing the significance of tactics or strategies. Out of the ring, however, he was another cute black male. As Michael Oher in the movie, The Blind Side (2009), was depicted as a large strong black male who is simultaneously a teddy bear-like figure, Sapps often appeared on television shows as someone who possessed a larger-than-life personality. He also combined his physical excellence with his childish traits.


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