“Suddenly it’s all very clear,” he exclaimed, standing atop her unsated body like Neil Armstrong on the moon. “I must tell the people about the revolution! Revolt, revolt!”
Fritz was rashly empowered to tell the Black crows of Harlem why they weren’t free, despite only having had a brief stint in their side of the city. He stood atop a stranger’s car, enjoining Black masses to vote and resist current orders of power. He condescended: “Revolt! Revolt! Revolt, you thick-skulled idiots! You have carried heavy burdens for the bosses! You have swept your life away for the bosses! The bosses! They ride around in limousines […] eating strawberries and cream! […] Come the revolution, there are gonna be no more limousines! Come the revolution, there are gonna be no more strawberries and cream, see!” He was ignorant to efforts crows may have already made toward freedom, presuming he was the first to sing a song of revolution. Duke (Charles Spidar), his only crow friend, ironically called him “a boss” for taking on this elevated stance — slyly recognizing Fritz’s unchanged status as a cat in a cat’s world.
Heeding Fritz’s revolutionary speech, many crows were killed for revolting while he perched above the scene, untouched by the consequences of his actions. When Duke was shot, his failing heartbeat was animated as bouncing pool balls — signifying that his longevity in a Black body was always an uneven game of luck and strategy.
*Fritz The Cat can be streamed on Prime Video. Content Warnings: high sexual content, rape
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