Boots Riley And The ‘White Voice’ In “Sorry to Bother You”


If you’re not white, odds are that you’ve used a ‘white voice’ on the phone.

It’s pretty useful. The ‘white voice’ can convince the person on the other end to treat you like an actual white person – which means that previously difficult-to-obtain things like bank loans, good customer service, and even prompt responses from 911 are at your fingertips. With a white voice, the world is your oyster.

The white voice is also the main premise behind rapper Boots Riley’s debut film, Sorry to Bother You, in which a telemarketer played by Lakeith Stanfield discovers that he’s got a very convincing white voice.

Dexter Thomas gave Boots and Lakeith a ring to hear more about the joys of telemarketing.

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