When John first told me about William Pope.L’s idea of mashing and contrasting E.T. and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was brutally lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman, I thought it was interesting. I was not prepared for the anger and hurt unleashed by E.T.2, the mash-up of the documentary The Murder of Emmett Till with the movie E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, projected onto one screen in Ryan Gym.
The discussion afterwards and the Conversations du Jour the next day made me realize how far my ignorance goes. E.T.2 stirred up extreme emotions: voices were raised, a person cried, and I simply had not foreseen it. There are some things that I just don’t get, and that upsets me.