Articles by: Gavin Lewis

Author Biography:

Gavin Lewis is a freelance Black British mixed-race writer and academic. He has published in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States on film, media, politics, cultural theory, race, and representation. He has taught critical theory and film and cultural studies at a number of British universities.

The Hollow Myths of a ‘Maverick’ Empire

Ironically Star Wars was produced towards the end of a historical period of idealised counter-cultural iconography. Its heroes were rebels. In Top Gun: Maverick the earlier film’s dynamics are appropriated in support of the American empire.

Critical Attitudes to Israeli Colonialism and the Diversity of Nazi Victims in Popular Culture

In support of Israeli exceptionalism, the reality of the eugenicist Nazi regime and the diversity of its victims have been re-spun as purely anti-Semitic.

Subverting the Grievances of Anti-Racism and the attack on Diane Abbott MP

The evils of the slavery and colonialism gravy-train—of which apartheid Israel is the only latest manifestation—are absented from history and the Western racist-imperialist agenda can be spun as a giant white saviour narrative.

Post-WWII Film and the Rejection of Western Imperialism

Here the strict, demarcations, brutalities and abuses of a military prison, represent the structures of western class and race oppression – three years after Lawrence of Arabia the racism depicted, is even more overt.

Pressure: A Personal Reflection on British and Western Establishment Racism

To the uninitiated, this might seem like a severe personal history but among Black Britons, these types of events are often treated as tame, standard encounters that easily occur in a society in which Black Lives Matter’s deaths at the hands of the police are regarded as mere policy.

The IPCRESS File: The Spectator and the Faux Rebellion of Neoliberal Identity Politics

...multiple points of identification are being offered to align with current demands of supposedly multi-cultural, neoliberal niche-marketing. This however subverts genuine representations and generates a number of anachronisms.

The Left’s Right Turn: Behind the media myth of neoliberal Blairite social ‘achievements’

Are UK Labour and other such subverted parties globally that are ostensibly of the Left still worth voting for?

Stand in Solidarity with Ken Loach: against the Israel lobby’s smear campaign

… in February 2021 the Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Judith Buchanan, apologised to Jewish students for offering a speaking invitation to Loach, who is one of its alumni, a veteran film-maker, a globally respected human rights activist, and a champion of socialist human solidarity.

Julian Assange and the Femocracy, by Gavin Lewis

The UK petitioners—neoliberal feminism and its unequal outrage

Informit: Julian Assange and the Femocracy

On 25 November 2018 former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard appeared on the BBC global news channel's 100 Women series. On the show's website, Gillard was described as having 'used her experience to help advance women and girls around the world through the promotion of education and leadership'. Obviously the women she'd 'helped' didn't include the refugees she attempted to dump on Malaysia, or those refugee women and children imprisoned in the internment camps Gillard…

The Unspoken ‘Wog’ Slur, by Gavin Lewis

Britain’s neoliberal media and New Imperialism

Informit: The unspoken ‘wog’ slur

Britain's neoliberal media and New Imperialism. In 2005 rioting and racial attacks broke out in Cronulla, a beachside suburb of Sydney. Many of the assailants had daubed banners and even their bodies with the sentiment 'wogs out'. The targets of their attacks were Lebanese Australians. The absurdity of this abuse was that 'wog' is an abbreviation of 'gollywog', an infantilised representation of Black African diasporic identity in doll form. Despite the seemingly ethnicspecific nature of…