Thursday, August 12, 2010

While we are on the subject of offensive stereotypes....



Let's see- we've got African American males hitting each other, calling each other "Dawg," and encouraging each other to ogle African American women. We've got bug-eyed astonishment, greed, and lots of jumping around and screaming, especially by overweight African American women. We've got beautiful women being manipulative toward the men who are ogling them. We've got pratfalls and sexual innuendo and three-word sentences delivered in a dialect which I THINK is related to English and I'm sure is supposed to be hysterical. We've got an all-star cast of very wealthy African Americans who have absolutely no respect for other African Americans or for human beings in general throwing together what looks to be a total mess of a film designed to cater to pretty much EVERY negative image the moviegoing public (which is overwhelmingly white) has toward African Americans.

The result will no doubt be a mildly successful film which does nothing to move society any closer to a post-racial future, but DOES encourage black people to laugh at themselves and white people to laugh at them even harder. All while lining the pockets of a tiny group of African Americans and a larger group of Caucasians, both of which should be ashamed of themselves, if they were still capable of feeling shame.

Meanwhile, for a week or so at least, I have another reason to keep the remote very handy. Thanks for nothing, producers of Lottery Ticket.

5 comments:

  1. It would be a public service if an organization like, say, the NAACP were to commission its own version of the Golden Raspberry Award for the film that does the least to advance us towards a post-racial world; they could then award films like this the Brazen Watermelon.

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  2. Just think- some 25 years ago, there were protests over the film "Soul Man," about a man who pretends to be black so he can go to Harvard Law School on a scholarship...the film featured a great message about really understanding the black experience, and it got protested.

    Vile crap like this which depicts African Americans as basically hooting little children who need a keeper? Crickets.

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  3. Because it plays to the need to not think too hard about things.

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  4. Definitely agree with your comments about this movie. It's embarrassing to watch. I've spent my whole life as a gay man seeing these same hurtful stereotypes aimed at gay people and (the worst part) then hearing other gay people defending the film 'they're making fun of the stereotypes tongue in cheek; they get it, they're not trying to be homophobic' - yea RIGHT. The bottom line here is money. Anything that makes fun of the 'ick' gay sex thing is funny. Anything that makes a race, class, sex, income level, and even weight of people imply that you somehow are better than they are, it's your turn to sit back and laugh at these people. It's sad that we are still here in 2010 and this is what makes money.

    I think what bothers me the most is when I see a person who is a member of the group being mocked pay money, willingly go and laugh at it. Look at who you're giving your money to. But let's be clear about something here - you use the word Caucasian quite a bit in your description. In our changing society you need to really use the term non-black. There are plenty of Native American, Hispanic, Asian and other races who are just as racist and hateful towards blacks as Caucasians are.

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  5. You're right, I have to update my language. Thanks for posting!

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