Just a warning, I’m about to be so real, it’s going to hurt me. I’m going to be politically incorrect too *Gasp*
Let’s do this thing.
Usually, I try not to focus on the race of the people in a movie. I judge them based on their acting skills and if they were a right fit for the role they were casted in. A few times, among friends, I’ve had to recast a movie because the people who did messed up–bad. But, it has always been in my mind. There are so many different races in the world–too many for Hollywood to keep using the same faces over and over even when they weren’t in the script. I’m looking at you Disney and the new Aladdin.
For the moment, let’s focus on Black faces.
Hollywood is in a trend where they seem to have run dry of ideas. And rehashing old ones have dried up as well. Now, they’ve turned to making superhero flicks ones I can barely stand. I saw Thor one–I was good for movies about Thor after that. I saw Captain America – the first one and was done. I saw Wonder Woman not because I believe in the race distribution in the flick but because as a woman, I was super happy to see a strong female lead–that’s until you hear how much they paid Gal Gadot in comparison to her male counterparts.
But, every movie (almost every movie) has an all white lead cast. People ask #whyoscarsowhite? Oscar has been so white because there aren’t any roles, any quality roles for people of other races. Take a look for yourself–I am not making this up. Movies with strong black roles are movies where black actors are thugs, slaves, stupid, victims (Fruitvale Station comes to mind). We are never the characters who save the day, who gets the girl in the end, who winds up not dead. I mean forever it seems, the black person dies first.
Then Will Smith did a superhero movie and I thought “YASSS KING WERQ!” Then I saw the movie and I wanted to bury my head into the sand. A drunkard, who cares about nothing and who almost had sex with his sister–or was he married to her? I’m talking about Hitchcock. I was so royally pissed off at that movie–at the fact I’d paid my hardworking dollars to see that garbage.
So, why this post. Apparently, there are people out there who are angry with Black Panther because of all it’s blackness. They are upset that out of the entire movie, only about two main cast are white. They are trying to throw shade on the black community, and start crap. They are reporting that black folks are beating them up because they want to go see the movie. Let’s make a few things clear.
- Ain’t a black person alive is going to lay a hand on a white person going to see Black Panther. Wanna know why? We want to see the looks on your faces when you finally see how fantastic it is. That a young black man can be given millions–let me repeat that–MILLIONS of dollars to make something and it comes out brilliantly. We want to see the look on your faces when you realize that all these years of “a movie led by a black cast can’t make money” is just a load of bullshit. We want to see the look on your faces when you SERIOUSLY have to rethink the whole “a black man can’t be Bond” argument. We want to see the look on your faces, when you see that black folks can be classy, and can be strong, and can be loyal and can be loving… We just want to see the look on your face when you realize that black folks can congregate and no one gets hurt, that we can show up, turn out, go home and do it peacefully. So, let me repeat, ain’t a black person alive is going to lay a hand on white person for going to see this movie.
- Black movies up to this point have proven that we turn up and turn out for them when they are right. Tyler Perry is proof that we know a good thing. This was back when he wasn’t a machine. When given the chance, we come through. We understand a good thing when we see it and we understand the struggles and the importance of it all.
- We are not going to turn it down. In fact, let them announce a Black Panther 2 and see what happens. You think we’re loud now? We’ve been wanting this for YEARS. We’ve sit through roles that were supposed to be black given a white actor (I’m looking at you people who made all the Egyptians white except the slaves in all those dang Moses movies). For years we’ve been pleading give us a chance? Please! We’ll be good. We’ll do good. And all of it fell on deaf ears. So, no, we won’t stop showing up at theatres wrapped in African clothing. No, we won’t stop dancing out the doors as we leave the theatre. No, we won’t stop talking about it, because THIS IS A BIG DEAL.
- You calling us racist – Oh chilllllle. I’m going to try writing this and not go all the way off. Let me point something out to you. The one time, there is a major movie that isn’t casted with all of your people, that we’re excited about it because our sons and daughters can watch it and think anything is possible for themselves, we’re the racists? Can I say how dumb that makes you? You’re are now experiencing the emotion that black folks (And other visible minorities have been feeling for decades) and suddenly life isn’t fair anymore. Screw your noise. If for over sixty years black folks have been pleading for their turn and have been ignored, this one time, you can sit the hell down, and let us shine. We’re not asking your permission anymore.
- Black women aren’t all ‘bitches and hoes’ as some stereotypes would have you believe. We can be fierce, loyal to people who deserve it and loving. You mess with our kin and we will cut you and fell zero shame about it. You’re seeing now that when black woman are empowered they can do amazing things. I bet that scares you–you’re right. You should be scared.
- Black Panther is due for some Oscars. Best believe people will light crap on fire and feel ZERO shame about it, otherwise. Because try as the haters may, this movie is the best thing to happen to theatres in YEARS.
- For those who believe this is our one victory? You can keep that kind of crap to yourself. I want more of these movies. But this time, let’s mix it up. Let’s have an ALL minority cast. I’m talking Blacks, Mexicans (I have to be specific with this one), Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Maori, Samoans – All of them. Let’s bring all the people who have been fighting to be seen, to be heard, to be on top for DECADES – and let’s show the world what we can do when we put our minds to it.
- You just mad because now, every time you put in BLACK PANTHER in a search engine, this movie is going to come up, and remind you what happens when you try to make a whole culture invisible.
Those are just a few things. Right now, I chose to ignore the noise and focus on the major step forward Black Panther is. For years, movies about Africa have been sad, slavery, blood diamonds, hell. Finally, we see a representation of the different lights and colours of that side of the world. Sure, Wakanda isn’t a real place, we get that. But this is a wonderful testament, that Africa isn’t all blood and gore and places to be pillaged for flesh and diamonds.
How invisible do we look now?