Fresh off the heels of the most prestigious of Hollywood award shows, the Oscars (this year, simply and dramatically dropping the “the” and going by “Oscar”), I’m excited
to start looking at this year’s movies and dreaming of all the things I could be…if I, you know weren’t so browny.
Movies are a great way to solidify your Oreo experience. The repeated images of certain types of people doing certain types of things really reminds us who we are and who we can…or probably cannot be.
So let’s see what’s opening this weekend!
The Adjustment Bureau – Matt Damon can’t follow simple directions.
Stuff White People Do In This Movie: Run for Senate, stare longingly, drop their accents, get flustered, live in New York, read books at coffee shops, take public transport, goof off in the street, enchant men, spoon, creep in people’s bedrooms, have really cool tech, control men’s fates, dance ballet, watch ballet, fall desperately in love,
Stuff Non-White People Do In this Movie: Well, there is one black guy in the trailer…he doesn’t speak and it looks like he’s gonna cut a bitch.
And seriously, New York movies, not even any of color extras?
***UPDATE – I just read in The Hollywood Reporter that Anthony Mackie has a “substantial” role in this movie. Why keep that a secret, trailer?
Beastly – Cute guy gets turned into a magically deformed guy and—OMGNPH!!
Stuff White People Do In This Movie: pull ups, look hot and talk about how hot they look, win the praise of the masses, have magical powers, live with a disability, beat the moral into the ground, look deeper, build greenhouses, like flowers,
Stuff Non-White People Do In this Movie: Well, there’s one at at table for a second, but she also doesn’t speak.
The best thing about this movie other than its anglo-tasticness, the fact that if this goes according to the story of Beauty and the Beast, the girl gets a SUPER HOT GUY in the end even though she likes him when he’s not hot…which means that the moral of the story is the beauty is still the ultimate prize. (oh, and douchebag guy still gets SUPER HOT GIRL after enduring a couple of bad days as a not hottie). Also, the dude doesn’t look ugly, he just looks like he’s really into bodmod.
Take Me Home Tonight – Topher Grace needs to let go.
Stuff White People Do In This Movie: Have overbearing parents, have unrealistic crushes, have crappy jobs, have silly shenanigans, breakdance, swim, dance badly, have adventures under the song “Straight Outta Compton,” let fear get in the way, help guys believe in themselves.
Stuff Non-White People Do In this Movie: Do not appear.
Why do I work so hard at being not-black??? Because as you can see, the not-blacks get to have such an awesome diversity of experiences!! So here’s the question…. if I do all of the above, will I finally ascend into whiteness? Or am I simply not eligible for the above?
And when cameras are rolling on these alabaster casts, do you think that the crew breathe a sigh of relief the way I do when I look around the barn during my dressage lessons? Or are they the least bit concerned that something’s gone…awry? I mean, with no people of color on screen, how the hell do you decide who gets killed first?
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I read every one of your posts. Sometimes I laugh out loud because you’re funny. Then I think, wait, does that make me a jerk? (Because I’m a white man.)
Please explain proper etiquette.
First, thank you!!
Second, Laugh away! (and tell your friends. 🙂 If that makes you a jerk, I can’t imagine what it would make me. 🙂
You heard about who they’re hoping to cast in the role of Katniss (the olive-skinned, dark-eyed/haired protagonist) from The Hunger Games, right? Jennifer Lawrence
Movie magic in full effect.
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this may surprise everyone, but I don’t have a problem with the American movie industry being white washed. Movies made in Asia tend to have a lot of asian people in it… cuz its Asia… America has a lot of white people… The studios are run by white people and they make films to sell to white people… is it close minded, yes… is it evil, no (well sometimes it is) but anyways.. If you want to see more Black faces in film how about supporting African Films http://nigeriafilms.com/ I am not saying boycot films with white actors. I mean I like Neil Patrick Harris, dude is the truth. I am not saying we have to support bad films either just because they are black… I am looking at you Tyler Perry (tho I hear he is getting better) But start seeking out and supporting good films from black directors and producers with talented black actors… The industry cares more about money than race and when they see those black dollars going elsewhere they will get the message.
I live in Asia too. I wouldn’t be so upset if the Hollywood image of blacks didn’t dominate people’s mind over here also. Still, I am American and black so I must own a gun, been in jail, run with a gang, talk street talk, slap a ho around. You know I must be black. Thank goodness once I open my mouth my Oreotation sets in. Then everyone says, you’re not black at all. So, I guess you are right I shouldn’t worry about Hollywoods interpetation of blacks that gets distrubuted world wide for everyone to see. P.S. The British are tired of being bad guys in our movies too.
In Adjustment Bureau Anthony Mackie was one of the good guys. The only one of the Bureau who wasn’t a tool. I really liked the movie. Very cool.
Have heard mixed things about the movie, but I love these kinds of motifs!
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