How do you feel about white directors doing black movies? Does it matter? Should it matter or are you content with it because at least our story is getting played on the big screen? I’ve been very vocal about not caring too much about movies that depicts us how whites view us. I can definitely say that about some black writers/directors too – we do not always eat watermelon, talk ghetto, or wear rainbow colored weaves. That can be addressed in another post. I want to get back to the white director/black movies thing.
Quentin Tarantino has a new project with sexy Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio called Django Unchained. The story is set in the 1800s. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a free slave who has his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) snatched away to a place called Candyland. Calvin Caprio (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the slavemaster exploiting females. First off, Candyland? Really? Cute, real cute – *dropsmic. Django goes on this wild journey to get his wife back from Candyland and that is the point of the movie.
Jamie, during an interview said the role became interesting to him once he realized that Django was married since back in that time slaves, free or not, were not legally married. Kerry was recently on Live With Kelly and described it as a love story. We all know Quentin Tarantino is one fall short of the coo-coo’s nest and whatever he do never is ‘normal’ which I’m not sure is a good thing or not. The only movie of his I’ve seen was the first Hostel and that was twisted so I don’t know what to expect with this one. His motivation?
The racism is what I wanted to deal with and that’s the reason to do it. It’s not to avoid it, it’s absolutely to deal with that.
Later on in the interview the director admits to wanting to show how fucked up America was back then. Um….newsflash Quentin, blacks already know; we still live in that fucked up Amerikkka.
I’m not going to watch it. It does not even sound artistically decent! Besides that I have always said since watching Higher Learning I would never watch another movie where blacks are depicted exactly how whites (not all) view us or where they play ‘captain save a nigger’ and this one falls in one of those categories. I would not mind it as much if more movies with blacks in it were made NOT depicting us in these stereotypical ways. You know, more variety. Instead white directors look at ‘those’ movies as “not marketable”. WOW! What is the difference? After all this advancement and having our first black President directors can’t figure out how to market a movie with an all black cast unless they have one white main character (yes directors have said this) or the blacks are thugs, slaves, or whores?
Write and direct a movie on blacks in a progressive environment or as a super hero, market it like the ‘other’ blockbusters then come holla at me to watch it!
Peace and luv!
- Watch: First trailer for ‘Django Unchained’ (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)
- ‘Django Unchained’ Trailer: Tarantino’s Violent (and Funny) Slavery Revenge Tale (screenrant.com)
Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC8VJ9aeB_g