Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by jamesfrmphilly, Jun 20, 2017.
Only after the aforementioned pic actually shows up via a local metroplex will more than a handful of black folk truly give it their thumbs up (or down) salute...
It seems white studios have been our champion when it comes to black heroes. I thought the Wyans Brothers would change their tune and learn some sort of dignity when it came to african american heroes. They kept up their minstrel show campaign and kept blacks as stereotypical as ever. "Blank Man", comes to mind.
Chris Rock didn't help matters with Pootie Tang.
The change i first observed was Spawn. A white studio. But they disfigured him so that he wasn't the "handsome" hero/anti-hero. But a hero, nonetheless.
Next came the Blade Franchise. Stephen Norrington a white director, was given a paltry sum, and told by the studio to yes, "make a blaxploitation movie." He got pissed and championed to raise the bar. This was a Marvel Comics character, and though the hero was black, Norrington's contention with the administrators was Blade didn't have to be "stereotypical". Nor disfigured. Wesley Snipes became an icon due to that role, and many well-chosen ones further down his career path, until.. well.. you know.
The only black heroes i've seen after this was Will Smith. I thought he was great, not only because he was a black hero, but he also used his own movie/studio to make those movies. (I, Robot, and I am Legend)..
Then, the minstrel show happened again with Hancock. A stereotypical black super hero, through the guidance of a white male, finally became a "decent" black super hero. Why he did that? I have no idea. He even agreed to do a scene where he was banging prostitutes, and every time he had an orgasm, he blew them out of the room or the building, or something to that effect.
Smith aslo could have been the super hero of the movie The Matrix. He was approached by the Wachowski brothers first.
Unfortunately, Smith wanted to play the role of Neo, "his" way. He wanted comedic relief, as well as breaking the third wall. Pretty much the role he played in Men in Black. I'm sure, this was something he was much more comfortable with, versus having to work hard at something he wasn't used to. The Wachowski brothers kept it moving, and decided on the hollywood "shoe-in" known as Keanu Reeves.
From my observation, white studios have been the hallmark of generating unforgettable black super heroes. When it came down to american black actors, "taking the reigns" in this matter, they've under estimated themselves.
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