Hey boys and girls!
It has been a while since the last time I roared… it seems I’m typing that rather a lot lately so I guess it is becoming the norm. Thus negating the need for me to write that ever again.
Yes.. and so.
I come here today to discuss my latest observation of ridiculous shit that happens in Video games, movies and the like. Having recently ripped open my new copy of Dead Island as well as purchasing my BD copy of X-men First Class. I’ve noticed the latest disturbing trend which is not really that “late” since it’s been going on since a Birth of a Nation graced the flat white screen of cineplexes around the globe.
People of color just can’t catch a fucking break. Especially black males… as always. I fucking tell you.
Upon opening my copy of Dead Island and loading it up, I was delighted to find not one, but TWO choices for main characters that were Black.
Naturally being a Black American I went straight to the guy who looked like me… if I wore a gold chain, dressed like a 19 year old and was a rapper.
Then I went into his bio which obviously was written by a stupid fucking immature Canadian/French white nerd.
Sam B’s (Sambo) bio and I fucking quote:
“I grew up in New Orleans. The Lower Ninth Ward. My Daddy went to prison when I was two. That’s where he died. Angola. Momma didn’t ever recover from that and drank and did crack and any other random motherfucker who didn’t smack her round too bad. My nanna’s the one who raised me. She ran a washeteria and we lived in a little shotgun house on Burgundy. From the time I was ten, man, I wanted to rap. I was into old school free-style rap and I’d be kicking ass at them battles, brah. But man, I just couldn’t catch a break. Nothing caught on.’ So one Halloween, I came up with “Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch?”. Just as a motherfucking joke, you know? It went right to the top of the hip hop charts. Like a motherfucking rocket! Suddenly, I was famous. Going to the Grammies. Hitting the parties. Man, I had bitches up the yin yang and for the first time in my life, I was making money. But shit, I was spending it as quick as I was getting it. I thought I had made it, you know what I’m saying? That the gravy train was never gonna end. So I did another song. And another song. And nothing hit. Nothing fucking hit. Song after song and nobody gave a shit. It’s been ten years man, and yeah, I can still get gigs, but all they want me to do is “Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch?”. I used to play the big Casinos in Vegas or Atlantic City, but now it’s just been Reno or Laughlin or some motherfucking cruise ship. So this gig here might be my last chance. There’s some heavy Hollywood hitters here and if I get noticed, I could be right back on top. You know what I’m saying?”
Sigh…. Why? Oh Why? Can’t I get a version of Obama killing zombies? Or Cornel West fighting the undead horde? All kidding aside, you gotta be fucking kidding me. I know I don’t have to say this, but maybe I do.
1) A lot of us have Daddy’s who are alive and well and in our lives.
2) Who the fuck calls their Grandma Nanna?
3) A rapper wouldn’t last two minutes in a fight with a zombie. Most of them are pussies quiet as it’s kept.
4) Next time make the character more like the Black Woman in the game. I can’t relate to this guy, but I can relate to her story. Contrary to popular belief… Black men, even the stupid ones, are people, that ponder the great mysteries of the world as much as the smarti-arties of the discovery channel. (though sometimes they are unable to articulate what they fathom) Seeing an uneducated but complex character is not a stretch of the imagination though it may be a stretch of the artist’s skills. And it would be welcome next to the abomination known as Sam B.
And then of course lets talk about X-men… the (SPOILER) black guy with the boring power, getting whacked by Kevin Bacon… who just not two minutes before, stated he doesn’t kill his own kind!
On top of that, the cool white kid with the cool fucking power, the one who actually fired on Kevin Bacon, doesn’t get so much as a “fuck you” for trying to turn KB into apple sauce. Are you fucking kidding me?! I thought we weren’t killing co-starring lone black people in movies anymore? But I guess we (pop culture) are.
Aside from the Black Plaguing in movies these days, X-men also succeeded in treating women as naked, “I just want to be loved” eye candy. Don’t get me wrong, I like eye candy; just as much as the next man, but damn it was pretty gratuitous in First Class.
I rant to say this… There are more people of color than there are white people in the US. It’s a fact, get over it; and it’s time that the media start reflecting this. I’m tired of cast that are not multi-cultural. It’s especially egregious in movies… TV has gotten better. (My only complaint would be to have more series centered around main characters of color ) But if you look through… say Apple trailers on the web and take a gander at the movie posters, tell me how many you find with People of color on the front. I rest my case. It’s time to change! And me always telling people if you don’t like something then change it, am doing just that with my own movies.
But then on the flip side… I did buy X-men First Class and Dead Island so I’m part of the problem as well as the solution. My love of X-men trumps racial equality I guess. Fucking Black nerds from America!
- roarbit posted this