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Are Young Black Girls Being Excluded From Seeing "Red Tails"?

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by Sergio
February 9, 2012 3:57 PM
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It's beginning to look like Red Tails is becoming as controversial as Precious. Who'd thunk it? 

So what's the problem now? Turns out that this morning the Dallas School District bussed some 5,700 boys to see the film at the AMC Mesquite Theater in the city as part of a Black History Month educational event.

Problem is it was just boys. Girls were kept from seeing the film.

The district paid a reported $32,000 for the excursion with Title I funds which are earmarked for low-income students, which one would assume with means both boys and girls.

A spokesman for the Dallas school district was quoted as saying that the reason why girls were excluded was because: "there is only so much available space at the movie theater, so the decision was made for boys to attend the movie. Girls stayed at school but principals were given the option to show them Akeelah and the Bee"

Well then I guess that's makes up for it.

h/t to Clifton Coleman

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8 Comments

  • Melissa | February 10, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    *Trying

    Honestly, whoever can't see where Hollywood is headed with all this IR stuff is either in denial or simply hadn't noticed. Espevially with wm/bw pairings for every black actress. Wait for Viola Davis initiation into IR with the excuse that an all-black couple etc...
    And she'll get to do more IRs than Will Smith has ever lobbied for. Just like every other black actress of note has.

    That's how it is. Apparently on the godawful Glee the overweight black girl has a (thin) white love interest. No wonder they got rid of the black jock character in the first season... to make the way clear lol. It's all about wm/bw nowadays. Is 'Shame' back on Showtime with Shanola Hampton banging the hell out of her white male costar?

    So yeah... Red Tails with an ethnic white woman is supposed to compensate all that... right. When is the next Zoe Saldana/Kerry Washington/Sanaa Lathan/Halle Berry + 'white boy' movie coming out?
    You can add Christine Adams and Naomie Harris to that list as well. British dark black women always in IRs onscreen.

  • BrownEyedGirl | February 11, 2012 12:47 AM

    Your ignorance is hilarious, you sound like a middle age white man with nothing better to do with his time than spew ridiculous nonsense and expect others to agree. So in your little bubble you call life, you don't see interracial couples or even think they exist? Sorry hun interracial dating/marriage is on the rise, and yes those couples include BW/WM. Those movies you named off aren't any different than the thousands of interracial films dealing with BM/WM couples. I'm sorry you hate the fact that relationships happen between Black women and white men, maybe you should seek counseling for all the hate you feel. Those same Black male actors you love so much are dating interracial on and off screen getting white pussy everyday. So the fuck what if Black actress explore sexual relations with someone of another race, Black actors namely Sidney Poitier have been doing it for years!Double standards are a funny thing:)

  • Melissa | February 10, 2012 12:01 AMReply

    On a related note, I guess black men shouldn't see the gazillion Hollywood other movies that have wm/bw (and no sexualized brothas in sight), like Last King of Scotland, Colombiana, Haven, Star Trek, A Sexual Life, Something New, A Bronx Tale, Joyful Noise, Ragz, Neo Ned, Monster's Ball (uh oh lol), Queen, Jeffersons in Paris, the Disney cartoon Princess and the Frog (remember the 'white prince' controversy from black men), Things they lost in the Fire, Cinderella tv movie (with two wm/bw ships and no black male on screen), etc... and let's not mention TV series for teens/kids. It's all about wm/bw today (since the 90s actually).

    But blacks are still watching all this wm/bw not so? So what's a little rarely seen IR pairing in Red Tails (that probably got input from black girlfriend Mellody Hobson as well?) Yes Sergio???

    Tryong to get some daft Black Women on your Lucas hate-train yet he actually gave you what you crave (a bm/ww IR). What gives? It's not his fault the majority white popl. was not interested in watching black men (including white women moviegoers who are dying to see Ryan Reynolds next role). Too bad. But hey...

    *Goes back to reading comic where Archie and the black Valerie get it on lol)

  • BONDGIRL | February 10, 2012 12:45 PM

    Well I'm already nursing a headache so I might as well indulge this ridiculous comment. You sound like the ignorant white people who exclaim how black people are doing so well in Hollywood because Denzel, Will, & Halle have films out every other year. You are asking black women to forget about 50 years of bm/ww pairings because in the last, what, 15 years you can point to 2 dozen bm/ww hookups?? How many of those tv shows/films does the white guy proclaim that the black love interest is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, and tells his friend that she will have his babies? Even when DeNiro directed Bronx Tale, that didn't get uttered. The recent string of bw/wm IRR are niche, please believe that. It's what I like to call "the Halle effect", since it took place significantly more after her role and Oscar win for Monster's Ball. But back to my initial point, which is, black men don't have decades of viewing this pairing, while their roles are relegated on screen to being the help. We do. Also, almost always the actors only date white women in real life. I can't speak for Poitier or Belafonte, but these modern Negroes pop off with some real plantation comments regarding black women or dating IR in general, which turns BW off. When have you ever heard of a black actress throw black men under the bus in the same manner? Even Whoopi Goldberg said on The View that she always dated black men, but the media only took photos of the white men. So even when she is known for IRR, she still shows love to BM. On the counterside, we rarely if ever get that. In addition, this is not a race-specific concern. I don't care if you're black, Colombian, or WASP...the majority would like to see their own race romantically paired with the same race, in films and in real life. Yes, some white women didn't care that Ben Affleck dated Jennifer Lopez, but the majority did. I've heard them talk. This is why publicists cost upwards of $10,000 per month per client...to hide the real lives of actors, so you don't find out that Leonardo DiCaprio really smashes black women on a regular, or that a certain Emmy winning, "The Sopranos" star not only prefers black women, but moreso black drag queens. Know why? So his Italian fans don't boycott his career! People go to the movies for a variety of reasons, but one reason they WON'T go, is if they don't like the personal life of the star...that could be political affiliation, past abortions, multiple divorces, IRR, etc. Btw, most of the films you listed have IRR, yet still had either black women with black men or black male roles IN IT...the black man wasn't erased from the film. That's the main point you don't get.

  • Never supporting George Lucas again | February 9, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    I refuse to see this after I heard they cut out all the black actresses and the romantic interest in the film was European!!!! As if black women don't have enough obstacles to worry about, the biggest black action flick "accidentally" omits the black women.. Nice try Hollywood..BYE

  • Darla & Mark | February 9, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    Who the hell he suppose to be Sergeant Carter making a mean face at Gomer Pyle.

  • Cherish | February 9, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Ahh, the Lone Star. Saves them money and space putting Tuskegee Airmen in the history textbooks. Just send the kiddies to the movies. Leaves more room the books on creationism. But only boys? Wow. I guess to them it's not important that Black girls see Black men doing something positive and being role models.

  • Afrostyling | February 9, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    What the????

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