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Harry Lennix Takes On 'The Butler' - Says Lee Daniels 'N*ggerfies It,' Calls It 'Historical Porn'

by Sergio
July 11, 2013 2:53 PM
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First some background...

Several months ago or so, I did an interview for another site with actor Harry Lennix, who all of you know, and was seen this summer in Warner Bros' huge Superman reboot, Man of Steel. But the interview wasn't about that; it was instead about Harry's upcoming indie projects, like the fascinating Mr. Sophistication, directed by Danny Green, in which he plays a Richard Pryor-like self-destructive comedian attempting a comeback, and his all-black version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, called H4, which has just finished post-production. And both of those are on top of 6 other pictures he's completed that are scheduled to be released next year.

Knowing Harry personally for many years, we really had more of a conversation than an interview; he is, as always, up front, totally honest and says exactly what he thinks. And that is so refreshing, considering how most people in the business are reluctant to speak out on anything, or be opinionated.

However, when the interview appeared on the other site where it was posted, it was severely edited, to put it nicely, and a lot of what he said was cut out, evidently fearing that Harry had stepped on some toes. Especially what Harry said about black imagery in the media and, in particular, Lee Daniels' upcoming film The Butler, with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, about the long-serving butler who worked at the White House - a film that's currently in the middle of a court battle over the title, between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.

As you can read below, Harry is not too thrilled about the film:

Which leads me to asking do you constantly have to think about the image you are portraying as black man every time to do a role?

"I think about it every day and any time that a role is offered, and believe me lots of crummy roles are offered. But at this point people know better than to mess with me with a lot of these things. For example Lee Daniels sent me the script for that film he’s making now, The Butler, about the black butler at the White House. I read five pages of this thing and could not go any further. I tried to read more of it, and I’m not a soft spoken guy, but it was such an appalling mis-direction of history in terms of taking an actual guy who worked at the White House. But then he “niggerfies” it. He "niggers" it up and he gives people these, stupid, luddite, antediluvian ideas about black people and their roles in the historical span in the White House and it becomes… well... historical porn. I refused."

Well that’s not good.

"And people want to see these images so they’ll say things like: “It’s a very difficult movie to look at, but it’s great movie.” That’s a contradiction in terms. That’s a paradox. It can’t be that it’s a great movie, but it’s difficult to look at. You know what I mean? (laughs) Why would you put these images out there? But clearly the critics, many of them, love to see this kind of material and love to see us in these types of roles."

Because it feeds into…  

"Because it feeds into the great lie that is being perpetrated by the most important medium, the most powerful export that the United States has to offer which is entertainment. The most powerful tool that they have and it has kept us in a place, men in dresses and things, raping their daughters and things. While any sort of aberrant behavior happens in any community, it has become normative in black cinema that we are these bestial, deprived people, and I refuse to play with that."

Well just keep fighting the good fight.

"I’ll never take part in it. They can kiss my ass (laughs). But it’s not going to happen."

That's my man Harry telling it like it is.

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  • kebb ladd | August 21, 2013 6:47 PMReply

    Well, so goes another 'off the cuff ' statement that has no merit. It seems like most of the comments against the BUTLER are from folk who haven't seen it. That's like saying a book is horrible only having read 5 pages. Examine the history Harry Lennix! I think it has more to do with ego and you pushing your next project than giving an honest opinion about the Butler - #1 film in the country by the way.

  • Ninja Please | August 31, 2013 11:31 AM

    Wow Kebb, I guess being a black actor in Hollywood who epeirences institutionalized racism through the scripts he reads doesn't live up to your standards of someone who knows his craft. 'See the movie?' Wow. He reads five pages because it's his job to understand whether something is good, demeaning, silly, or genius. But you as a white man-who benefits from white privilege know better. Oh and love how you base the value of this movie on a country founded on racism and the never-ending search to relieve white-guilt through entertainment. You do America proud.

  • weallookalike | August 19, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    Really,Not another movie serving up white guilt, Really I get it but this movie dumbed down the actors. I have to side with Mr.lennix and say cherrio my good man,after reading 5 pages he said nigga please and rolled that bitch up and Sssmoked that. He is too talented to portray that crap. Plus I think most of Hwood is too elitist to weigh in on Trayvon,like they know sheeit about walking in his shoes. Maybe forrest can play Trayvon and get two Oscars..............

  • Theodora Anagor | August 19, 2013 4:32 AMReply

    For those that think this is a black film, how black people have consistently been brainwashed by Hollywood judging by some of the comments.
    This is how Hollywood portrays black people so we know our place, you guys better wake up.
    Why the Movie, “The Butler,” Will Not Get One Dime From Me

  • Kahlil X | August 18, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    Haven’t see the movie yet. But I don’t have to see it to comment that since Hollywood is in the business of niggerfying movies to make money, they couldn't care less about a movie being historically accurate than historically PERTINENT. Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and others only chose roles with integrity but of course at the end of the day they are after all ACTORS. Which is why I can’t hate on Sam Jackson for playing Stephen in Django. Somebody had to do it, but it would have been nice to see his black ass fed to the dogs….Essentially the comments break down into 2 camps among BLACK AMERICANS (notice how I didn’t say African). The first camp basically feels we live in a different time and that those historical images and storylines perpetuate stereotypes and caricatures. The second camp of my school of thought, is happy to see ANYTHING involving the history that has been so well hidden from us for one very specific reason: IT GENERATES CONTROVERSY. So while actors like Morgan Freeman (an excellent actor) prefer that we “stop talking about it” and just cross their fingers and hope race and racism will fade into the sunset of history, truth is, silence and trying to bury it under the rug is what gives it power. Bottom line – it’s time for A NATIONAL REFERENDUM ON RACE & SLAVERY. It’s time to deal with this shit from the top down. It’s time to tell the muthafuckin truth. It’s time for the government of this country to acknowledge its complicity in the slave trade – BEFORE AND AFTER EMANCIPATION, and it’s time for Americans to wake the fuck up and stop using words you don’t understand, like RACE. THERE’S ONLY 1 MUTHAFUCKIN RACE: HOMO SAPIENS. Living like 3rd class citizens you patriotic integration lovin niggas stay here…Fuck reparations. This country is in so much fuckin debt they can’t pay their own bills. Just give me a one way ticket back to Africa, pay my Immigration fees, 40 acres and mule and stay the fuck out my business. That’s what this godless Amerika can do for me.

  • Hasan | August 18, 2013 9:31 AMReply

    Its unfortunate that the amount of services rendered to whites by negroes out of the field as butlers, nanny's, entertainers and etc was insufficient to avert the need for a civil rights movement. I'm just not a fan of movies that dramtize individual and routine aspects of negro servitude that only held significance as survival mechanism rather than an instrument for change.

  • Jules | August 17, 2013 10:37 PMReply for REAL stories about black people, not just poor-me drivel (wth can you expect with Hanoi Jane and Oprah [people still watch her?] in the film?)

  • James | August 17, 2013 12:37 PMReply

    Harry L. should have read the whole script. To make statements like this without having done so was irresponsible. "The Butler" - We finally have a movie before us, that does a great job at explaining the many facets of the African American experience post slavery. All Americans, regardless of political affiliation or shade of skin, NEED to see this movie. It proves that, in many ways, slavery did not truly end in 1868 - it just changed forms. The impact of slavery and its successor, Jim Crow, upon the psyche of African Americans in particular, and this country in general - is undeniable. Your entire family should see this movie. For those who wonder "why African Americans" do this, or think that? Well, go see..."The Butler."

  • James | August 29, 2013 7:18 PM

    So you honestly saying that you've never seen a film like this before? Don't we pretty much have this exact same film remade for us at least once every two years?

    And of course we're not supposed to criticize it because it was "based on a true story". Aren't we smart enough yet to realize that when Hollywood says that probably all that means is that the movie takes place somewhere on planet Earth?

    All the inspiring, exciting, and heroic "true stories" out there, and it seems the ones that get greenlit are all eerily similar. But the thing that pisses me off the most is that Hollywood and the mainstream keep telling us that we're only about 15% of the population which is also approximation the percentage of Blk films that Hollywood produces each year so we should be happy. With Tyler Perry on one end of the spectrum and stuff like this at the other, when do I get some quality stuff before the 15% get used up?

  • Dont Even | August 17, 2013 11:31 PM

    Buck dancing negroes like yourself can keep this servant porn drivel.

  • Pearl | August 16, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    From a historical perspective, it would be a good thing for all young people to see, esp. those who've never opened a book. As for Mr. Linnex, I believe if you cracked his skull open, there would be nothing there but space.

  • Bitch please | August 17, 2013 11:30 PM

    Actually that would be your empty skull after typing that bullshit.

  • miseagle1013 | August 15, 2013 11:24 PMReply

    All I know is that I wont be going to see this movie. I live in Seattle, and the theatres close to me always has a majority of white people who comes to the movie. I don't feel like being embarrassed or feeling uncomfortable like I did with Django or Flight with Denzel in the bed with a white women. It makes me feel very uncomfortable. So I'm going to pass and wait until it comes out on the Redbox and watch it at home. That way if I don't like the movie it will be that I only spent a $1.36 for the dvd

  • Sandra Smith | August 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    I'm from Seattle, too. Don't let all those reasons stop you. I saw it today and I tell you, it was great. Please go. Don't wait for rebdox or bootleg.

  • Aries | August 15, 2013 8:17 PMReply

    Maybe this writer considers H. Lennix a big star - I don't. Where is the loooooooooong list of films that he's made? Is his list the length of Will Smith, Samuel Jackson, Denzel Washington? Probably not and why does someone need to kiss his azz because their thought process is different from his? He shows his stupidity by even making such a vulgar statement because someone doesn't think like him? If he disagreed with how the movie was made, he only had to decline Lee's offer and keep his opinion to himself. What is he gaining by making these negative comments about a movie he hasn't seen? He can take it to the bank that Lee Daniels doesn't need him to be sucessful.

  • James | August 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    You ever hear the saying "quality over quantity"? I don't give a damn how many movies he's made in comparison to those other guys if he's choosing and doing QUALITY work. He's not saying anybody should kiss his arse. He's just saying there's stuff out there he personally is not going to do. I for one applaud him for that.

    But of course in a society that has been inculcated to believe that it's all about the green, such thinking might appear to be strange. He's got an opinion, you've got yours, I read them both, and I have to go with the guy that at least uses his own name.

  • QBN | August 15, 2013 7:55 PMReply

    Robert Monroe, Jr. wrote: "I refuse to see any films where Black people are butlers, the help, drive Miss Daisy or perform as magical negroes."

    ^ This about sums it up for me... I want to see films where Black people triumph independently, on their own terms. No stereotypical portrayals, no White saviors.. There are so many diverse stories in Black history that do not revolve around being a slave or a servant, let's start telling them.

  • Robbia | August 15, 2013 7:28 PMReply

    I think it is pertinent from a historical point of view.

  • timmy kaye | August 18, 2013 3:12 AM

    Too bad its horridly historically innacurate

  • a.mcewen | August 15, 2013 7:16 PMReply

    Not taking one side or the other but has anyone here responding seen The Butler yet. I mean when I read what Lennix said, I went "here we go again." Every time there is a high profile black movie or a black performance in a movie which captures the imagination, someone brings it down. To me, it's all about having a bunch of different roles and three-dimensional characterizations for black actors and especially black actresses. As long as they don't get stuck playing only one type of character.

  • sparky | August 15, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    Saying "men in dresses" is aberrant, like "raping their daughters"? Buddy, you can kiss MY ass.

  • Enoch Mubarak | August 14, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    Speak on it Harry.....Driving Miss daisy, The help, Django, House of Payne, Meet the Browns, The have/ have not and... now the Butler.

  • Mr. L. Richard | August 14, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    As I read some of the comments directed for Mr. Linnex or against him.I sense people dissing the history lesson in these type of movies, if you don't remember your history you are doomed to repeat it..please take note blk people we are losing our sense of be con't

  • Gee Renee | August 14, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    Still trying to understand WHAT Daniels did that makes Lennixs feel that he 'niggerfied' the portrayals????

  • James | August 17, 2013 12:42 PM

    Nothing! It was a great movie that will soob be deemed a classic.

  • Ressurrection | August 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    Exactly why I clicked on this from the previous post. I thought his quotes would explain it but instead it sounds like someone just wanted to put the word "Nigger" in headlines... again.

  • Spaceman's Hairdo | August 13, 2013 1:46 AMReply

    Here's a novel idea: Either make your own films or support independent artists in your communities or sit back, take no action and keep whining about these mainstream films that are spoon-fed to you by media conglomerates. It literally is up to you. There's a whole lot more 'stuff' out there, you just gotta look around.

  • Temi Abimbola | August 9, 2013 9:49 PMReply

    I'm starting to like Harry Lennix a lot more, never really paid real attention to him on Man of Steel. But he has such refreshing opinions, I can't wait for this Shakespeare movie he's starring in.

  • Robbaserocks | August 14, 2013 10:06 PM

    You should like his performance in "TITUS".....If you haven't already seen it.

  • MR. BLACKMA N | July 25, 2013 7:25 PMReply

    I agree with Harry. Lee Daniel is a SHOCK SISSY. Everything he does, he looks for a shocking element in it. That is EGO. I have listened to enough argument pro and con about this dude to conclude: He and Twyler Perry are the WORST. Then again, anything to demasculate a Strong Black Male Image. It would take a FLAMMING UGLY SISSY to denigrate his race.

  • Chris | August 2, 2013 11:10 PM

    Great, homophobia with your review. Wonderful.

  • Monique A Williams | July 18, 2013 11:06 AMReply

    Say that! lol
    I loved him on Dollhouse. #gonetoosoon

  • alex | July 18, 2013 3:20 AMReply

    I met Harry once in a social situation. He definitely speaks his mind and truth with commitment and confidence and does not give a hoot about what you like or dislike about his opinion. It was a little disconcerting but I also admired him.

  • Scott G. Brown | July 18, 2013 1:27 AMReply

    "HATS OFF TO HARRY LENNIX" who walks like a man and talks like a man! When I saw The Trailer to THE BUTLER, I said, "Here we go again" with the "Step 'N Fetching" stigma that keeps blacks taking care of White Folks. After 400 years of Slavery and FREE LABOR, we are constantly reminded of how we must take care of the white folks, and as Lenny states, the real character is so distorted, it reaks slavery all over again, and "N*ggerfies" the entire movie. I have seen enough of this "N*gger" mockery in my day. I was forced to live it. Another film made for the old racist enthusiast who loaths the yesteryear. Certainly, the young do not want to see it, and neither do I. In my opinion, its dead on arrival.

  • Robert Monroe, Jr. | July 17, 2013 10:08 PMReply

    I refuse to see any films where Black people are butlers, the help, drive Miss Daisy or perform as magical negroes.

  • ScottG. Brown | July 18, 2013 11:31 PM

    "The Help" was despicable! The Trailer was more than enough to make you vomit.

  • And | July 12, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    This guy acts in generic, Wall St. shareholder designed superhero movies and he's criticizing other people's choices?

  • Well Said Harry | July 17, 2013 6:24 PM


  • NO BRAINER | July 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    AND, you sound like a typical S&A asswipe.

  • And | July 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    @Juan...I don't read...I just watch dumbed-down superhero
    @ShutUp...I agree...superhero movies are the pinnacle of

  • Juan | July 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    You need to know a lot more about this man before you criticize.
    Read his resume and/or bio.

  • Shut Up | July 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    Digging in your ass to find a counterpoint? There is no boot licking in the superhero movies he's been in so no contradiction at all.

  • Guyver | July 12, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    I am glad that someone from the acting community had the backbone to speak up. I swear, I wish there was a more leveled playing field in terms of the kind of roles and movies we are offered as a people. I suppose there is some diversity, but the powers that be wont get behind and push those movies because it goes against their agenda. We are so much more than slaves, servants or sex objects... we have more to say to the world.

  • lmfao | August 19, 2013 2:47 PM

    this is the funniest thing ive read all day. its so pathetic that i cant help but pity you. blacks have nothing to add to the world besides service. blacks cant create anything, they lack a sense of original thought. you insects had the richest resource continent on the planet and you totally ignored it. thats hilariously sad. i guess your people were more content in wandering the plains and living in mud huts, getting chased up trees by lions and sh1t. the world doesn't care what you have to say boy, nothing you say or do is worth the white mans time. go live your life and stop pretending to be something your not, its beyond sad.

  • ShebaBaby | July 11, 2013 10:23 PMReply

    I think Harry is my soul mate. Swoon. He told no lies.

  • miss birdsong | December 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    Your ignorant opinion is also ill informed. The White man raped and squandered Africa's rich resources and that included her people. Colonized and squeezed life from what was left. You love the image of Africans running up trees from lions. Another lie told by Tarzan movies from whence you likely received your history lessons.

  • Ladyglen | August 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    Yes baby!

  • happybrowngirl | July 11, 2013 11:25 PM

    Swoon, indeed.

  • not cool | July 11, 2013 9:32 PMReply

    1. Most of the responses below are from December 2012. If it's a rehash, tell us upfront (originally posted on__________.)

    2. Why do you give the greenlight for Mr. lennix to be concerned about how we are portrayed, but question Will smith for doing the same?

  • uhuruhouston | July 11, 2013 7:54 PMReply

    Lee Daniels and his movies comes off as a person that has been severly damaged by events in his life and the subject matter is dark and tiresome!!!

  • T | July 21, 2013 11:08 PM

    I agree--about his movies.. Beginning with "Monster's Ball," his films make it clear that he does not love Black people. And I can't stand the caricatures of Black people who appear in the works of anyone who doesn't love Black people.

  • Val | July 11, 2013 8:59 PM

    You can add Oprah and Tyler Perry to that list.

  • Masha Dowell | July 11, 2013 7:11 PMReply

    Lee Daniels is one of my favorite filmmakers. However, I love seeing people speak their opinions. Its healthy... I freaking love it! It shows that we all (ppl of black decent) have different opinions and that we are not as monolithic as people tend to think!

  • Hotep | July 11, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    We love Harry's viewpoint. Indie black produced film CALL ME KING, slave mentality not included, view trailer on youtube.

  • Joe | July 11, 2013 5:36 PMReply

    All Lee Daniels movies are difficult to look at and yet reflect real life human beings with character flaws. This is the stuff of great DRAMA. Mr. Lennix hasn't seen the movie, he only read a pre-production script. Servitude has had a place in ALL cultures that I know of but we (AA) seem to take this as an affront to our people's supposed class instead of the economic strata that a family or individual might find themselves upon. During this same time period many AA families were living large and doing great things. This is story about one group of men and their families. I would be surprised if it strays from the truth vary far. And why is Harry so incensed about this role if he has rejected so many others?? Personally, I've never been that impressed with HL. But I do admire Mr. DANIELS who seems to be able to get his productions financed and released religiously, which is something many who contribute to this blog complain about but never accomplish!! If you think we should be portrayed in a different light more frequently to provide more balance, then MAKE THAT MOVIE!! Keep up the great work Mr. Daniels!!

  • Joe | July 11, 2013 7:10 PM

    Like I said, I'll be surprised if it strays far from the truth, antediluvian, I Doubt it!! As far as dresses and such, I don't think THAT is in this movie!! I see all kinds of movies with black folk in them and not being portrayed as bestial, deprived or anything else particularly demeaning!! I also see a lot of movies with white folks in them BEING portrayed as bestial and deprived!!

  • Stacie | July 11, 2013 6:38 PM

    I don't think his issues with the film have to do with servitude. Everyone knows it's about a butler. Sounds like his issue is with the way the characters are being portrayed. Also, making a movie and getting it widely released are two different things. I think the point is that just making a good movie is not enough, you have to fit in to what the "powers that be" feel are acceptable to get to a wider audience. So the studios and major distribution companies have a lot of say in how we are depicted on a mass level. That's what his last quote is all about.

    "Because it feeds into the great lie that is being perpetrated by the most important medium, the most powerful export that the United States has to offer which is entertainment. The most powerful tool that they have and it has kept us in a place, men in dresses and things, raping their daughters and things. While any sort of aberrant behavior happens in any community, it has become normative in black cinema that we are these bestial, deprived people, and I refuse to play with that."

  • Qstorm | July 11, 2013 5:09 PMReply

    I'll have to see the film to understand what he's talking about, I guess. I'm not too thrilled at seeing another movie about a black person in a servant role so soon off The Help.

  • g thorne | July 11, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    My name is Geoffrey Thorne and I endorse Harry Lennix's message.

  • Noni | July 11, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    I read the script too and found it horrible. The writer hadn't bothered to do the most basic research on the time periods involved (lazy and sad) and though this is a fictionalized version of real life event, the writer when out of his way to dehumanize the main character. The real life man that the character is based on is from Virginia not Georgia and had a very different up bringing than the one in the film, but I guess it wasn't "racial" enough for white audiences. I have no other explanation for the choices that were made. I guess one black man's actual human experience wasn't valid enough to make into a movie, so they made a caricature amalgamation instead.

  • Jules | August 17, 2013 10:43 PM

    Exactly, Noni. The truth didn't stir up enough racial strife to satisfy him, so it had to be twisted. Look at the people starring in it -- racists and radicals. What did people expect? It's going to BOMB big-time with the public in theaters outside of Los Angeles and Chicago.

  • ScriptTease | July 11, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Something Harry said, "I think about it every day and any time that a role is offered, and believe me lots of crummy roles are offered".

    I would love to hear some of the Horrible, Degrading Scripts that has been offered to Actors and Actresses of Color whether from Black or White Writers/Directors/Producers/Etc...

  • Honut Sinti | May 8, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    Have you seen Harry in those Little Britain comedy sketches?

  • Harry Lennix | February 22, 2013 11:37 AMReply

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  • DMC | January 3, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    Harry on target!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 2, 2013 10:06 PMReply

    X_X @ "niggerfies." That said, I like Mister Lennix as an actor -- ever since I saw him as the slave Aaron in Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus." Now THAT was one boss nigger!!! lol

  • Leon Breckenridge | December 28, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    I feel him but how about don't be in bad movies like a Beautiful Soul. With the gospel singer. That was a really bad film. Like they need to go back to church for that. lol

  • | December 27, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    I-Love-This Brother! We see way too little of him and we are the poorer for that. Remember him as Adam Clayton Powell?? or in other work in Shakespearean productions? Great range, great skills, great work, great mind -- this is what 60's Black cinema promised us ---- an evolution to principled performers who valued their talents, worked at their craft and fought to have access to challenging, thoughtful work that they would be able to interpret to the best of their ability.

  • Miles Ellison | December 25, 2012 7:06 PMReply

    Everything Daniels does is some kind of porn. And none of it is any good.

  • Beezdablock | July 12, 2013 5:41 AM

    Ain't that the truth. I completely agree.

  • j | May 11, 2013 1:02 PM

    Agreed , daniels has talent as a film maker but he's like most of the people in his league.Very self involved he fails to see the bigger picture.I also see where harry is coming from also we are just in a different time period.Where blacks don't need to be painted in this light anymore ,those days are over.Doing a movie like this is just perpetuating more of the same thing.

  • Christopher B | December 25, 2012 3:20 PMReply


  • vdub | December 25, 2012 2:22 PMReply

    Right on! Right ON! Brother Harry Lennix has spoken the truth plain and simple and powerfully. Thank you Lord, for this truth teller.

  • A_Keeper | December 25, 2012 2:06 PMReply

    @DEAN... he did define "niggerish" when he stated, "He "niggers" it up and he gives people these, stupid, luddite, antediluvian ideas about black people..." Bascially saying, the butler acts uneduacted, againist progress and some who thinking/mentality is of an older peroid in time.

    As far as the word nigger... I'm on the fence about it regarding "how" it is used. Term of endearment... bothers me negatively... describing a person not so bright like DL Hughley then I don't have a problem.

    @ regarding "animialistic" behavior... don't we want characters to stand out from one another. I don't want every character to act the same. The animialistic behavior described in Precious... I think it was good for the film. I want a film to "get under my skin" or make me feel good about myself. There has to be good and bad... it's the ying to the yang. Yes, Precious bothered me cause I don't want people to think ALL Black people act that way, but there are some who do, which DL Hughley has stated before.

    Lennix has a problem with it... fine. Are there many jobs for Black actors? Not enough!

    As far as Perry dressing up as a woman... I think (like someone stated below) he's mocking females not Black man's masculinity. I don't remember people having a problem with Flip Wilson. The difference between Flip Wilson and Tyler Perry is that Geraldine is funny and Madea isn't! My problem is it funny not a man wearing a dress. "See the difference?"

  • Christopher T | December 25, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Great words from a Great Actor!

  • Poe | December 25, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    YES! YES! Finally a professional person of African descent who isn't afraid to speak up and speak the truth.

  • ALM | December 24, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    "But clearly the critics, many of them, love to see this kind of material and love to see us in these types of has become normative in black cinema that we are these bestial, deprived people, and I refuse to play with that."<< And Mr. Lennix has given the message for today....the doors of the church are now open. He just summarized Hollywood with regard to Black people in two sentences flat. I will say this, he is blessed to be able to be both outspoken and actively working at the same time. Hollywood tends to try to silence his level of honesty. His comments make me want to view the full script (instead of supporting the actual movie).

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