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New 60-Second TV Spot For 'Django Unchained' Gives Us More Kerry Washington, Sam Jackson

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 2, 2012 9:01 AM
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I didn't get to watch the BET Awards show last night, but, based on my Twitter feed, the impression I got from many of you who I follow who were watching, was that the film was being solemnly sold as Roots for this generation, during its segment.

If that's true, OK then BET.

A clip was shown last night, during the BET Awards, or so I hear, but I can't find it online yet; maybe later. What I did find was this new 1-minute TV promo that gives you a little more Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson

The film won't be out for another 5 months, so I suspect there'll be plenty more TV promo spots, clips, featurettes, etc, between now and then.

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  • katie | July 5, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    Django was what ROOTS wanted/intended to be. Lawd, still not watching this crap.

  • katie | July 5, 2012 2:16 PM

    Here the clip of Kerry and Jamie introducing Django:

  • Donella | July 2, 2012 7:41 PMReply

    Laughed my head off when Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx reminded the audience that they starred together in Ray, then waited for applause... *crickets* then reluctant, slow claps from the audience. Yes, Tambay, Jamie Foxx said Django Unchained was what Roots wanted/intended to be... it was hip hop... it was fighting back... it was love... it was romance. Still laughing at the desperation of the marketing for this trash. Think I'll take Ronald's advice and reread 12 Years a Slave, then wait for Steve McQueen's upcoming film version.

  • Erica | July 3, 2012 1:47 PM

    Agreed. I'm going to reread 12 Years a Slave and hope for the best.

  • Ronald T. Jones | July 2, 2012 5:30 PMReply

    Roots and Django are entertainment. Bottom line, if anyone wants to learn about slavery, go to a library, delve into some John Hope Franklin and other academics who've specialized in that period. Read some first hand accounts by those who experienced the ravages of that institution.

    In the meantime, Django looks good. Regardless of whether Foxx is the tip of a white man's spear, from the trailer, he looks like he's kicking some major backside, and doing it for his own benefit. So, I'll sit back, enjoy Django ripping into some slave holders and then crack open a non-fiction text about slavery when I'm the mood for an intellectual infusion.

  • Neziah | July 2, 2012 6:10 PM

    Exactly. I'd rather not take an obvious piece of entertainment too seriously. Tyler Perry movies are more harmful to the black image than any Tarantino movie could possibly be anyway, yet you'll see your various token blacks defending his work for their own personal reasons. Did white folks riot and complain when The Wayans Brothers released "White Chicks"?

  • CareyCarey | July 2, 2012 3:33 PMReply

    Actually, Cherish & SHEBABABY are both partly correct. Jamie did say ROOTS was only "part" of the story, but Cherish's head started spinning after drinking to much liquor and standing in the sun during her families weekend family reunion, not because of what Jamie said. And SHEBABABY was spot on, Jamie did promote the movie as a love story, but I don't remember him mumbling something about Kanye, I think he said "Yolanda Adams". Hell, I even yelled at the tv when she was promoting and thanking every damn body except Donald Duck. But back to Django, regardless if it's fact or fiction, or Orange Kool-aid without pulp, Django does appear to be going where the ROOT's negros only thought about. Hell, as Jamie (Django) said, "what is there not to like about whippin', killin' and cussin' out red-neck racist ass white folks." Now if my memory serve me well, ol' Chicken George and the boys were too busy dancing and making merriment, than thinking about killing somebody. Or was that "Roots: The next genration"? So if y'all are going to tell the story, tell it right :-). But I see Samuel Jackson has busted out another Jules Winnfield hairdo. Well, actually, since we're telling the truth up in here, it looks like he asked for a razor cut on top and his mustach, and heavy talcum powder on his sides and eyebrows. Now is it only me, or did anyone else think Samuel's character looked like Richard Pryor's daddy in "Which Way Is Up?". Or maybe, Uncle Remus from Disney's Song Of The South?

  • CareyCarey | July 2, 2012 5:23 PM

    ROBGEE, you're my kind of guy! In fact, I had a draft number of 35, if you know what I'm talking about. But more importantly, we're both agreeing that this is a movie. So we're seeing eye to eye. To me, most movies that I pay to see, I do so for entertainment value. So again, we're thicker than thieves. I know where to go if I am seeking knowledge on current or past social and global affairs. Btw, did you go to Vietnam? Anyway, I believe the only differences we are having is how the white man is depicted in this movie. Well, I am not going there today because we've ( S&A's comment section) have beat that to death. You know, whether or not this is a "white savior" flick and who gives a flying *#)#. But I hear you. You want Django to go out with the real deal BIG PAYBACK ATTACK. I'll tell you what, I have a book for you. Maya Angelou's son, Guy Johnson, has a book titled "Standing At The Scratch Line". The lead protagonist is the baddest mutha *shut yo mouth* in print. This brother kills racist rednecks in the bayous of New Orleans, Germans in Germany, and mobsters in NYC. And the book is very well written. He actually wrote 2 on the lead character King Tremain. Check them out and tell me what you think.

  • ROBGEE | July 2, 2012 4:51 PM

    CAREYCAREY my friend, you have fallen victim to the modern malady I call the "Documentary Myth." You assume expect there to be some kind of historical accuracy or so-called truth in your entertainments. I refer to the "old days" again only because I'm from dem days, and back then, we could watch a show and the entertainment value was separate from its historical accuracy. How many Bad Muthas do you think came back from 'Nam and cleaned up there Ghetto towns and showed The Mob who's boss? Probably not that many, but that was a popular theme in 70s entertainment. We paid money to see it because we liked seeing Black people doing heroic sh*t.

    I'd love to see some of that genre again. My critique of Django vs. ROOTS is all about entertainment value. I've seen the white-man-plus-darkie-sidekick kickin ass plot enough to resent it. Alex Haley's fictionalized account of his family history gave us a big sweeping triumph and tragedy arc, largely populated by and most importantly, MOTIVATED by Black people . I could care less about the historical components of slave soceity. If I wanted that I'd take a Social Studies class (not in Texas - ha). I just want to see Black folks kickin ass and not apologizing for it. I'd love this Django movie if they changed just one scene in it: At the end of the film, when all the baddies are killed and Django has his woman back in his arms and he parts ways with the white guy who MOTIVATED the whole story, I'd like Django to say to his boss "You know, there is one more thing..." Then the Boss would say, "What is it Django?" Cut to Django's hand pulling out his trusty six-shooter, then fade to black as we hear the sound of a gunshot.

  • BluTopaz | July 2, 2012 3:27 PMReply

    Smh at Foxx's errand boy duties, sent with his lantern to sell this flick to the nigras at their fancy event.

  • RobGee | July 2, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    "...ROOTS of this generation..." only problem is ROOTS was about Black people. Django Unchained is about a Black man acting as the tip of the white man's spear. There may be some revenge fantasy elements, but the plot is in service to the white protagonist's needs. I predict you won't see the magical sadism in the revenge scenes like we saw in Tarantino's Inglorius Basterds remake. Although you will most likely recoil from the violence against Black people perpetrated in the film. At best the Django character is a capable sidekick with a well-developed backstory. That doesn't make this a movie about Black folks. I haven't' seen the film, but I know one of the messages white people will take away from this is "Those Blacks aren't so bad, after all. It's a shame what they had to go through. We shouldn't hate them so much." I wouldn't be surprised if the movie ends with white woman either getting pregnant or giving birth.

    I was there when ROOTS came out. After ROOTS, white people were shook. In those days, Black people were allowed to have opinions about more than sports or music, and we didn't have to make a cultural/emotional space for white folks to interface with us. So that Black guy who worked at your manufacturing plant, you knew he had seen ROOTS and you knew it meant something to him personally and politically. But most importantly, if you were a white person, you knew it wasn't his burden to make you feel good about yourself.

  • CareyCarey | July 2, 2012 5:45 PM

    Good one Blutopaz, I owe you. :-(

  • BluTopaz | July 2, 2012 4:51 PM

    And speaking of lantern carrying lawn jockeys...

  • CareyCarey | July 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    Ain't that a bi*th, white people were SHOOK after watching ROOTS? And ROOTS was a cultural milestone which moved devort racists to tears? LMBAO! Surely you guys are jesting, right? Give me a freakin' break... "back then" back when Roots was out, black folks were allowed to "have opinions about more than sports or music". Please plain dat? Seriously, WTH does that mean? And please, some negros kill me with this movie "about black folks". Hell, the story of SLAVERY, in it's thousands of branches, is not a story of black folks per se. But if one wishes to frame the story to include only black folks, I wonder which story they would tell? Some of those stories are still rampant today. There's the stories of the house niggas and I wanna be just like whitey, niggas. There is the ever present kill, and use another nigga to get what Mr. Charlie deemed important in life. I wonder which way the "we want ROOTS" negros would go? Maybe they'll ask those crying devort racists which road to travel?

  • BluTopaz | July 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    Excellent points. Roots remains a cultural milestone that would be re-written to cast a white hero, if the series was released today. I have heard White people say they saw devout racists in their own families cry during certain scenes of Roots. White America does not want to be shook like that again.

  • ABP | July 2, 2012 2:44 PMReply

    Yeah I love Jamie Foxx but blacks need to understand that anytime those calling themselves something they're not to hide the fact they monopolized and benefited from slavery, yet claim to have been burnt and not the ones pouring the gas, and throwing logs on the fire, you will have a film that absolves THEM. Not tells OUR story.

  • Cherish | July 2, 2012 2:16 PMReply

    Jamie Foxx actually said, "ROOTS only told part of the story..." then went on about how DJANGO is a love story, shows Black people fighting back (which he is suggesting was missing from ROOTS) and how this is the ROOTS of this generation, which is when my head started spinning. Wow. OK.

  • Akimbo | July 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    I died laughing. Roots was based on facts and real people, Django Unchained, is just for play-play. It would be awesome if the film followed in Inglorious Basterds' revisionist footsteps and had Django single-handedly bringing an end to slavery. QT could just spend the next ten years rewriting historical events in the most pulpy fashion possible.

  • ShebaBaby | July 2, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Still scratching my head at Jamie Foxx trying to advertise this movie at the awards show last night as a love story. Then he started mumbling something about Kanye and Jay-Z being "Django." Then he started talking about it being Roots for this generation...sigh.

  • Happens | July 2, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    Sam Jackson in gray hair!
    *pisses pants*
    Fck the controversy, Im sold

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