S&A 2013 Highlights: Why White People Don't Like Black Movies

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by Andre Seewood
January 17, 2014 11:18 AM
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But now we should consider a third and final important question:

Why should Blacks care if Whites don’t like Black Movies?  

With almost 14 Black films and films with Blacks in high profile roles scheduled for release from July to December of this year it would appear that another Black film renaissance (like the one in the early Nineties) is coming our way.  All we have to do is support these films with our dollars and it won’t matter if Whites like or don’t like our movies.  

Yet one of the deleterious consequences of narrowly defining Black films as films with a majority Black cast that situates Whites in peripheral or non-influential roles is that we are too easily convinced that Black films only appeal to a small domestic niche market.  Even after the success of THINK LIKE A MAN in overseas markets like South Africa and Great Britain foreign licensing rights are still a sensitive issue of negotiation between studios and Black filmmakers- and by sensitive I mean you don’t discuss them with the studio if you want to get your film made or seen.  

In addition, this narrow conception of Black movies encourages the studios to treat all Black films as one singular genre that appeals to one singular audience.  Budgets are mandatorily kept low, development schedules are reduced to mere months and the control over the kinds of images we produce of ourselves are held in tight control in a myriad of other ways from screen ratios, to ratings to the dreaded DVD only release.  All of this power is exerted upon images of Blacks by Whites perhaps because the only way to truly enjoy White power, privilege and control is when it is exerted against Blacks and other minorities.        

Because African-Americans have not held simultaneous control over the four essential aspects of filmmaking: finance, production, distribution and exhibition since the advent of the “talking” Motion picture, we have been at the mercy so to speak of those Whites and other ethnicities who have and do hold control of if not all four aspects then at least one.  The consequence of this “three card monte” type of power shuffle, for lack of a better analogy, is that even with the use of Kickstarter finance campaigns, AFFRM art-house releasing patterns, internet streaming, and on demand viewing Blacks are kept out of the “big arena”; segregated within an unequal global cinematic playing field.

A way out of this power shuffle is not the direct route of simultaneously having our own means of finance, production, distribution and exhibition- this ideal is both impractical and unwise given the amount of capital necessary and the constantly manipulated pitfalls of the cinematic industry.  Instead it is the narrow definition of a Black film that must be challenged in such a way that the threshold of empathy is lowered for both Whites and Blacks with agency (power, privilege, and control) alternating within an integrated and/or international cast.  Such an expansion of the definition of a Black film begins by challenging the stereotypes of race and class as they define our perception of social roles and agency.  

For the visionary Black filmmaker the task is really to destroy the notion of a singular Black experience of the world by any means necessary.

Don’t look for truths, look for lies. 

Andre Seewood is the author of SLAVE CINEMA: The Crisis of the African-American in Film. Pick up a copy of the book via Amazon.com HERE.   

NOTES

(1) “Human brain recognizes and reacts to race, UTSC researchers discover” by April Kemick, 4,26,2010 http://ose.utsc.utoronto.ca/ose/story.php?id=2135

(2) Ibid.

(3) “The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema” by Anna Everett, taken from page 122 of SHOTS IN THE MIRROR: Crime Films and Society 2nd Ed. by Nicole Rafter, Oxford, 2006.

(4) “I Don’t Feel Your Pain: A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities” by Jason Silverstein 6,27,2013.  http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/06/racial_empathy_gap_people_don_t_perceive_pain_in_other_races.html

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721 Comments

  • and? | April 19, 2014 9:31 PMReply

    Who gives flying f**** why white people don't like black movies. F###ing Americans and their arrogance!

  • OH man | April 17, 2014 7:32 PMReply

    First slave owner in America? Black guy named Anthony Johnson.

    Shut your black mouth and get over the slavery issue, you useless dead beat, lazy ass SOB.

    Stop blaming all your lazy problems on the white people. Get your ass the hell outta here if you don't like it.

  • John | April 17, 2014 4:32 AMReply

    Shannon, speaking the truth. The truth is rarely easy to accept. You only have yourself to blame.

  • Shannon | April 16, 2014 7:11 PMReply

    Just another representation of the black population "blaming" the white man for everything. If their movie is not successful, it can't be because the movie wasn't very good...No it has to be because "The evil white man" has no empathy. This is ridiculous, I happen to LOVE many "black movies", but many I don't....Just like any other movie. Some are good, some not so much. In fact I never even think of movies as "black movies" or "white movies" etc... It's just another example of the black population segregating themselves from the rest of the world. They make EVERYTHING come down to race. If I don't like the president, it's because I'm racist, not because I don't like his policies or the way he is handling things, no I'm accused of racism. It's very sad that so many black people are consumed with being victims.

  • truth | April 16, 2014 6:39 PMReply

    1-God is black,He came to earth in human form as Jesus
    His hair of wool & skin the color of Bronze,He was
    very black.
    2-People will always hate black people for this reason,
    it's their excuse to not accept GOD,
    when they look at black people it's almost like they are
    looking at GOD.
    3-Black people don't realize their ancestry kill The Body
    of Jesus,for this they will alway's be oppress on this earth.
    4-White people don't even realize how big the lie gose for taking
    on the responsibility of claiming they murdered Jesus,
    5-Last but not least,the answer to everyone question on israel,
    people alway's say the jews are white how can Jesus be Black,
    european jews are from kazakhstan russia,they paid cash for the land
    of israel in 1948,there were never any europeans in Africa or Middle east,
    Hope this truth help's you understand the struggle.

  • Shannon | April 16, 2014 6:54 PM

    @TRUTH.....You contradict yourself. In one respect you say God is Black and you say there were no "white Jews" in that time? If this is in fact true then your claim that "white people" killed Jesus is in fact not supported. If there were not white Jews, how did white people kill Jesus.? You my friend are seriously confused and flawed that you actually believe looking at a black person is like looking at God. God is in all of us and around all of us regardless of color. I feel sorry for you that you are so burdened with hate that you have to make God only for the Black race. The world does not rotate around the black man. Learn to love. Your beliefs come from your deep seeded hate of white people which therefore makes you the same as any other person who is racist.

  • Rb | April 15, 2014 5:57 PMReply

    Ok.... Soul Plane, was just as bad as Attack Of the Killer Tomato's. We are even.

  • bingoman12286745 | April 15, 2014 2:31 AMReply

    I love how when that study is used its always exclusivly talked about that white people are the ones that dont empathies with other races when this is true for us all.

  • Shannon | April 16, 2014 6:57 PM

    @bingoman....... This is so true. This comes from THEIR deep seeded hatred of the white man. They don't realize they have become as racist and full of hate as the any-other racist out there.

  • Kyle | April 14, 2014 12:32 PMReply

    White people like good movies. Most movies suck. some movies are good. Some black movies are good, white people like these.
    Barber shop 5, and Soul Plane, are bad movies, white people do not like them.
    Done.

  • Heather | April 13, 2014 8:04 AMReply

    I find that in general, I ignore race in movies unless the racial stereotype is ridiculously overplayed. I may still find humor, but my empathy does decrease a tad. If that specific stereotype has anything to do with it, then my empathy has not decreased for a race but for a subculture. More likely, however, is that the stereotype is so over-the-top that the character has become cheap and two-dimensional. My empathy falls shallow, then, regardless of what stereotype is portrayed. It is shallow because the character is shallow.

    There are some great, great films with talented black actors. I will always consider checking out a film with certain black actors because they act so well, they'll draw you in regardless of your race/gender/whatever...But I really don't want to see another black-cop/white-cop comedy. They seem to be, well for lack of better term, a cop-out to a good film. :)

  • San | April 12, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    Some black movies are good, but they are mostly about the same things over and over. It's usually about slavery, racism or gangs. I don't like alot of the comedies, but that is probably because alot of them are geared towards teens. I disagree with the article for my self at least. If the show is good and something that is my taste I like it. For instance the Chris Rock show was really good. The Dave Chappelle was really good also. Also, I don't like most white movies or T.V. shows either. There's not a lot of quality stuff out there.

  • Marguerite | April 11, 2014 5:58 PMReply

    Who gives a damn about black movies. They are uninteresting, and I'm sorry, but to me, blacks are unpleasant to look at. What's next? Brainwashing society into thinking it's racist to not spend your money on black movies?

  • J-Walk | April 8, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    I dont usually do this, hate the forum concept, hey lets give any idiot with a keyboard a platform to spread views that may not necessarily be their own. After reading many many offensive comments from a variety of claimed races I feel its my turn to chime in. I watch movies. That's it. Try to avoid Tyler Perry, usually at the fore front of his films is a black character in black face; ironically with very robust black characters situated around these stereotyped characters. Here's that thing the gets me about Perry. He can make these great character studies, but to draw to crowd he puts jive talking aggresive, man in a woman suit, Madea in the promos. Turns me off. Cant stand the character. Never have I met someone similar to this outrageously offensive imagery. I dont really see "black" movies. Not because of a lack of empathy. But because of the imagey and ideas put forth in these movies. Ive come to the idea that many black fail to idealize black culture. Black culture is as multi-faceted as any other culture on the planet, but blacks, much like whites, pigeon hole it as the "hood" culture. Ironically, this is probably the most minute of all black cultures. The majority of blacks in the hood dont even behave as the stereotypical images portrayed on - screen or in books or basically in mass media as whole. But blacks go see that garbage and say I relate. So take the minority of the hood, and the minority of the people who emobody those culture stereotypes and you end up with a minority of a minority. You know how people in the hood Ive met behave, the only reasonable, not accurate reasonable, representation Ive come acroos is friday, and maybe boys in the da hood. Blacks are protrayed porrly and as a sub species, and we wonder why whites have trouble relating. Surprise we all should trouble relating. All you racist white people have you ever met a black that fits into your little cultural box representing black culture. No? Is that because you refuse to talk or interact with them. Yes? Youre an idiot. But guess what all of us are. Because those same bigoted attitudes are what lead to these unrealistic characters. These same bigoted attitudes are what lead us to accept these characters. And these same bigoted attitudes cause us to ignore or just not accept "normal" portrayals of black characters. Want there to be a stronger black presence in movie box office sales. Until society puts on its big boy pants and stops trying to denigrate what is considered, unduly, a foreign culture and accept an accurate portrayal of black culture into the main stream fabric of Americana; people will not see black films.

    We have a ways to go, but well get there. Someday.

  • Elizabeth | April 7, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    I'm white and I love black movies and culture. I have tremendous empathy for blacks and cannot even begin to understand what it must be like to be black and live in America. All I have to do is briefly read the comments made beneath to see that there are still so many uneducated angry white people. I thank God for sending me my black friends and neighbors who constantly teach me about the enormous barriers black Americans face. It should be mandatory for all Americans to study black history and sociology. And to those who bring the black American story to the screen and books, this white girl thanks you. Remember we are all children of God.

  • Shannon | April 16, 2014 7:19 PM

    @Elizabeth How absolutely condescending can you possibly be? You don't need to feel sorry for black people. Stop helping promote the victim mentality so many already struggle with. Your post makes me sick.

  • John | April 8, 2014 12:40 PM

    Oh dear, Elizabeth so much empathy and understanding for your friends and neighbours. Sadly none to spare for uneducated angry white people. Remember we are all God's children.

  • PMF | April 7, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    Good article. 2 things: 1 The entertainment seems to be more about social control by the ruling class. Therefore it seems perfectly logical for them not to give power to any competition by elevating anyone other than whites through positive, plentiful, diverse and accurate depictions of their lives. 2 It's interesting how constant is the use of black music as soundtrack for not only American but British and now French films. If I hear "At Last" used one more time to give backdrop to white romance... It seems we are again only present when serving to further white stories and better still invisible, present in sound only.

  • AryanNation | April 5, 2014 10:35 PMReply

    Black movies are great if you deaf, mute and blind. Nobody wants to pay to see or hear the that ungodly babble. Most of us need to deal with it in real life. A movie is a place were us white people go to get away from the you- blacks don't go to white films because the plots are too complicated for them to understand. But since some blacks can afford to spend their entire welfare checks on a movie, we give your people money to produce low-budget, low-IQ movies that blacks can understand-that way we can go to the movies in peace. And the whites that go to black movies are generally part of that low IQ population.

  • Heather | April 13, 2014 7:56 AM

    Read through all of this with befuddlement and disgust, and just sort of uttered, "Daaayum." ...Then had to laugh at the subtle irony of my own remark.

  • fran | April 10, 2014 8:11 AM

    This maybe the dumbest thing I've read in a long time. To generalize in this way is so ignorant. I'm a black man and I like all kinds of movies white or black.

  • Kia | April 6, 2014 6:17 PM

    Most white people aren't that smart either darling. Black people only make up 12% of this country. Black intellectuals make up an even smaller percent. The market for black intellectual films isn't there. White films are marketed worldwide. If Africa was as wealthy as Europe, things would be different.

  • christy | April 4, 2014 12:22 AMReply

    Why do whites not enjoy black films? They answer is that they disapprove of and are perhaps frightened of "black culture" becoming the dominant culture in the US, replacing their comfortable "white culture" Black films spread and validate black culture. What is black culture, as interpreted by these whites? What you see in the ghettos: violence, improper grammar, dropping out of school, disrespect of elders and society, criminal activity and criminal worship, a you owe me attitude, promiscuity, unfit and uncaring parents with tons of kids, unwed mothers, absent fathers. Whites are terrified that this "culture" is going to take over theirs. Wouldnt you be frightened of it? The blacks who have become successful are viewed as "assimilated" into the "white culture". Because of this assimilation, they tend to blend in and are largely unnoticed by the whites, who are watching the spreading "culture" of the "ghetto, poor" blacks. They dont want to "discriminate", so they are largely silent, but they really wish that the "black culture" would assimilate with their culture and thus, disappear. Only then, I think, will whites feel comfortable emphasizing with blacks as they do whites.

  • gvmo | April 15, 2014 2:45 AM

    this is the truth, but i guess we are both racists for admitting it, if people would look at american history they would see the irish, germans ext. were treated horrible tell they assimilated, did they loose their culture no! they gained american culture while bringing the parts of their culture the melting pot deemed worthy to all americans. everyone has done this but blacks and hispanics(less so but a large portion still) look at asians the proof that disproves the rule of its all white peoples fault.

  • TruthBeTold | April 3, 2014 2:54 AMReply

    The reason that Marvel Studios has been constantly dragging their feet on the Black Panther and/or Luke Cage movies.............George Lucus said it best when he did his "Redtails" movie

    Movies like that are simply deemed "not profitable" by Hollywood...

    Why??!?? Look at some of the remarks and you can figure that out...It's just cold hard fact.

  • ManGuy | March 31, 2014 8:25 PMReply

    A better question is "Why do 'Black Movies' succeed?" The answer: racism. Most black people are defensively racist. It's not their fault. They get targeted by the racist whites. There's baggage there and until all the white racists die out, it'll still be a shadow that black people will have to live under.

  • Libtard Crusher suck coc | April 9, 2014 10:36 AM

    @Libtard Crusher stop writing comments and finish sucking cock bitch.

  • Libtard Crusher | April 3, 2014 1:34 PM

    Suck dick much ? OOOh those evil old white racist must die out .. Go suck a fat cock, you liberal loser ..

  • Kenneth Spell | March 30, 2014 8:00 PMReply

    Just a stray thought, but...the screening of 'Nothing But a Man' appears to have come at the end of an evening presenting excerpts from 3 or 4 other films, a lot of background dish about the making of those films...and then 'and now a film that inspired me...' I can see the audience and hear them saying.."Well, I can see why this impressed him...obviously important...another two hours? Probably another discussion, questions from the audience after that?" As George and Mabel and Will and Florence start looking at their watches....

    *I recall a presentation of Return of the King...to be followed by a Q/A with the composer of the soundtrack music....I got through 2.5, nearly 3 hours of that thing, and the moment the credits rolled, I was up and zooming out of there-

    Now the trick would have been, you start the evening with the 'film that inspired me', and THEN give the audience servings of films one worked on, and backstage stories...That presentation started with sweets and snacks and then went for the brussel sprouts and broccoli, the Serious Stuff..Let the audience know they're going to get some entertaining desert and they won't start slipping out for the exits...

  • Mr.King | March 30, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    Is this it? This is what I got all those whoopings for? I had a dream once. It was a dream that little black boys and little black girls would drink from the river of prosperity, freed from the thirst of oppression. But lo and behold, some four decades later, what have I found but a bunch of trifling, shiftless, good-for-nothing niggrs? And I know some of you don't want to hear me say that word. It's the ugliest word in the English language, but that's what I see now: niggrs. And you don't want to be a niggr, 'cause niggrs are living contradictions! Niggrs are full of unfulfilled ambitions! Niggrs wax and wane, niggrs love to complain! Niggrs love to hear themselves talk but hate to explain! Niggrs love being another man's judge and jury! Niggrs procrastinate until it's time to worry! Niggrs love to be late, niggrs hate to hurry! Black Entertainment Television is the worst thing I've ever seen in my life! Usher, "Michael Jackson" is *not* a genre of music! And now I'd like to talk about "Soul Plane". I've seen what's around the corner, I've seen what's over the horizon, and I promise you, you niggrs won't have nothing to celebrate. And no, I won't get there with you. I'm going to Canada.

  • Matt | March 28, 2014 11:19 PMReply

    Have you seen any of Tyler Perry's movies? DO YOU BLAME THEM?

  • aja | March 28, 2014 11:15 PMReply

    I think you have severely hurt the white fragile ego.. lol....

  • Shannon | April 16, 2014 7:30 PM

    I think not.

  • turd ferguson | March 28, 2014 6:16 PMReply

    Maybe whites dislike black movies because they're awful. For example, any movie with a title "Tyler Perry's..." Wayans -- Scary Movie, Another Dance Movie, Teen Movie. Eddie Murphy - Norbit, Little Man.

  • Trayce | March 28, 2014 10:48 AMReply

    Look at all the insults going on below. All people no matter race or creed are no better than the other. In every group of people you will find good and bad and that is a fact. For me there is no race. All are people. All want love, respect and favor. No one deserves pain or hate. It should not be done With words or weapons. This is one reason I find Jesus to be so powerful, because he told us all are our neighbors. We have walls and barriers because we do not choose to put down the bricks and mortar, the hammer and the nails.

    The fact is that one group sold their own people and another bought group bought them. While the one group treated the other cruelly both groups are to blame.The choices were poor on both parts. Just as we today have a choice it is not the past that is the focus but the opportunity for today. I will not teach my children to value skin color, but to value LIFE! To value PEOPLE!

    Did not men like Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and John F.Kennedy teach us nothing? If we were all blind then we would be all free!

  • Libtard Crusher | April 3, 2014 1:38 PM

    You're a loser . Trust me , there is a difference between ALL races from the size of the skull to the DNA ..
    How do you think they can tell that a black man killed someone just by studying his DNA?
    You're a loser and it's people like you that will leave no country for us whites ..
    You such a loser you'll be happy to give it up without a fight ..
    You liberals disgust me ..

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  • dahszil | March 27, 2014 10:02 AMReply

    For one the movies featuring african americans are still falsely stereotypical in a more or less subtle way than in the past. Second and most important is that attractiveness is not something that is scientific in the absolute sense. The fact is in our formative years in the white world, we are taught that beauty is represented by white people. We are overloaded with images and conditioning to be attracted to white man and woman in the majority white nations on earth. It is revealing that while a significant percentage of black american males are attracted to white women, that it is almost the complete opposite in sub-Saharan Africa. I have know many black people and had black friends(i have no friends now for various reasons I have become a recluse). Their "issues"( f that euphimism. ITS PROBLEMS G DAMMIT!), joys, heart aches, dreams, curiosity, etc are not only the same as we whites but the same with any civilized ethnicity(although we might learn something to halt this world on the brink, from some things in the past about "uncivilized" culture and ethnicities). In addition the false youth culture that wall street and mad avenue push onto youth does have a deleterious effect to a lesser or greater degree. Whether it be black or white youth they are pushing "life is a game" and buy our products. If you don't you won't be able to play it. All "stuff and nonsense"

    dahszil
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  • Kurt | March 26, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    I'd really be happy if morons with a microphone or a keyboard who resort to racist generalizations for lack of a better idea for a blog would just step away and stfu. It isn't funny. It isn't cool It isn't trendy. It's a view an adolescent would be ashamed of.

  • balzi | March 26, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    Its cause blacks are a failed race anywhere they deem a good spot to unpack and start leeching

  • That Black Guy Who Bleeped Your Mom 26 Years Ago | March 26, 2014 2:14 PM

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  • Mysti KasT | March 26, 2014 8:08 AMReply

    I'm sure this also applies to blacks watching white films. Blacks are the most racist group. They are also the least dysfunctional. Every race in the world hates blacks, asians, hispanics, whites, indians -- we all hate blacks! They destroy everything -- and build nothing !! (Detriot, Camden, Trenton, etc.)

    Lets stop hating on whites & asians because they are smart and succcesful -- and start trying to be more like them! Blacks are 13% of the US population yet commit 52% of all violent crime!

  • Bass Reemer | March 27, 2014 1:12 PM

    Well not really Mysti- "you" white people are the ones who have f**cked over every race and now "YOU" are the ones who are hated by everyone else. Everybody EXCEPT whites have pigmentation- "you" are the odd balls with sickly pale white skin. So sorry that the truth hurts and you're trying your darndest to 'counter' reality...

  • ..... | March 26, 2014 5:09 PM

    blacks cant be racist, prejudice maybe. you white pos are the racist ones and you invented racism. no ethinicity the world over like white ppl b/c white ppl are scum.

  • lou | March 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    You are by far the most ignorant person on the planet. I pray that your stupidity doesn't lead you down the path of damnation. Racism was something that was part of the white man's plan to make themselves feel superior to other nationalities. What is surprising to me is how you people love to place the blame in other directions and how cowardly you people act when faced with the fact that Racism was your plan to hold minorities down. Learn your own History , own your own destructive and savage behavior towards people who are different from you and stop making assumptions about other races and their feelings towards the Black Race!!!!

  • jn | March 23, 2014 5:27 PMReply

    I'm sorry, but this demonstrates the problem with stereotypes. I can say without a doubt whites don't like to be stereotyped any more than black persons do. I wonder if the lack of empathy shoe fits on black persons watching white movies. Oh but I'm not supposed to ever suggest that black people are racist. I think anyone black or white who takes this crap to heart is racist. I have empathy for fellow human beings no matter the color of their skin. This race baiting has got to stop if we as one people and one nation are going to move on and let go of past hostilities. Shame on any person who judges anyone on the basis of the color of the skin. That being said I admit all people have prejudices. Mine personally is that I have no tolerance for ignorance. Many of the responses here show great ignorance and racism from both races.

  • PMF | April 7, 2014 4:09 PM

    Sadly, the racial problem is very complex and positive interactions between individuals cannot erase a very entrenched and pernicious system. We must remember that though whites, despite their historical privileged status, are pawns in a game set up by a long-standing and small and international ruling class based in Europe and North America. Because of our current economic and political (lessening of constitutionally guaranteed rights) situation everyone is beginning to experience hardship and oppression. We have to find away to heal this without phoney and quick solutions.

  • handsomerandyblackladbrad1953 | March 23, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    RIGHT ON,JOHN-BOY!!!!!!!!

  • handsomerandyblackladbrad1953 | March 23, 2014 2:36 PMReply

    Andy,you fat,greasy white honkies-meaning,in your case,white ethnics-generally are less intelligent,FAR LESS TELEGENIC-and DEFINITLEY LACKING IN QUALITIES SUCH AS EMPATHY AND COMPASSION,due to your passive-aggressive cozening the one-one-millionth of one percent who throw you race-bai-
    ting bones about your fellow average Joes and Janes of colour while they mock your stupid prejudices AND PICK YOUR POCKETS.Since people who lack my genius-level intelligence AND Hollywood leading-man good looks are beneath my notice-an opinion seconded by other brainy,attractive blacks-I DON'T NEED YOUR SYMPATHY!!!!!!!NOW EAT YOUR PEROGIES,PIZZSA,SAUERKRAUT,
    CABBAGE AND OTHER "DELICACIES" WHICH HAVE MADE YOU GROSSLY FAT,WATCH "REALITY TV" TO SEE THE OTHER BRAINLESS WHITE FOLK,AND
    GORGE ON BOTH 'TIL YOU DIE AT 5'10',400 LB. AND 55 YEARS OLD OF A STROKE,HEART ATTACK OR CANCER!!!!!!!!!!

  • MystiKast | March 26, 2014 8:09 AM

    I'm sure this also applies to blacks watching white films. Blacks are the most racist group. They are also the least dysfunctional. Every race in the world hates blacks, asians, hispanics, whites, indians -- we all hate blacks! They destroy everything -- and build nothing !! (Detriot, Camden, Trenton, etc.)

    Lets stop hating on whites & asians because they are smart and succcesful -- and start trying to be more like them! Blacks are 13% of the US population yet commit 52% of all violent crime!

  • Elliot | March 22, 2014 8:51 PMReply

    This is why. You can call this racist but I don't care. The roles that blacks play in these movies goes against the way blacks present themselves in real life. The small ignorant minority out of the majority of blacks pretend to be thugs, hard, and ruthless. I hear all the time about blacks not paying child support all the time. A lot of blacks live in broken homes as well. A large, majority have aborted their child, and in school do far worse than others. So for a white person to sit through a movie where blacks are in good standing is very unrealistic to is. Yes very unrealistic to see a white person doing a lot of things in movies or tv. I don't watch whites play a certain role if I truly cannot see them in that role in real life. The character Bullet Tooth Tony was a ruthless player for Chelsea Football Club I'm England. I will watch a movie of him In a thug role bc it is very much him or at least what he was. I agree with the last one too, if it's good I'll watch it. Good example is Spawn, man on fire or training day.

  • Cynthia | March 26, 2014 10:49 PM

    This is one of the worst opinions i've ever heard. Of course you find it hard to believe, because you have accepted the stereotypes the media has given you and not even bothered to question them. You've said "I hear all the time about black not paying child support...A lot of blacks live in broken homes as well. A large, majority have aborted their child, and in school do far worse than others". How do you know? Unless you give me some statistics, and I mean real ones not some made up bullshit you've heard, that back up this knowledge you somehow seem to have, I'm gonna say you're wrong. The reason you can't believe it is because you do not want to, it seems to hurt your little ego that black people can and have overcome the low standards that have been set for us. Also, "I don't watch whites play a certain role if I truly cannot see them in that role in real life." So what im reading is "I have internalized the racism that this society is feeding me, and have learned only white people can do things like fall in love, overcome adversity etc. the things that happen in movies but no not black people, I have dehumanized them and cannot imagine them having the same human experience as me" Do not be so ignorant it will not get you far. So I suggest, you open your eyes, read a little and you will learn there is not one type of black person which was stated in this article as well but i guess you skimmed past that. Good day

  • Mandy | March 21, 2014 4:40 PMReply

    Im white and I like black movies... I simply like good movies..

  • Andy | March 19, 2014 9:38 AMReply

    Blacks will NEVER get any sympathy from me as long as they continue to play the infamous RACE card just because things do not go their way. They (the blacks) mostly come from the radio station WIIFM (whats in it for me?) and too many are total hypocrites such as Jackson, that lunatic Sharp and so many others I would run out of time in this life and this space. I am OVER it and counting the days until someone in DC restores sanity on commercials, TV shows and the liberal media in general.

  • PMF | April 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    Race card equals 300 years of chattel slavery (UNPAID LABOR THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY RICH look it up), and another 100 or so of Jim Crow and a mere approx. 50 year history of constitutionally guaranteed civil rights. History like that doesn't disappear overnight.

  • Bass Reemer | March 27, 2014 1:08 PM

    Andy- I'm black and don't care if you give me your precious "sympathy". I don't want your women nor do I wish to socialize with "you". You're a mortal being and not a god as alot of "you" purport yourselves to being. I hope you continue to wallow in your 'white is right' minutia because more and more blacks will finally come to the conclusion that I have made about "you" a long time ago...sorry to knock the leg out from your self-agrandizing pedestal...

  • ...... | March 26, 2014 5:14 PM

    who plays the race card more than whites? you all and your wp cards (white privilege) are ridiculous and the way you use them is disgusting. Your buddies rush limpdick and poo o'reilly are all full of shit, will be so glad when you all inbreed yourselves out once and for all.

  • Carl | March 16, 2014 10:08 AMReply

    If you want anyone to take your arguments and claims seriously, I would suggest finding scholarly evidence for your claims. If you do not do this you will sound like a crazy person rambling (which you do now).

  • Divergentrealm | March 14, 2014 1:04 PMReply

    It all depends on the content as African American myself I've grown tired of the usual: Hood films,slavery films, comedies, black men treating black women wrong plots over and over again. The white demographic outshines everyone on a global scale because they never stay married to one thing. Science fiction,horror,psycological thrillers etc.

  • jesse whitacre | March 11, 2014 10:34 PMReply

    1.according to the logic of your study NO ONE should enjoy the muppets, or the lion king. or anything featuring non human likenesses.
    2 A lot of white people do like black movies.
    3. people from all over the world appreciate the film of other cultures.
    4.While your writing is excellent your logic and reasoning are far from pure. this kind of divisive thought perpetuates the racism you want to overcome.
    5 You big dummy LaMont

  • Camez | March 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    I just saw the episode 'Lamont Goes Karate' last night! It's Grady at his best. Fred's out of town for some reason (I missed the first five minutes), and Grady's staying at their house, 'looking after' Lamont for some reason. lol He's like 35! It's a great episode. I just checked, and the full episode is on youtube, but there's a 10-second teaser clip here: ...watch?v=EsEoiVY3c1w

  • John | March 11, 2014 2:29 PMReply

    The truth is that black's have painted themselves into a corner (no pun intended). By insisting on being portrayed like vulgar cartoon caricatures of themselves. Movies with any potential and value are squandered and they end up just becoming shallow vehicle's for the like's of Will Smith with his, don't take no shit from the man and hold my pie while I kick some crackers butt moronic dialogue and delivery. I Robot was a prime example of a wasted opportunity. A great book not given the due respect on transfer too the big screen. This demeaning Huggy Bear the nose know's baby, charade should have perished in the 1970's. Sadly, with the advent of the black man slavishly aping (pun intended) hip-hop values and style these boorish fools will be with us for a long time to come. Give me Sidney Poitier in a smart suit any day over these clown's.

  • Biff | March 11, 2014 11:32 AMReply

    And yet white people loved "The Cosby Show", Urkel, etc. I think white people not liking black movies is a combination of things. Lots of black movies are racist against non blacks, some of them portray unrealistic depictions of black people, and a lot of them *Tyler Perry cough cough* simply suck.

  • Dante | April 6, 2014 7:36 AM

    Not to mention the negative emotions garnered by "whites" at these "black" movies when anything remotely lacking in non-"white" participation is instantly surrounded in controversy by being labelled racist.The hypocrisy of people is astounding.

  • Happy L. | April 1, 2014 2:46 PM

    Excellent point. Nobody wants to watch a movie they're stereotyped in. I won't continue watching any movie or tv show once they introduce a token black character and it makes sense that white people will feel the same. I think that's why something like The Game (the CW show) was so popular amongst diverse viewers because neither the black or white characters were flat or completely stereotypical.

    I haven't seen it but Tyler Perry seems to have been trying to do this with the Single Mom's Club

  • Juan | March 10, 2014 9:16 PMReply

    A lack of empathy isn't necessarily why white viewers left the movie. They could have felt threatened or antagonized by their race's undoubtedly negative portrayal in the film.

  • Brian | March 10, 2014 5:29 PMReply

    Not every movie needs to relate something you are familiar with. As a black person, I may like to see things from a white persons point of view time to time again, but I don't get angry and put the movie down because it doesn't relate to me.

  • Rick | March 10, 2014 6:52 AMReply

    I really don't mind watching movies that are predominantly of other races than my own. I am white. In fact, I love Chinese and Japanese movies. I've seen a lot of movies that are based around black characters (Friday was hilarious). However, I can't watch 5 minutes of a Tyler Perry movie before I want scratch my eyes out. It's just awful.

  • darrel winter | March 9, 2014 3:14 AMReply

    White people don't like black movies is because of the language and the sound of a black person's voice which is annoying,and all the selfivictimization using always race as an excuse.

  • CrazyCanadian | March 7, 2014 5:47 AMReply

    Watch all kinds of movies, and have never thought of them in this light... The movie is just telling me a story, and it is what it is... One thing i have noticed though in "Black" movies is the way the people talk, using slang all the time... Not all black people talk with slang, and it seems to be that way in most "Black" movies... Queen Latifah proved that in Bringing Down The House when she went from talking Ghetto Slang to talking in a Professional manner...

  • ghetto_Scum | March 6, 2014 6:29 PMReply

    Whites don't like the lies they tell in black movies, like the lie that white forced black into slavery, when it was the BLACKS that SOLD other blacks to the whites to be used as slaves. Thet also don't tell you that BLACKS owned slaves too.

  • Nate Higgers | March 6, 2014 12:23 PMReply

    Why would anyone, especially Whites, want to pay to see a movie displaying ni99ers? We already have to deal with enough ni99ers in our day to day lives, and trust me one ni99er is one too many.
    Ain't nobody got time fo blacks.

  • yahismyfather | March 22, 2014 11:27 AM

    Jeremiah 51:8 don't matter what ya wanna see, America will be a perpetual wasteland anyways soon. Jeremiah 25:12. Read ezekiel 35, edomites. So sit back and enjoy the bumpy ride.

  • truthseeker | March 22, 2014 11:13 AM

    Actually the Arabs sold blacks to you. Because you definitely couldn't round none up yourselves to weak for it. And as for blacks selling us, yes they were called hamite same as your president. We ain't hamite (african) we hebrew israelites.

  • juno | March 6, 2014 8:08 AMReply

    Because black movies are racist and the only topic is black race is better whites are fun to laugh at. Black movies need to stop using only discrimination as a concept they should focus on other issues because let me say a lot of races have been discriminated as well and you dont see them putting that as important they focus on positive not negative. I remember a black movie call poetic justice that movie show so much garbage the way black people act and stuff especially in their homes not all black people are like that and thats the negative concept the people get.

  • miriam | March 6, 2014 7:51 AMReply

    I dont like most of the black movies because the usually use the phrase "white kid" not in all movies but in a lot of them. They act quite racist and it seems that the race issue is the concept. When you see othe movies from other countries in the world race is not much of an issue and let me say that other races have been slaves as well as black. I am hispanic and i notice the way that most not all these black movies make jokes about white call them naves and stuff and thats funny but call a black guy somenthing and you are the biggest racist in the world. When these kind of movies stop doing these kind of white jokes and negative comments about white race i probably like them. I never heard in a movie " that black kid" like the kid didnt have a name, but in black movies everytime is " hey this white kid" isnt that bother white people i am latina and it will bother me to be referred as that hispanic etc. Lol i have a nams

  • truthseeker | March 22, 2014 11:29 AM

    Get off the wagon, read who you are from the tribe of issachar. Whites play Mexicans and Blacks against each other. We are family. Please read your bible. 1611 kjv only.

  • JJ | March 4, 2014 7:13 AMReply

    Its people like you that have kept racism alive in our country for far too long. And by that I mean black and white people like you. I grew up watching Fat Albert, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and the Cosby Show (along with the rest of white America). If what you say is true, none of these shows would have made it 5 minutes as they depicted whites as complete morons if they were depicted at all. Black cinema is what black writers and producers make it. Do you think Spike Lee could have made the money on his movies that he has without a white audience? Take the movie The Life of Pi for example. No whites, great movie. do you honestly think that if you replaced the cast from India with an all black cast it would make the least bit of difference? Its a movie worth watching regardless of the color of the cast. I find it very offensive that you suggest white people are only comfortable with movies where whites are looking down on blacks. I think you are mistaking the color white for the color green, and that ten percent of the population looks down on us all. It makes me sad that you're walking through life wearing those glasses, because you could take them off and see a different world.

  • Monica | March 8, 2014 10:58 PM

    I think it's quite naïve to say, "Black cinema is what black writers and producers make it." Mainstream Black cinema must cope with the demands of production companies and consumers, if one wants to make a profitable film. I wouldn't go as far as stating that Whites are only comfortable with films with where "white are looking down on blacks", however, I wonder why it's mainly the films that portray the 'downtrodden negro' receives much acclaim and success (e.g. The Help, The Butler and most recently, 12 Years...)

    The author is stating an issue that exists in mainstream cinema which, of course, could be critiqued but should not be dismissed. The fact is I think many of us would hard pressed to think of a recent, commercially successful 'Black' film which presents Black characters that are not victimised or oppressed. Yes, these films exist but they don't seem to garner much interest from the wider public. The author here tries to posit one explanation as to why this occurs.

    Furthermore, Life of Pi also featured Gerard Depardieu and Rafe Spall.

  • Justafella | February 23, 2014 3:43 AMReply

    As a white Australian with Irish/Scottish/Portuguese heritage, I'm very removed from African American culture.

    I love Coming to America, The Golden Child, A Haunted House, See no Evil Hear no Evil, Antwone Fisher, Remember the Titans, Red Tails, Bernie Mac movies etc. so I do like some of the stuff.

    But, I'm completely sick of RnB music (and have been since the mid 1990s). I also hate hip hop. What makes me avoid most African American movies is a) the music, b) how the zany Chris Tucker stereotype is often hammed up, so we end up hearing a lot of stupid catchphrases and silly faces, instead of seeing the smart Denzel Washington/Terrence Howard typed characters and c) Do African Americans constantly call each other motherf*ckers and bitches etc. like the film industry lead us to believe? I particularly have trouble viewing that stuff happening when children are present in the films.

    But, that's modern American film in general these days. American comedy is usually incredibly dirty and crass (i.e. Soul Plane, Funny People, Van Wilder), regardless of race. For a nation filled with millions of hardcore wacko Christians, America produces some of the most sickening and fetish-ridden crap in the world's cinema.

    Americans probably haven't noticed, but their pop culture is largely inspired or created by African Americans. All the little dances people do, hand gestures, catchphrases, handshakes are very "African American" in appearance. It's no longer African American, it's AMERICAN. "You go girl", "Sup?", "Woot woot" and all that shit is old and infuriating.

    Go back to the Jerry Lewis/Chevy Chase/Gene Wilder + Richard Pryor era, where the humour still had some cleverness and slapstick in it.

    But after all of that, I MUCH prefer watching African American movies than those annoying as cowshit on your shoe "White valley girl" movies like Mean Girls - and anything else with f*ckin American teenage girls in them. Valley girls are one of the worst subcultures on this planet. Words can't express how much I hate hearing them speak.

  • truthseeker | March 22, 2014 11:44 AM

    He'll no, we don't act that way to be honest. We feel like blacks who clown themselves or they own people doing it out of pure stupidity. To many feelings repressed. If they didn't have Stockholm syndrome they wouldn't play themselves.

  • Justafella | February 23, 2014 3:43 AMReply

    As a white Australian with Irish/Scottish/Portuguese heritage, I'm very removed from African American culture.

    I love Coming to America, The Golden Child, A Haunted House, See no Evil Hear no Evil, Antwone Fisher, Remember the Titans, Red Tails, Bernie Mac movies etc. so I do like some of the stuff.

    But, I'm completely sick of RnB music (and have been since the mid 1990s). I also hate hip hop. What makes me avoid most African American movies is a) the music, b) how the zany Chris Tucker stereotype is often hammed up, so we end up hearing a lot of stupid catchphrases and silly faces, instead of seeing the smart Denzel Washington/Terrence Howard typed characters and c) Do African Americans constantly call each other motherf*ckers and bitches etc. like the film industry lead us to believe? I particularly have trouble viewing that stuff happening when children are present in the films.

    But, that's modern American film in general these days. American comedy is usually incredibly dirty and crass (i.e. Soul Plane, Funny People, Van Wilder), regardless of race. For a nation filled with millions of hardcore wacko Christians, America produces some of the most sickening and fetish-ridden crap in the world's cinema.

    Americans probably haven't noticed, but their pop culture is largely inspired or created by African Americans. All the little dances people do, hand gestures, catchphrases, handshakes are very "African American" in appearance. It's no longer African American, it's AMERICAN. "You go girl", "Sup?", "Woot woot" and all that shit is old and infuriating.

    Go back to the Jerry Lewis/Chevy Chase/Gene Wilder + Richard Pryor era, where the humour still had some cleverness and slapstick in it.

    But after all of that, I MUCH prefer watching African American movies than those annoying as cowshit on your shoe "White valley girl" movies like Mean Girls - and anything else with f*ckin American teenage girls in them. Valley girls are one of the worst subcultures on this planet. Words can't express how much I hate hearing them speak.

  • booth | February 22, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    Do black people like watching white movies as much as black movies? Probable not! Why is black racism toward whites totally ignored? Is the author of this column excluding major factors in order to make a case for their own bias? I believe they are!

  • HC | March 4, 2014 10:11 AM

    Yes, in black communities we ABSOLUTELY DO watch white movies way, way more than the other way around!

  • Obsidian71 | February 23, 2014 1:11 AM

    Well first the notion of a "black movie" or "white movie" is already setting your rhetoric down the wrong path. Viewing a movie as tailored for a specific race is a fool's game. Good storytelling is good storytelling. There's no point in trying to turn the tables. You likely couldn't come up with a valid reason for how racism pointed at you from any black has any bearing on your life aside from being assaulted.

  • Rego | February 17, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    Im asian - not about race as such - but somehow I just cant stand watching black movies. I cant seem to connect with them - and its just not appealing

  • HC | March 4, 2014 10:12 AM

    Yes, that's exactly what the article was saying.

  • Obsidian71 | February 23, 2014 1:14 AM

    Well a good portion of "Black Movies" are written and acted in a boorish manner. I like Drama, Action and Science Fiction genre but what I don't like is histrionic caricatures that permeate "Black Movies". That's the industry's fault for failing to tackle subjects that you can identify and empathize with.

  • Nivet | February 14, 2014 9:35 PMReply

    Well since its on topic, lets lighten things up a little. Some wonderfully Animated story, straight out of Africa's Dong Woo Studios.

    you tube dot com /watch?v=ywa_K8tC_LI

  • Carlito | February 13, 2014 8:22 PMReply

    It is true...without being racist that when most black directors make a film there is not even a Hispanic involved in that film without having the stereo type accent or name...."Julio" or "Jose" it is ridiculous...in the sense that we have struggled too as much a black people in trying to recuperate our image as idiots with an accent or low education....it is simply "preposterous" cut the crap out....we are all "human" no one is better than the next person . If it came down to an alien invasion so to speak, we would all ban together...human to human to help each other fight this enemy or "unknown" out of fear.....it is total nonsense....if you want to make movies make movies with "humans" in it. Not the race bull crap......

  • Carlito | February 13, 2014 8:33 PM

    I have to correct my typo...corrected form is "We have struggled too as much "as' black people...now carry on...:)

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