I can sum it up in 2 words: Neo-Coonery Foolishness.
I want the 30 min or so that I watched “Freaknik the Musical” back. I think my credit score is actually lower this morning because I watched that mess. That was one of the most ignorant, trifling, things I’ve ever seen. There was no redeeming value. Period.
- A fat guy jumped into a sea of jiggling asses
- Lil Wayne voiced a drug dealing king pin/Jesus Christ character
- The Boule’s Oprah-looking charater
- The robot that looked like Al Sharpton, voiced by Charlie Murphy
Now, I don’t know why I would have expected any less from T-Pain. But you know what, he’s just a pawn. I’m sure he was not the head person in charge. I don’t know how a group of people…likely blacks and whites…got together and decided to spend money to produce this craziness. I have to shout out “Come’on Son!!” to Cartoon Network on this one.
Now, let me just say to the haters…I know the Boondocks is on the same channel and last night a number of people noted on Twitter (hashtag: #freaknik) that they felt it was hypocritical that people love that show but hated this coon fest. The difference: Boondocks episodes has a point. There is an insight or awareness that is weaved through those episodes that is mixed in with various levels of craziness. At the end of “Freaknik the Musical” what was the point? Somebody please tell me! Um…”Trap Jesus” aka Lil Wayne was in jail and “Ghost of Freaknik Past” aka T-Pain ran away from a woman who had just told him that she needed support for his baby. WTF?
I will say that it had some potential. They tried to comment on the struggle between old guard, black bourgeois and leadership vs. the youth of the hip hop generation. Also, some needed attention was given to illiteracy. One of the main character’s catchphase was “It’s in a Book”. That charater’s name was…”Light Skin”.
Wow. Skin color divisions, rampant images of over sexualized women, violence, drug use, drug sales, etc… and that’s just the cartoon version. No wonder Freaknik is no more.
I read the Washington Post Express a lot in the mornings. It’s got just the right mix of pithy entertainment and actual journalism. Well, today I was in for a real Post-Racial treat.
I don’t know who you are, Roxana Hadadi, but I’ve got to tell you that I think your article to day on Mike Epps was terrible and had some serious problems. Here’s what I didn’t like:
- You mention a story where 2 movie reviewers at a screening for “Resident Evil: Extinction” think that Omar Epps is the movie instead of Mike. That played into the “All black people look alike” myth. You note that they are cousins. That’s no excuse. They look Nothing alike. Nothing. Omar doesn’t even do comedy.You even say, “…Epps is inevitably the guy you immediately laugh at– even though you may first mistake him for his more dramatic relative”. Huh? I’m sorry, no one is mixing those two brothers up.
- The title of this article “Familiar Stranger” made me think of “stranger danger”. So is this black man scary, like a stranger?
- You say that he takes stereotypes about the “funny brother” and “drop-kicks them back in your face, making them absurdly believable wile also hysterically humorous”. Basically your saying that he does the stereotype so well that it’s hysterical. How can you flip something but then end up being the embodiment of it?
- You move on to Epps’s role in “The Hangover”: “Oh, and those comments on roofies — “Just the other day, me and my boy was wondering why they even call them roofies. … Why not floories, right? Cuz when you take them, you’re more likely to end up on the floor than the roof” – may be horribly inappropriate, but they’re also guiltily funny. They’re not as divisive or controversial as the kind of stuff fellow comedians-turned-actors Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle have said, but in a way, Epps — who performs Saturday at DAR Constitution Hall — has a goofy, universal appeal that rivals Rock’s and Chappelle’s natural charisma.”
First of all, are you saying that it’s not controversial to make fun of roofies? It’s the damn date rape drug! Then you call two very intellectual Black comedians “divisive”. I really, really would love to hear your explanation for the use of that word. What do you find divisive about Rock and Chappelle. Perhaps their jokes about race and race relations? Divisive is a whole lot of things in this “Post-Racial” world, huh? Question: Would you call Richard Pryor divisive as well? You say Epps has a universal appeal, but I think Rock and Chappelle are even more universal in their appeal. Of course all of this is just my opinion. Roxanna, you are entitled to yours as well, I just think you’re off.Also you mention Epps’s joke about getting money from white friends and never having to pay it back. Isn’t that a divisive joke?
I dont’ understand where you were going with this article, Roxana. It seems a bit, well…divisive.
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Cracked Magazine put together a list of Disney’s 9 most racist characters.
- Boy Thursday (1948)
- Uncle Remus in “Song of the South” (1946)
- The Indians in “Peter Pan” (1953)
- Sunflower the Centaur in “Fantasia” (1940)
- The Siamese Twin Gang in “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” (1989)
- King Louie in “Jungle Books” (1967)
- The crows in “Dumbo” (1941)
- Sebastian in “Little Mermaid” (1989)
- The Merchant in “Aladdin” (1991)
Oh Lordy, I remember dem Crows. Who doesn’t remember those doggone crows. Sigh. However the standout for me is the little known Sunflower the Centaur. Many are not aware of this character who was banned (removed) from the 1960 re-release of the film.
Cracked tried to link to the video below showing a clip from Fantasia. It’s sense been removed. You know Disney isn’t having that. Never fear, I found a clip on YouTube that includes Sunflower (about 1 min in). It’s crazy to see all these lovely white centaurs and all of a sudden…Bam… a shoe shining “jigga boo” black centaur. SMH It’s even sadder to me when the male centaurs come on the scene and all the white female centaurs are having their heads adorned for their dates, around 2:17 you see Sunflower again, with a sunflower in her hair, putting flowers all over someone else’s tail. The portrayals of black beauty that our foremothers had to deal with…shame. View it now before they take this one down, too.
I love what Cracked had to say about this character:
Even in Fantasia‘s beautiful, magical landscape, African centaurs are hoof-polishing handmaidens for prettier, Aryan centaurs. Also, 1940 was a great year to be a centaur fetishist and/or Don Imus.
Best (Worst?) Moment:
It was insulting enough for Disney to include the smiling servant stereotype to begin with, but, to make matters worse, they started categorically denying Sunflower’s existence with the Fantasia re-release in 1960. How does that possibly make things better? “No, you misunderstand. In our perfect, Fantasia world, Africans aren’t servants. They don’t fucking exist.”
Ouch. I’m sure a black person wrote that last line. 🙂 I actually wish more films were released on DVD with their racist content as a special feature. When this stuff is removed the public doesn’t have a chance to witness the kind of blatant racism that was so common in the media 60 plus years ago.
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“…my master’s gone away!”
It just makes me laugh when people post comments on Republican related articles on this blog in an effort to “educate” us about the Republican party’s connection to Abraham Lincoln. Newsflash: I’m aware.
There is a lot that has not changed from 1800s America, but the nature of the Republican party is not one of those things. The Republican party of the late 1800s is not the party of today. That could be painted as a bad thing, that could be painted as a good thing…it depends on who has the paint brush in hand.
In 2009, Republicans cannot claim the glory of Lincoln’s legacy by association any more than present day Democrats can claim the glory of Kennedy or Roosevelt presidencies. All we are really talking about here is political associations during a specific era. Political associations are flexible and subject to change.
Having a great last name doesn’t make you great. Being part of a wonderful family doesn’t mean you won’t one day shoot your friend in the face by accident. Being a great dad doesn’t mean you won’t cheat on your wife with an intern. Bottom line, it’s goodness by association. As to say, Republicans are good because of Lincoln’s association with the party. Republicans are neither all bad or all good…but that can be said of any person, place, or political party.
Note: When I hear of Democrats saying racist things on social media sites or via email I will be sure to post them…don’t you worry. Equal opportunity exposure, honey.
Granted the majority of Black folk in America are Christian so we can’t play the religion card but wouldn’t it be nice if we could’ve taken a day off in observance of MJ’s death rather than minimizing and maximizing windows all day and hiding tears from our bosses? There are just some occasions that are ours that they’ll never fully understand which deserve a day of observance far far away from work.
Days of Mourning
– The day James got killed off of Good Times.
– The day the Fugees Broke up
– The day everyone found out Tina Marie was really white.
– The day The Jeffersons get their own spinoff.
– The day after Labor Day
– Jet Magazine’s 100,000th Issue
– Grandmother’s Day
– Black Friday (What better day to celebrate black people? Shoot… the title already gives us partial ownership!)
Okay, maybe a couple of these are frivolous but you get my point. We need our days and today would’ve been a perfect time to gather around the television as families to watch his memorial.
Or maybe celebrate with a Thriller sing along over a bushel of crabs at Sandy Point on this gorgeous 85 degree day. Mike would’ve wanted it that way. Plus, CNN’s replaying it at 7 right?
I usually don’t have a lot of positive things to say about Lil Kim. By the time I fix my mouth to say something positive about the sister…I see her is some Hooker uniform and I can’t remember what I was going to say. So you can imagine that I wasn’t the most optimistic person when I heard she would be on Dancing with the Stars, but she proved me wrong.
She did her thing on the episodes I saw. The girl can actually cut a rug. You wouldn’t know from her videos, but hey…she’s no Beyonce. That I know of, Kim didn’t cuss anyone out or make me think of any classic stereotypes (No old time Virginia pick-a-ninny costumes or banana skirts. Banana Skirt might have been ok, I take that back). She was so good that I almost saw past the damage and abuse that she’s poured on herself in the form of plastic surgery. Sad. Anyway…I thought she would make it to the final round. Sadly, she was voted off Monday night.
I think she got robbed. Really! I don’t know about yall, but I really think she did well on the show for the most part. We all know why TY is still on the show with his stiff self. We ALL know, America. You’re wrong, America. LOL. Give a girl from the BK a break, damn.
(Laughing at me defending Lil Kim. Wow.)