music: "Not Ready To Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks "How in the world can the words that I said send somebody so over the edge!?"
EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO OFF FOR A MINUTE ...
Let me begin with this ... all of these stupid rants that I am not supporting black films is one of the most insane things I have ever heard. Are Outkast, Tyler Perry, 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin' -- another film I wore out) the pillars of black filmmaking in the modern era? Most of the people who said this have not seen any of Lee Daniels movies, have no plans on seeing Maurice Jamal's or Rodney Evans', films, never heard of Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett -- or countless other black independent filmmakers who I can name in alphabeltical order.
Outkast and 50 Cent had NO problems getting their films funded because they are marketable and rich -- their films are not a staple in black culture. Who cares if 40 million dollars was spent on this film and black folks starred in it? As the legendary Alfre Woodward once said in MY interview with her, "If you spend more than 20 million dollars on a movie then it ain't going to be about nothing ." So, is Alfre not supporting black films??? There is nothing groundbreaking making a film about killing, guns, drugs and Christ -- one placed in the '90's and one placed in the '30's (yes, Idlewild was also about dealing drugs). Not liking these films have nothing to do with black filmmaking - it has to do with when something is awful - regardless if the stereotypes are dumbed down - we should be able to analyze it. Now that I got that out ...
After my review of Idlewild some people's coochies snapped into twos and threes. You can also check out my review on Blackplanet.com - Idle Wild: Both Idle and Mild. Idlewild is getting bad reviews across the board and the review from Manohla Dargis at The New York Times is the most scathing, who said Andre 3000's acting was like a "wet blanket" and"It's disconcerting that Ms. Patton, by far the most glamorized female lead, also has the palest skin." Dargis touched on some things I wanted to get into, but I cut out of the final version -- GO OFF DARGIS!
Some people are going mad about my comments on the movie -- especially on Blackplanet.com -- and I have a few (not as many from a Beyonce or Janet post) angry emails and pissed off comments ... one of the funny things that wears me out is when people argue, "Why can't YOU support a black movie!" Really? So, just because a movie has mainstream black folks in it not only MUST we support it, but we also have to love it? We cannot critique or examine the obvious faults simply because RICH black folks directed and starred in it (white folks still funded it)? This is one of the most uncreative, docile and flavorless comments I have ever heard in life. I will never forget when Chris Rock said, "Just because n*gg*s ain't shootin', killin' and dealin' drugs does not mean it's a great black movie!" Although that is exactly what they were doing in Idlewild ... I've gotten several emails saying, "Why can't you support Beyonce - she is an African-American who made it!" Really??????? I didn't know just being black and having money -- regardless of what you say, do, or your social irresponsibility -- gives you immunity to criticism, or even good ole' fashion comedy?
It never fails to amaze me how people get so plucked over a product, which will not put any money into their pocket. Art should be examined and while we will not all have the same opinion there is room for ALL to expressed ... if there isn't then we are living in a fascist state. If people want to talk about support it boggles me that some black folks will argue to support Beyonce because she "made it", but not Meshell N'Dgeochello, Tracy Chapman, Tamar Kali, Cody Chestnutt and so many others because they can't really "sing", or -- my favorite comment -- "they sound white." Or how about going to see Shadowboxer by Lee Daniels? There are enough hypocrites out there to start a new religion!