Racist Spectatorship behind African-American casted Box Office Films
I am writing a post on Think Like A Man (2012) after this post but before I touch the film I want to discuss racism. The racism that goes on in the film industry is one thing because it is gradually going away, but specifically the racism inside of the spectators.
I was very happy when I was going to go see this and I was very happy after I saw it. I thought is was great for what it is; it entertained me, it was very funny and very sexy which is what I was expecting; and it did what I expected it to do: entertain, make me laugh, make me blush. Now, after I saw it, I was very excited to talk about it. To tell people how good it is and the whole nine, but people just made that impossible, particularly white people.
For some reason, this film was being rated on imdb.com and on other movie sites before it even came out and people were reviewing it before they even saw it, which I never see on any other films Unless it’s on ones that people DON’T like. I know it is because this film has an all-black cast and that is not fair, nor right.
It is a similar problem that people had, particularly white people, with The Hunger Games casting 3 black people. Count it, three black people….in a film with about 15 white people. I guess 3 was too many. I just kept hearing and seeing articles about how those 3 characters should have not been casted by blacks or at least not by “dark” blacks. That just pissed me off.
Going back to Think Like A Man: not to mention that this film was #1 in the box office for 2 weekends, I feel like many Caucasians didn’t like that either. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, people need to do better. For anyone reading this, saying to themselves, “you don’t know what you’re saying, you don’t know anything. Just because people don’t like the film you liked doesn’t mean that they are racist”, it’s funny ‘cause I saw The Lucky One the same day, right after this, and that film was TERRIBLE but when I checked for it online, it had a higher rating than Think Like A Man. I just want someone to tell me that racism had nothing to do with that.