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Posts tagged "hollywood"
Gabourey, how are you so confident?” It’s not easy. It’s hard to get dressed up for award shows and red carpets when I know I will be made fun of because of my weight. There’s always a big chance if I wear purple, I will be compared to Barney. If I wear white, a frozen turkey. And if I wear red, that pitcher of Kool-Aid that says, “Oh, yeah!” Twitter will blow up with nasty comments about how the recent earthquake was caused by me running to a hot dog cart or something. And “Diet or Die?” [She gives the finger to that] This is what I deal with every time I put on a dress. This is what I deal with every time someone takes a picture of me. Sometimes when I’m being interviewed by a fashion reporter, I can see it in her eyes, “How is she getting away with this? Why is she so confident? How does she deal with that body? Oh my God, I’m going to catch fat!

Kim Wayans: "I didn’t think we’d still be having this same conversation so many years later …The 90s were so bright and promising for people of color in Hollywood, and I for one thought it would only get better with the chance for me and other black actresses to portray any number of characters and in all types of stories.’’

Debbie Allen: “I remember in the 80s when my sister Phylicia (Rashad) was on the The Cosby Show and I was on Fame, girl, you couldn’t tell me that it wasn’t a brand new day for black women and the way we were portrayed in film and television… No one could have told me we’d go in the complete reverse in the decades to come.’’

Angela Bassett:  “I’m a black actress, honey—what can I tell you but I have no idea what’s next for me.”

Donald Bogle, film historian and professor at New York University: “It’s sad to say that the roles for African-American women haven’t strayed very far from what was comfortable for white or mainstream audiences to see years ago …Roles that show black women as maids, nannies, or sidekicks for the mainstream world continue to reduce black women to support systems and to only being there to service the needs of others. It’s a disturbing trend to see keep repeating itself year after year.’

We respect the stellar performances of the African American actresses in this film. Indeed, this statement is in no way a criticism of their talent. It is, however, an attempt to provide context for this popular rendition of black life in the Jim Crow South. In the end, The Help is not a story about the millions of hardworking and dignified black women who labored in white homes to support their families and communities. Rather, it is the coming-of-age story of a white protagonist, who uses myths about the lives of black women to make sense of her own. The Association of Black Women Historians finds it unacceptable for either this book or this film to strip black women’s lives of historical accuracy for the sake of entertainment.

The Association of Black Women Historians in “an open letter to fans of The Help

well said. the rest of the statement is worth the read

I have a suspicion that the definition of ‘crazy’ in show business is a woman who keeps talking after no one wants to fuck her anymore.
Tina Fey Lamenting that women, especially comedians, are labeled “’crazy’ after a certain age”

A few points from the article:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the third installment in this $1.5 billion franchise that just set a new record for a Fourth of July weekend opening, follows what has become a Hollywood action movie tradition of virtually erasing women, despite the fact thatwomen buy 55% of movie tickets and market research shows that films with female protagonists or prominent female characters in ensemble casts garner similar box office numbers to movies featuring men.

Only two featured characters in the large ensemble Transformers cast are women, and none of the Transformers (alien robots, for the uninitiated) are female. And the two female humans consist of an unmitigated sexual object and a caricatured mockery of female leadership…

Normalization of female objectification causes girls/women to think of themselves as objects, which has been linked to higher rates of depression and eating disorders, compromised cognitive and sexual function, decreased self-esteem, and decreased personal and political efficacy. Ubiquitous female sexual objectification also harms men by increasing men’s body consciousness, and causes both men and women to be less concerned about pain experienced by sex objects.

Transformers 3 is pitched as a “family movie” and the film studio carefully disguises it as such with misleading movie trailers showing a story about kid’s toys. (Okay, I still have an Optimus Prime robot…) Young kids were abundant at both screenings I attended, taking in the images with little ability to filter the message.

I actually dont even think I’ll see Transformers. Is a third movie really all that necessary? I love action movies but I hate beating dead horses


I read the book, and while it was an easy read, it was frustrating.  The Black charecters all spoke in a thick dialect that was reflected in the writing-“gone” instead of “going to/gonna”, etc. while the Whites—who, as Southerners, also speak in a dialect—were treated as having everyday normal speech.  It was distracting and gave me a headache to read the dialect spelled out for the Black charecters but not for the White charecters.  It was off-putting to see the Black women othered in so many ways.  Skeeter was made over by the end of the book, she was going to go to the Big City to go and find herself, oh, what a perfect boomer fable for her.  I think the book could have been easily subtitled: How a Nice White Lady Totally Saved the Day for Black People and Got Made Over With Longer Hair and Hipper Clothes.  

Also: If I never have to see another potrayal of the Sassy Black Woman ever again, it will be too fucking soon.  Sassy needs to be banned from the language, right now this minute because we keep dousing it in horseshit and using it this way.  It’s like being told you’re spunky—it is so. fucking. patronizing.

These books and movies have two types of Black women in them—the Sassy Black Woman who is often big, and loud, and talks back and the almost Virginal, very Asexual, motherly Proper Black Church Lady who is quiet, demure, and respectful and only acts because she is pushed to the limit.  There isn’t any room for any humanity for the charecters—I mean, shit, they’re as two-dimensional as could be.

I would have loved the book if Skeeter had run smack dab into the organizing efforts of Black women (since they pretty much started the civil rights movement), if the book was a chronicle of her getting a metaphorical smack upside the head and maybe learning something from it.  And that maybe, it wasn’t going to end up in a book that she’d publish, but that she’d actually—oh here’s a subtitle for the book in my head—Get a Fucking Clue.  Because if you’re nice to the help but the help is always Black and the employers are always White, well then we’ve still got a problem.  Because it’s about power, not about being nice and loving everyone, it’s about who has the power and who does not and are you willing to share the power?  It’s all good and well to blather on with platitudes about being nice but when you’re confronted with real power sharing, well, lemme tell ya, that’s when the rubber tends to hit the fucking road.  Why do you think that the typical comment in response to being called out on their racism is for White people to say, “I treat people the way I would like to be treated”?  Because addressing the institutional power would mean that they’d have to see how they benefit from racism, even if they’re nice to the one Black family on their street or the Black dude in their office.

/rant.  (Yes, this is your blogger on sinus medication…)

More great commentary. Keep it comin folks!

I never got a job there, and I never got a job here, after [coming out] … I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career … and then, I never had another job here for 10 years, probably, and I moved to Europe … I think show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals, it’s a very heterosexual business, it’s run mostly by heterosexual men, and there’s a kind of pecking order. I think the position of women is a pretty difficult one in show business. If you look at the idea of a drunk women in show business on the skids at the age of 50, and a drunken man in show business on the skids, the drunken man gets an awful amount of support, and the women is a slut.

Rupert Everett sounds off on his non-existent acting career and sexism in Hollywood. [Huffington Post]

Video of the week: Hollywood & Homophobia.

I love infomania. And i love this clip of their segment: That’s Gay!


When Hollywood needs a villain, they always go straight for the gays. Bryan Safi uncovers the terrifying truth of movies of the last 100 years: from “Psycho” and “The Maltese Falcon” to more recent blockbusters like “300” and “Braveheart”—and even Disney film villains like Scar in “The Lion King”—we have all been taught from a very early age to fear the Foppish Menace.

I love this video because it shows how extensively men are socialized to be macho. They are taught that even the slightest hint of femininity is vilified and seen as foul. All images of genderbending are associated with perversion and evil. Oh don’t we love how we are indoctrinated with gender roles?