If the trailers in theaters now are any sorts of indicator, 2014 isn’t going to do much for Hollywood's endless race problem. The newsflash here is that while we’ll be watching Indian and Middle Eastern characters on screen, it will be 2015 (2016? 2017? 2064?) before they’re actually, like, people, in addition to just being "diverse."
I’m thinking of three forthcoming films in particular that seem to play dangerously into the trope of white male leads possessing “ethnic” boy sidekicks: Million Dollar Arm, about a (white) agent’s search for an Indian baseball player; Bad Words, about a (white) 40-year-old spelling bee champ with a nonwhite frenemy, and Wes Anderson’s [...]
"When Postal Service fans get aggressively upset over a black opening act, that's evidence of a bigger problem" —On so very many levels.
It has been really fun to watch reporter Andrew Rice follow the story of a homeless shelter being proposed in Carroll Gardens. It is basically his Silent Spring.
Last week, Onion A.V. Club writer Noel Murray complained about the trend of people rejecting things—food, films, music—as being “for white people.” “The ‘white people are square and bland’ gag is an old one, and for the most part, it’s both harmless and healthy,” Murray wrote. “But increasingly, people aren’t sniping about ‘whiteness’ to be funny, or even defiant—at least not entirely. They’re using the term as a form of criticism, meant to be dismissive. … ‘That sounds like music for white people,’ is another way of saying, ‘That can’t be any good.’ And I do have a problem with that.”
To some degree, we trio of black people agrees [...]
First they came for the hip hop websites, when Homeland Security seized the servers of popular websites OnSmash and RapGodfathers, due to "copyright" claims. But though that was a huge deal, the WHITE MEDIA couldn't sustain much interest or outrage. Now the government has come for the white people Internet, so attention will be paid! Last night, the FBI raided a data center that included hosting for Curbed, Eater and Instapaper, all of which cater to the iPhone and garlic scapes set, allegedly and supposedly in an attempt to grab info on some servers used by LulzSec, the "computer hacker group" who recently messed with PBS [...]
"Ever wonder why White people can date the friends of exes and so on? It's because they don't let the past hinder the present." -8 Reasons To Date A White Man. (Also known as "8 Reasons to–WHAT? NO SHE DID NOT.") (via)
Man, I wish the Lionsgate movie about that one GQ article about some white dude named Devin who tries to make black friends that's been picked up by Oprah and Chris Rock and the people behind Tyler Perry movies was slated to be made not by the rightest, most correctest people ever but by regular white people. Not just any white people but British white people because sometimes even the most otherwise politically correct English dudes says things like "Nigerians make fantastic parking attendants" at normal speaking volume instead of whispering it like American white people do. It would be SOOOOOOOOOO uncomfortablefunny.