The majority of the time when I see a preview for a ‘black movie’ I end up rolling my eyes. Same story, same people, same Al Green-in-the-background-at-the-end-of-the-film impromptu dance scene. (What exactly, is a ‘black movie’?) I silently boycott any Madea film for its abuse of the black stereotype. I definitely did not see The Help; portrayals of the white privilege burden are just as overplayed as the black characters they feel obligated to ‘help’. The trailer for Dear White People draws attention to these same stereotypes, but from a different prospective. Utilizing satire, it pokes fun at uncomfortable situations that arise when behavior is unexpected: when behavior is against the stereotype. What started off as a tumblr now seeks funding to help become a full-length feature. Perhaps they can seek funding from Tyler Perry.
Check out the original tumblr here: http://dear-white-people.tumblr.com/
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