(Bilal Oliver in motion@New Morning, Paris 10/29/13)
Thank you to Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy , Tyler Perry and Miguel A. Nunez for perpetuating stereotypes for black women everywhere. It’s not enough that we don’t get viable roles within the media. Yet when we have BLACK men take on these roles and mock the very beings that gave them birth. When we have men of color taking on what white hollywood throws at them and helping to spread the toxic image of what a black woman actually is within the media… We are lost. At the same time the underlying issue that no one wants to talk about is the humiliation and the de-humanizatin of the black male. He is not male enough to earn a REAL MALE role unless he’s paid his dues. Let’s give him the part of a female. Let’s give him the part of “black woman”.
This is the aunt gemima ghetto-ized characterization in the media. I for one am tired of seeing black men play “ghetto” black women. I’m tired of seeing black women play maids. I’m tired of seeing us play slaves, hoes, prositutes, abused, depressed, ignorant…
I’m tired of it.
We have lives. We have thoughts, we have ideals - and the more you support ignorant stereotypes like this in the media, the more you perpetuate the ideal that you as a black woman or a black male is not good enough for actual character. We are made into 2D characters. Cheap witty, eye-popping shoe cleaning remarks - INTERNALIZED BLACKFACE.
Just a rant.