Pretending To Be A Black Woman Is The Only Way To Get Hired In The Entertainment Industry?
Updated: May 16, 2019
The ill-conceived film "Loqueesha" asks audiences to accept this premise-and that isn't going over well.
You would think that at some point the use of derogatory and inaccurate ethnic stereotypes would stop being a go-to tactic for filmmakers but, here we are in 2019, and Twitter has spent the day dragging an independent film about a white man who pretends to be a black woman in order to land a radio gig. Complete with a nod to Affirmative Action by way of a shot of a job posting that gives special preference to women and people of color, "Loqueesha" would like us to sympathize with a white man desperate to send his child to private school. Social media is having none of it, leaving the creator scrambling to defend the film.
The truth is that art is going to be reflective of the people who are creating it; Until we make a real shift towards inclusion in the film industry, we will continue to see the same narratives, as people and cultures are misrepresented at the hands of people who have not lived their experience. I don't want to see another movie featuring a white man's version of what a black person is. It's time to give those who are marginalized ownership of their own stories.
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