by Lavern Merriweather
Recently, statuesque Australian beauty and A-list leading lady Nicole Kidman caused quite a stir on the set of her latest film “The Paperboy” when she refused to use the n-word for a scene. And apparently it created some tension between her and director Lee Daniels of “Precious” fame. According to him Miss Kidman had no problem getting bent over a washing machine by co-star John Cusack for a steamy sex scene. Nor did she mind peeing on her other co-star Zac Efron for another steamy sex scene so she shouldn’t be upset about having to utter one of the most derogatory words in the English language.
Okay. Show of hands who wants to be the first one to pimp slap some sense into this clueless Negro’s freaking head? (raises hand) Let me get this straight, Mr. Daniels thinks that because she had no qualms simulating steamy sex with her male co-stars [something that is a staple in most Hollywood films] she should be ‘okay’ with saying one of the most heinous words in history. Sorry. No.
That word has just too much savage, brutal, hateful baggage for any director to be giving an actor grief for having the decency to not say it. Adding insult to injury is the fact that a black man is upset…scratch that, angry with her for her refusal to the point where he is attacking her being sexual as a justification. Being okay with sex is not the same as being ok with degrading an entire race of people just to make a buck. Then again this is the same Lee Daniels that is responsible for the abominations known as “Monsters Ball” and “Precious” respectively.
Two films that seemed to go out of their way to be as stereotypical and buffoonish as possible one even using colorism to paint the absolutely worst depiction ever of African American life. I find it a little hard to believe it was just a coincidence that the ‘evil’ or troubled’ characters were played by darker skinned actors while the ‘nicer’ ones were played by light skinned actors. Maybe Mr. Daniels has some deep seated self-hatred or maybe like some in Hollywood he just doesn’t give a crap and cares more about the bottom line than about preserving his dignity.
Either way, I find it mind boggling that he is a black man in a position of authority who is upset with his white female employee for not insulting him. If this were any other profession besides entertainment, Ms. Kidman would be in danger of losing her job if she actually did use the n-word and rightfully so. Yet, in an industry where far too many racist and offensive images are celebrated as ‘art’, a woman having the guts to stand her ground is seen as a bad thing particularly by a man who should be defending her and her choice instead of berating her for it and creating a hostile work environment.
There are many actors who are black and some white ones too that would have no issue with using the n-word despite the context it was being used in, and would probably criticize Ms. Kidman for being too ‘uptight’ since it’s just acting and not real life. But that’s where they are wrong. The pain of racism is all too real for many black people in this country especially when it comes to how we see ourselves portrayed on screen. Despite what some rappers and famous figures will tell you, there is just no way to put a positive spin on that word. It’s a word that represents the cruelest vilest bigotry and always will particularly to older black Americans who many times heard it 200 times a day every day throughout their lives and very rarely in a positive way.
Granted there are certain times in movies or television shows or as in the case of Huckleberry Finn books were the word is warranted. This, however, is not one of those times. This is about some overzealous bullying a**hole director trying to force a woman to compromise her principles. A woman who is obviously sensitive to the feelings of others, something that I would bet my last 10 dollars is a rare commodity in La-la-land. I for one say thank you Nicole for teaching us that being a Hollywood mega star doesn’t mean you also have to be a thoughtless bleep-bleep. That’s a message the guy she was working for could learn a thing or two from. and I sincerely hope Ms. Kidman’s gratifying act sends a message that is loud and clear rather than cause a backlash. She’s an extremely talented actress whose stock just rose another 500 percent with me after this.
As a matter of fact I’m going to spend more of my time and money supporting her career and not another dime on anything spawned from the demon mind of Lee ‘sellout’ Daniels. Seriously this foolish Negro either really needs to have his head examined or needs to pick up an armful of history books at the local library. He is the very definition of someone who just doesn’t get it like Samuel L. Jackson who has not only worked with bigoted, big head Quentin Tarantino but encouraged his obnoxiousness as well. Come on Sammy really you think some snotty little prick saying the n-word over and over because he can is acceptable? Well I don’t and neither does my girl Nicole which is why I give her kudos and you the forever side-eye.