Vern’s Venting: Where Is the Love?

By Lavern Merriweather:

One of the cable movie channels was showing the Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder buddy flick “Stir Crazy” for the 200th time that month. So I decided to watch it. I hadn’t seen the movie in a while, and they were giving me more than enough opportunities to catch up with the film again.

Yes, I laughed at some of the same scenes that I did from the past, but I also noticed something at the end. Just like in their other movies together, Gene Wilder was able to find romance but not Richard. Jobeth Williams, who also stars in the film, rides off into the sunset with Gene after proving the two men innocent of a crime.

Gene also got the girl, aka Jill Clayburgh, in their other classic “Silver Streak” and made out with actress Mercedes Ruehl in the film “Another You”. Once again another Hollywhite tradition comes to fruition. This time, it’s about who gets to knock boots while the other stands by on the sidelines being the funny sidekick.

And if it’s not playing the sidekick, then it’s being the noble savage who must sacrifice the woman that he loves for a bullshit racist plotline. In the film “Hancock” starring Will Smith, he plays a boozing, obnoxious less-than-revered superhero that later discovers a sexual history between him and another star of the film Charlize Theron. Will finds out in one scene that Charlize is also a superhero, amazing that she could keep that little tidbit from her family and suburban neighbors. I should also mention that the scene involves Charlize flinging him through the wall of her home because he was putting the moves on her.

As we all know by now, especially with some recent events, is that a white woman’s virtue is never safe when a black male predator is around, despite the fact that they are actually a lot more compatible in terms of looks, personality and strength. It’s lame-ass Jason Bateman that she is married to and winds up with at the end.

In one of the more laughable attempts to keep a black male and white woman separate at all costs, Charlize explains that if they ever did hook up, the dominant one’s abilities would overwhelm her and she would die. Or some shit like that. (I wasn’t really paying that much attention, because her reasoning about why they couldn’t be together was just flat out ridiculous.) Apparently some other lovers who were just like them also tried to get their mack on and spontaneously combusted.

That is just another way of Hollywhatthehell saying that it’s okay for them to star in the same movie with each other, but we will be damned if they wind up sharing a bed. That theme was evidently present in another Will Smith hit “Bad Boys” that he did with Martin Lawrence. In the film, Martin is stuck protecting white female co-star Tea Leoni who is obviously getting on his nerves. Although the movie presents Will Smith as the Don Juan loverboy of the plot and Martin as the happily married man, it’s Martin that is forced to spend the majority of time with Tea. In fact Tea and Will don’t actually even meet, and she realizes who he really is until the movie is almost over. On top of that, when she does finally find out, she gets kidnapped, so no chance of romance for Will yet again.

In the sequel to “Interview with a Vampire” called “Queen of the Damned” the movie’s based on the very popular Anne Rice Lestat vampire character the late singer Aaliyah stars along with Irish actor Stuart Townsend. Interesting that even though Aaliyah was the one to save him from an attack by some other angry vengeful vampires, it’s white female Margeruite Moreau that he walks away with hand-in-hand at the end of the film. I’m not sure about the race of the character that Aaliyah played or that was even supposed to be black, but you can’t deny the significance of her casting. She also manages to kill some of the less-than-attractive vampires coming to take her down, however that’s another post for another day.

Brotha himself and I once got into a very lively debate about this issue when I mentioned a movie from the 1970’s starring the great Jim Brown and white actress Stella Stevens named “Slaughter”. I don’t even remember what the hell the picture was about. What I do remember vividly though is the scene where they were in bed together. I mentioned that movie to win my point with Brotha but he came up with a better one [darnitt!] by saying that movie came out a long time ago. And that the idea of a black man with a white woman romantically is one that most white males in Hollywhite are not willing to entertain. It doesn’t even matter if he is a big time star like a Will Smith.

Having said that, I am very curious to see how far they take his affair with the pretty white blond co-starring in his latest movie “Focus”. From what I can tell by the trailers, they play a couple of con artists that I assume fall for each other. While this storyline is not new, seeing a black man commit duplicitous capers with a white woman by his side is. Maybe some white executives have grown the hell up a little bit and have no problem with a black man sticking his sizable penis in a white woman’s face.

Then again, the winter might get so cold on the surface that Hell is affected and actually will freeze over. Not to be outdone by Brotha, I read on another website a post that spoke on this very topic. The writer was questioning and rightfully so why it is ok to see white males with women of color [except black women of course] but you don’t see the reverse. I even recall Blair Underwood mentioning on the Arsenio Hall show years back that you never think of Asian men as horny after he and his brother saw a Star Trek skit on “In Living Color”. The answer to that boils down to one word and that word is power. It’s a slap in the face to a white male’s manhood to see a white woman with a man of a different race, particularly if she is an extremely willing, consensual participant that is such a blow to the white male ego. I don’t believe that the status quo will change any time soon, unless you start putting more of those men of color behind the camera. Then we just might see Barbie spending less time with Ken and more time with the black GI Joe.

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13 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: Where Is the Love?

  1. ..Lovin’ this post here, Vern! I was just watchin’ the trailer for this new film with Smith the other day and thinkin’ the same thing-“Will they, or won’t they?” Even more important perhaps is why are they constantly promoting the absence of sistahs from being in a lead, romantic role (be it with brothas or otherwise) so much in Hollyweird-is supposed to be a sign o’ what they (hope) the future holds? Hmmm…

    1. I think that there is a “One Negro/Negra at a time” rule with Hollywood. They tend to put either a Black woman with a love interest or a Black man (although it is usually the woman.) Hollywood tends to show either one or the other.

      I also have to respectfully disagree with Lavern’s statement about it being okay to show White men with other races of women except for Black women. We are much more likely to see that then the other way around due to the reasons you stated above. And we all know why that is.

      1. I could count on one hand the number of times I have seen white males with black females in a major motion picture. Unless I go there with 70’s movies but that was something else altogether.

  2. “And if it’s not playing the sidekick, then it’s being the noble savage who must sacrifice the woman that he loves for a bullshit racist plotline. In the film “Hancock” starring Will Smith, he plays a boozing, obnoxious less-than-revered superhero that later discovers a sexual history between him and another star of the film Charlize Theron. Will finds out in one scene that Charlize is also a superhero, amazing that she could keep that little tidbit from her family and suburban neighbors. I should also mention that the scene involves Charlize flinging him through the wall of her home because he was putting the moves on her.

    As we all know by now, especially with some recent events, is that a white woman’s virtue is never safe when a black male predator is around, despite the fact that they are actually a lot more compatible in terms of looks, personality and strength. It’s lame-ass Jason Bateman that she is married to and winds up with at the end.

    In one of the more laughable attempts to keep a black male and white woman separate at all costs, Charlize explains that if they ever did hook up, the dominant one’s abilities would overwhelm her and she would die. Or some shit like that. (I wasn’t really paying that much attention, because her reasoning about why they couldn’t be together was just flat out ridiculous.) Apparently some other lovers who were just like them also tried to get their mack on and spontaneously combusted.”

    I notice this in the film Hancock as well. Lavern,you’re a very observant woman. 🙂

  3. ..Well said, ‘Vern! The POC (especially Black) sidekick with no love life to speak of certainly has longgg been a staple of Hollyweird, especially with such great comedic talents such as Richard Pryor (R.I.P.)-do you remember that other movie he was in the called “The Toy”? The fact that the boy “temporarily” owned/hired him always did make me uneasy, to say the very least..

    1. Don’t even get me started on that monstrosity! It seemed that at that point in his career Richard just didn’t care because he made a bunch of shitty, degrading, embarrassing movies cough “Superman III” cough

  4. This post is strange to say the least. Let me get this straight: you are lamenting the fact that the white man won’t allow the black man to sex up his delicate white flower on the big screen? Seriously? You think there should be more bm/ww interracial hooking up on-screen? Yea, that’s exactly what the black community needs right- more interracial propaganda (end sarcasm).

    So, just so I”m clear, your complaint is not the absence of black women to co-star with these black male actors, but the fact the black men aren’t allowed to introduce their white female co-stars to their penises on-screen?

    You do realize that sexing up a black man on-screen is career suicide for most white female leading ladies, right? This is one reason why you don’t see this happening with any frequency. But never mind that, the bigger question is why you feel there needs to be more IR coupling in movies? Are you buying into white supremacy via white validation? That’s what it sounds like to me.

    The very LAST thing blacks should be calling for is more psychological warfare from Hollywood.

    Was this an early April Fool’s post?

    1. I’m saying it shouldn’t matter WHO he gets it on with it’s that black men, and let’s be fair that’s who the main focus in movies is about, should be getting his mack on too. There are many very good looking black male stars that get zero love in films and would make much better romantic leading men. Especially when ugly white guys like Vince Vaughn are seen as ‘sex symbols’. I don’t care who he is screwing I just feel that there are black males I would much rather see doing love scenes than most of the white guys on screen.

      1. I do to some point get what you are saying but let’s be real most likely the ONLY way a black man can get love with a woman is if she’s white unless he’s playing a real person.

    2. @reality_check:

      I wondered the same thing, personally – a person who complains about “Holly-white” suddenly decrying the LACK of IR sex scenes between Black men and white women? Fascinating, to say the least…and this same individual came to my own blog awhile back, trying to take me to task for an imaginary slight against Richard Sherman – in a post that very specifically defended him.

      Very strange, indeed…

      1. I want BOTH black males and black females to have love scenes but let’s get real Hollyweird isn’t about black love anymore than they are about empowering women. And maybe some of us Negroes need to support the films that show black love with our MONEY. I wouldn’t mind seeing more movies like “Hav Plenty”, “Love Jones” and “Love and Basketball” but black people don’t spend enough to make those movies hits. We need to support black love with our dollars my point is that even if that doesn’t happen I’m cool with seeing black folks in love scenes PERIOD even if it’s not with each other. I prefer the together but honestly that’s a pipe dream. What blog are you talking about?

  5. Good post. The scenarios in various Hollywood films while the black side kick never gets any love was always a source of contention for me as well.

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