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Jamie Foxx Speaks Unwelcome Reception To Django Unchained,It’s Always Racial

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Hollywood is not colorblind, as most people would like to think in this new day. Jamie Foxx understands that all too well. In an interview with Vibe Magazine, the actor expressed his feelings on the reception to his new movie, Django Unchained. The Quentin Tarantino film has been criticized for not being sensitive to the subject of slavery. However Foxx feels differently, telling the magazine, “There’s certain things that we watch as black people that if we don’t agree with it, we not only turn off the movie but we turn off that person.”  “When we feel like the character was compromised by the white establishment.”

Would African Americans feel differently if those involved, telling this story, were all African American?  Then you have to ask the question, are African American’s writing their stories, and if not, do we even have a reason to be sensitive, when we are not the one’s taking the initiative to write the stories? There are alot of elements involved when it comes to our creativity as African American. We also have to look at the fact that we can write a good story, but unless we can get the backing to put our stories out there, then they are dead in the water.

Foxx also added, “Every two, three years there is a movie about the Holocaust because they want you to remember and they want you to be reminded of what it was.”  “When was the last time you seen a movie about slavery?”

Although most of us would like to think that Hollywood has changed, race is involved in the natural makeup of our society. We cannot get away from it, and if we are going to tell the truth about our history as African-Americans, slavery is a part of that make-up. But it does not have to be viewed as a negative thorn in our sides.

Director, Tarantino, has put a slight twist to the so called “slave story”, by introducing you to the other side. Foxx’s character is taking revenge on those who oppressed him. Think Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and all of the revolutionaries of slavery.

The actor goes on to say, “As black folks we’re always sensitive.”

“As a black person it’s always racial. I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese — I’ll be like, ain’t this a b—-. Y’all didn’t know black people was coming. What’s with all this white s—? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I’ll say ain’t this a b—-? “ 

“So, no matter what we do as black people it’s always gonna be that. Every single thing in my life is built around race. I don’t necessarily speak it because you can’t.”

 

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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