UPDATE: I changed my opinion about this post. See it here.

Hollywood turned its back on Red Tails, the new movie that tells the story of the Tuskegee airmen. Please give racist Hollywood execs the SLAP they sorely need by going out to support the film.

Red Tails movie officially hit theaters yesterday. This movie has an all-black cast (at least the major roles) -- a rarity in hollywood for an action film. It tells the story of the heroic black Tuskegee Airmen. These men bravely went where other pilots would not and helped American win World World 2.

George Lucas, the movie’s producer, had to fund this film out of his own pocket to the tune of $60 million. All because as he confirmed recently, Hollywood investors turned him down time and again. They basically told him that they don’t know what to do with an all black cast.

Now doesn’t that just burn your biscuits?

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The Tuskegee Airmen
Hollywood execs will invest in the umpteenth movie about a bland white woman who meets a bland white man and lives happily ever after, but won’t fund a film that documents a key historical moment.

Not to mention, Americans could use a patriotic movie these days – not another Disney animated flick. Don’t ya think?

Ironically, Hollywood execs have been wondering why they’re sufferiing pitiful box office figures lately. They’ve tried to blame this on the theft of movies (bootlegs, etc).

No Hollywood, don’t blame it on piracy, blame it on the stupid meaningless trite movies you make year in and out! Give people something that they actually want to see and they just might pull money out of their wallets.

Now when I ask that black people go out to support this movie, I don’t just mean black ladies. Too often it is black women who go out and support important black films like this one with their movie dollars. Black men please also step up and support this movie as well. Bring your kids. Don’t download it – go to the theater or purchase it on your cable television (if available).

With the support of the black community we can help make this film a blockbuster and prove all of those Hollywood racists wrong. An all black cast in a movie is a box office draw and we need to see more positive black faces on the silver screen. 


How much do you want to bet that if this movie is a success Hollywood will come out and try to claim some credit or dispute Lucas' claims of the constant snubs he received?

Go see Red Tails and slap Hollywood racism down to the ground where it belongs. The world is ready and waiting for more films that aren’t whitewashed or continually showing American blacks in a stereotypical light.


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  1. Anonymous On January 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Sorry, I can't support any movie industry that consistently leaves Black women out, as this movie does. It is another example of "white is right" and I will not indoctrinate myself with that thinking. The addition of a white woman this did not exist in the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen has turned me off completely from this movie. I pray Black men who enjoy this movie and the Black women who support it are ready for the consequences.

      CB Lady On January 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Anonymous my love I completely understand your frustration, and I had a feeling that the show's producers would pull some type of subliminal message crap with this movie by making the only woman in the cast white. Especially with such a weak cast of black males to represent these heros (Neyo, Terence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr.) But I chose to support it for these three reasons:

    1) To honor the Tuskegee Airmen (they had black wives and were not as brainwashed as some of the younger black men of today who put whites on a pedestal)

    2) Blatant Hollywood racism rearing its ugly head yet again

    3) I read that Lucas has a prequel and a sequel to this movie ready, which he will release if the numbers turn out positive. I believe these will show the fuller view of what the Tuskegee Airmen experienced as far as racism and the support they received from BLACK women in pursuit of their dreams.

    If Lucas does not do a good job of portraying black women in his other two support films, then I fully agree with you and will not support any more of his stuff.

    The same way I wouldn't boycott the movie Joyful Noise because of an interracial romance (and I don't particularly like Latifah due to her past stereotypical behavior in movies) I won't boycott this historical movie because of one misstep.

    Thank you for your comment!

     

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