Hm....

Mar. 7th, 2008 01:11 pm
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So...Robert Downey Jr. is playing a black man in an upcoming comedy.

http://www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com/2008/03/robert-downey-jr-is-black.html

Commentary from the peanut gallery?

Date: 2008-03-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trooper6.livejournal.com
By the way, I'll probably not be running hardboiled noir for quite some time...too much other gaming on the plate at the moment...but when I do, I'll certainly email you!

Date: 2008-03-07 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelastmehina.livejournal.com
Le awesome!

You still interested in trying out the Cam Club larp?

Date: 2008-03-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notthebuddha.livejournal.com
He and the producers and director will be pilloried and accoladed for their daring/temerity, regardless of the content.

I think that A-lister Eddie Murphy has done enough whiteface recently and well to make it thinkable for Downey to do blackface, but we'll see if he can rise high enough above cheap sterotypes to make it sustainable.

Date: 2008-03-08 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kola.livejournal.com
um. wow. just....wow.

there'd better be a really good...something...behind this.

Date: 2008-03-08 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluejogger.livejournal.com
I remember a very old SNL skit where Eddie Murphy plays a white man. A little searching found the transcript: White Like Eddie

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/84/84iwhitelikeeddie.phtml

Date: 2008-03-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chorale.livejournal.com
The transcript was funny, despite what I said to [Bad username or site: trooper 6 @ livejournal.com] below about comedies.

Date: 2008-03-09 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluejogger.livejournal.com
It's strange, in an RPG, I can play a young woman without even thinking about it. But if I was in a movie, there is no way that I could pass myself off as a young woman.

And there's the whole extra layer of "Why did they pick a male actor to play this female character? What is the director trying to say?"

Date: 2008-03-08 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celesteh.livejournal.com
Given the state of things recently in America, is it any surprise that minstrelry is back?

Date: 2008-03-08 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chorale.livejournal.com
Fortunately, I don't like most comedies very much so I'll give the movie a miss.

Date: 2008-03-10 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwynny.livejournal.com
Ooh, blackface! Hi-larious!

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