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

Commentary from the peanut gallery?

Date: 2008-03-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
Le awesome!

You still interested in trying out the Cam Club larp?

Date: 2008-03-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
um. wow.

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

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

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

Date: 2008-03-09 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
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]
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]
Ooh, blackface! Hi-larious!


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