Monday, March 8, 2010
Twenty Mo' Years ?
After the critical and commercial success of The Godfather franchise - an Italian actor couldn't be taken seriously unless he was toting a gun
The Godfather sequels, Casino, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, Scarface, et al did well - but in each case, Italians were only seen as Mobsters.
The Sopranos seems to have closed this cycle of the Italian as a Mobster.
(Although shows like Jersey Shore do little to rehabilitate the rest of their social image.)
Boys In the Hood spawned numerous stories of gritty urban life.
While Boys was an After School Special - Menace To Society was the ish.
But really - I know all about the hood.
I'm sick of the hood.
In fact, all of my work is dedicated to eradicating as many of the problems in the hood as possible.
I wish that there was no Hood.
And now we have the critical and financial success of the The Bigness and her crew.
And now people leave comments chastening me when I say that this was really a Casting Oscar - that Big Mo' was really just playing herself.
That she doesn't really walk around with those 'greasy hurrry ham hocks' showing in real life or on the Red Carpet.
I guess I just have to accept that some people can only accept Blacks who fit this mold and celebrate them as having achieved some great feat.
I guess I have to accept that the Tyler Perry model is going to be the norm for the next twenty years.