African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes (video)

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37 Responses to “African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes (video)”

  1. William Joseph Dunn says:

    They need to one of these for Middle Eastern men next.

  2. Matthew Urso says:

    Sometimes they are portrayed as vigilante princes in search of a bride who live in queens

  3. I find it hard to believe this is a real organization without a white guy in the video trying to sell me a bracelet.

  4. Stonewalker says:

    “Stop the pity, unlock the potential”

    That made chills run down my spine.  Wonderful! I’ll be reading up on Mama Hope – http://www.mamahope.org/unlock-potential/why-stop-the-pity/

  5. nvlady says:

    This was fantastic. They need one of these for just about every swarthy ethnic people ever portrayed in Hollywood movies in the last 10 years!

    • ymendel says:

      Not just the swarthy ones. Albinos have a bum rap, too. Y’know, except for the magic ones like Powder.

      • Brainspore says:

        Ridiculous. Albino actors have filled many roles in Hollywood!

        1. Ruthless Assassin
        2. Minion
        3. Minion to a Ruthless Assassin
        4. Primary antagonist in a “Moby Dick” adaptation
        5. Low-budget ghost

  6. Mike Norman says:

    I watch this video and I can only think one thing:

    It’s a shame that that aspiring surgeon is going to be gunned down in an anonymous war over diamond mining rights someday. But, when you live by the machine gun, you die by the machine gun.

  7. Cefeida says:

    I want to friend those guys on Facebook. 

  8. Zelda Lin says:

    Why are there English subtitles? They’re SPEAKING English.

  9. Dan Hibiki says:

    I’d suggest mixing things up, but seeing as how China is becoming quite the popular Hollywood investor the only target left are ….  Tibetans. Those damn evil spontaneously combusting peasants!

  10. Brainspore says:

    Yeah, but did you see the blooper reel? At one point they accidentally undermine the entire message by riddling the cameraman with machine gun bullets in the middle of a grim one-liner.

  11. sarah shevett says:

    I feel that there should be one of these for American girls..

    • vrplumber says:

      They were in the process of filming for the Understanding American Girls Documentary series, but the entire film crew was killed.  With machine guns.  And rocket launchers.

    • millie fink says:

      You mean like, American girls in general? Or a certain kind?

  12. Drabula says:

    The first actual and protracted contact I had with a bonafide African male was during a stint in the Model United Nations at university. I found his “otherness” intriguing and he was such a natural, laid back guy, like when he casually announced that he was off to hire a prostitute one night (!)

    I wish I had kept in contact with him. That one, short-lived time with him steered me towards having a decidedly positive outlook towards Africans and if anything, made me biased in their favour.  

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      MY first experiences with African men were the ZANU operatives in the Bay Area, with whom I worked quite closely for a number of years. Funnily enough, they were putting together arms and other resources for a revolution. YMMV.

  13. Sirkowski says:

    To be fair, Africans in African action movies are no different. And statistically, the main recurring bad guy in Hollywood movies is the American government.

    • millie fink says:

      Really? African movies have no more variety than that in their portrayals of African men? Or is it that they actually do, but you’re only remembering the characters who fit the stereotypes?

    • Brainspore says:

      To be fair, Africans in African action movies are no different.

      To be sure, most action movies tend to wallow in paper-thin stereotypes. The big problem is that it’s so rare for Hollywood to made a film set in Africa which isn’t an action movie. Other ethnicities and nationalities get featured in romantic comedies, mysteries, fantasy films, teen sex romps, adventure stories, dramatic biopics, sci-fi films, period pieces, angst-filled vampire snore-fests, etc. But almost all African men depicted in film (especially black African men) are either action-movie stereotypes or an inconsequential extras.

  14. Susan Carley Oliver says:

    I love that they are offering the blooper reel for as little as one Paypal’d dollar – great marketing, team!

    And remember, this is the same fantastic group that brought us Call Me Hope.  Keep up the good work!

  15. benher says:

    Hollywood sends the same racial stereotypes down from central casting for every film imaginable. Yet another reason not to waste 120 minutes of your life ingesting one. 

  16. robgarcia says:

     I think I have just been stereotyped.

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