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June 18, 2014 4:51 AM   Subscribe

Who really controls Hollywood? Now it can be told! (SLFOD)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We are all afraid to comment on this.
posted by Hobgoblin at 6:37 AM on June 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

Hmmm...I dunno. I mean, yes, the history of black women in movies is pretty terrible, but this was a little too...let's laugh-away a bad thing...uncomfortable, at least for me. Still, I suppose if the actresses involved were down with it...
posted by Thorzdad at 6:43 AM on June 18, 2014

I didn't think it was uncomfortable at all. It just wasn't funny. The timing was off, and it felt like a possibly good concept with a bunch of weak jokes to fill it up. So, I guess it was... die.
posted by hanoixan at 6:46 AM on June 18, 2014 [3 favorites]

Maybe it was the un-funniness that tipped it into "uncomfortable" for me, like I couldn't tell if I should be laughing or not? Had the jokes worked, maybe my reaction would have been better.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:48 AM on June 18, 2014

Y'all need to shut the fuck up and eat your motherfucking dunkaroos.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:08 AM on June 18, 2014 [6 favorites]

Nothing illustrates the point of the video as effectively as the fact that I was unable to name any of the actors in robes after recognizing Alfre Woodard by her voice. Some (good) comedy is more about confrontation than giggles.
posted by fatbird at 8:18 AM on June 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

this was a little too...let's laugh-away a bad thing

You laugh to keep from crying. The idea that black women are actually the ones running things is a more comforting (though false and fleeting) thought than wondering why, for the thousandth time, I don't see more women who look like me in more and more varied roles.

For my part, I thought the video was okay. The jokes could have been stronger.
posted by supermassive at 12:00 PM on June 18, 2014

well Retta was in classic form, as usual
posted by young_son at 3:19 PM on June 18, 2014

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