If famous movie characters were black


#1

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#2

IDRIS ELBA FOR PREZ!!!


#3

the “black people are scared of supernatural stuff” thing… uh… that seems like digging up a real old stereotype. Really?


#4

Or indeed RED - since these were productions of the Americas, rather than Europe or Africa…


#5

Video link for those who need it.


#6

Next up, How Flubber would have been if it had featured Jeff Goldblum…


#7

The (also hoary, but not very old) joke is that white people in horror movies tend to act out of a sort of oblivious, blinkered self-confidence that leads them to do stupid stuff, like, say, grab a flickering flashlight and march down into the basement from which they heard the horrifying scream, whereas a black person would be sensible enough not to do that (which is why the Clarice analogue zipped away from Hannibl Lecter - no supernatural element there, just a person recognizing a threat and putting distance between themselves and it).

It’s still a lazy, well-worn joke that relies on tired racial stereotypes, but not quite the ones you seem to be thinking of, I don’t think.


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#9

I actually thought the stereotype was Black people are magic. In all honesty though, I just interpreted it as “Black people have more sense than to be in this movie.” Which is not really a salient point about race, and was just supposed to be funny.


#10

I think the idea is more like this.


#11

Ok, now let’s put white actors in famous black roles and watch the hilarious results! Don’t miss it. Right after these important messages…


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#13

Now do Gone With the Wind!


#14

Ted Danson is gonna be turning down a lot of roles.


#15

Good deals on haunted real estate is just one of those things white people like.


#16

Hey, eventually all properties will be “psychologically impacted”, and the atheists and rational people will buy them up and have some great cheap housing.


#17

It’s much funnier when the joke is about how they’re being treated rather than how they’re acting.


#18

I like to imagine that Ronald McDonald is really different non-white actors pretending to be generic white people. Yeah, smile all the time! Eat that cheap junk food!


#19

Or at least fucking Batman. He’d be such an amazing Batman…with Ruth Wilson as Poison Ivy or Cat Woman…I mean, Luther satisfied a lot of this itch, but c’mon, it needs to happen.


#20

Ruth Wilson as Cat Woman…excuse me, I need some time alone.