Monday, April 05, 2010
Pop Culture: The Black Version
Why do we need Black versions of popular (or not so popular) movies and/or TV shows? I'm not asking because I think they're inherently a bad idea -- I loved The Wiz-- I'm just asking. And I'm asking now, because on April 16th, the "Black version" of the 2007 British film, Death at a Funeral, will be released, starring Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence and a lot of other famous Black comedians. Considering the original film just came out three years ago and it only performed moderately well, why are we seeing a remake so soon? And why do we need a Black version of this movie? Again, I don't think it's a bad idea, I just can't figure out why? And for what it's worth, I watched the original version on DVD and laughed myself silly.
And why you're all scratching your heads trying to come up with a satisfying answer, perhaps you can also help me understand why Jamie Foxx is penning a script for the Black version of Laverne & Shirley, the movie? No, you did not read that wrong. According to The Root.com Foxx is writing the screenplay for a Laverne & Shirley film that Gary Marshall will direct. (crickets chirping). Would you go see that? Part of me thinks there may be potential. Part of me wants to know if there's a part in there for me, seeing as I really am Black and really did grow up in Milwaukee. But I digress.
What about you? Do you want to see Black versions of popular movies and TV shows? Are these remakes supposed to make Black people feel included somehow? Will non-Black people want to see Black versions of White shows? And finally, why stop at the Black versions? What ethnic remake would you want to see? I'd really like to see The Brady Bunch where Mrs. Brady was Black and Mr. Brady was Chinese. And Alice was still played by Ann B. Davis.
PS You still have time to enter in the drawing for the autographed copy of the Kitchen House. Read the post below and enter by 9pm tonight.