The film The Perfect Match comes out today. I saw the trailer for this so-called “black romantic comedy” last week. It stars Terrence J,Cassie Ventura,Lauren London,Paula Patton,Dascha Polanco and Donald Faison. It looks like your typical romantic comedy Hollywood usually gives us. The acting is not very good and we’ve seen this storyline countless times before. But that’s not my problem with the film.
What’s very disturbing is this film is being pushed in the urban(black)markets. It’s been all over BET,TV One and many black radio stations. I found this disturbing because all the main women in the film are biracial women. All the women that are supposed to be desirable are mixed/biracial women. The main love interest is played by actress/singer Cassie Ventura. She’s most known for being music producer Sean Combs on again/off again girlfriend. She’s not that great of a singer to begin with so I guess she wants to take a chance at acting. Apparently she’s not that great of an actress either. But Cassie is not even a black woman. Her father is Filipino. And her mother is Black and Mexican. Then there’s actress Lauren London. Who is most know from the film ATL(2006). She also is know for having a baby with wannabe gangster rapper Lil Wayne. Does that make her baby mama number 5 or 6? Who knows? Any Lauren’s father is a Jewish man and her mother is black. And actress Dascho Polanco is a mixed race Dominican woman. This is the same old promotion of the “exotic mixed race” woman. Once again we see the elimination of the dark-skinned African looking woman. They do this over and over again. How can you have a “black film” with no women that LOOK black? This is another slap in the face to black women! And another example of whitewashing the black woman’s image. I’ve covered this topic before a few months ago.
And this issue of pushing biracial woman as a better alternative to black woman is disgusting. It’s an insult to all the beautiful dark skinned sistas out there. But this promotion of biracial/whitewashing of black women has been on an upswing the last few years.
But nothing is more insulting than the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. The director of the film cast Zoe Saldana as Nina. This was an insult right from the start. Zoe Saldana has a Dominican father and Puerto rican mother. Her biography says she also has Hatian and Lebanese roots. But Nina Simone was unapologetically black. She was a dark skinned woman with full lips and African textured hair. All her life Nina was called ugly and unattractive because she looked African. Saldana can’t relate to that. She may be of African descent but her life is not a reflection of what Nina endured. The way Nina was treated was part of her music. It was the embodiment of who she was as a black woman. Also the family of Simone has denounced the film and were not involved. If Saldana had any integrity she would’ve turned this film down. The put dark makeup on her and gave her a fake nose. What the hell??I know she wanted a paycheck but this role is horrible for her. She is not right for this role. Why not just hire a dark skinned actress who can also sing? Why not Lauryn Hill or India Arie? Either one of them would’ve been better choices in my opinion. And I’m sure Simone would not approve of this. This is nothing but a modern day blackface minstrel!
This is an interesting video. It’s a few black actresses in Hollywood giving their opinion on Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone. Most of them gave politically correct answers. You can tell that they were very uncomfortable not wanting to admit that a more black looking woman should’ve gotten the role. Although actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was probably the most honest.
This casting of biracial/mixed has been going on for quite awhile. Biracial actress Carmen Ejogo was cast as Coretta Scott King twice. Once in the film Boycott(2001) and the film Selma(2014).
In the film Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter(2012)biracial actress Jacqueline Fleming played black hero Harriet Tubman. Fleming looks nothing like Tubman at ALL!! This was an insult to our great abolitionist hero! This is an attack on the African looking woman and the destruction of her image. Some may think this is a small issue. But I disagree totally. The media is blatantly whitewashing the image of black women on purpose.
And in may cases they will lighten the skin of an actress on a magazine cover. As in the case of Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of Dazed & Confused…among others.
This whitewashing has to STOP! This is a disgrace to all African women. And I want sistas to know that there are millions of brothers that love and support you. I have talked to black men who have told me that they reject this whitewashing of Hollywood. They love their sistas and reject this false image the media throws at us. So sistas stand tall and proud! You do not have to be mixed and biracial to be beautiful. You are beautiful just the way you are. Much love to you…and stay strong. ❤