This is a great scene from the film Hollywood Shuffle. I remember seeing this film as a kid. I think the director Robert Townsend was really ahead of his time. This film is considered a classic by many. This scene perfectly illustrates that Hollywood is not very liberal at all. Hollywood is full of racist stereotypes and always has been. Many in Hollywood like to think of themselves as being liberal minded but they are far from it. The entire industry is ran by racists in my opinion. Even though this film was made way back in 1987 the racist stereotypes persist to this very day. Hollywood has made a fortune by portraying black people as maids,criminals,pimps,drug dealers,slaves,mammies, hustlers and sexual deviants.I’ve also noticed that many times black people die first in their films. We are always killed very early in most films.
This is a pattern I’ve seen over and over again. It just goes to show that we are seen as expendable. In their eyes our lives don’t matter very much and no one will care if we die. These racist stereotypes are nothing but conditioning the mind that black lives do NOT matter at all. The stereotypes are endless and have never stopped.
There is always The pimp. The pimp is there so that people see the black man as abusive and controlling. A horrible stereotype that Hollywood loves to use.
The Slave image never seems to go away. Back in the 1970’s you had the television drama Roots. But there have been countless others. Films like Amistad,Drum,Belle,Beloved,Glory,Mandingo and 12 Years a Slave. The slave stereotype is a constant reminder that blacks are second class citizens. And that blacks are here to work for white people. The fact that Obama is in office means nothing. That’s why slave films are so popular. It reminds the white audience that blacks are inferior. And to remind black people what their position is supposed to be. As if we didn’t already know right?
The Black Criminal is a must in racist Hollywood. Not only are there many black criminals in films but gangster rappers help to reinforce the “scary black man” stereotype. Hollywood has an obsession with black pathology. Anything that has to do with black death,violence or black degradation…..Hollywood is there to promote it! These gangster rappers are being duped. All they care about is getting paid. But there are being used to perpetuate the fallacy that most black men are demonic,sex crazed,blood thirsty criminals. Hopefully one they’ll wake up and see the truth.
The Pickaninny is back again! The Pickaninny was very popular back in the 1920’s and 30’s. You saw this stereotype in cartoons a lot. Buckwheat from the Little Rascals television show was a popular pickaninny character. Usually the character has their hair standing up looking unmanageable in some fashion. Now there is a show called Orange is The New Black with a woman named Crazy Eyes. It glorifies female prison life. That’s her in the pic up above. You thought the pickaninny was gone right? Don’t worry…racist Hollywood has you covered.
The Mammy stereotype is another one that wont go away. This video clip shows how the mammy has always been used. This shows black woman as maids and always their to take care of the white children. She is usually am overweight dark skinned woman. She is always seen as non-threating and there to help whites in any way she can. Oprah Winfrey plays into this stereotype a lot. The mammy works alongside the slave stereotype. They both are there to serve the needs of white people. Even above their own personal needs.
That’s why the film The Help was so popular and got lots of awards. These are not all the racist stereotypes. There are many more. But these are some of the most popular stereotypes. The comedy Hollywood Shuffle was made twenty-eight years ago. It was a great commentary on how blacks are stereotyped and pigeonholed in a racist industry. So I ask you…how much has changed?