6.27.2012

Yeah...But Can it Make Sense Too?

Club members, I'm really interested to hear your thoughts on this one:
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know why [Louis CK] cast a black actress to play the mother of his children this season, when the kids have already been seen and “they’re extremely white,” as C.K. put it.

If the character works for the show, I don’t care about the racial,” the show’s creator, writer, director, and star said. Plus, there was another reason he went with a black actress.

To C.K., it’s all about line delivery. “When a black woman tells you to get a job, it’s just more … ,” he explained with a laugh.


At Jezebel, commenters have already begun to react to the news. Jezebel‘s Dodai Stewart wonders: “So: color-blind casting or blaxsploitation? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.” Another commenter, Erin Gloria Ryan, added: “I’m bracing myself for the deluge of racist reactions to this. It’ll be like The Hunger Games, but with Louis C.K. fans, so they’ll think they’re being funny.”

Top Level Executive speculates on possible conclusions to Louis C.K.’s joke about black women telling men to get jobs: ”When a black woman tells you to get a job, it’s just more…,” and trailed off, laughing. ”‘More’ what? Sassiness? Eye-rolling? Neck-swiveling? Teeth-sucking? Because it sure seems that is what he is implying, and if so, I’ve no idea how having a black woman be the mother of his white children is ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘subversive.’ As a matter of fact, this reads like some modern-day Mammy/Sapphire bulls–t to me.”

~ Stacia L. Brown, "Louis C.K. Casts Black Onscreen Wife, Internet Goes Wild"
*clears space for new inductee of the Black Girls Club*

What's wrong with this picture?  To be honest, I've always felt as though even though Louie here is married to white woman and has white kids in real life, he's one of those white guys who's really into Black women.  But he never did anything about it in his personal life, and that to me says volumes.

I've never watched the show because even though Louis CK is kinda funny, he's no Gary Owen.

I mean, there's this:


and then there's this:





For those who aren't knowing, Gary Owen is married to a Black woman.


They've got kids.  They have to deal with each other's families.  And that's what his comedy is often about: being a white guy in a committed BWWM relationship and raising mixed kids.  It's not about tokens, attention, or broadening his audience; this is just his life.  Yet I don't see where networks are tracking him down to offer him his own show about his life they way they've done other comedians who are either single or in intra-racial relationships.

So WTF do I need Louie for when I've got the likes of Gary?

These types of casting stunts simply remind me of that god-awful video Chester French made ("Black Girls"), and how much attention it got.  While everyone was chatting away about it, the guy who did right - and had been doing it - was gettin' no love in the media.

I'll be watching folks' reactions to the premiere of Louie's new season, but something already tells me I'll just end up shaking my head and saying, "Told you so."

26 comments:

  1. I have no idea who this is or what his show is about. Nor do I give two fucks.

    If you're going to say something like that, then don't leave room for interpretation. Say the shit. Own it. I'll respect you for it. At least then people won't be inserting their own meanings into your statements.

    Or maybe it's a ploy for attention (which it's getting), but a half-assed one since he didn't go all the way. That way, he has an out when he gets called out. He can say, "But I didn't say that! You're putting words in my mouth!"

    Either way, I just don't give a rat's ass.

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    1. I have to co-sign Amaya. Own your shit. Say what you have to say and be a man about yours or keep it moving. He's probably one of these white guys who never had the balls to approach a sista, or when he did step to one, she was like, "Yeah, whateva.."

      I've never been a fan of Louis CK. I never understood the hype.

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  2. You have White men who have Black women in their pictures and will show it, then you have Louis....

    I agree, wheneverI see guys like Louis putting in Black women in a picture like this, I often believe two things that you said.1) " Blaxpoitation" as you mentioned or somewhere down the line, he has a thing for Black women,but it no up front with his true feelings about them. I remembered looking at a comment that a White guy made about Black women. In spite of him married to a White woman, his mind is all on Black women and he just drools about it. This is who Louis reminds me of.

    I remembered having a conversation about Rain with my mom. She thought that she was doing a " Louie" number. I admit, when I looked at Ninja Assassain, I wondered why did he get a Black woman to play the role of Mika.( not that I was against it) As I said over and over again, I'm thankful for blogs like BN, At The Bar and TBGC,because you will learn the truth about people. After I reading the bio that you wrote about him, I was like " Okay..." I got it. It's Rain.

    Rain pictures me as a guy who likes POC's or his own women,but I got a strong feeling that his romantic allegiance with Black women,not because of wishful thinking, you just get the feelings about people in who they are. I've also got those feelings about Se7en. He may be engaged to a Korean women,but he and his buddy are the same when it comes to who they want to connect with. If you just like them ok..be honest and do your thing,but don't put us in your pictures for reactions. That's irritating.

    Gary has a beautiful wife. Too bad that the world don't want to a real " reality" show about them.Not too many people want to see a true reality show with true people like them in it.

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  3. Um, why have I never heard of Gary Owen? He speaks all kinds of truth.

    As a black girl who was raised Lutheran (mom converted, dad didn't), I can remember dreading the Sundays when my mom decided we were going to dad's "black church" precisely for the reasons Gary outlines.

    It was the difference between being home by 11:30 and basically never.

    If we were lucky, we could get away with just going to Sunday School service, which was STILL longer than our Lutheran service.

    I can remember sitting and BEGGING for us to leave during an "intermission" or hoping for the minister to wrap it up. (You know how many times "Rev" winds down and tricks you into thinking that he is almost done...)

    Of course, sometimes the reward was lots of good singing (Women's Day, Men's Day, Children's Day, Young Adult's Day, etc), and some food waiting in the basement. But even as an adult, I agree with Gary. Why DOES black church take so long. Even if it's not Baptist, it is still like a service on steroids.

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    1. Um, why have I never heard of Gary Owen?

      He's married to a Black woman and, by his own admission, doesn't really associate much with white folks. Not the kind of white guy the PTB want to make popular.

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    2. Truth about the PTB not making him popular. Not sure if you saw Think Like a Man ... He was in that as one of the two white friends. He was happily married and even though his wife was shown for like a split second I think it was her.

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  4. Gary Owen's wife looks like she could be Chili's sister (or at least her half-sister)...

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    1. She does!!!! I wondered who she reminded me of!!

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    2. MAN! SHE DOES LOOK LIKE CHILLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. How do you guys know that Louie might have a thing for black woman just by looking at him? :O

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    1. We're referring to his humor/skits, etc., not just by looking at him.

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  6. OK I remember Gary Owen from when he won a Comic View competition/hosting gig back in the late 90s/early 2000s. He was already married back then and his wife doesn't look a day over 25. Lucky dude.

    As for Louis, I'm not with black women being used for a laugh. Now I remember in Jurassic Park 2, Jeff Goldblum's character had a black daughter. I was fine with that: his ex wife was never shown so she could have been black or maybe his daughter was adopted. These details were not necessary for the plot and his daughter's race was never made the butt of jokes. Plus both me and my momma lust after Jeff.

    It looks like Louis is just pulling a Justin Timberlake. Cast black women as the love interest in late group/early solo videos but exclusively has relationships with white women with big butts (by white standards). I'm not for that, don't use black women for diversity points then give your time/energy/money/love to white women.

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    1. Exactly. Before this stunt, most folks weren't talking about Louis CK's show, certainly not on the Negrosphere. But this little stunt had a lot of people tuning in for a show they would normally ignore.

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    2. I have never heard of Louis CK before. You're right; this has definitely got the attention of black folks.
      I will have to check this show out. I mean, "When a black women tells you to get a job, it just sounds more..."
      What does he really mean? I'll tell you how he sounds. He just sounds more racist.

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  7. Watch the new gary owens stand up on netflix. He goes IN on Tyrese.

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    1. DVD or streaming? I wanna see that ish!!!

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    2. Streaming. you can probably get it on netflix dvd too though.

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    3. Saw it. Died. Came back & watchin' it again.

      "Jody???"

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    4. I don't have Netflix. Do you know if it's out on DVD?

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    5. Wow, I haven't even seen it and I'm ready to proclaim him my new hero. People need to call out people like Tyrese...

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    6. Indeed they do. And Gary Owen does a very good job. Gary got himself a great Black woman, from a family of doctors and lawyers. They have two kids together, no extra kids running around somewhere from external relationships, they've never been divorced, and neither have been arrested for domestic violence.

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  8. Wow...y'all are taking me way back with the Comic View reference. That show was the shit! I remember Gary Owens; he is hilarious. You should also check out his episodes on House of Payne.

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