8.25.2012

Michael Madsen on Black Female Role Models

(Thanks, Sica Acapo!)


Did anyone else ever see this?

15 comments:

  1. Hmmmmmm....Well as wonderful is Mrs. Obama is she is bashed constantly for just being.....Beyoncé is whitened and brightened within an inch of her life and doesn't cop to being Black (or full Black) in major ads (see pulled L’Oreal ad). Ms. Jones is no longer a regular on TV and why she chose to lose weight is a personal issue....I am sure Ms. Jones could give less than a rats left nut what some dude thinks of her look pre or post weight change.
    Also I believe Star's point was the over representation of stereotypes of Black women in media. White people just refuse to see this from a position other than white privilege.....If white men were (90% of the time) represented as meth addicts and child molesters in the media they would then know where a woman like Star Jones is coming from. The Michelle Obamas and Star Jones are powerful examples of Black women but few and far between especially when you have the airwave clogged with Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop fuccery....
    Last note, who is this dude anyway......

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    1. Well as wonderful is Mrs. Obama is she is bashed constantly for just being.....Beyoncé is whitened and brightened within an inch of her life and doesn't cop to being Black (or full Black) in major ads (see pulled L’Oreal ad). Ms. Jones is no longer a regular on TV and why she chose to lose weight is a personal issue....I am sure Ms. Jones could give less than a rats left nut what some dude thinks of her look pre or post weight change.

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

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  2. Oh thank you Mr. Madsen for pointing out the error of our ways. Thank you for telling Black woman and Star in particular that we do have role models. I see you pointed out the obvious ones – Mrs. Obama and Beyonce. I mean they are the only two Black women in the world that we can look up to anyway. That you also reminded us that Beyonce is the most beautiful women in the world is all that we need to know. I mean "you" were the ones who gave her the title and if you say it, it is so. As you already seem to know, we Black women only look up to Mrs. Obama and celebrities. I mean who else could there be. How silly of me to consider Maya, Serena, Condoleezza, Toni, Ursula, Mae, and on and on. The fact that Star could have been referring to the fact that the media glorifies Real House Wives and Bad Girls Club couldn't have been her point at all. So again thank you. Were it not for you, I would still be lost. Now, excuse me while I go and wipe the sarcasm that is dripping from my mouth off.

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  3. Who knew Mr Blonde was a fan of Beyonce? Interesting tweet to say the least. I really don't have much of an opinion either way to be honest.

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    1. Meh, while it's only true with makeup, photoshop, and wigs, you know that white people will simultaneously pull the Beyonce card right after telling you that the reason she is so beautiful is b/c she is barely black and looks like a tan white woman. So hearing a white person praise her looks means nothing to me, and honestly, considering how color struck black people can be, I'm unimpressed anyway.

      But we don't need his whitesplaining or mansplaining or insertion into our conversations. That is what is the problem. They always want to whitesplain about what we should be worrying about, or jumping into other discussions that aren't their business, giving us their faux pep talks about how awesome our natural hair is; and not acknowledging that the idiots who criticized Gabby Douglas on Twitter aren't all black people and that they are suffering from internalized racism that white people need to acknowledge/accept responsibility for.

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  4. Just came back from a miserable dinner, so I have no patience. Who da fuq is this dude, and why should we fall on our knees at his dick?

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  5. You know what. I got no words. When I find some I'll be back. Meanwhile I'm looking at those 28,278 likes and just smdh

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  6. @Jojo: Of course he's got a bunch of likes. A lot of people (sistahs included) actually likes what he's saying and appreciate it on its surface merit. Key word: surface. These are likely the same sheeple that don't want to go deep.

    Me? I'm with Jamie on this.

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  7. I've seen him in several Tarantino movies (Reservoir Dogs & Kill Bill come to mind). Too bad, I liked him, but he seems like a real dick IRL.
    Btw, here's where I got this from (reddit discussion... Brace yourselves, some comments are cringe-worthy, as usual):
    http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/szee9/michael_madsen_is_a_role_model_for_black_women/

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  8. This comment really brings the "Huh?" factor. Upon first reading it, all I could say was, "...Huh?"

    It's a very WTF-did-that-come-from kind of statement.

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  9. *sighs*

    i think an argument can be made for or against this comment. i think he was probably coming from a good place and while intent isn't magic......you know what....fuck it, while i personally want to give him the benefit of the doubt. I also realize i'm not a sistah so i'll defer to you ladies on this one.

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  10. Indeed, that is precisely what black women need most--a washed up, not so A-list white male actor to lecture us on letting go of the black victim narrative--and its attendant "negativity"--in this magical Age of Obama.

    Classic white/mansplain.

    Whatever your opinion of Jones, even a remotely reasonable person must concede that stupid and imperceptible she is not. The woman is a former prosecutor, who, from what I understand, boasts an unimpeachable record as a jurist. Madsen's patronization is an insult.

    Furthermore, the dig on her appearance was sexist and passive-aggressive. It was a backhanded compliment designed to both put her in her place, and privilege his male gaze(as if Jones should concern herself with being the object of his approval/desire).

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    1. THIS!

      because I still got no words.

      Mostly I think I'm coming from a place of acute spiritual exhaustion. The rainbow is gettin way too enuff for me right now. "classic white/mansplain"

      Indeed.

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  11. ?????? Mrs. Obama is a woman behind a man...and Beyonce as a role model?!? MAN, even if she stopped whitening her skin i'd pray to the sacred spirits to prevent her from being a ROLE MODEL. What the fuck is a role model? A woman whose song lyrics are always dedicated to adore or to hate male subjects? She's another american capitalist product who smiles at the fashion magazines and sings in charity concerts to Mandela or to the "poor african children". Yeah, then she will put all that rocks on, like J.Lo.
    Fabulous last video in the UN building. Fucking crap. Images of the Katrina (why did it happen?), starving people (why does it happen?) "If you got money you can help the people!!" that's what divas like her claim (actually no matter black, white or brown). They're always avoiding the question: why do i have all this money? why is food thrown away in countries like mine and in other countries there is simply not enough of it? Well, that has an obvious answer. It's all related....
    Role models. That's what the system needs. Fucking role models. He could have thought about writers (Sapphire), musicians (Nina Simone, Erykah Badu), political activists (Angela Davis)....NooOooOOOo Beyonce and Michelle Obama. USA is fucked up, really.

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