I’ll Pass

Good Evening on this cool and crisp Monday. I hope to find each of you doing well. I was reading an article on Angela Bassett about a movie role she turned down after her Oscar nominating performace as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It. It was a movie I had originally never heard of, so as a curious writer, author and poet, I Googled it to see what it was about. Hammercy!

The movie Angela Bassett was referring to was Monster’s Ball, a role Halle Berry won an Oscar for. Angela Bassett goes on to say how the producers went after her hard and offered her millions of dollars to play this role out of all the other actresses they initially considered, but she still turned it down. Why? Because it was a role Angela described accurately as demeaning and stereotypical. Seeing how Angela Bassett is a strong woman on screen and off, it is no wonder why the producers went after her so hard.



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Monster’s Ball, starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late Heath Ledger and Peter Boyle is about a woman (Halle Berry) whose husband (Sean “Diddy” Combs) is executed by a racist deputy warren played by Billy Bob Thornton. His equally racist father played by Peter Boyle hates Black people, but loves “splitting dark oak.” When the woman’s (Halle Berry) son is hit and killed by a truck, she becomes overcome with grief because she would always make fun of him for being overweight or obese. Her grief is so great that she ends up sleeping with Billy Bob Thornton’s racist character. Now what kind of foolishness is that?


From my Google search, the movie was nominated for several awards, however as a Black woman, I would never watch such a thing. It is my understanding from some of the comments on these articles and forums that Halle Berry’s performance was phenomenal. It is a phenomenal performance I shall not see. Halle Berry is a talented actress, but this is a movie I will steer clear of watching.

Until next time…

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7 thoughts on “I’ll Pass”

  1. “Foolishness” is an understatement. I saw the movie several years after it came out and was disappointed by the racial stereotypes that were so brazenly displayed. What stood out, however, was the fact that Halle Berry was widely celebrated for her role, so much so that she won an Oscar. I wrote an article two years ago about Hollywood as a microcosm of American society’s attitude toward Blacks. Here’s the link: https://josiahharry.blog/2016/01/16/2016-oscar-snubs-and-hollywoods-faux-liberalism/

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    1. Oh man, that just makes it worse. I could never play such a role because it seems to be such a demeaning and demoralizing role. I would never watch it. I find it actually disturbing, the things I’ve read about it. That was an amazing post you wrote. Spot on! Spot on!! Sad how most Oscar roles won by Black people are stereotypical roles. Just sad…

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      1. I appreciate your kind words. I’m curious to know, what’s your response to the “It’s just art” or “It’s just entertainment” arguments? I often hear these arguments as it relates to shows like Love and Hip Hop, Power, Basketball Wives, Scandal, etc.

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        1. My response to that would not be accepted because I personally don’t buy the “It’s just entertainment.” Yeah, sure, it’s entertainment at “our” risk and expense. We complain about how it’s “not right” yet on the other hand we support it. Which one is it??? You can’t have it both ways. I’ve been told that I’m taking it too serious but if you ask me, the problem is that not enough of “us” take it seriously. Until we do, things will never really change.

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