The skewed perspective of a conservative Catholic employee-side employment lawyer living in the most exciting city in the Milky Way, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, who listens to a lot of really strange music and who, for some reason, lives and dies St. Louis Cardinal baseball

2/21/2005

Hitch the Magic Negro

There's a condescending phrase in Hollywood, "the Magic Negro." It refers to the use of an African-American character who enters an all-white world and through a copmbination of hipness, cool and street smarts, transforms the white hero into a hipper, cooler and street-savvier version of his or her previous self.

I would have thought that in 2005, this trite formula had run its course. Sadly, it hasn't. Hitch starring Will Smith is number one at the box office for a second week in a row.

Footnote: I disagree with Rita Kempley in her 2003 article about including Whoopi Goldberg's psychic in Ghost as a "Magic Negro" character. I don't recall there being anything inherently black about Goldberg's character. The "psychic" through whom Patrick Swayze speaks could have been played just as easily by a white, Latina, or Asian actress. Goldberg did a great job. Now, if she would just quiet down about politics and go back to acting ...
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Ms. Goldberg has lost her cache with most of her public, by her outrageous contempt for the diverse public she wants to get money from. She is fatuous, and that is profiling.
 
Ms. Goldberg has lost her cache with most of us by her outrageous contempt for the diverse public she wants to get money from. She is fatuous, and that is NOT profiling.
 
Kindly disregard misbegotten post of 5:15 pm,
 
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