Friday, January 30, 2009

Stir in the Black Chicks

Is a pathetic gesture toward representation better than none at all? These seem to be the two options for women of colour in Michael Patrick King's limited, unfettered world view. Or at least, for Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Carrie Bradshaw's assistant in that big-screen adaptation of Sex and the City last year.

In this article, King talks a little about his plans for the sequel (help us), and then touches on the issue of colour in the television show:
"It can't be called Sex and the City without a little color—it's just wrong. Women are very nice when they figure out who I am. And the only negative comment I ever got about the series was every now and then, some woman of color—whether it'd be Latina or an African-American—they'd stop and say, 'Where are the sisters?' in my ear, and I was like, 'Yeah, where are they?'
Playing assistants and enablers to spoiled egomaniacs, apparently. No thanks, Michael. If your lame inclusion of the Louise character is the best we can hope for, along with the same baggage of appalling power dynamics as in the first film, stop trying now. Your self-congratulatory pat on the back for choosing Hudson over Isla Fisher seems to be the extent of your progressiveness.

I'd rather you kept the universe of the series insular if this is what we have to look forward to ("a little color"). I'm happy that women find you "nice" and non-threatening once they meet you, but that doesn't mean they should celebrate the fact that a seemingly authoritative voice like yours finally decided to throw them a bone.

4 comments:

Cal said...

Wow, that's totally offensive. Louise is such a token character as well, and really serves a similar purpose to Hattie McDaniel, Juanita Moore etc. in years gone by. Although it kinda reminded me more of Wanda Sykes' role in Monster-In-Law, if much less funny.

Nick M. said...

Was Michael Patrick King also the casting director for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"?

Yaseen Ali said...

Probably also the cultural expert on He's Just Not That Into You, judging from the first five minutes alone.

Nick M. said...

I have not seen and, unsurprisingly, will not see "He's Just Not That Into You" because I was shocked to find out that cast inhabits the (Hollywood) world of Baltimore. It's the type of movie that really, really makes me hate white people.