My Review of DOPE

I am still watching the movie DOPE (2015). It is an innovative movie with a trio of geeks of color (two African-American and one Latino) but I am having issues and isms with the N word over-written in the script. I know many young people of all colors use the word as a term of endearment because mainstream corporate commercial hip-hop allows it but I am not feeling that as an African-American/Black man who knows the painful history of the word stemming from John Rolfe, the husband of Pocahontas (later Rebecca Wolfe) during the 1620s in the American Colonies, and its vile usage to denigrate and dehumanize enslaved African people throughout slavery. I am not feeling the colorism when it comes to the two females in the life of the protagonist, a dark-skinned Nigerian/African-American teen named Malcolm (Shameik Moore). The two females are Nakia (Zoe Kravitz) and Lily (Chanel Iman). Zoe is of African-American/Caribbean/Jewish descent and Chanel is of African-American/Korean descent. There are NO dark-skinned Black girls in sight. The only browner-than-a-paper bag woman is Malcolm’s mom, a bus driver played by Kimberly Elise. Even Malcolm’s lesbian AG friend, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) is light-skinned. is Maybe it is me. Am I a fuddy duddy or am I making sense? I am going to finish watching it but I am bothered with the heavy dose of the N word uttered by Malcolm, Diggy, Jib (Tony Revolori), and the other characters (mostly African-American and a White guy named Will (Blake Anderson), who is slapped by Diggy for saying the N word), the colorist casting of two light-skinned/Biracial/Multiracial actresses/models as the objects of Malcolm’s desire and the objectification of Black women as sexpots (model Chanel Iman showing her breasts in most of her scenes and urinating in front of a bush and the footage being used in a meme. This film is produced by Forest Whitaker and executive produced by Pharell Williams and Sean Combs. It is directed and written by Rick Famuyiwa, who happens to be Nigerian-American. I am not surprised.



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