What is “You betta hush befo I give you something to cry about”
What is “i brought you in this world, and i’ll take you out”
"That’s tears nigga?"
What is “You got some McDonalds Money?”
What is “Fix your face”
What is ” When we go in this store don’t ask for nothing and don’t touch nothing “
What is ” The day your attitude is bigger then mine it’s time for you to pack your shit and get out”
What is “you better stop running in and out of this house, letting my air outside”
What is “Who do you think you’re talking to?!” (The answer to this would of course be “nobody”)
What is “fix your face before I fix it for you”
What is “Am I talking to my damn self?” (After asking a question that went unanswered
What is “make me buss your ass in here!”
What is “you don lost your damn mind”
What is “you paying some bills in this mfer to be locking doors round here?!”
What is “I ain’t talking to no damn owl”
What is “I’ll smack you into next week”
Anonymous asked: Hola, I hope you guys are doing well. I have two questions. One what do you think about Steve McQueen being nominated for and winning 12 Years a Slave as opposed to Shame? Is it another case of Hollywood only really being keen on brown stories being in the past, esp slavery? Both movies are good/great in my opinion btw. Also why did Fruitvale Station get no love at any major award shows?
A) I think there’s a lot of politics reserved for a film like 12 Years. It’s a film with black characters that are digestible as the notion of slavery is ludicrously seen as a thing of the past. The producers were white, and despite the story of Solomon Northup being a true one, and the representation from book-to-film an honest portrayal, Northup is still ultimately “saved” by white people, which makes for a good story. Not to discredit the beauty of that story. It is a highly important narrative to tell, one that I am glad has been put on screen. However, inversely the story of Oscar Grant not only portrays racism in a modern context, but there is no savior at the end, least of all a white one. Just the innocent death of a black man who targeted for no other reason than the fact that his skin was a different color. Why Fruitvale was not nominated is very much tied to why 12 Years was.
Shame is also sexually explicit in a way we’re not comfortable with. As much as sex is ubiquitous in today’s society, the portrayal of the destructive nature of addiction within a sexual context is not. We are not comfortable knowing or trying to see the impact of a sex addict suffering with an illness. That is not the sex we want to see. We want to see the naked bodies of women within the context of the male gaze, however we don’t want to see the impact of that on a man. Ultimately, human stories are not deemed to be marketable, when they assuredly are. Shame started a conversation, that conversation was vital. I think it’s a way better film than 12 Years, as is Hunger. Though, all three films are stories that need to be heard, and I applaud Steve McQueen for the work he does. He is a phenomenal thinker, intellect, and yes, director.
I’m going to respond to final part of your question with what Willie Osterweill wrote in this Al Jazeera article because I think he articulates it perfectly:
"But the Oscars have never been about celebrating the year’s best movie (“Crash,”anyone?). The real problem for “Fruitvale Station”is that it’s a film about racism without a happy ending. It’s about a tragedy that cannot be redeemed. Not that it’s even a particularly radical film — it just can’t pretend that time has solved the problems it portrays, as “12 Years a Slave”does, and can’t give the contradictions of history a tidy conclusion, as “The Butler” does with Obama’s election. Instead, it connects into a current struggle, evoking the trauma and horror that racist violence and overpolicing produce in minority communities across the country.
The point is not to berate the Oscars for not nominating “Fruitvale Station,” but rather to see how the Oscars, and the film-critical apparatus surrounding them, dictate what constitutes a “serious” depiction of race. No one really believes the Oscars are a meritocracy, but the awards still end up giving certain movies massive new audiences, deciding which films critics will write about and people will talk about.”
I hope this helps.
This is the best way to sum up these movies. Excellent job, 2BG.