1. DISNEY MOVIES–I don’t care how catchy and cute the songs are
  2. Monster’s Ball
  3. James Cameron’s Avatar
  4. The Blind Side
  5. Training Day
  6. Hustle and Flow
  7. District 9–for various reasons
  8. J. R. Ward
  9. Makes Me Wanna Holla by Nathan McCall
  10. books by Steve Harvey giving women advice
  11. most rap music
  12. “Upgrade You” Beyoncé
  13. Law and Order (especially Special Victims Unit–it depressing that they can make so many shows because there are so many prime examples of rape, human trafficking, and abuse in the world and in the U.S. alone. I’m so not watching this show anymore….)
  14. Judge Judy–what a cranky, mean (older) woman
  15. The Matrix: Reloaded (see racist orgy scene)
  16. The Help (hate it on principle, book and movie, officially)

*updated whenever I think of something I just can’t stand*

8 thoughts on “Blacklisted (no pun intended)

  1. This list is very interesting. Would care to describe why these books and movies are blacklisted in your opinion? Im interested to see your critique of them

      1. I’d like to hear why Hustle and Flow is blacklisted, I personally like the portrayal of an actual pimp. Especially when there was/is so much rap praising deplorable and largely destructive trades such as that of a pimp. Although it has been many years since I have seen it, I believe it painted more realistic picture of “the hood” without justifying or glorifying it; which isn’t just artistic in the sense that its black people making a deep movie, but in that it can stand among many other critically acclaimed movies about similar gritty subjects.

      2. I see what you’re saying. I guess for me making a movie about pimping and praising it isn’t necessarily conducive to ending forced sex trafficking or mitigating the oppression of it’s victims, survivors, and misogyny against women. I think this movie, while it may be realistic, is just another way of glorifying the oppression associated with and inherent in those systems.

        Because people my age who saw this movie who I know generally just thought it was natural and an accurate representation of how things are supposed to be.

  2. Interesting point. True, it does not really push any ideas, at least not with any urgency, that that industry (if it can be called that) as a whole should be ended; especially with the direction in which they take it where the main focus becomes “everyone has the right to pursue their dreams.” And in regards to the movie glorifying that system, it’s a bigger problem than just the movie. Due to it involving rapping as the goal and not the method of escape, the movie misses its chance to criticize and ends up inadvertently glorify pimping by “rapping about one’s life,” which is an idea that many rappers (especially mainstream) seem to get wrong. By rapping about their struggles they praise it, instead of criticizing it.

    Of course, I think, it should be noted that many highly merited films, especially heart warming true to life tear jerkers, have a similar lack purpose. So, in a way, I think it succeeded in being a good movie by modern standards about a harsh subject, but, as you said, failed to make any real meaningful commentary on it as well.

    Thank you for discussing this with me, and I apologize for the rant.

    1. That’s what I’m saying: it is a bigger issue than the movie but the movie is part of the problem like other elements. And also making movies about issues like this in a country where everything , even people’s suffering, is viewed as entertainment does not sit well with me.

      Should people be achieving their dreams at ALL costs, even the expense of others and continuing a cycle of violence dehumanization that continues to plague many communities of color? Is it worth it to do things that way? Is survival enough?

      I just want for people to not view this movie as an isolated thing. This is a movie that is about people using others to survive and making a life that way–some people don’t live that way because they want but because they [feel] that they don’t have choice. I believe people should have more choices and I don’t think the system or the industries therein give people a choice. Anyway, I’m on my soapbox and in danger of sounding like a concern troll.

      Thanks for stopping by, I don’t view what you have to say as ranting.

  3. Well I guess I’ll make this my last comment on the subject (I don’t get to talk about deep things that much). And i don’t mind soapbox preachers as long as they’re preaching from the heart AND mind.

    So I guess this movie is “black listed” due to the way it’s viewed and its failure to communicate a meaningful message. Understandable, and a truly unique way of choosing a film for this.

    Anywho I believe that if the film addressed those questions you raised it would be even better (for me). I WANT to say that integrating such a complex set of ideas/questions would be too difficult for most film makers and that audiences wouldn’t be able to handle the gravity of such a film, but at the same time I know those are just excuses and that people should be challenged about certain wrong ideas they have- i.e. your example of how some thought this film was about how things were SUPPOSED to be.

    Though I do want to note, what I feel is an overplayed but true point (plz don’t grill me), that many people have always loved the suffering of others and the distance one gains from such affairs through mediums makes pain so much more pleasurable. Now this, I’m sure, is wrong, but I can’t say that I don’t enjoy similar suffering (I’m weird). Although in the context of what you are saying about people being confined by such representations is very, very true, but I think it should also be noted that such consciousness in America makes it difficult to make such films that can please everyone (i.e. should we make it existential deep or just be gritty?).

    Again thanks for conversatin.

    1. I agree with your point of the difficulty of adding that layer of complexity to a movie like Hustle & Flow. I also think that layer of complexity is exactly what American films need because so many of them are lacking in substance.

      As for enjoying the suffering of others through whatever means, I think some people have a natural inclination towards that but others are socialized in detrimental ways by the industry’s influence and people’s inability to challenge those influences. I think that mindset of enjoying or being indifferent or helpless in the face of suffering is what needs to change.

      Several of the films on this list are not here because they are low-rated movies, but because they are full of a kind of suffering that I would fight to mitigate and seeing such things and learning some of the history of my own people has rooted in me a deep desire for change and anti-oppression.

      I don’t think there’s anything necessarily existential about orienting films towards societal and global change that is beneficial to all and I believe, as hard as it may to see or imagine what that might look, there is a way. When we settle for simplicity or just go for “gritty” or “heartwarming”, by not trying to do more with our arts and politics, we settle for leaving ourselves and others gridlocked in realities that normalizes suffering and systemic oppression with no hope or chance of change or revolution. That’s what I believe.

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