The number 1 reason I am sick & tired of going to the movies

It’s Friday.  I got a promotional email from Fandango today that read “You made it through the week…it’s movie time.”  Sounds nice.  But, I have no plans to go to the movies tonight.  What’s the point?

Should I see this?

Or this?

I have to say that I am just sick and tired of it.  I am sick and tired of the same old stories of (white) boys with the power to bring everybody together, change everyone’s hearts, and lead the rest of us to discover new areas of the human heart that we never thought possible.  It happens over and over again…It’s not just this new movie…it’s practically every inspirational, tear-jerker, family movie that you can recall.

Looks what happens when you Google “Inspirational Movies”

And I am sick and tired of the same old stories of (white) girls who are teeming with insanity, possessed by the devil, and the inevitable victim of some legendary psychopath.  It happens over and over again…It’s not just this new movie…it’s practically every blood-soaked, fear-inducing, scream-filled movie that you can recall.

Looks what happens when you Google “Horror Movies”

I am just sick and tired of the same old story in mainstream Hollywood.  Girls (white) are scary, crazy objects to be feared and killed.  Boys (white) are fearless leaders to emulate and aspire to become.  And the rest of us (black girls, black boys, queer folks, Immigrants, old folks, etc., etc., etc.) don’t really even matter that much unless we’re Will Smith, one of his kids, or needed to run from the above-mentioned scary girls or provide additional protection to the above-mentioned inspirational boys.

Like Fandango said, I made it through another long week.  I get to rest and relax and bring  myself some comfort with family and friends.  It’s too bad that I can’t do that at the movies.

 

 

 

 

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What is Media?: A Presentation for K-8th Graders

Yesterday, Park Day School in Oakland, CA kicked off their annual CARE Week (Campaign for Acceptance, Respect and Empathy).  Their theme this year is MEDIA and their whole school, kindergarten through 8th grade, will dig deeper into various forms of Media, how it relates to their lives and what it has to do with creating a culture of empathy and compassion.  I was invited to be the opening assembly to kick off CARE Week for the school.

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