Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Professor Tracey Ain't Ready For Another One Of TD Jakes "Black Woman Know Thy Place Behind The Black Man" Production

Where Eddie Murphy? He was the king of jacked up portrayals of black women with Spike Lee running a "he hate us" close second, but folks are after Eddie's crown. I don't know who is worse at portraying black women on film, TD Jakes or Tyler Perry. That's a lie, it's Tyler Perry hands down, but you get my point, I hope. It's feast or famine for black women in the movies. It's either hoes, harridans, holy rollers, hangers-on, heartless, hapless, hopeless or half-assed.

I'm scared this movie, Not Easily Broken is actually a conspiracy to brainwash any black woman that goes to see it. Full of subliminal cuts, inserts, and messages, tailor made for the modern black woman - "Stop being independent!" "Stop thinking for yourself!" "Don't be ambitious!" "It's your fault your marriage or relationship is failing!" "Follow your good black man, he'll take care of you!" And other assorted bullshit that TD Jakes loves to whip up in his Christian fiction books. I don't care that Bill Duke is directing or that my girl Taraji Henson is the lead. Morris Chestnut is washed up and owes my momma five bucks for the bootleg she bought of The Perfect Holiday. I'll wait on this one to get on Netflix.

Anybody out there looking forward to this one? I ain't gonna be mad at you if you are, but if you really want to throw your money away, I'm accepting donations for the Afterdark Horrorfest next month and the upcoming release of My Bloody Valentine in 3D. You know that Professor Tracey loves her horror movies!

17 comments:

V-Knowledge December 24, 2008 at 9:46 AM  

Hey Tracey, you've got a brilliant blog right here. Keep up the great work!

I've learned that any movie with Morris Chestnut post Boyz 'N the Hood is to be ignored completely (though an exception would be The Best Man).

Shame that Bill Duke couldn't direct something a lot more fresh and original.

bbgcmac December 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM  

I have other issues with the average Tyler Perry movie - (or his TV series / see Bamboozled) but i never tripped off the part about the way women are portrayed. I will have to pay more attention to that.

I wonder is there a concious effort to portray women this way or that - or if he is placating to what he thinks will sell and entertain... the debate regarding entertainment vs responsility is one we have long engaged in.

ch555x December 24, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

Yeah, I saw a tv ad for this a few days ago. I'm just not into these types of stories to begin with. Even the underlying message is bland, so I'll pass.

Naima December 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM  

From Hip Hop to Tyler Perry black women continue to support art that insults them. Black men don't support this religious stuff so this one is on us.
But I guess they are playing to their older,uneducated, multiple kids out of wedlock fanbase. Thinking folk see this crap for what it is, simple minds actually take this to heart.

cinco December 24, 2008 at 4:41 PM  

*sigh*

I've never watch any of Perry's stuff and I have no plans to do so.

My issues with Jakes are 1- no man can tell me as a woman how I feel or how I should react; and 2- he seems to have an extra dose of estrogen that I and maybe others can see but not the members of his congregation. He needs to admit it.

I don't support any religious, educational, or world views that support demeaning or treating women less than men.

cinco December 24, 2008 at 4:41 PM  

*sigh*

I've never watch any of Perry's stuff and I have no plans to do so.

My issues with Jakes are 1- no man can tell me as a woman how I feel or how I should react; and 2- he seems to have an extra dose of estrogen that I and maybe others can see but not the members of his congregation. He needs to admit it.

I don't support any religious, educational, or world views that support demeaning or treating women less than men.

Selena December 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM  

Bump Netflix I'll catch it for free at http://www.watch-movies.net/....and that's a big maybe!

Mahoganydymond December 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM  

I haven't seen this advertised...

lena December 24, 2008 at 9:05 PM  

I was done with TD Jakes after the trash movie "Woman Thou Art Loosed". He pushed the idea that female rape victims should forgive male rapists or else she's the criminal. Even when the victim is a child, as she was portrayed to be in the movie when raped by her mothers boyfriend. He had a whole scene where he basically wanted the audience to sympathize with and understand the rapist (i can only assume because he was a Black male, who is beyond reproach. Ummm...YEAH.)Personally, I think rapists should be castrated, strung up, whipped to a bloody pulp, shot,have his wounds salted, and then be left to bleed out and die a slow, horrible death in great pain, suffering and misery. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but I mean it. These people do great harm, almost worst than murder - and in some cases, worse.

And people who are apologists for these brutal rapists/beasts/monsters/demons (pick your preferred adjective) should suffer the same fate.

Personally, I think TD Jakes hands down is worse for Black women than Tyler Perry could ever dream of being.

Kim December 26, 2008 at 8:07 AM  

I enjoyed the book and can't wait for the movie...If there's black actors and a positve message in an entertaining way, I'm there.

Kim December 26, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

Lena, I saw WTAL and I didn't get that message at all.Forgiveness is not having coffe with the "enemy" I got the message of don't allow yourself to be imprisoned by pain.

Kim December 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM  

Wow at the comments here. Although I realize one of the hazards of electronic communications,It gives you a sense of autonomy which seems to make folks able to say things they would never utter publicly. NEVER

Professor Tracey December 26, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

@ Sorry Kim,

But I don't read any comments here that can't be said publicly. Just because people have dissenting views, doesn't mean they are not brave enough to express them openly. If you likes Jakes, cool, but they are many folks that don't.

And I'm with Lena, that movie gives the strong message that the lead female character should forgive the man who raped her as a child. Not to mention the mother that didn't believe her. I can get the not to be controlled by pain part, but where in the movie does he condemn the rapist and the mother?

This is not a healthy message to send to the black community which struggles with issues of rape, domestic violence, and basic family structure. Sexual assault is not that simple to resolve, it's complex.

A woman that is raped as a child by parent's boyfriend, then rejected by that parent is a horrific scenario, that Jakes completely mishandles in the movie. A situation like that is not going to be resolved with a little prayer and a few bible verses.

Invisible Woman December 26, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

^^ @prof. Tracey and Lena: Amen. It is despicable how incest and childhood rape is treated in the Black community, and for the rapist to receive no real repercussions for his actions except "seeing the light" sickens me, and sends out a message for us to continue burying it under the rug.

And yes, I would say that to anyone who would listen. I'm not checking for TD Jakes, and I feel bad that my beloved Bill Duke's choices for work are so limited that he has to be involved with Jake's triteness.

On a lighter note, LMAO at the title of this post!

Kim December 26, 2008 at 2:47 PM  

A very horrific scenario indeed. One that occurs far too often IN OUR COMMUNITY. I actually REFUSE to see any movie where there is a rape scene. I worked at 911 and I could only take 4 months of it due to many domestic violence and rapes. I'm outraged that at least 400,000 rape kits are sitting untested in police stations and crime labs across the country. I dont' even think the words sexual assault or molested to be used. Rape is the only words that fits to me. So that is not my issue. I could actually take T.D Jakes or leave him, so that is not the issue for me at all. I'm looking forward to be entained for 1:40 and get a positive message delivered by black actors. The movie is not the soundtrack of the black community.Just A Story, my soul is not that weak or absorbent that i can't see it as just entertainment.

Ceej December 31, 2008 at 1:20 AM  

TD Fakes and Toilet Paper... a match made in heaven... NOT!

Yeah, the "forgive your rapist" tomes of WTAL made me wanna hurl. When that husband slapped his wife so hard she flew over the counter-top in that last TP movie, I walked out. The only thing sadder was the numerous Black folks cheering and laughing at her being beaten.

RainaHavock January 17, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

I know this is old but here's my view. First Tyler Perry I know people are talking about how Madea is stereotyping but let's be honest. She just like Mama Harper on the Mama's family who was also loud, rude, and took no ish from anybody. You have to admit that there are some women who act like that. We want people to think of us as individuals yet we want every apparence to be all prim and proper when we know it not to be true. We are so worried at how we appear to Whites when we shouldn't give a shit what they think because there not trying half as hard to please us. As for the punch in the face in TFTP it should have been her sister or mother instead of her husband to hit her because chick had it coming you got to admit that. I like the plays better than the movies personally. You have to admit that deep down when you get past all the stereotypes and things of that nature he does have some good points.
Next T.D Jakes. Now the move WTAL was about a woman facing her inner demons. From sexual abuse, to prostitution, drug use and prison. As sad as it is sometimes the people involved are never really punished. These are events that have happen. The mother will choose the man over her own child and the child suffers. That is a sad fact of life. We don't want to admit it but it is what it is.

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