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Debbie Schlussel: "Obsessed" = Blondingo--Beyonce's Race-Baiting White-sploitation
Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | 4/25/09

Posted on 04/26/2009 3:46:23 PM PDT by lewisglad

In this movie executive produced by Beyonce Knowles, her father/manager, Matthew Knowles, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Beyonce plays the Black wife of a Black investment executive. Her husband is relentlessly pursued and stalked by a hot, White (and crazy) blonde temp (Ali Larter). Although the husband never gives in to the White chick's pursuits, she frames him up to make it look as if he did, and he's in the doghouse with his wife.

And the Black couple is surrounded by a cadre of brainless and otherwise non-ideal human beings with gaping flaws. There is the lecherous, married White male co-worker (Jerry O'Connell) who can't believe the Black executive won't accept a little something on the side with the hot blonde--something he (the White guy) says he wants to do with her. Then, there is the world's most brainless White baby sitter, who gullibly lets the stalker White chick into the house to kidnap the baby. And don't forget the world's most brainless gay White male secretary, who ditzily gives the stalker White blonde the complete scoop on the Black couples' weekend plans, making it easier for her to stalk them. Even the White chick cop (Christine Lahti) isn't too bright. Yup, not a single White character in the movie who is sympathetic.

Sure, race is never mentioned in the movie. It doesn't have to be. Look at the movie poster and the colors they chose for the design, and the way the characters are juxtaposed. It's all about Black versus White, baby. I live in a mostly Black suburb of Detroit, and I saw the movie in a local theater with an entirely Black audience. I heard all assortment of racist comments about the White people and the White chick stalker, throughout the movie and afterward as I left.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: beyonce; blackfamily; debbieschlussel; hollywood; moviereview; racism; schlussel
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1 posted on 04/26/2009 3:46:23 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

TTIWWPOAL


2 posted on 04/26/2009 3:50:16 PM PDT by Perdogg (University of North Carolina - 2009 NCAA basketball champs)
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To: lewisglad

Wow, what a reach.


3 posted on 04/26/2009 3:50:33 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (...but, it was already impossible to say which was which.)
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To: lewisglad
I can't tell you how many times In my own neighborhood stores, I've been called racial epithets, like "bony-assed White bitch," for no reason whatsoever other than my skin tone.

Aside from, of course, her bony ass.

4 posted on 04/26/2009 3:51:14 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: lewisglad

5 posted on 04/26/2009 3:52:27 PM PDT by fso301
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To: lewisglad
it's the same with a lot of action movies --imagine scenes in which some high degree of cunning is called for, say hacking a computer or formulating a new DNA sequence:

MOST of the time if there's a black character, HE (sometimes she) will come up with the brilliant, day-saving solution, dazzling white (and asian) on-lookers; they're grateful, awestruck, and utterly non-comprehending of the trick involved.

6 posted on 04/26/2009 3:53:07 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Perdogg


7 posted on 04/26/2009 3:53:40 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: gaijin

I thought the asian characters were streretyoped as the techincal nerds?


8 posted on 04/26/2009 3:54:31 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad
The worst fear of many black women in America is that white women are stealing their men.

Wow! Who knew?

9 posted on 04/26/2009 3:54:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Chief Bottle Washer - No one likes my cooking.)
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To: lewisglad

Personally, I got bigger items on my Agenda to worry about some Hollywood flick.

Get over your self-imposed wedgie....ppppplllllzzz


10 posted on 04/26/2009 3:55:23 PM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: lewisglad

You know how this movie is giveaway fiction? The black couple is MARRIED.

Credulity has a LIMIT, you know?

Just keeping it real...!


11 posted on 04/26/2009 3:55:59 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: lewisglad

I never quite understood why Ali Larter plays such skanky roles.


12 posted on 04/26/2009 3:56:24 PM PDT by AIM-54
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To: mvpel

“I can’t tell you how many times In my own neighborhood stores, I’ve been called racial epithets, like “bony-assed White bitch,” for no reason whatsoever other than my skin tone.”

...and it was probably by her own black sisters and bros..frickin’ liar


13 posted on 04/26/2009 3:57:02 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: lewisglad
Racism is ugly, regardless of the source.
14 posted on 04/26/2009 3:57:07 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

I hope Ali Larter doesn’t continue in these type casted rolls. She has a lot of talent. She is beautiful and know she has a lot more to offer. Wish she would choose a really good story with real substance to it.


15 posted on 04/26/2009 3:57:11 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh - Truth, honesty and the American Way. Go Rush!!!)
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To: not2worry

It was #1 at the box office this weekend.


16 posted on 04/26/2009 3:57:57 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

I think I liked this movie better back when it was called, “Jungle Fever.”


17 posted on 04/26/2009 3:58:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: lewisglad

This must be a real stinker, look for it on cable in a month.


18 posted on 04/26/2009 3:58:08 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: Fundamentally Fair
Nope.

I attended a summer school semester at Prairie View A&M (black school north of Houston TX) during the year when the “blackplotation” movies like Shaft etc came out.

Like an Indian attending a 1950’s cowboy & Indian weatern. I was the target.

19 posted on 04/26/2009 3:58:15 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: AIM-54

That bothers me too. I don’t want to see her go down the same path as so many have in hollywood. She has more talent than that.


20 posted on 04/26/2009 3:58:29 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh - Truth, honesty and the American Way. Go Rush!!!)
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To: lewisglad

Debbie Schlussel went batshiate crazy several years ago. Why does she continue to have a following on FR? That’s an honest question, cause every time i read the exceprt of her articles in http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index it just gets crazier and crazier.

What’s the appeal?


21 posted on 04/26/2009 3:58:53 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: cubreporter; lewisglad

too late, Varsity Blues.


22 posted on 04/26/2009 3:59:02 PM PDT by Perdogg (University of North Carolina - 2009 NCAA basketball champs)
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To: mvpel

oops, thought that quote was Beyonce’s...I retract my comment!


23 posted on 04/26/2009 3:59:31 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: lewisglad

Good point, but that’s if there’s no black characters.

Whites + asian dude = asian guy will be jotting down calculus for fun, while all the girls laugh at and deride him.

Add a black guy into the mix, and the asian bro is permitted to be a “real person” —maybe he snowboards or something a bit brainless. And then the black guy is...a nuclear scientist, or a bioPhysicist, or something.


24 posted on 04/26/2009 4:00:00 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: JerseyHighlander

Makes us feel smart.


25 posted on 04/26/2009 4:01:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: lewisglad

Um.. ah.. Beyonce.. ah.. I’m sorry but I want a divorce. You see that Ali chick is much hotter than you are.. and she.. um, how can I put this delicately.. mmm.. her bony little ass looks much better than your big old floppy “can I have a second helping of that” booty.


26 posted on 04/26/2009 4:02:04 PM PDT by DCBurgess58
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To: cubreporter
I remember her; she was in "Resident Evil". I like the series:


27 posted on 04/26/2009 4:02:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: AIM-54
I never knew there WAS an Ali Larter.


28 posted on 04/26/2009 4:03:45 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: lewisglad

Still waiting to see how much DS got paid by The Watchmen to pan their movie, thus raising their box office that much more.


29 posted on 04/26/2009 4:08:53 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: lewisglad
I think it would be really funny if someone photoshopped the movie poster so that Beyonce's booty was ridiculously huge and moved the letters around so that OBSESSED becomes OBESE ASS (You'd have to create an A out of the black E).

LOLZ

30 posted on 04/26/2009 4:11:40 PM PDT by DCBurgess58
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To: JerseyHighlander
She's a conservative who doesn't like four things: RINOs, pan-Islamists, illegal aliens and liberal trash from Hollywood.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

31 posted on 04/26/2009 4:11:40 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: lewisglad
A century ago, a black man who looked at a white woman the wrong way would have been lynched in parts of this country. Now no one cares. Think Jungle Fever. The times have changed.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

32 posted on 04/26/2009 4:17:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: lewisglad

I think Debbie is going off the deep end - its fatal attraction rip off by the white writer of Star Trek 5 (the really bad one) that uses a black actor and actress as the husband and wife.

The twist is not so much racial its that instead of the lesson of fatal attraction - that men shouldn’t stray -its that when men stray the wife has to fight for her man.

This review expresses it better than I did

http://www.moviejungle.com/headlines/templates/templatemjnews3.aspx?articleid=2144&zoneid=1


33 posted on 04/26/2009 4:24:16 PM PDT by gondramB
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If you don't think it's racial, go watch the movie with a mostly black audience. I dare you. Maybe you won't think it's racial, but I guarantee you that a lot of folks in the theater will. Having occasionally seen similar films with raucous black audiences myself, Miss Schlussel's description rings very true...

I live in a mostly Black suburb of Detroit, and I saw the movie in a local theater with an entirely Black audience. I heard all assortment of racist comments about the White people and the White chick stalker, throughout the movie and afterward as I left.
34 posted on 04/26/2009 4:34:17 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: lewisglad

He’s ugly... what young, beautiful woman would obsess over that?


35 posted on 04/26/2009 4:38:52 PM PDT by Drea
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To: lewisglad

Fatal Ablacktion


36 posted on 04/26/2009 4:39:13 PM PDT by steve8714 (Iron Chef America - the palest of imitations)
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To: gondramB
Please. Imagine if the opposite had been the focus of the film; a white couple with a black female stalker.
37 posted on 04/26/2009 4:43:54 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Yes, ‘Obsessed’ is the Most Significant Film of the Decade
By John Ridley

In some other, alt Spock-with-a-beard universe, the new movie “Obsessed” would be as little as its producers wish it to be: an elongated, filmed catfight targeted toward young men who’ll willing hand over their hard earned pay in hopes of witnessing the female leads rip each others’ shirts off.

But we don’t live in an alt universe. We live in our universe. And in our universe, “Obsessed” is the most significant film of the decade.

It stars Idris Elba whose secretary, Ali Larter, overreacts to some mild on-the-job flirtation, and things escalate from there between Larter and Elba’s wife played by Beyoncé Knowles. A perfectly fine little bit of been there/done that “crazy woman goes crazy for some other woman’s man” programmer.

“Fatal Attraction” and “Play Misty for Me.”

But by accident or design — I’m guessing accident – “Obsessed” carries the most social-political wallop entertainment’s had to offer since the Obama and Clinton stand-ins got into a tussle on WWE.

First, Elba and Knowles play a middle-class, happy-but-bored married couple who are feeling the stress of raising their first child ... And they just happen to be black.

What?

How’d all that get past the fake liberal studio execs who rarely if ever portray middle-class black families in lead roles in films?

And the black man’s got a white person working for him. And she’s a she. And she’s hot for the black man, all of which is a flip on a grip of social fears that have been pervasive on film going back to “Birth of a Nation.”

And to protect her family, the black wife of the black man — SPOILER ALERT … unless you’ve seen the trailer — kicks the crazy white woman’s pale backside. That makes the film the biggest black woman’s wish fulfillment revenge fantasy that doesn’t star Tyler Perry in drag ever!

And while the text of the movie is clear, it’s the subtext that is even more powerful. I can’t help but read Elba as President Obama, Larter as a crazy tea-bagger and Knowles as Michelle Obama come around with those cut guns she’s always sporting ready to dump that tea-bagging you-know-what back in Boston Harbor.

I’m sorry, but “Obsessed” is a movie that challenges. Ironically, more so than the other major film it opens against: “The Soloist.”

Despite the considerable talents of the its two leads - Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. — that film looks like the umpteenth telling of the liberal white (although in real life the character he portrays was Hispanic, Downey Jr. has proven he can play any ethnicity) whose life is changed by yet another version of the “magical black man.”

Far too saccharine and on-the-nose for me. I’ll take social commentary wrapped in the artifice of sexy salt-and-pepper, girl-on-girl action any day.

http://www.thewrap.com/blog-entry/2659


38 posted on 04/26/2009 4:44:50 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: gondramB
The twist is not so much racial its that instead of the lesson of fatal attraction - that men shouldn’t stray -its that when men stray the wife has to fight for her man.

************************

From the article:

"Although the husband never gives in to the White chick's pursuits, she frames him up to make it look as if he did, and he's in the doghouse with his wife."

39 posted on 04/26/2009 4:45:45 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

I thought Beyonce was white


40 posted on 04/26/2009 4:46:41 PM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I’m not sure what that has to do with this movie review.


41 posted on 04/26/2009 4:47:23 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (...but, it was already impossible to say which was which.)
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To: goldstategop

Or reason and substance.


42 posted on 04/26/2009 4:47:40 PM PDT by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: lewisglad

Can we call a moratorium from Debbie Schlussel columns? Seriously, she’s a conservative Ted Rall. She’s not doing us any favors, folks.


43 posted on 04/26/2009 4:50:25 PM PDT by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: AIM-54

Cash is king.


44 posted on 04/26/2009 5:07:09 PM PDT by steve8714 (Iron Chef America - the palest of imitations)
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To: Ace of Spades

I like her ~because~ she is judgemental on the pop culture, and cultural issues (so rare for a Conservative, even to take a “pro-morality”) stance on things that effect our culture these days..I’d say a ‘breath of fresh air’!


45 posted on 04/26/2009 5:12:19 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Obama yo 'mama', Uncle Sam yo 'baby daddy'!; (The new cry of the Obama generation)!)
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To: lewisglad

Not my kind of flick, but sounds like a rerun of the Life and Times of Kobe Bryant.


46 posted on 04/26/2009 5:16:55 PM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: gaijin
"You know how this movie is giveaway fiction? The black couple is MARRIED."

Whooo-hooo---somebody is due to report to the nearest "re-education" center for sensitivity training!

47 posted on 04/26/2009 5:21:03 PM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: smokingfrog

“he worst fear of many black women in America is that white women are stealing their men.”

But of course, unless those men are committed to those ladies, they are not “theirs.” All males and females have a right to choose their own mates, without someone else feeling they have a claim on them. And even more specifically, even when people are securely attached and/or married, the other person still doesn’t “belong” to them. We may be committed to someone else, but we never OWN that person.

On the other hand, I’ve also heard that many beautiful, smart, together black ladies have been looking for intelligent white men. It seems not to be about that phony thing race, but about, as another survey we read about recently, finding people we are comfortable with because of something we have in common.


48 posted on 04/26/2009 5:28:40 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: trisham

>>Please. Imagine if the opposite had been the focus of the film; a white couple with a black female stalker.<<

I remember with Rising Sun - the author (Michael Crichton) didn’t want a black actor because then people would assume it was a racial movie - but that was 14 years ago - these day it can go either way - it can be a racial statement or it can be a black actor playing a mainstream part.


49 posted on 04/26/2009 5:29:22 PM PDT by gondramB
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To: lewisglad

Don’t you hate it when the producers hire kidnappers and force you to go to their movies?


50 posted on 04/26/2009 5:34:06 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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