Some people are just plain stupid. I was sent some Tweets by a wack job that I won't name. [I changed my mind as I wrote, he's named.] But I will include his nonsense to refute it.
This is a White, middle-aged man whining about Quentin Tarantino being called "racist."
"Calling Quentin Tarantino racist just because he uses 'n word' in scripts ignores the fact that he tends to favor black actors as his stars."
Yeah, like "Jackie Brown"? That is the only one with an African-American actress in the lead. Let's see, it's Pam Grier and it's Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Tucker. That's it for African-Americans in major roles in the film. They play opposite Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro and Robert Forster.
So 3 African-Americans to 4 Whites.
"Reservoir Dogs"? It stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Tarantino and Lawrence Tierney. That's 7 White leads. No African-American has a lead part.
Let's go to "Pulp Fiction." Leads: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Kietel, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Walken. That's 12 leads. Only two are African-American.
"Kill Bill I"? Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen and Julie Dreyfus. 7 leads only 1 African-American.
"Kill Bill 2"? Leads: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and Gordon Liu. 7 leads, only 1 African-American.
"Death Proof" leads: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poiter, Tracie Thorms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Zoe Bell. 9 leads. Rosario is more Latina than anything else and she's multi-racial. Ron (yeah, I am going to name him after all) said "black" and Rosario Dawson isn't Black (Voto-Latino in this article was your first clue). Poitier and Thorns are African-American. 9 leads and 2 are African-American.
"Inglorious Bastards" leads are: Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger and Melanie Laurent. All 8 are White.
The new film "Django Unchained"? Leads: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks and Don Johnson. 10 leads and only 3 are African-American.
There have been 67 lead roles in Tarantino's films so far. Of those 67, 12 have been for African-Americans.
"He tends to favor black actors as stars"?
The idiot who Tweeted that is Ron Brynaert. A wack job, to be sure.
And a White man who just made clear how uncomfortable he is with African-Americans. When there are 67 leads and only 12 were cast with African-Americans that's not 'favor'ing African-Americans. However, 12 sounds like a lot to Ron. That tells us we need to know about Ron.
But let's continue because he's really stupid.
He also Tweeted:
"Ron Brynaert @ronbryn Quentin Tarantino cast Jennifer Beals as lead female role in his "Four Rooms" segment and Paul Calderon in plum role but he's racist, now?"
"Four Rooms" is an anthology film where Mirimax tried to gather hot directors. Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin each direct a segment Quentin's segment is "The Man From Hollywood." Jennifer Beals is barely in that. All four segments take place in a hotel. They use characters from other segments. Jennifer has the lead in the second segment that's directed by Rockwell. He's the one who cast her. He was married to Beals at the time (the film came out in 1995, she was married to him from 1986 to 1996). She's a glorified extra in Quentin's segment. And he didn't cast her in the film, her then-husband did. (It wasn't the only film the two made while married.)
Here's more stupidity from Ron:
"Ron Brynaert @ronbryn Is there another white director in the history of cinema who gave plum roles to black actors in the majority of his films like Tarantino?"
I'm sure there are many who have cast as little African-Americans as Tarantino has (only 17.9% of the leads were African-American in Tarantino's films).
But why the 'white director'? Is he ignorant of African-American directors? Or is it just that we're supposed to be grateful that a White director done took us from da plantation and put us on da movie set? Is that it, Boss Ron? Is that what you be trying to tell us?
What a dumb ass.
Let's talk African-American film makers. Spike Lee. How about him for starters. How about Sidney Poitier? (It's a tie for me, between "Uptown Saturday Night" and "Let's Do It Again" for the best film directed by Poitier.) Or Oscar Micheaux. (If you're saying who, read my cousin's post from 2010 and the book posts "book 'em friday" and "Oscar Micheaux" that Rebecca and Marcia did.) You might also look at Spencer Williams work in the 40s. He was a film actor who started directing in the 40s and went on to TV fame in "Amos and Andy." What about Melvin Van Peebles? Ossie Davis? Euzhan Palcy? Tyler Perry? Michael Schultz?
In terms of White directors: Otto Preminger and Vincent Minelli are too who stand out for having done all Black movies back in the day. Sydney Lumet's filmograpy shows casting range. There are numerous ones. And I wish I could credit a friend of C.I's but I'm forgetting the guy's name.
Let's move on. The Twit Tweeted:
"31 Dec Ron Brynaert Ron Brynaert @ronbryn 2 lead female roles in "Death Proof" are played by Sydney Poitier's daughter and Rosario Dawson but Quentin Tarantino is smeared as racist?"
Dawson is Latina. She's multi-racial but she's Latina. That's why she started the voting group for Latinos. Duh. Buy a clue. And Ron's so White he misses that Tracie Thorns is African-American and she's in "Death Proof."
What an idiot. He just needs to shut up already. Truly.
His White hero got smacked around by Spike Lee and Katt Williams and Ronnie's in a White panic.
See, African-Americans, we just supposed to be grateful that Boss Ron let's us live in the same country. We just supposed to be grateful and we's never supposed to call out da White man on his racism. Didn't Spike and Katt know dat? Who done forgots to tells 'em?
Boss Ron, we mighty sorry we thought that in the land of the free we could actually criticize a White man for using the n-word over and over and over. And for treating a painful part of our history as a joke in his new movie. We didn't realize, Boss Ron, that being Black, we's not allowed to criticize. We sure won't be making dat mistake again, Boss Ron. You sho' 'nuff straightened us out.
What an idiot Ron Brynaert is. I keep waiting to hear he's been locked away in a mental asylum or he's taken his own life.
You're right, Ron, we should be thrilled that we're less than 18% of Tarantino's lead characters. Absolutely. But, thing is, Ron, I bet if you checked the box office, opening weekend box office, on any of his films, we made up a lot more than 18% of the audience. Young, African-American males attend opening weekend debuts of action films near religiously.
And at some point, Ron, maybe you can ask yourself what it is that we should feel grateful about? You praise Ving Rhames' portrayal of the 'best gang leader' you've ever seen. Well, maybe in the African-American community, we're thinking we deserve a little better than Blacksploitation roles.
Added January 5th. I've disabled comments on this post. I've also deleted all of them. That includes all the comments Dumb Ron left. I was fine with them being there. But he took to his Twitter feed to pretend he was threatened in the comments. Fine, all comments are now gone and no more will be allowed on this post.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"