According to TheYBF.com, In an absolutely ridiculous move, France has decided to cancel the release of the major hit film Think Like A Man — due to the casts’ alleged “lack of diversity.” Tim Story’s blockbuster hit Think Like A Man has raked in over $73 million since its April 20th release.
But that means nothing to the french movie guild. While tons of French films and films from any country are produced year after year with “Black characters” that can be counted on one hand (if at all), France has decided that Think Like A Man DOES NOT promote diversity and has been banned. So the films with all white casts do promote diversity? Majority of films starring majority black casts never make it overseas. Because it is said that the people of those countries “will not relate and will not want to see that.” This also affects how black and other ethnicity are perceived globally if there’s never anything allowed to counteract negative stereotypes.
So how does it makes sense to ban a positive film starring a cast of minorities when the film could actually stimulate diversity in the future? Global Voices offered an answer saying, “Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population. Although the recent success of the movie Les Intouchables, which earned French African actor Omar Sy the Cesar award for Best Actor in 2012, caused great pride and hope among French nationals from Africa and the Caribbean, it was not to be the turning point for a deep and lasting change.” If it still doesn’t make sense, French blog People Bo Kay added (translated), “The French state has had a sociopolitical strategy which favors interracial relationships rather than valuing communities. In the comedy ‘Think like a Man’, the focus is on black couples.” It’s interesting to note that France also bans the release of Tyler Perry flicks.
“Black actor and producer Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even though he has been used to leading the US box-office, as with ‘Why did I get Married’ and ‘For Colored Girls’. The French society acts hypocritically, when it refuses to show movies from black producers who earn millions from conveying a positive message to the African diaspora through their films.” I can’t even begin to express how ridiculous this is! There is no reason to ban movies that potray black and interracial couples in a positive light! The racism is SO blatant! This proves that racism definitley still exists! How do you feel about this?