Happy Monday (Don’t slap me for that)!
The Queen was swamped all weekend and didn’t get a chance to post. Please forgive! So there’s lots to talk about over the Entenmann’s and coffee (Yay, hellkell put an order in–thanks oh fabulous one!).
Sorry for Sarah?
So at the end of my busy weekend the Queen kicked off his shoes (after making sure there was enough Febreze around to handle the funk), and watched Game Change on HBO. If you have Cable, I’d be very interested to hear y’alls opinions.
What I was most surprised by was my empathy for her plight. Don’t get me wrong–the thought of Sarah Palin as the Vice President (much less President) chills me to my soul. However, Julianne Moore’s portrayal was uncanny and had much pathos. And while I’m pretty sure that many of the viewers who lean far to the Right probably had a hard time acknowledging the subtleties of Ms. Moore’s interpretation, there were moments when I was actually moved by Sarah Palin, the person. While the producers focused on a very small part of the book, I really appreciated a chance to peer into–albeit dramatized–an insider look at a fascinating person during a momentous moment in American History.
What about you Miss Things? Do you think there is any reason to feel sorry for the former Governor of the great state of Alaska, dont’cha know?
The Trouble With Tyler
Some friends of the Queen (sounds like the name of a philanthropic organization) asked me to go see Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds this weekend. While I could honestly say I had too many things to do, I was secretly relieved that I didn’t have to tell them the real reason for declining their invitation: The fact is, that as a black man and artist, I don’t respond well to Tyler Perry productions.
Please don’t get me wrong: Not only am I in awe of Mr. Perry; I also think the man is FIIINE. He is, in my humble opinion, a genius. For a black man–hell, ANYONE–to go from homelessness to creating and running a major entertainment empire is no less than visionary. However that doesn’t mean I have to like the products that he puts out.
While I’ve finally come off of my elitist high horse–and accepted his franchise as art–I still see his aesthetic as promoting stereotypes. I feel he has failed at elevating the perception of blacks in Cinema and Theatre. I can’t deny that his pieces are engaging and at times insightful and very very funny. But in some ways I can’t help but feel that they set us back. I love the fact that he writes for black folk. I love the fact that he has shown that you can build an empire on the backs of a very specific community. I just hate the fact that I don’t believe that our community is educated or more diverse in thinking after coming from one of his works. In fact I think we become much more insular and segregated. And that hurts.
What do you Miss Things think of Tyler Perry and his enterprises? Now you white Miss Things: don’t be afraid to voice your REAL opinion. You’re among friends. Us Miss Things of Color won’t run you out of town on Amtrak.
Finally, the Queen is REALLY enjoying these daily conversations that we’ve been having, and wants to continue discussions that are relevant to you. Here’s a little poll to get some more feedback about the kinds of things you’d like to talk about. If you don’t see topics you are interested reflected in the poll contents, fill it in the space provided and/or let the Queen know in the Comments section. Thanks in advance for your FIERCE help!