Contrary to the song “Ni*** in Paris,” hip-hop moguls Jay-Z and Kanye West might not actually have their friends in Paris. Do you want to know why? Well, it’s obvious really. France would have stopped them for having too many black people, much like they did the hit romantic comedy Think Like A Man.
Yeah, you read right. Recently, French officials have allegedly decided not to screen the movie based off of Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, because of its “lack of diversity.” While the cast is primarily African-American, star Kevin Hart says in an interview with The Root that he would not describe the movie as a “black movie”:
“Think Like a Man is not a black movie. It has a black cast, but it’s not a black movie. Black people aren’t the only people that are going to go see this film and relate to it and enjoy it. It’s not full of black stereotypes, themes and only things that black people know about. It’s a universal film.”
Apparently a few French officials did not agree. The issue has been brought to light by Global Voices writer Fabienne Flessel, who says that “French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population.” Flessel also points out that many Tyler Perry movies, which would be considered “black movies” by most, are never released on French screens; they go straight to DVD.
The matter is quite surprising, seeing as France has the largest black population in Europe. But as history has taught us, being present does not necessarily mean being included. Seems like Jay and Kanye were right when they said “that sh*t cray.”Tags: Contoversy, France, movies, Race, Think Like A Man, tyler perry