Don’t weigh in on positive black shows if you only support ratchet TV
How “The Photograph” supporters made me reevaluate my take on African-American entertainment
This post was originally written on Medium on February 23, 2020.
OscarsSoWhite gets too much attention. While I understand the validity to the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, I just don’t care enough about the Academy Awards to really get outraged about it. Part of the reason is because most of the movies that win these awards are not of interest to me. The other part is I’ve often found that the African-American films and actors that do get the golden man revolve around slavery, violence and/or the white savior complex.
I go out of my way to support African-American films on other platforms that slide under the radar but turn out to be really good. They’re often drama-free, flesh out the characters, avoid tokenism and show black folks in a light that doesn’t look like a mainstream rap video with dialogue.
So when I see tweets like, “I’ve never watched black-ish but apparently I’m missing out because Tracy and Anthony have won this award 29 years in a row….#NAACPImageAward” and responses like, “That’s because they keep just giving them awards for no reason… there [sic] performances are not ground breaking,” I’m annoyed. Entirely too many of us still do not respect shows that pay homage to innovative projects that go outside of the box.