The history of the portrayal of African-Americans in movies and television is kind of jacked up. From D.W Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” to Basketball Wives the powers that be have had an enormous influence on how the masses perceive African-Americans to be. We are a number of things: lazy, incompetent, criminals, or uneducated. That is what Hollywood thinks of African-Americans for the most part. Look no further than movies like Soul Plane and television shows like basketball wives and bad girls club. When I first heard about George Lucas’ appearance on The Daily Show, I was not surprised when he said that most of Hollywood rejected the script for the movie “Red Tails.” It is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American servicemen during World War II.
Lucas spent 23 years trying to get the movie made, which he bankrolled out of his own pocket, but when it came time to put the movie out, he had trouble finding a major studio that would support the film. He explained on Monday's "The Daily Show," "I figured I could get the prints and ads paid for by the studios and that they would release it, and I showed it to all of them and they said, 'No, we don't know how to market a movie like this."
"It's an all-black movie. There's no major white roles in it at all," Lucas added. "It's one of the first all-black action pictures ever made. ... It's a reasonably expensive movie ... and they don't believe there's any foreign market for it, and that's 60 percent of their profit."
The movie studios rejected the movie they believe that a major motion picture with an all-black cast would not do well at the box office. For the life of me I cannot understand why Hollywood only wants to show African-Americans dunking a basketball or being social deviants. I guess that sells unlike the story of a group of African-Americans males who served the county during the war with courage and honor.
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