Wednesday, June 18, 2008


You know I was watching Ferris Bueller the other day and I noticed a lot of weird $h!t in that film. At the age of 34, I am realizing that even though there is a lot of cool stuff from the 1980s that I adore, a lot of it was ridiculous.

For example, in the world of John Hughes movies, black people travel around the city in packs waiting to hear music blaring from a loudspeaker so they can do a syncopated dance number that they have practiced for months.

If you don't believe me, check out the video above and wait til about 0:57 seconds in. I don't even know if that is racist or not because on one hand, that group of black folks look like they are having a blast; but on the other hand, don't these people have jobs or families to go to?

Or maybe they are all one big family like the Osmonds or the Kardashians and they make money walking around as one big urban dance troupe.

Just a thought.



Erycka said...

I happen to think that Ferris Bueller is a funny, and while the somewhat spontaneous group black people dancing could be construed as rasist, it adds character to the movie. Lets face it, this wasn't the first and won't be the last movie to portray black as happy go lucky, ready to join the crowd people.

CA3 said...

You serious man? I can plainly see white people dancing to the Beatles in those scenes too. It's hard to consider anything there racist when the best dance performance had was undeniably held by the black dancers.

But let's be honest, it's better to be portray everyone as happy go lucky people, than as the currently preferred alternative.