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If art actually imitated life you’d see shows where men took care of their kids (that were good) and movies where threats to America were not always  people of color.  Unfortunately, warped perceptions rule the day in Hollywood and the folks at have pointed out some of the biggest stereotypes in movie-making.

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For example, who didn’t cringe at the end of Independence Day when the various nations around the world defeated the aliens and when they panned to an African nation they were jumping up down with spears? In was 1996 for crying out loud. Jeff Goldblum gave an extraterrestrial computer system a virus with a laptop computer and folks in Africa are celebrating with spears?

Apparently, this barren land is the closest thing the aliens could find to a major population center in Africa. That’s because for Hollywood, the entire continent hasn’t advanced much since Jesus was still around. The opening to Casino Royale, for instance, introduces us to Africa with the image of a bunch of black guys betting on a fight between a mongoose and a snake…

…In the same way that Hollywood needs to dumb down a novel to turn it into a hit film, they also dumb down Africa’s reality, because they assume that you’d be bored by a realistic portrayal of the continent (or you simply wouldn’t believe it). They do have things like poverty and corruption and giraffes in Africa, but they also have universities and industries and modern cities, like Nairobi…

The other stereotypes they address are the white people playing Asians (a la The Last Samurai) and all gay people having to die. Definitely makes you go “hmmmm?”


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