Robert Downey Jr. is playing a Black soldier in the uncoming film Tropical Thunder, a comedy. However I don’t think some folks will be laughing.
This is a double edge sword for me. I like the acting work of Robert Downey Jr.
Yet I have serious reservation of him playing a Blackman.
It brings back memories of the old Blackface theater and film.
Which took money outta the pockets of Black actors and was degrading to Black folks all over the world.
And it’s not good for Black actors in Hollywood!
What is next? George Clooney playing Malcolm X?
Is this film gonna do record numbers and lead Robert Downey Jr to become the Al Jolson of the 21 century?
Hollywood should know better then that.
Ben Stiller said “People seemed to embrace it” at a test screening. And said it scored big with African-Americans.
Let’s see what happens. Will there be boycotts? Maybe.
As the folks at Warner Bros say. That’s all folks!