This Movie About A White Guy Pretending To Be A Black Woman Is So Tone-Deaf It Hurts

Where to even begin… um…

How about if you ever have the idea to make a movie about a WHITE MAN pretending to be a BLACK WOMAN on the radio (because mocking how other cultures speak like in blackface minstrel shows and Disney’s never going to see the light of day again Song of the South is soooo funny), just say no.

Let’s start there. Please. PLEASE just don’t do it!

But, unfortunately, a man named Jeremy Saville did. A man who is white. In 2019.

So! You know, on one hand, never doubt your dreams. And on the other hand, please at the very least follow some people on Black Twitter so that you can learn how not to be like Jeremy Saville and do something wildly racist and sexist like this.

Ok, wow. Wow, wow, wow….

Let’s break down this synopsis.

Reading this thing is like a gradual descent into a fever dream nightmare. It starts out okay…

“From Writer/Director Jeremy Saville, LOQUEESHA is the hilarious and heartwarming story of Joe, an astute and underachieving Detroit bartender who values truth above everything.”

And even sounds interesting maybe! 

“When Joe finds out he needs to pay for his gifted son’s private school education, he submits an audition to a local radio station for his own talk therapy show.”

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But then…

“After he’s rejected, he invents a larger-than-life black female personality named Loqueesha, who is hired sight unseen by the unwitting radio station owners.”

“As Loqueesha’s star rises, Joe is increasingly challenged with keeping her identity a secret, maintaining his own sense of self and grappling with the often bizarre perceptions of an audience who have absolutely no idea who they’re talking, or listening, to.”

And then comes the real kicker:

“With a diverse cast of breakthrough actors, LOQUEESHA takes viewers on an unexpected and thought-provoking journey that challenges society’s—and our own—conventional beliefs about identity and perception. Deftly navigating the prevalent themes of race and gender in our culture, LOQUEESHA reminds us that, in the end, our personal truth is all that matters. Well, that and a good laugh.”

This guy thinks he’s teaching us something‽‽

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WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS WRONG WITH THIS PERSON‽‽

Have you ever cringed harder? I cringed so hard my entire spine and both collarbones cracked and I’m currently in a full body cast dictating this article to a nurse.

I’ve been told I’ll heal eventually but due to neurological damage I will be stuck in the following loop my entire life:

 

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I mean this is basically blackface without the makeup and there’s a new person of color being killed by the police every week and our President is openly chummy with White supremacists. And half the country is passing laws regulating women’s bodies and access to healthcare for “religious reasons.”

Seems like a perfect time to make a movie mocking Black women and call it a lesson in civil rights, feminism and gender studies from a White dude.

His lesson?

“If you’re an honesty loving White dude who can’t afford $13,000 for your kid’s private school, pretend to be a Black woman because they’re at the top of the socioeconomic ladder and taking all of our high paying jobs.”

Or whatever the f**k is going on here because I honestly don’t  know what is happening or where I am or what is real.

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Anyway, as you might guess, the internet  basically primal screamed…

“WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU”

…in unison to the news of Loqueesha:

If there’s a silver lining here though, it’s that people have made the movie’s IMDb trivia page LIT AF:

Anyway, the film will probably be the darling of the alt-right and probably gross a billion dollars in one weekend so jokes on all of us.

2019, man. 2019.

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