Friday, October 29, 2010

#261. Dying First in Film

 There exists an unwritten rule in cinema: The Black character always dies first in the movie. Whether the film is action, drama, a love story or a psychological thriller, the Black character always dies first.

In the horror genre, this rule is normally pursued vigorously, as the Black person in the movie is of minor concern to the overall plot of the story. Having the antagonist of the film quickly kill off the Black person is a constructive way to make the viewer automatically lose all sympathy toward the villain.

The preponderance of Magical Negroes in film has assured the conditioning of movie-goers into believing all Black characters possess the innate ability to impact the hero/heroine positively, thus the sudden decimation of the Black character is grounds for instantaneous animosity toward the movie monster.

Black characters provide comic relief, for their all-too-brief time on the screen. Appearing to deliver a few stereotypical Black lines and enhance the compulsory diversity to the film, the Black character is the most easily disposable.

The demise of the Black character is highly memorable; normally the introducing the bad guy of the film in a most gory manner and helping setting the stage for the carnage that will inevitably ensue.

So in manner of speaking, the Black character is incredibly important to the overall film, their death signifying to the viewer that the movie is beginning to enter the actual noteworthy moments of the narrative.

Black Horror Movies (Blackhorrormovies.com) is Web site devoted to tracking and educating people on this cinematic phenomenon:

"No way. I've seen this movie. The black dude dies first."
-Professor Harry Phineas Block (Orlando Jones), Evolution 
"Ooh, I'm done! Brothers never make it out of situations like this!"
-Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J), Deep Blue Sea

 
"Did you know that the black guy doesn't always die first?"
-sinister email, The Mangler 2
"Everybody knows black guys get it first in horror movies. It's like Horror Films 101."
-Elvis (Raymond Novarro Smith), Bloody Murder 2

So you're watching a horror movie when he comes on screen. He could be a jock, a nerd, or a smelter in a haunted copper factory, but you just know he's gonna wind up on the short end of the meat hook. Why? Because he's black. You feel guilty for thinking it, but this scenario is so recognizable that it's become a joke. In fright films, being black has become as much a kiss of death as having sex, doing drugs, or saying, "Is anyone there?"
The theatrical device of killing off the Black character has become a crutch that writers and directors have used for far too long, ruining many films from having more Magical Negroes to help navigate the main characters safely through the film and into the inevitable sequel. Black people even recognize the danger they face in film recognizing the patterns that have emerged of Black characters meeting a grisly fate.

How many potential Fictional Black History Month Heroes have been unfairly snuffed out early in a film thanks to the strict and rigid application of this unwritten rule?

The illustrious list of Black thespians who have died in films is long and distinguished but demonstrates the sheer disposability of the characters they played.

Integral to the story only because of the significance their death entails, Black characters are begrudgingly one-dimensional and undeveloped. It is only in the pleas for help and agonizing final seconds of their screen time that the viewer feels any emotion for them.

In horror films, Black actors need only two things: Their Blackness and the ability to die. Some Black characters do survive films, but these brave and lucky souls are the exception to the unwritten rule.

Sadly, there is no truth to the rumor that Black people being loud at movies began when they would attempt to implore the Black character about to meet a grim ending to "go the other away" or "look out behind you."

The moral of the story is that Black characters are incredibly unimportant to the movies success, with only a handful of bankable Black stars in Hollywood that can be called upon to carry a film to profitability.

Easily disposable, the Black character’s involvement in film is a mere formality that eerily mirrors real-life Black people’s existence. Life is cheap in the proverbial ghetto, where Black-on-Black crime is shockingly more prevalent then the Black character dying first in a movie.

Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes dying first in film. Is this unwritten rule a parody of Black life in the ghetto, an acknowledgment by Hollywood of the propensity for Black people to be deplorably denied a full and rich life by Black hands or is it just a re-occurring theme because the Black character has so little impact on the overall story?









40 comments:

Anonymous said...

SBPDL,

Whites don't like watching films with black lead or primary characters. So, as a purely economic move Hollywood films rarely violate that rule. So, odds are most of the one dimensional ancillary characters will likely by black, and since those characters die first, the black character dies first.

It more coincidence than outward racism on the part of movie producers. the white audience is a different story all together. Early on it was done to pander to the taste of white America. Now it is more a method of comic relief, as seen in the movie "Scream"

Some of my favorite films have predominately or all white casts and I'm able to appreciate them all the same. I credit that more to the fact that I don't have a stick up my ass, than any views I might have on the issues of race.

On a lighter note, that scene with Samuel Jackson being eaten by a shark was one of the funniest death scenes on film.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

If I learned anything from Hollywood is that hanging out with white people is bad for your health. Especially if it involves a Kodiak Bear.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

"Whites don't like watching films with black lead or primary characters."

Right, that's why Will Smith movies make hundreds of millions of dollars, you fucking tool.

Miss Ann said...

"If I learned anything from Hollywood is that hanging out with white people is bad for your health."

And yet, here you are! Hanging out with White people.

Groids + logic = ummmm, no.

Anonymous said...

I think the only movie that has a black person stay alive til the end and be the main character is Alien vs. Predator. That movie is one of my favs, but not because of the fact I just gave you. I enjoy the series overall. The last installment was great.Look forward to more like that.

Honest Crusader

Anonymous said...

"Right, that's why Will Smith movies make hundreds of millions of dollars, you fucking tool."

Will Smith is one token black. I was speaking in general terms. Unless he stars in the hundreds of films that are put out every year I fail to see your point. For every one Will Smith movie put out there are dozens put out with B and D list white leads.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

Miss Ann,

You actually count this as "hanging out"?

That's a sign of a lonely shut in, a person that doesn't get sarcasm, or both

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

"Will Smith is one token black. I was speaking in general terms."

Right. So you posted an easily refuted statement in order to make your case. Brilliant.
(And just for the record, your quote "Whites don't like watching films with black lead or primary characters" carefully avoids the use of the word "generally", which makes it an absolute.)

In general terms, whites avoid black movies because black movies suck. The race of the lead character notwithstanding, black movies tend to be amateurish and low-budget, they usually have an element of anti-white racism, and they usually are intended to appeal specifically to a lowest common denominator black teen audience.

Anonymous said...

"Right. So you posted an easily refuted statement in order to make your case. Brilliant.
(And just for the record, your quote "Whites don't like watching films with black lead or primary characters" carefully avoids the use of the word "generally", which makes it an absolute.)"

"In general terms, whites avoid black movies because black movies suck. The race of the lead character notwithstanding, black movies tend to be amateurish and low-budget, they usually have an element of anti-white racism, and they usually are intended to appeal specifically to a lowest common denominator black teen audience."

I'm not shying away from the premise that all whites have some disdain for non-whites and absolute hatred of black people. I have to admit such a blanket statement doesn't always apply to entertainment. There are many white people who will go to a Will Smith movie on opening night, and never allow a black person to step front in their home.

I have to agree with you that black movies are god awful cliched messes. The film "Soul Plane" immediately comes to mind. I couldn't get through the first 15 minutes of that abortion. Once Tom Arnold came on screen as the token nerdy white guy, I was done.

-Black guy

Fayette White Guy said...

"Night of the Demons" is one of the few horror films I can recall where the black guy is a hero.

Anonymous said...

"In general terms, whites avoid black movies because black movies suck."

And please don't forget that blacks are keepin' it real and "black first", so most black movies have black themes that whites are not interested in, like ghetto living, gang drama, baby mamas, welfare, black funerals and church scenes. There is always some heavy soppy black life lesson in these movies, the actors are overly dramatic and the writing is bad.

Most whites do not care about black issues enough to sit through a movie. You could not pay me enough to see a Tyler Perry film, and I avoid the theater on those opening nights for obvious reasons.

OK Black Guy, hit me with it. Tell me how wrong I am because I don't know any blacks except for at work and how much you don't like white people.

TMI

Miss Ann said...

"That's a sign of a lonely shut in, a person that doesn't get sarcasm, or both"

I'm a shut-in. Yay! Life is good, life is easy. Now that I no longer have to leave my home I can divorce my husband and spit out bastard child after bastard child.

I plan to watch hour after hour Groid TV while consuming mass quantities of chicken and grape drank.

I'm sure some hard-working groids will now step up to the plate and volunteer to pay MY bills for change, yes?

;-}

P.S. Sarcasm, I dun beez axing u, what dat meens?

Anonymous said...

Miss Ann, your attempts at humor are excruciating.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not shying away from the premise that all whites have some disdain for non-whites and absolute hatred of black people"

Yes, while you conveniently ignore the astronomical rate at which blacks commit vicious acts of violence, rape and murder against whites, you piece of shit.

http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-lafayette/federal-statistics-of-black-on-white-violence-with-links-and-mathematical-extrapolation-formulas

Anonymous said...

Hey, leave Black Guy alone you assholes. He's a long-time participant on this blog, and in his comments he tries to be honest and insightful. If all black people were like Black Guy, there would be no need for this blog to exist.

Anonymous said...

"Hey, leave Black Guy alone you assholes. He's a long-time participant on this blog, and in his comments he tries to be honest and insightful. If all black people were like Black Guy, there would be no need for this blog to exist"

So now we're not supposed to reply to comments that try to be "honest and insightful"??

Is that your way of patting Black Guy on the head, and calling him a "good negro"??

Here's an idea...

Fuck You.

Desiree said...

"Whites don't like watching films with black lead or primary characters. So, as a purely economic move Hollywood films rarely violate that rule. So, odds are most of the one dimensional ancillary characters will likely by black, and since those characters die first, the black character dies first."

Hey, I was going to say that! Great point, Black guy; if no one gets it, well... we are talking to myopic whitey, anyway. You bring it on a real tip and they call you a tool. SMH.


SBPDL:

What happened to 10-10-10? I specifically remember the threat you had made a while ago before that sort of monumental day of 'Revelations'-like revelations that some shit regarding this doozy of a site was going to hit the fan and kill all of the so-called 'niggers' in America and a new day was going to arise for the White Man and his beautiful White Woman.

What the hell happened? I'm flaccid, man; I'm flaccid!

BTW, I have come to the uneasy conclusion that you are obsessed with black people and you may want to possess the 'natural swag' many a black man possesses, which includes hypnotizing white wimmens. In a nutshell, you want to be black.

Deny all you want but this level of dedication is indicative of a sort of Freudian response to your shameful, internalized desires. I understand. You may cry on my shoulder.

Happy Halloween, Saltines! :">

Anonymous said...

TMI,

"And please don't forget that blacks are keepin' it real and "black first", so most black movies have black themes that whites are not interested in, like ghetto living, gang drama, baby mamas, welfare, black funerals and church scenes. There is always some heavy soppy black life lesson in these movies, the actors are overly dramatic and the writing is bad"

I believe the original arguement posed in this particular post was black characters being interjected in films were it doesn't make overall sense. Black police captains, judges, token "best friends", magical negroes, etc.. If I hear "You're a loose cannon!", "I'm tired of covering for your ass!", or I ain't taking my black ass in there! from some one dimensional cliched black dude I'm going to jump off a cliff. All that being said black movies are awful, but just like rap music is largely geared to white suburban youth. Black movies are green lit by largely a largely white controlled movie industry, and therefore also geared towards white audiences DWLs and otherwise.


"Most whites do not care about black issues enough to sit through a movie. You could not pay me enough to see a Tyler Perry film, and I avoid the theater on those opening nights for obvious reasons."


Most people black and white go to movies for escape and entertainment. That's why most of us watch "Saving Private Ryan" on cable, and shell out 12 bucks for "Transformers"

You're right about two things. White people don't care about blacks and Tyler Perry movies are awful.


You're not wrong at all. We are in total agreement in this case. The only thing we seem to have a difference in opinion is the role Capitalism plays in all of this. Hollywood sells a fantasy. That's how they make money. Everyone is typecast into a stereotype. Blacks are all on welfare and white people are nice.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

"BTW, I have come to the uneasy conclusion that you are obsessed with black people"

Just like a broken record...

Repeat...

Repeat...

Repeat...

Anonymous said...

Now unlike Black Guy, Desiree epitomizes everything wrong with black people today. Ignorant, uneducated, and racist: these words epitomize the bitch. You're flaccid, Desiree? Do you know what that word means? Here's a hint: it applies to all the men within a 20 meter radius of you.

If all black people were like Desiree, they wouldn't even be fit for slavery; they would all have to be placed in the zoo.

laz said...

"Now unlike Black Guy, Desiree epitomizes everything wrong with black people today. Ignorant, uneducated, and racist: these words epitomize the bitch. You're flaccid, Desiree? Do you know what that word means? Here's a hint: it applies to all the men within a 20 meter radius of you."

That's the problem: she just educated enough to be dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Weak post.
In reality, it is exactly the opposite today.

Blacks are always the good people in the movies, followed by women.

Hollywood is the realm of leftism and feminism.

The black character is always more calm, more reasonable, more intelligent. The females can say lines really offensive to white males, with exteme arrogance.

A female character can use any amount of violence (verbal of physical) she wants towards a white male character, without cause or justification, exactly as in the reality.

Bad guys are always white males, of they are portraied as without morals or courage, or just plain stupid.

This is true for movies, for TV shows as well, for commercials, and for modern comics too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Desiree, have you had a chance to formulate your comment on the several points of dysfunction in the black community yet??? You are all worried about 10-10-10, but we are still waiting to know why blacks are fucking up the planet. We want specifics please.

Thank you for your quick reply.

Anonymous said...

"In reality, it is exactly the opposite today.

Blacks are always the good people in the movies, followed by women."

I agree.

The black-first-to-be-killed element ended years ago.

Desiree said...

LOL, Anonymous. That was funny.

I was merely asking SBPDL a question as to what happened to his 10-10-10 prophecy, that's all. I'm sorry you took offense.

Yes, I do know what 'flaccid' means and one does not necessarily have to use it in a sexual way. I am mentally flaccid at the lack of fruition of the 10-10-10 prophecy.

There is no good reason for you to attack me; I'm sure, given the fact I have been gawked at and grabbed and the like by male simians, of all races by the way, I am doing fairly well for myself, at least if I was to gauge that type of response by those men as an indicator of physical attractiveness (<-- woman's burden).

What I do not understand is how you can call me racist and in the next paragraph you resort to the 'blah' of associating black people with animals.

Also, although I realize my anecdotes cannot be proven or disproved, nearly all, save one, of my friends are white. So... yeah.

And haven't you, Anonymous, heard of the saying, 'If you put out shit, you get back flies'? Well, I find SBPDL's blog to be racist, thus, my nearly autonomic response is to diss "Whitey".

You need to lighten up. Black guy is liked because he is a separatist and white nationalists, in some way, like black separatists. I am not one, which is why my response to SBPDL's obsession with black people is annoyance, sometimes revulsion.

But I do like white people. They are sweet... but I should be honest: one of my white friends is fully aware of white privilege and she knows that since she is white, all she can do is listen, not judge. Something many of you should learn to do. She's a 50-something mother and has lived.

If you'd like to put me in a zoo that is fine. I like animals. They too are sweet...

By the way, do you know all black people to make such a sweeping generalization? I know I joke about pedos and the problems with them in the white community, but I do realize that, in spite of the proliferation and peculiar abundance (Barrie, Carroll, ancient Greece, Netherlands, Martijn, NAMBLA...), most white people don't like pedos, God bless them. This is the same with most blacks and 'crime'.

I wish you'd be honest... Happy Halloween, Saltine. :">

Desiree said...

Anon 8:28AM

Hahaha, you slay me! I was never worried about 10-10-10; on the contrary, I was quite excited to see what SBPDL was going to unveil, although I knew it was not going to be anything big.

'Big' would have been a video of him talking about black people, so I can see what he looks like. That would probably cause me to doo doo in my pajama bottoms from excitement!

As for blacks 'fucking up' the planet, I think you are a little ambitious: black people might be able to 'fuck up' your neighborhood but I don't think black people possess the power to 'fuck up' the 'planet'.

What is 'planet' to you? If your notion of planet is similar to mine, I would have to give that glorious prize of 'fucking up' Earth to the West, which is run chiefly by whites and their corporations (don't even bring up Obama because he's been in office for 2 years; Earth's gang-rape by the West had been in full swing for centuries before he was christened 'Prez').

So... yeah...

By the way, why is the onus of explanation as to why black people are 'fucking up' the 'planet' (yeah right) on me? It is my view blacks are doing no such thing. I think SBPDL might be able to answer that one better than me, since that seems to be the ultimate thesis of his blog.

Actually, I would love a 10-point list by SBPDL of why black people (or, as some call us, 'niggers') are so damned deadly. I would be most pleased.

Lay it on us, boo! :">

Hirsch said...

Some good horror movies that contradict this rule are the original "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," (1979) and "Day of the Dead." In all three instances the black lead either dies last, or doesn't die at all.

Stephen King certainly seems to have a penchant for magic negroes in his fiction, both horror and otherwise: "The Shining," "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile," "The Stand," and "The Dark Tower."

On a tangent, I wish Morgan Freeman would get back to playing villains. Anyone remember "Street Smart," with Christopher Reeves? Freeman played a pimp and a scumbag, but it was a much meatier role than extolling the virtues of white people in voice-over (a la "Bucket List," and "Shawshank).

Anonymous said...

Desiree,

You have a better chance of winning the lottery while being struck by lightening, than to ever have a true white friend. The views expressed here are not aberrations. This is their true nature.

So, remember, that token black kid hanging at the mall with his or her white "pals",the token black family being "tolerated" by their white neighbors, or the black dude with his fat white gal. They owe everything to the fact that most black people will stay to their own, whether by choice or design.

We are the only people who will truly accept you as friend or family. Don't ever forget that.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

"You have a better chance of winning the lottery while being struck by lightening, than to ever have a true white friend."

Translation:
A black people is more likely to murder, rob or rape a white person than to befriend them.

http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-lafayette/federal-statistics-of-black-on-white-violence-with-links-and-mathematical-extrapolation-formulas

Anonymous said...

Correction: "A black person"...

Anonymous said...

Desiree:

" I am mentally flaccid at the lack of fruition of the 10-10-10 prophecy."
You are mentally flaccid, period.

"What I do not understand is how you can call me racist and in the next paragraph you resort to the 'blah' of associating black people with animals."
Nobody associated black people with animals. Somebody associated YOU with animals.

"Well, I find SBPDL's blog to be racist, thus, my nearly autonomic response is to diss "Whitey"."
So racism justifies racism? Then my nearly "autonomic" response to your racisim is to diss "Darkie."

"she knows that since she is white, all she can do is listen, not judge."
So skin color determines whether one is allowed to have opinions? You filthy racist.

"If you'd like to put me in a zoo that is fine."
...

" wish you'd be honest... Happy Halloween, Saltine. :">"
Up yours, fudgesicle.

Anonymous said...

"You have a better chance of winning the lottery while being struck by lightening, than to ever have a true white friend. The views expressed here are not aberrations. This is their true nature."

This is hilarious black guy. You are just mesmerized by the fact that your fellow white followers enjoy and cherish your company. You sound like the fake kid at school who doesn't act like himself so he can fit in with the cool white kids. I guess you've always been like that.

Now I know why you cherish this blog so much. But I guess I should stop, but then again, all I have to say is that the whites on here could care less about you and Desiree. What they want to do is start a revolution that will put as all into a zoo and they'll be our keepers like they were on the plantations.

Good luck with that plan fellow white commentators.

Honest Crusader

Anonymous said...

when i choose to watch tv, i scan through the channels. if the show, even if i enjoyed in the past now has a NIC, i skip it and move on. NCIS, was a good example. the reason that "friends" was such a hit, and the reason that most of us tuned in, was there were no "black actors" in it. i choose to live a nig-free life, and if that means driving for an hour to and from work, then so be it.

Anonymous said...

"We are the only people who will truly accept you as friend or family. Don't ever forget that."

Whatever. Black are the most racist and self-hating people on the planet. Blacks steal from each other, kill each other, and try to keep each other down. Look at black on black crime rates. Blacks will call each other names like Uncle Tom, "funny actin'", and Sellout when a black tries to get too uppity. Have you seen Precious? It is a more real account of the black family.

It is very true that black people will accept the crudest behavior from their black relatives. Black grandbaby-boy can go to jail 4 times, father 6 illegitimate kids, beat his baby mommas, steal from grandma's purse and remain jobless and STILL, his black momma will love her baby. We have all seen her on the evening news.

Blacks are the #1 reason that black dysfunction will not end anytime soon. Blacks make a huge effort to live in denial, but still know the deep rooted nature of their fellow black brethren and will go to the grave defending them, especially family members. "Yes, they are black thugs/murderers/rapists/criminals, but they are OUR black thugs/murderers/rapists/criminals, so let us have them back and deal with them in our way...". We have all heard this before.

The black culture coddles and protects the criminal element of their collective without flinching. It is part of their heritage. White people's laws do not apply to them.

Desiree said...

Black Guy:

No, I agree with you. I prefer to hang out with black people or those of mixed race but, currently, all of my friends are white.

Funny though, because as a youth, my relationships with white friends weren't as successful as the ones I had with black friends.

"We are the only people who will truly accept you as friend or family. Don't ever forget that."

I will never forget it! Experience is the best teacher. But I will quickly ignore my lessons learned and say:

Hi, Hirsch! :-D

Anonymous said...

Black denial is a very, very powerful thing. It is what has kept blacks on the verge of destruction since at least 1960, and is passed down as a legacy from generation to generation of blacks. You can always count on the black voices on this blog and everywhere else to spew victimology, hatred for our white society and its rules, and pure contempt for the country which feeds them now, and freed them from the shackles of slavery. They have yet not learned how to get along.

Blacks are true self-haters, hate each other, and will never be able to be successful in American society because of their inability to work for the common good. Blacks are only interested in helping themselves.

Please read more here:

The Empty Black Suit
http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/011380.html

and here:

Race and IQ
http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/001132.html

Anonymous said...

even if i enjoyed in the past now has a NIC, i skip it and move on. NCIS,

Do you know why this happened? Jesse Jackson and PUSH found out who was to be cast in a movie. If it was all white - Jackson would sue and make millions. The movie or TV show producers would either settle out of court and pay off Jackson than risk bad publicity. That started in the late 80s. So know rather than risk a law suit. That is why you have blacks in medieval England and ancient Greece. Now the law suits involve content. If the black is a character as anything other than leadership or power - its racist and discreminatory. More and more people are not watching these shows because of exactly the stupid decision they have made - to put a NIC.

Martin from Sweden said...

I think this blog is hilarious. Everyone seems to be racist around here. Wich, of course, is the entire problem.

STOP JUDGING PEOPLE BY COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN. For **** sake.

I assume most of you are american. It's a free country. If you don't like a tv show or a movie, make your own.

And what is it with this "black and proud" thing? It's not that you've decided to be black. It's like i'd go around and proclaim "YEAH IM FROM STOCKHOLM AND I'M PROUD OVER IT!". Nothing to be proud of, since you havn't really done anything. But still, of course, you shouldn't be neglecting yourself and go around feeling bad over something you have no control over.

Use your common sense. Hollywood produces movies to a certain group of people. Stereotyping will make the group connect with the movie.

There will always be blacks, whites, yellows, browns and all kinds of people. Start accepting it and stop hate things you have no control over.

Anonymous said...

"STOP JUDGING PEOPLE BY COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN."

Ignore the violent crime rate of black males at your own peril.

Anonymous said...

This blog is funny as hell. There is plenty of ignorance on here on both sides. But really I think SBDL places wayyyy too much into the blog, but if they are getting hits I guess its ok for them. Its like poking at a sleeping bear just for the fun of it, good stuff. Now on this topic I dont know where the science of the moive plot comes from but I do know it happens too often to be an acident. The comentor on operation PUSH and the law suit sounds like that might actually have happend... now let me type in crayon.

To all the Turtle necks and black leather jackets: this site is pure entertainment dont get too stressed. power to the people black power.

To all the NIC haters, be easy this site isnt that important just have fun wiith it. some NIC is giving your daughter some sweet chocolatey goodness.