The New York Times thinks all Black people look alike

Well, not all Black people.  But this is a perfect example of why the stereotype still persists.  Writing about the new movie Obsessed, Stephen Holden said the following:

The movie’s most disturbing aspect, of which the filmmakers could not have been unaware, is the physical resemblance between Mr. Elba and Ms. Larter to O. J. and Nicole Brown Simpson.   It lends “Obsessed” a distasteful taint of exploitation.

The problem, of course, is the fact that Idris Elba and O.J. Simpson look nothing alike, save for one obvious similarity. They have different shaped heads, different facial structures, different features, different skin tones.  They just both happen to be Black.  And Ali Larter and Nicole Brown Simpson just both happen to be blond white women.

The only thing distasteful here is how the sight of a Black man on screen with a white woman still makes white people crazy enough to write stupid shit like this.

1 Response to “The New York Times thinks all Black people look alike”

  1. 1 Rob Apr 28th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I can relate. I work with a lot of black folk who always confuse me with another white guy. What up Dave? No I am Rob. I guess it’s because we look so much alike. I am 6’3″ with blond hair and Dave is 5’10″ with red hair. Oh that must be it.

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