The Real Housewives of Civil RightsFebruary 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: betty shabazz, black history month, civil rights movement, coretta scott king, malcolm x, martin luther king, maya angelou, wayne brady, winnie mandela
The Real Housewives of Civil Rights
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this (’cause icons are not to be tampered with, right?) but I found this video funny and well done. I was struck by the fact it was done by an all-female, all-African American comedy troupe called Elite Delta Force 3. First off, the production values are really good as well as the characterizations. I also thought it was a sharp critique of reality show devices and situations, particularly The Real Housewives of Atlanta. My only quibble is that I thought the Marilyn Monroe character was misplaced. I didn’t think it was demeaning to the memories of Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Winnie Mandela, Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks (although the shot of her drinking from a flask was jolting). Indeed, by taking these historical, accomplished, complicated, iconic women and placing them in an extreme caricature, I would hope that it should make us (African Americans in particular and all communities in general) take a look at what we value in our entertainment. And it’s all the more a poignant statement if you know the real history of the lives of these icons, versus the fabricated stories perpetuated in the Real Housewives franchise.
So… what are your thoughts on the video?
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