The Big News is the Old News, Back in Black

This year has seen two media surprises…

Neither of these is a surprise to Reality Dispatch, but both surprised the media.

The Movie

Everyone has heard of “Black Panther.”  Which has set a slew of box office records.  To be fair, Black Panther is not the first black super-hero movie… we’ve seen

The Meteor Man was both entertaining and about real black life, despite involving super powers.

Spawn was sort of an anti-hero hero, about a morally-nebulous character sent to hell who comes back with a different agenda than the devil, analogous to Ghost Rider. Which may be the only movie to get a better rating on Rotten Tomatos.  It was better then than it is now.  But, in Spawn, the character’s ethnicity is irrelevant.

That’s true of Hancock and Blade also; the protagonist or hero is black, but that isn’t really central to the character.

And there are several black heroes in the Marvel universe, who just aren’t the title characters.

However, these don’t “count” for the woke snowflake set, because the hero in each (excepting The Meteor Man), while technically black, was, well, a normal American.  Which wasn’t quite “black” enough to be a black super-hero.

What made Black Panther great was the movie making and story telling, but what made it sufficiently black is the creation of a (fictitious) African culture celebrating the depth and strengths formed from a montage of real African cultures and history.

That’s pretty cool.

What made it appealing enough to do well is what it isn’t.  It isn’t crass.  There are no cuss-words in Black Panther.  Nobody is called by a racial or gender-based slur.  In other words, Black Panther is a celebration of an African black culture, not an American-urban black culture.  The words used in rap and hip-hop songs to describe or label black men, or women… words that are unacceptable when uttered by white people… are not in this movie (Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture).

Similarly…

The SitCom

Roseanne was a sitcom from the 80’s, by Roseanne Barr.  It featured a normal blue collar family in Illinois.  After the sitcom’s run, Roseanne herself became known as an aggressive liberal.

“I’m shocked because I know that you were a very liberal, socially liberal person in general,” Kimmel said during a recent episode of his show.

“I’m still the same, you all moved. You all went so f*cking far out you lost everybody,” Roseanne responded. Townhall Jimmy Kimmel Tells Roseanne He’s Shocked About Her Support For Trump, This is How She Responded – Katie Pavlich

This reboot takes on many current day issues including:

  • Trump/political division within families
  • Sleep apnea, real enough for overweight americans, not generally seen on TV
  • Insurance coverage and the choices people have to make due to costs
  • Pain med addiction
  • Single motherhood
  • A feminine grandson

These are topics covered within the first few episodes.

The media is noting that this was the  highest-rated sitcom episode in years, but of course considers that a bad thing.  Partly because, in the show, Roseanne supported President Trump for talking about jobs.  Predictably,  President Trump telephoned Roseanne Barr after the show.  Three days after the show’s premiere, an eleventh season was announced. So there will be more to come.

Why Do You Care?

Both Black Panther and Roseanne confounded the media, who did not expect white folk (the same folk who voted more for Obama than for Hillary) would go to a super hero movie featuring black people, and did not expect that Americans would tolerate even discussion of Trumpian politics on a sitcom.

But in both cases, the topics were handled without the crassness that the media has generally foisted upon the population, and record-breaking audiences flocked to both… to both the black superhero movie and the slightly conservative Illinois family.

 

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