Courtesy of Clutch Magazine
France just keeps building on its reputation of hypocritical racial intolerance. Right on the heels of the controversy surrounding the Miss Black France pageant in Paris, news has come out that Steve Harveyâ€™s highly successful film â€œThink Like a Manâ€ has been banned in the country because of the lack of diversity in its cast.Â Global VoicesÂ exposed the issue rather pointedly, writing:
â€œSurprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the countryâ€™s multiethnic population. Although the recent success of the movieÂ Les Intouchables, which earned French African actor Omar Sy theÂ Cesar awardÂ for Best Actor in 2012, caused great pride and hope among French nationals from Africa and the Caribbean, it was not to be the turning point for a deep and lasting change.â€
Much like the argument that the Miss Black France pageant was exclusionary in its celebration of black beauty, a note from the Facebook page of â€œNegro Newsâ€ reposted on Martinican blogÂ People Bo Kay, suggests that same thinking is at play with the ban on Harveyâ€™s film.
â€œThe French state has had a sociopolitical strategy which favors interracial relationships rather than valuing communities,â€ the post reads. â€œIn the comedy â€˜Think like a Manâ€™, the focus is on black couples.â€