FOR COLORED HYPOCRITES LIKE COURTLAND MILLOY!
On Monday, November 8, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. “concerned” Washington Post Staff Writer Courtland Milloy took to the internet with his review of For Colored Girls. His review appallingly titled “For black men who have considered homicide after watching another Tyler Perry movie” presented itself as having taken issue with Tyler Perry’s depiction of black men in the film. Mr. Milloy wrote, ”Can anyone name a movie that came out recently starring a black man who wasn’t a sociopath?” Presenting himself as a black man very concerned by the way black men were being represented in the media via Tyler Perry’s film adaption of Ntozake Shange’s work.
But, riddle me this, if Mr. Milloy is as upset with the sociopathic depiction of black men in the film as he says he is, why would he choose the title that title for his review? Surely he knew that the review was going to be read by thousands of people? (At this moment the review has been liked by over 11,000 people). I have to ask the question, how can Courtland Milloy criticize Tyler Perry for demonizing black men when his title suggests black men respond to problems by killing? It seems like the pot calling the kettle black if you ask me.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I take issue with hypocritical men like Mr. Milloy who cannot criticize patriarchy without reinforcing it at the same time. It would have been easy for Mr. Milloy to write about his dissatisfaction with the film without making an allusion to violence, especially in the form of murder. I have to believe for my own sanity that Mr. Milloy didn’t have to resort to his own stereotype of the black male as violent aggressor while reviewing the film and or feeling negatively about what he had seen on screen.
There’s no excuse for someone of Mr. Milloy’s stature or anyone period to resort to such disgusting tactics to express their dislike of a film. I’m concerned about the way black men are presented in the media, and the last thing I would have done was titled my film review “For black men who have considered homicide after watching another Tyler Perry movie.” Isn’t it possible to criticize one limiting standard without trading it in for another? I can think of a number of ways to title a review of the film without alluding to male violence, even if you are “deeply concerned” about black men being presented as sociopaths.
I’m not impressed by hypocrites like Courtland Milloy, who throw Tyler Perry under the bus for demonizing the black man, while doing the same thing themselves.