Angelina Jolie is The Hottest Black Woman on the Planet

Sista!

Sista!

Angelina Jolie is hot. Black women are hot. Ergo, Angelina Jolie is a black woman. Well, that’s what Hollywood seems to think, at least.

Before its film adaptation was released earlier this summer, I’d never heard of the comic series Wanted. So it was a shock to discover that Fox, Jolie’s character, was black in the comics. But after doing a little more research, I found that the filmmakers were deviating from the source material. And besides, roles like this should be color-blind, right?Well, I just got my hands on the screenplay for Wanted. Guess how the screenwriters described Fox in her introduction.


“The hottest black woman on the planet,” eh?

Don’t get me wrong, I think Angelina Jolie is [jadapinkett]FIONE[/jadapinkett]. And any movie that contains a Jolie nude scene is A-okay by me. The problem is, the role was written specifically with a black woman in mind, yet a black woman was obvs not cast in the role.

This makes me think about how black actresses are consistently left out of summer blockbuster fare. Sure, detractors will bring up shit like Catwoman, which starred Halle Berry, arguably the biggest black actress in Hollywood and was based on a well-known DC comic property. But should just one critical and commercial failure really serve as the mass-appeal barometer for audience desire to see black women on the big screen, especially in big-budget tentpole flicks? (In a bit of irony, the original Fox character seems to be based on Berry’s portrayal of Catwoman.)

Aw man, quit yer goddamn bitchin’. They cast Morgan Freeman as Sloan, and the character was originally a white guy in the comics.

Yeah, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that black actresses are constantly getting the shit-end of the stick. And there’s no shortage of talented and beautiful black actresses either. Sure, we’ve got a select few that may headline or play a major part in an ensemble. Halle, Latifah, Jada, Angela, Beyonce. But what about those we rarely get to see showcase their talents in movies other than hip-hop romances or Tyler Perry morality plays? I mean women like Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Taraji P. Henson, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Nicole Ari Parker, Leila Arcieri, Meagan Goode, Lauren London, Tamala Jones, Malinda Williams, Paula Jai Parker, Monica Calhoun, and Regina Hall. When are these ladies going to be offered roles like Fox, or Rachel Dawes, or Mary Embrey?

Margeaux Watson over at EW ponders the same thing:

African-American women rarely get above-the-title billing in mainstream movies that pull in big numbers. Even when they do end up in supposedly plum roles as the love interest of a white male, most of their screen time is spent talking about and dealing with the fallout of that relationship

But she also takes it a bit further:

Why is it that once an actor like Smith reaches A-list status, Hollywood never seems to pair him with a black actress in a potential blockbuster? From Denzel Washington (“Training Day“) to Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson (“The Game Plan“), leading African-American actors have been increasingly matched with non-black love interests. The sci-fi comedy “Meet Dave” (out now) finds Eddie Murphy romancing Elizabeth Banks, while Smith is paired with Latina actress Rosario Dawson in his next film, “Seven Pounds” (out in December). It’s obviously a strategy to make these films as accessible as possible to all audiences, but I think it also expresses an implicit fear: A film featuring the coupling of a black actor and actress is too ”urban” for the masses.

C’mon, Hollywood, this is tired territory. Haven’t you redone “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” enough? Why can’t black actresses play lead roles in benign romantic comedies like “27 Dresses” and “Made of Honor” — or “Hitch”? Here’s the real hitch: Until women like Nia Long and Gabrielle Union are cast opposite big guns like Smith and Washington, they’ll never gain the recognition they need to open their own films

Come on, Hollywood. Let’s fix this.


10 responses to “Angelina Jolie is The Hottest Black Woman on the Planet

  1. Apparently, Mrs. Brad Pitt also portrayed a biracial woman in A Mighty Heart, a film that totally flew under my radar but garnered some criticism for her casting.

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  3. Hi there. I sent a letter to Entertainment Weekly regarding Margeaux Watson’s commentary that you posted here. I found your site doing a search, and I thought I’d copy the letter I sent to EW in response. In my letter below, I forgot to mention Thandie Newton, star of Mission Impossible II, the summer’s Run Fatboy Run and 2002’s The Truth About Charlie (all three opposite white male leads).

    …………………

    Hello,
    I know this is late, regarding the July 18th issue #1002. I meant to write and recently picked up the issue again to page through and was reminded that I wanted to comment.

    I have a couple comments about Margeaux Watson’s Commentary “It’s Time To Put Black Actresses in Hollywood Blockbusters.”
    My first is a complaint about the major spoiler she printed. Granted, she wrote “spoiler alert” just before, but I really think (and this could be a good rule for all articles or news and notes sections) that it would be a good idea to issue a spoiler alert either in the title, or as a sub-title. Once I start reading an article, I like to continue. I generally stay away from reviews, since most movie reviewers spoil most of the plot. They can’t simply comment on the quality of the film without replaying the plot scene by scene. In a commentary about black actresses in blockbusters, giving away THE major twist of Hancock was completely unnecessary to her thesis. She could have simply stated that Charlize Theron is the female lead.

    Second, while I agree to a point that black actresses (and minorities in general) should get more roles, why is it only about black actresses? Why not Hispanic, Asian, etc? Why not promote diversity in film? Even so, if we’re just staying on topic of black actresses, I’d like to point out that there are black actresses in Hollywood Blockbusters. Some examples:

    Halle Berry in Swordfish, The X-Men series, and Catwoman.
    Sanaa Lathan (a terrific actress) was the LEAD period (over any male stars even) in Alien vs. Predator.
    Vivica A. Fox starred in Kill Bill
    Jada Pinkett-Smith starred in both Matrix sequels.
    I’m sure there are other examples, I can’t think of any more off the top of my head.

    Margeaux Watson’s subtitle to her article (only online, not in print) states: “Why African-American women like Gabrielle Union and Nia Long need to be cast opposite Denzel Washington and Will Smith.” Did she forget that Will Smith’s co-star and love interest in Bad Boys II was… Gabrielle Union? How about Vivica A. Fox in Independence Day? Or Men in Black II’s Rosario Dawson (according to about.com, she’s mixed so I don’t know if Ms. Watson counts that). But how about “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness, “Enemy of the State,” or “I Am Legend?” Looks like Will Smith has had a lot of black actresses as his co-stars, in some pretty big blockbusters.

    And maybe it wasn’t Nia Long, but Denzel’s last Blockbuster type movie, “Deja Vu” had his co-star and love interest a black actress named Paula Patton. Patton (apparantly also mixed races according to some sites) also is the lead in this summer’s “Mirrors” starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland (the interracial tables are turned). The list for Denzel could include his black co-stars in “John Q,” “Out of Time,” “Remember the Titans,” and more. I don’t know the stats, but I wonder if his love interests or spouses on film have been black the majority of the time. It sure looks that way.

    I agree that black women (and women of other non-white races) are missing from the Summer 2008 blockbuster season. Television is also declining in diversity, which saddens me (No CSI! I loved Warrick! But you won me back with Larry Fishburne.) But I feel like commentaries such as the one in this issue are off base given the proof I provided above. And again, why is it only about black actresses? I was glad to see the article (I forget which issue) about race on TV. We should be striving for diversity and more roles for every minority, not just black. Where are the Asians, Hispanics, Middle Eastern or Native Americans in TV and film? I’d like to see more commentary on that as well.

    Thanks for your time,

  4. I am tired of hearing people who don’t understand, nor have lived the lives of black women continue to comment on how we should and should not feel. Aside from two movies you have named, the black female leads starring opposite big named black actors were less than a blip in the movie, and in some instances not even necessary to the progression of the storyline. ‘I am Legend’ provided a strong role for a black female opposite lead… really- that was a lead, 3 minutes? Was Jada Pinketts role in Matrix really that much of a lead? No sweetheart, they were barely supporting players. Also another major problem in Hollywood when it comes to black actresses is the brown paper bag test. Bet you don’t know what that is, so please spare me, your opinion doesn’t count. Out of all of Hollywood, black women who LOOK LIKE BLACK WOMEN are constantly passed over in preference of “confused” black women, other races of women, and black women who generally look white. Go over your list of all the big name actress you listed, aside from Sanaa and Gabrielle which other actress reflects the beauty of the average black woman… (Vivica no longer counts) don’t comment on the plight of the black woman if you have never lived the life of a black woman. What you have said is the equivalent of telling a rape victim that it wasn’t really rape because it happens so often.

  5. ditto to Common Sense…well said

  6. Angelina Jolie is a black creole from louisiana. Her mothers maiden name is really jolie that is not a screen name. That is why she is so comfortable in new olreans and france. She is black she is the victim of the one drop rule . everyone in hollywood knows that she is black that is why they are always putting her in black roles. Futhermore look at the girl who plays the prostitute in Benjamin Button that the brad pitt character sleeps with she looks just like angie just a few shades darker. Angie has admitted it but the world wants to see her as an exotic white she is a very very lightskinned creole of color. So there it is a black in the role Spread the word Angelina Jolie is black. SHes a sista

  7. she’s not black, she’s a white person who has black ancestry, that doesn’t make her a black person. and her features are exactly like her father’s, the mouth, the nose, the shape of the face. and he’s blond! the one drop rule doesn’t even count anymore.

  8. Relax brotha. They prolly thought Jolie was a light skinned black woman. Shit, i did when i first saw her as a kid, cuz thats what my aunt looks like and she’s Black

  9. LOL first of all, stargazzer, Angelina’s mother’s name was Marcheline Bertrand and she was a French actress.

    And second of all, Common Sense, how many white actresses look like the “average white woman”? Hint: not many.

  10. I say who gives a hoot.
    I say anyone who is overly concerned about race is just playing into the hands of liberals. They dont believe the strife they infect society with..its just a tool to manipulate the weak minded and a platform for their own self righteousness–because they are hopelessly unrighteous. Picture white people in Africa complaining they do not have enough leading roles in their movies. Or Americans marching for citizenship in Saudi Arabia as if its their God given right.. as the illegals do here.

    Seriously, when did people become so entitled, so sensitive and so demanding. Is this what life is for you? We all go to the grave and all this nonsense becomes pointless. Spend your life doing good, not complaining and maybe, just maybe, God wont see us for what we really are…pathetic whiners

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