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Last night, Lifetime Movie Network aired their remake of Steel Magnolia’s with an all African-American cast. Before and during the movie, the hashtag, #SteelMagnolias was trending on Twitter. While reading through the feed, I couldn’t help but notice the cruel and rude comments that were made by white people about the remake of the film. I can not believe how BOLD people were with their racist comments. Some of those comments were:
“Steel magnolias is an amazing movie. There’s no reason to remake a bad version with black people. Gonna ruin it for all.”
“Keep waiting for Madea to make an appearance in this version of Steel Magnolias. Hellurrr.”
“Next up: Steel Magnolias, with an all-baby cast!”
“Hey Lifetime – thanks for this Steel Magnolias remake. And while you’re at it, why don’t you just kick Dolly Parton in the face?”
“OMG JULIA ROBERTS IS DOING STEEL MAGNOLIAS IN BLACKFACE!”
“BREAKING: Thousands of middle-aged white women watching ‘Steel Magnolias‘ on LIFETIME attempt to adjust color.”
“Black Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah airs tonight on Lifetime followed by White Menace II Society starring the Jonas Brothers .”
“I wonder if in the remake of Steel Magnolias they yell “Drink your Kool-Aid Shelby” instead of juice.”
“They’re remaking STEEL MAGNOLIAS with an all-black cast? Isn’t that BARBERSHOP?”
Here we are in the year 2012 and racism is just as alive and well as it was 40+ years ago. I do not understand what the big deal is? Should films never be remade with an African-American cast? Are African-Americans such awful actors that we can not do justice to a remake of a film that originally starred an all White cast? Why can’t movies be remade that tell the same story but in the perspective of another race?
As I continued to go through the Steel Magnolia feed, I noticed some of the comments from African-Americans in regard to the comments made by White people.
“Well, to all the “folks” mad because they gave Steel Magnolias a chocolate make over, US Congress is still mostly all white. Get over it.”
“A few white ppl are mad that Steel Magnolias was remade with a black cast, they feel the same way about The Karate Kid, The Wiz, etc”
“People acting like they are being forced to watch Steel Magnolias…..there is the remote, change the channel.”
To all the White folks that had a problem with the remake of a film that celebrates the sisterhood between friends and the bond of love of a mother daughter relationship, I have to agree with this quote, “…how much should it REALLY matter that Steel Magnolias has a black cast now? Get over the color & see the story.”