December 8, 2009, - 12:41 pm
When I first read, a week or so ago, that singer/actress Jennifer Hudson had been cast to play Winnie Mandela in a biopic, I wondered: will they show her laughing and being entertained while her henchmen “necklaced” innocent fellow South Africans?
For those who don’t know, “necklacing” is the process of setting a gasoline drenched tire around a person’s neck and setting it afire–a very torturous way to murder, often practiced by the former Mrs. Mandela as she engaged in assorted barbaric terrorism against fellow Black South Africans as a way to “fight the oppression of apartheid” and institute her own far more oppressive methods. Yup, the woman, Winnie Mandela, is a murderer and a terrorist, not to mention a crook who used the money of anti-apartheid forces to spend on herself.
Given all this, I have to laugh at South Africans who are now upset that Ms. Hudson, who is American, has been cast to play this cretinous terrorist, instead of casting a South African actress.
It would be a little like America protesting that a Norwegian or Swede had been cast to play Jeffrey Dahmer. “He’s our serial murderer cannibal . . . and–damn it!–it’s a matter of American pride that a Yankee play him.” Say what you want about America and Americans, but at least we wouldn’t be that stupid.
So glad that the “post-Apartheid” South Africans have their priorities and sense of national pride straight.
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