April 24, 2009, - 7:43 pm

More Weekend Box Office: “Obsessed” = Blondingo–Beyonce’s Race-Baiting White-sploitation

By Debbie Schlussel
I’d planned to post my brief review of Beyonce Knowles’ “Obsessed” as an update to my reviews of this weekend’s other new releases. But after seeing it, I think this movie should get its own post. And not because it’s good. But because it’s racist. Blatantly so.
It’s not bad . . . for a Lifetime movie of the week, produced by BET. (There was absolutely no suspense and it’s a poor, cheap copy of the far superior classic, “Fatal Attraction.”)
But it’s also racist in a way that would be unacceptable, today, the era of Obama and the Post-“Mandingo” movie age, were the races in this movie reversed. You’ve heard of “Blaxploitation.” Now, check out the new racist trend out of Hollywood: White-sploitation.

In this movie executive produced by Beyonce Knowles, her father/manager, Matthew Knowles, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Beyonce plays the Black wife of a Black investment executive. Her husband is relentlessly pursued and stalked by a hot, White (and crazy) blonde temp (Ali Larter). Although the husband never gives in to the White chick’s pursuits, she frames him up to make it look as if he did, and he’s in the doghouse with his wife.
And the Black couple is surrounded by a cadre of brainless and otherwise non-ideal human beings with gaping flaws. There is the lecherous, married White male co-worker (Jerry O’Connell) who can’t believe the Black executive won’t accept a little something on the side with the hot blonde–something he (the White guy) says he wants to do with her. Then, there is the world’s most brainless White baby sitter, who gullibly lets the stalker White chick into the house to kidnap the baby. And don’t forget the world’s most brainless gay White male secretary, who ditzily gives the stalker White blonde the complete scoop on the Black couples’ weekend plans, making it easier for her to stalk them. Even the White chick cop (Christine Lahti) isn’t too bright. Yup, not a single White character in the movie who is sympathetic.
Sure, race is never mentioned in the movie. It doesn’t have to be. Look at the movie poster and the colors they chose for the design, and the way the characters are juxtaposed. It’s all about Black versus White, baby. I live in a mostly Black suburb of Detroit, and I saw the movie in a local theater with an entirely Black audience. I heard all assortment of racist comments about the White people and the White chick stalker, throughout the movie and afterward as I left. No wonder this obvious race-baiting film wasn’t screened for critics.
It plays on the worst fears of many Black women in America, who fear that White women are stealing their men–even though less than 5% of Black men are married to White women, according to the Janks Morton documentary, “What Black Men Think.” And of those 5%, I doubt most of the women were merciless stalkers as in this movie. Movies like this breed and feed on racism, particularly against White women. This kind of pop culture influence on the Black community is of no benefit and serves no purpose other than confirmation of baseless anger and racial hatred. I can’t tell you how many times In my own neighborhood stores, I’ve been called racial epithets, like “bony-assed White bitch,” for no reason whatsoever other than my skin tone.
I wondered how the audience would like it if the movie was about a Black male stalker was terrorizing a White couple, and all of the other Black characters in the movie were vapid, morons, or both. And why Hollywood can make a film like this, yet it’s justifiably no longer permissible to make a movie in which the races are reversed.
Well, actually, I know why. We’ve long advanced past the era of “Mandingo,” but we’ve regressed “forward” into the era of . . . “Blondingo,” courtesy of Hollywood’s newest producers (and race-baiters), Beyonce and her daddy.
The movie is mildly entertaining, but would it have killed them to include a single sympathetic White character in the entire movie? Are we all that bad and/or stupid?
I guess Beyonce, her father, and Magic Johnson have forgotten the race of most of those who’ve made them rich beyond their wildest dreams and beyond the wealth of most Americans, Black OR White:
Blondingos like me.


(From the Debbie Schlussel Hollywood Zombie Card Collection)

47 Responses

Obviously the Obama era has brought the races together. I can’t believe you went into the theater you went into to watch this crap. I heard that the crowds that turned out for STOMP THE YARD and other blaxploitation movies regularly fuel up for fights and shootings in the parking lot. As a friend of mine once said of the Fairlane Movie theater. He wouldn’t go there to watch ANYTHING even with a shot gun and a pack of rottweillers. You sound like a smart lady, quit frequenting those cesspools.

samurai on April 25, 2009 at 12:30 am

Debbie, from the sounds of this it would still fall under “blaxploitation”.
See, the blaxploitation movies, like this one, had mostly negative white characters and a white villain. So this is in the same tradition.

Mike L on April 25, 2009 at 5:55 am

It’s all about them vs. us in my opinion. By reinforcing the stereotype that whites are either racist or stupid it takes away from their own(the blacks) inferiority complex. Likely that successful black executive got his job because of affirmative action.

Chuck W on April 25, 2009 at 7:15 am

Makes you wonder if this Hollywood pre-emptive action in case Obama had an affair that may be exposed- plausible deniability – just some crazy white chick stalker. Hollywood is always vigilant in protecting its’ cult of personality. Think Clinton- all his accusers were trashed by Hollywood and MSM, anyone really believe they would do less to protect the messiah?

eloopd on April 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

I can already hear the racist garbage that Black audiences will spew back at the screen during screenings, as they are so infamous for yelling back at the movie as if it were real – especially,Black women, whom the movie is mostly aimed at.

OldSchoolW on April 25, 2009 at 11:59 am

I bet if the races were reversed there would be no complaints.

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Maybe he actually earned his job and didn’t get it through affirmative action. So much racism on this site. Guess what..WE aren’t going anywhere..MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK..I bet you cried when he won Chucky.

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

When you’re right, you’re right…Beyonce missed the mark on this because it’s an outdated problem—MOST Black women today are worried that their men are on the “down low”—i.e., closet homosexuals.
i’m the old school Black man that Beyonce portrays here, sans the housenigro job—and we all KNOW what’s happen if YOU were my horny intern;)

EminemsRevenge on April 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Maybe he actually earned his job and didn’t get it through affirmative action. So much racism on this site. Guess what..WE aren’t going anywhere..MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK..I bet you cried when he won Chucky.
Posted by: Fran [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2009 01:07 PM
I did not mean to insult you and the rest of your type. Its just that when the truth is there it must be acknowledged and many AA’s get ahead because of racial quotas. So, in reality, the ignorant and stupid are being promoted at the expense of the intelligent majority. Maybe think you don’t need to go anywhere but i think you should reconsider.

Chuck W on April 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

This is why I never saw the second Harold & Kumar movie. In the first one, there wasn’t a white person with a brain.
Fran, I felt like crying when Obama won. Not because he’s black, it’s because he’s a FAR-left liberal. I am a smoker, this is my one bad habit that will probably end badly. BUT that is my choice, my problem. I am a working adult, I have health insurance THAT I PAY FOR. Obama told us if we made under $250,000, we wouldn’t get our taxes raised. Well, he wasn’t even in office for 3 months, before he raised my taxes $10 a carton. Yea, he gives me a little extra in my check each week, but guess what? That little raise doesn’t cover my taxes for my cigarettes. So, I make under $250,000 and he’s raised my taxes.
He’s also raised the tax on alcohol. He wants to put the coal industry out of business. How, exactly are we supposed to keep warm in the winter if he does that? Anyone who hasn’t read it in a while, should go and read Pastor Niemoller”s “First They Came For The Jews.
I am so sorry that our first black president sucks. But he does and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

amynorw on April 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Funny how the subject of the racist black movie didn’t upset Fran but a opinion differing from him does upset. Really a typical racist black liberal mindset with the we’re not going anywhere stuff. Nobody told you to leave even though we wish people with that Oakland California, Detroit mindset, would go away or at least get some xanax in you before you get on a subway and shoot a bunch of innocent white folks. I’m sure the rev wright stuff didn’t bug you either any more than when the white couple in Tennessee got tortured to death during the same time frame the Duke Lacrosse team was being rail roaded by a whore. I like Allen Keyes but I don’t suppose you do. I think Colin Powell is a maggot traitor almost as much as Nancy Pelosi or Diane Feinstien. Black guys I work with used to say give Obama a chance but now some of them are realizing they can’t find ammo to practice with or take cpl courses with. There’s a reason Obama is looked at by the right as a bad president. He’s a socialist liar with a dumbed down public eating up every b.s. line he dishes out. Go down to any inner city public school and tell me you like what you see. That’s the country of the future. Enjoy. I laughed when Venus Williams picked out a nice white guy to get serious with. Did you:D

samurai on April 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Amy I didn’t find the movie racist and being that you did is sad. If the races were reversed I’m sure you wouldn’t have had a problem.

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

It really doesn’t matter if he does a fantastic job as President I’m sure most whites will find something terrible and lacking in the job he does.

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Samurai I believe you to be a complete an utter imbecile

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm

My 10:55 comment should be directed to the imbecile not Amy..

Fran on April 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Debbie, I bet these people who call you bony-assed don’t realize you take that as a compliment. I would like to know why you choose to live where you do. I live in a safer place with a better climate, and I’ve got plenty of room. You can stay w/me for free as long as you want unless you have a bf in which case forget it.

Anonymous1 on April 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Hey fran….I got a treat for you. Take a look at this rant I just did on my livejournal about the so-called “black” culture…coming from me, a 26 year old independant-minded black man.

Squirrel3D on April 25, 2009 at 11:31 pm

No thanks Squirrel I tend to stay away from “Uncle Toms” who “rant”.

Fran on April 26, 2009 at 12:07 am

Squirrel I clicked the link..yes I’m nosey lol..and you are absolutely right in your rant..I wholeheartedly agree..I take back my earlier post to you lol

Fran on April 26, 2009 at 12:11 am

Well my birthday is over now so goodnight people.

Fran on April 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

LMAO, francine you are a no balls closeted homo. 3D, I have been watching your posts for a couple of years and checked out your page and have come to the conclusion that you operate with a full deck. Baltimore is fortunate to have at least one decent guy who doesn’t believe in piling on a female with stalkers.

samurai on April 26, 2009 at 1:23 am

I moved away from southeastern Michigan a few years ago. Recently, I returned to visit relatives. I needed some things and went shopping at a local K-Mart in Bloomfield Hills. I was treated rudely by the young Black female cashier for no other reason than that I am white. I had forgotten how much racial prejudice is a common, everyday occurrence in the north. Thank God, I no longer live there.

oldfeziwig on April 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

“It really doesn’t matter if he does a fantastic job as President I’m sure most whites will find something terrible and lacking in the job he does.” Posted by Fran @ 10.58AM
Fran, here’s a lesson in Talmudic Logic! Learn how the Logic works and then you won’t go about making fool comments like the one quoted.
There are four possibilities….
Let’s say that Barry is a GREAT President. Will most White people attack him? Yes, according to you! Will black most people attack him? No, of course not!
Now let’s say that Barry turns out to be a Stinkin’ Rotten President! Will most White people attack him? You’re durn tootin’ and rightly so! Will most Black people attack him? Ahhh! There’s the rub!
See, I can attack a President if he’s Good or Bad if I’m White! That may just be Politics! But if you CAN’T attack a a President ONLY BECAUSE you’re black and so is he—THAT’S JUST RAAAACIST!
You racists make me sick!

eliXelx on April 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Fran, the same lesson from a different perspective, which does honour to the Talmud!
Was George W. Bush a bad President? Let’s say yes!
Again, four possibilities exist…
Was he criticised by most White people? Well certainly by a majority! Was he criticised by most Black people? Oh, Yes! by the vast majority!
Now let’s say that Barry turns out to be as bad as George!
Will he be criticised by most White people! Oh, Yes! by the vast majority, and rightly so! Will he be criticised by most Black people? Answer that honestly, if you’re able to, sweetie.
Is OJ a murderer? Is Michael Jackson a paedophile? Were the Jena 6, Tawana Brawley, the girl from Duke Uni all victims. Did you cry for MLK, as you did for JFK and RFK?
Isn’t logic cold?
I will close with the words of Hillel: “Go and Learn!”

eliXelx on April 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

In response to the person upset by the tax raise on cigarettes, and how Obama lied about raising taxes-
He said he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone making under 250k- which implies income tax, as you need to know someones income.
And the sin tax on your smokes and alcohol, that’s paying for Childrens health care in our country. I’m a pack a day smoker, and while it sucks that my cigarettes are expensive (I also live in Chicago, so we just added new county taxes, taking it from 5-6 bucks a pack, to 10-12 a pack), I don’t mind my horrible addiction partly paying for children under 18 for getting health care. I just find it selfish and sad to see people whine about taxes going where it really helps someone in need. If you can’t afford it, stop smoking. It’s not a forced tax.

April on April 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm

The fact that you probably have never commented on the overt racism against minorities that has existed in hollyweird for the past 50 years discounts this column. Blacks and Hispanics have had to endure ridiculous characters that made no sense and only served to move a plot point or uplift the white hero for decades. If it took this movie to bring the racism that exists in hollyweird to light then it was worth it.

labors2228 on April 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Wow. How much stupidity can a article and comment have.
Seriously, white people. Seriously. Do you even know the meaning of racism? This… the fucking most ridiculous thing I have read this week.
Go investigate what the word “minority” means, and, actually, see what oppression, slaving, lynching, civil rights, FIRST black president, etc., mean.
Good God.

amakakeru on April 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Oh, and Katrina, poverty in USA, movies and TV roles. Those things you could investigate too.
You know what is racist? This is racist. Besides being fucking ridiculous.
Well, actually, I know why. We’ve long advanced past the era of “Mandingo,” but we’ve regressed “forward” into the era of . . . “Blondingo,” courtesy of Hollywood’s newest producers (and race-baiters), Beyonce and her daddy.
The movie is mildly entertaining, but would it have killed them to include a single sympathetic White character in the entire movie? Are we all that bad and/or stupid?
I guess Beyonce, her father, and Magic Johnson have forgotten the race of most of those who’ve made them rich beyond their wildest dreams and beyond the wealth of most Americans, Black OR White:
Blondingo? “They should know their place, those uppity black folk!!”? The saddest thing is that you aren’t joking.

amakakeru on April 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

To Fran who said:
“MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK..I bet you cried when he won Chucky.”
I did indeed cry, just as I cried for the followers of Jim Jones who thought him to be their great messiah. And I also cried for Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearing when your fellow Democrat Senators attempted to “lynch” him simply because he was a black man who refused to toe their socialist line.
And I also cried for Condoleeza Rice when the most awful racist cartoons were published about her. And not a word of outrage from the black community!
I also cried for Michael Steel when he was assaulted with OREO cookies during his 2005 campaign for U.S. Senate by your so-called members of the party of “compassion and tolerance”. And again not a word of protest from the black community.
So where was your righteous indignation when these events were taking place? Tho not often publicly stated, it appears that the disgusting term “house nigger” still remains a prominent phrase. Not within the conservative community but rather within your liberal, socialist society………..
Until YOU recognize where the true racism lies in our country, you will forever be subservient to your Democrat plantation owners…….WAKE UP!

imurnightmare on April 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I love your perspective. I can’t relate to it, but it is hell of interesting. Feel free to check out my assessment and I will be linking to yours.
Keep in mind, we all have to pay a hell of a price for a history of unfairness:

Content Black Woman on April 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Lol at some of you getting mad at me for my opinion while you were high fiveing each others racism..this bullshit will never end so I’ll jus continue to laugh at your stupidity and the silliness of this shit.WAKE UP PEOPLE..

Fran on April 26, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I agree Debbie. The attack against whites, and blondes, in hollywood is systematic. But the produces are directors are generally no black (though in this case they are) – they tend to be jewish. Not sure why jews hate whites so much, but they just seem to. They overwhelmingly vote Democrat, support black criminals, and illegal immigration…ugh… The only thing they agree with us on is the war – though I sometimes wonder if they do it only because it supports Israel – and if it didn’t, they would go all vietnam on us again.

fermie on April 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Don’t know why you didn’t put the Howard Stern/Beyonce YouTube up like i did!

EminemsRevenge on April 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

I’m not a Beyonce fan when it comes to movies. I think she tries way too hard, is NOT a good actress and will not let it go. It’s like she’s obsessed with being the best at everything.
With that said, I don’t see this as Racist, hate mongering and race baiting, as the rest of you seem to. I think it’s a different take on a classic movie theme (fatal attraction). What’s wrong with that?
In just about every movie you see, Hollywood portrays Blacks and Hispanics as drug dealers, on welfare, all live in the projects, all the young girls are pregnant, they’re poor students, etc- AND I BET NONE OF YOU BLOG AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT. What about when an Italian person can only be in the Kitchen surrounded by 30 boiling pots- or they’re in the Mafia (no inbetween).
I agree the movie is not good, but if this makes you furious and not all of the other scenarios then you my friend, just may be a racist.

truthandintrigue on April 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’ll bet some of you didn’t even bother to look at the livejournal I posted earlier. You are cowards for that.
Here it is again, and I am dying to get reactions by the ignorant asses in response.

Squirrel3D on April 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

Of course I would never waste my time or money on crap like this, Beyonce or no Beyonce. (What kind of name is THAT?)
I would respect Beyonce if she would stop trying to look like a white woman. Take off the white pancake makeup and let the hair go kinky–then I could at least respect her.

lexi on April 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I am a white woman married to a black man. We indeed get looks when we are out, from white people and black people. However, his family has always been accepting of me and my family has always been accepting of him. I told him recently this looked like a good movie and he replied he would like to see it but not until it comes to video. He said he can just imagine what kind of atmosphere the theatre would be and he wouldn’t be caught in that. I was surprised to hear that from him but I deferred to his judgement on this one!

musiccgirl on April 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Debbie, you are a racist for seeing race in the movie. They are just people, stop being hypersensitive. I think our society would be much better if we were colorblind

Matt R on April 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    much agreed 😀

    J.D on August 6, 2009 at 12:45 am

“Racist”?!? Once again Debbie’s overreacting. If anything this flick looks like a cheap rip-off of “Fatal Attraction”. And yes, Beyonce can’t act, but she has a long line of fans that cross lines, who judging from the flick’s No. 1 box-office weekend, could care less what the stroy was about as long as Beyonce’s in it.

MrGreyGhost on April 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm

So I just watched this movie, and totally didn’t get the same “racist” vibe you got. I’m a white very conservative male, and i didn’t catch that at all. Sorry, I agree with you in most places but just couldn’t seem to agree on this one. I would actually watch it again, but i dunno, i didn’t like the ending, but it was a decent movie, and i wouldn’t have given it 4 marxes.

J.D on August 6, 2009 at 12:43 am

Do not see how this movie was racist. If DS would write about past Hollywood actual racist history, she would have more creditabilty.

buckjohnson on May 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

Obviously the movie is racist. I went to see it with my boyfriend at the time, who was Puerto Rican. His response? The movie was “unrealistic.”

I could comment about how many black men, especially the low-class ghetto types, are absolute sluts (with either males or females), but instead I’ll focus on the racism of “Obsessed” instead of its lack of realism. The other comments here that claim they “can’t see” the racism in this movie are either flat-out hyper-liberal liars or completely stupid. The racial juxtaposition was one of my reasons for seeing the movie. I wanted to see how Ali Larter’s character was handled.

Beyonce’s beating of the white female villain at the end was an obvious allusion to the biracial woman triumphing over the previously held male fantasy stereotype: the blonde white woman.

Yet that’s just it: the biracial woman, not the black woman. Find me one actual black actress, model or some other celebrity who is held in such high esteem as Beyonce, whom the media relentlessly foists on the American public. This after the media’s obsession with Halle Berry, another biracial female.

It’s all very stupid, very contrived, very tailor-made for black audiences to fuel racial tension, which in turn drew audiences to see the film. That was the point of it.

The media creation called “Beyonce” will never get one dollar of mine, directly or indirectly.

X on May 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Beyonce isn’t biracial.

    Lisa on January 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

So, you have absolutely NO PROBLEM AT ALL with the LONG Hollywood tradition of portraying (white, since you want to bring race into this) women as obsessed with white men, babies or other women (Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Misery, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Crush, The Roommate, Play Misty For Me, Swimfan, You Belong to Me)- IS THIS LIST LONG ENOUGH YET?…

But the second the object of the obsession is a black man, you take offense? You make up terms like Blonddingo NOW? (Tellingly, many of the most terrifying stalkers of the movies I just named were blonde in their roles.) You have absolutely no problem with women being portrayed as terrifying, stalkery, obsessive, dangerous- shown as being the plight of many a man who dare fall for the evils of a woman’s charm? Apparently not, unless said man is black!

Seriously, get your head straightened. You saw what you want to see. It’s people like you who want to claim POC play the race-card while also claiming we’re living in a post-racial America, right? If that’s the case you should have no problem with the old tradition of obsessed women used in a mixed-race relationship. Except, of course, that like so many of your kind, YOU want to play the race card. It’s REVERSE RACISM!!! IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME AS EVERY OTHER OBSESSED-FEMALE MOVIE EXCEPT NOW IT SHOWS A WHITE WOMAN OBSESSED WITH A BLACK MAN OMG!!! RAAAAAAACE!!

Seriously, your problem should be that Hollywood loves to portray WOMEN this way, not that a movie was made using this same tired formula, only this time the object of said obsession happened to be black.

But, of course, you’re racist. And that’s all there is to it.

Lisa on January 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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