Geek Moments: Daily Show Correspondent Found the Words I've Been looking For
Updated: May 31, 2020
"...it’s nice to have a black movie that’s not about slavery, singing or slinging dope. It’s just a fun fantasy film."
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" Season 23, Episode 60 // March 9th, 2018
( Direct link here to view the original footage on facebook )
Thank you, Roy Wood Jr.!
You have found the words I've been looking for to describe what I feel is lacking in present day minority 'representation'. I've been looking for those words for a long, long time and here you summed it up perfectly!
"It’s just a fun fantasy film!" is what we should be saying EVERY damn time we see a film or watch a television show featuring marginalized characters in a leading role. ESPECIALLY if—ironically—the majority of the film's/show's characters are members of marginalized ( a.k.a. minority ) communities.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. TIME!
"Wonder Woman" (2017):
"It's nice to have a female protagonist who's NOT finding herself a man, who's NOT balancing a career with raising kids, and who's NOT just straight up being raped and abused. It's just a fun fantasy film!"
— A Girl of Many Fandoms ( paraphrasing Roy Wood Jr. )
"Black Panther" (2018):
"Yeah. Of course. Okay. I’ll admit it. Wakanda touched me because it’s nice to have a black movie that’s not about slavery, singing or slinging dope. It’s just a fun fantasy film."
— Roy Wood Jr.
"Young Avengers" (2020):
"It’s nice to have a gay film that is NOT about coming out, does NOT feature 2D stereotypes and does NOT end with death by homophobia (external and/or internalized). It’s just a FUN fantasy film... ...about a couple in love who ALSO happen to kick A LOT of super villain ass. And you'll wish that YOU and YOUR significant other could have what THEY have because IT'S MAGICAL, DAMN IT!!!"
— A Girl of Many Fandoms ( paraphrasing Roy Wood Jr., while taking some MAJOR liberties ^^;; )
A Girl can dream, right?
Here's a transcript of the above video clip ( seeing that, as a Canadian, I don't usually have access to a 'legal' online clip for at least a month—if I'm lucky enough to get any access at all—but when I DO get access, there's no guarantee that the clip will be available for longer than a month so... Yeah. Transcript. ^^;; ).
Season 23, Episode 60 ( March 9, 2018 ) :
Trevor Noah : Here’s the thing that’s been fascinating, Roy. The movie is resonating a lot with the black community. Like, why do you think it is?
Trevor Noah : Is it about representation? Is it the powerful black women that we see? The visions of Afro-Futurism?
Roy Wood Jr. : Or, or, or, or… It’s just a dope ass movie.
Roy Wood Jr. : Look, look, I don’t need to go all James Baldwin here, but let’s be real— did you see those fight scenes? Oh, my God! She had the pole and she pulled it out and then she threw the wig and he’s flipped, do the thing, and he was on top of the car, then the car flipped and he flipped and he landed back on top of a flipping car, they was…
Trevor Noah : Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers!
Roy Wood Jr. : That was in the previews!
Trevor Noah : Spoilers.
Trevor Noah : All right, I get it, I get it. It’s the action. But you have to admit, no, for many black people this movie does make you feel something special inside.
Roy Wood Jr. : Yeah. Of course. Okay. I’ll admit it. Wakanda touched me because it’s nice to have a black movie that’s not about slavery, singing or slinging dope. It’s just a fun fantasy film.
Roy Wood Jr. : And black fantasy’s not even that outlandish. For black people, a good fantasy is just us chillin’ in Africa having a good time. That’s all we need.
Roy Wood Jr. : And a couple of flying cards to be nice, to do the flippin’ thing.
Roy Wood Jr. : Wakanda!
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