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But You're Blek

Because You Blek

by Brandon Edmonds / 11.08.2009

Number 2 in our series on What Hollywood Really Thinks of Us… Lethal Weapon 2, circa 1989. Still the strongest comment Hollywood ever managed about the system that separated us. Danny Glover walks into the South African Consulate (in Los Angeles!), an airy sunny post-modernist hotel lobby, suggesting Hell, and politely asks to emigrate! Its a good joke. Glover’s blackness has never looked better: righteously sleek, morally superior, playful and profound. He plays the scene with an antic lightness, a Cary Grant insouciance, that’s miles away from the super-serious piety I’m expecting from Morgan Freeman’s Mandela next year. The white embassy official and all apartheid bureaucrats in the film behave like they’re bad guys in a Western (a genre the Lethal Weapon series urbanizes and updates). They’re all worthy of nothing less than the kiss of death by Mel Gibson. (Given Mel’s boozy anti-semitism, might we expect a Lethal Weapon set in Palestine? Riggs and Murtaugh slamming Ariel Sharon up against the wailing wall?) Lethal Weapon 2 is a must-rent for Patsy Kensit’s conflicted Franschoek dyke…

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  1. SB says:

    At least the worker was honest, he could have allowed him and had him arrested as soon as he got to South Africa, but then there would not have been more of these crappy movies. (perhaps set in South Africa, or on Robin Island?)

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  2. Carol Reed says:

    i like the way you spell Robben Island.

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  3. Andy says:

    I remember seeing this, in Sandton, aged 14, I was so stoked that white South Africans were Hollywood bad guys. But it was such an innocuous criticism of apartheid that it wasn’t even banned, or cut. So LAME!

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  4. djf says:

    Don’t start Carol. It’s a slippery slope.

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