THE HOST STEVE PATERSON..."REAL CLASSY"...ON THE PRESIDENT GOING TO SEE SPIKE LEE'S MOVIE "DO THE RIGHT THING" ON A FIRST DATE WITH THE FIRST LADY. THE COMMENT WAS UNWARRANTED, UNNECESSARY,GRATUITOUS, SNIDE AND OPPORTUNE. IT SHOWS HOW WHITES AND BLACKS SOMETIMES ENJOY DIFFERENT FORMS OF MUSIC, MOVIES, ETC. IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY SPIKE LEE IS NOT SO "CONTROVERSIAL" AS HE APPEARS TO BE FOR WHITE FOLKS. HE IS SEEN MY MANY AS JUST ANOTHER GOOD DIRECTOR, NO BETTER, NO WORSE. IT WAS A MOVIE THAT PEOPLE WERE EAGER TO SEE. THE PROFANITY WAS NOT TOUTED OR ELABORATED ON TO THE EXTENT THAT PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF THE VOLUME OF PROFANITY IN THE MOVIE. THE PROFANITY MADE ME QUITE UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN FROM BROOKLYN, NY, I KNEW THE HISTORY OF POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST BLACKS, AND THE WAY IT IS TOLERATED BY THE GREATER SOCIETY. THE MOVIE HAD A MESSAGE YOU AGREED WITH OR NOT, ETC., BUT IT WAS A MOVIE WITH A MESSAGE THAT YOU WANTED TO SEE FOR YOURSELF, RATHER THAN A VULGAR MOVIE, RAMPANT WITH PROFANITY FOR ITS OWN SAKE. FOR MYSELF I HAD TO SQUIRM DURING THE CURSING, BUT I WAS MORE FOCUSED ON THE CHARACTERS, THEIR SITUATION, CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE MESSAGE, ALL OF WHICH I THOUGHT WAS SPIKE LEE'S POINT. WHITE PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS GO OUT TO SEE BLACK ACTORS, ESPECIALLY IN "CONTROVERSIAL" MOVIES--MAYBE WHY THERE ARE SO FEW MAJOR AA ARTISTS IN HOLLYWOOD, BECAUSE THEY DON'T SELL; LIKE FOR INSTANCE BLACK MODELS ON MAGAZINE COVERS. I HAVE SAT IN MOVIE THEATRES AND REGRETTED HAVING GONE ONCE I SAW WHAT THE MOVIE WAS REALLY LIKE. I SINCERELY DOUBT THAT THE PRESIDENT, NOT BEING LIKE MOST OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE MOVIE, DIDN'T HAVE RESERVATIONS, AND EVEN CRITICISMS OF THE MOVIE AFTERWARD. HE IS SO UNLIKE SOME OF THE RAUNCIER CHARACTERS THAT COMMONSENSE LEADS ME TO BELIEVE HE HAD TO HAVE COME AWAY FROM THE MOVIE HAVING A REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT IT, BUT I DOUBT THAT HE WOULD BE ASHAMED OF HAVING SEEN IT. I WONDER HOW MANY GOOD, CHRISTIAN FOLKS APPLAUDED "BIRTH OF A NATION".
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I'm not sure you needed to use all caps for your comment, but I wholeheartedly agree with you. "Do the Right Thing" was an important film, especially for black Americans, and I don't remember anyone making a terribly big deal about the "f bomb." It was everything else that caused the uproar. If neither Barack nor Michelle had seen it already---or even if they had---they could very well have wanted to discuss it afterward. Sounds like a good date idea to me.
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