Post by Ron Hubbard
Some things are understandable, but most of the time black character is
going to die for no good reason. I can't remember the name but it was
one of those zombie movies that really set my teeth on edge where the
black guy survives everything the zombies could throw at him but at the
end he gets shot down by a bunch of crazed white cops and vigilantes. If
there isn't some conspiracy it sure seems like one.
You need to update your film history knowledge if you are referring to
the very famous Night of the Living Dead. Volumes have been written on
the significance of that character and his race, quite different from
the lazy writing that makes a sidekick of whatever race die at the end
of the second act, and created by Romero who was at that time very far
outside the Hollywood power structure.
The fact that talented black actors get stuck with sidekick roles is
obscene, but since there's been a little progress (it's no longer the
case, for example, that Hollywood can stand only one black lead male,
and people believe less and less that a black actor can open a film for
more than $40M, the old stereotypical belief that Eddie Murphy helped
discredit), one wonders why you bring this up now, esp. in light of the
troll attack. Any relationship?
Why don't you go rent Devil in a Blue Dress, go see Hotel Rwanda, or
one of Kasi Lemmon's films, or any of the films that go against that
trend, and get back to us on what you noticed about the story structure
or theme? Or, compare and contrast films with 2nd act sidekicks that are
white vs. ones that are black. Do you note any differences?
And remember, be specific. Some of us have read serious novels :)
Writers read, and screenwriters should educate themselves about history