Chittlin's and Chopsticks

Writer and mother, Terris McMahan Grimes, the Mother From Another Continent, an her friends share their slighty off kilter parenting views and their takes on a whole lot of other things.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Eddie Murphy You Owe Me An Apology

Mr. Eddie Murphy, why me? Why do you have to make fun of me, a Rubenesque woman of African descent? Is that's the way you show your love?

I'm a fan. I think you're smart, handsome, and funny. I am among the six people who actually liked Bowfinger. But you reward me with insults.

Why do you have to strap on a great big ole false bootie, an avalanche of a belly, and watermelon titties for a few laughs at my expense? Huh? Answer me, boy. I'm not playing with you. I take your insults seriously.

Why this unhealthy nostalgia for the minstrel show? Why has black female fat become the new black face? Work your issues out on your therapist's couch, Sweetie, not publicly. If you want a big bootie and a set of boobies, buy you some. Medical science can works miracles--ask Michael Jackson.
Mr. Murphy, I do not accept your scorn, your contempt, nor your bigotry.
You owe me an apology.

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At 2/18/2007 1:37 PM , Anonymous Groovy Mom said...

Good points, Mother. I love me some Eddie Murphy, but he sure has beat the whole "dress up like fat black folk" thing within and inch of life, hasn't he?

My kids will surely want to see it though. Maybe that's it - doesn't get old to kids.

At 2/18/2007 6:02 PM , Blogger Mother From Another Continent said...

Groovy Mom, when Eddie donned a fat suit to play the male Nutty Professor he didn't make fun of him. The professor was a gental, sweet, misunderstood person--a big black woman is anything but.

Fat--the last bastion of bigotry!

At 2/28/2007 5:59 AM , Blogger gingajoy said...

Could not agree more. I felt the same way when Jack Black did the whole Shallow Hal deal. At least there was a smidgeon of redemption there (he does fall for the "fat girl" in the end, and is rewarded for his efforts by discovering her all thin and beautiful. ugh).

At least it seems Oscar might have sidestepped Murphy for doing this (if you can believe the rumors).

In the late 80s Murphy said that he was going to clean up his act--and that he profoundly regretted the "African Bushwoman" skit he did on SNL. Can he not see the connection here? Or is he just bringing in the money?

At 2/28/2007 12:40 PM , Blogger Mother From Another Continent said...

I choose to belive the Oscar rumors. There's got to be some light at the end of the tunnel. But who allowed him to do this? Who financed this? My ten-year-old tells fart jokes, but you don't see me mortgaging my home to finance a fart joke movie.

Eddie, himself, played large black male character in The Nutty Professor. But the professor was gentle, kind, and intelligent.

Brother Murphy has issues. Maybe he should seek out Bill Cosby for some parenting. By the way, where is Murphy mother?

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