Marchese and I had a discussion on the Deadman’s Tome podcast not too long ago on whether or not a brotha can survive in horror. The same episode, which can be found on iTunes, YouTube, and Spreaker, also delved into the subject of ghetto booty. Hey ladies, don’t hate because you don’t go that extra cushion. This episode was also, if I recall correctly, one of the first episodes to play on Real Vision Radio, and we wanted to explore subjects that not only interest us, but also interest the target demographic.
As a #TuesdayThoughts post, I look back at this episode and wonder what were we thinking? The premise of can a Brotha Survive in Horror often gets thrown around on the internet as a joke, and often times the premise is answered with a hard no. So, why explore a subject that the is a meme on the internet? Because as funny as the memes are, they’re just kernels of truth that don’t capture the whole reality. I suppose someone could try to make an argument that horror is racist because of lack of representation. Though that position assumes the intent of filmmakers was to purposefully exclude black people. Not sold on that idea. While black people may often die in a slasher flick, black folk don’t always die, and it’s not hard at all to find examples, iconic ones at that, where the black hero makes it to the end. Blade featured a black vampire that kicked total ass. Night of the Living Dead had a black lead. The Candy Man had a black protagonist. Jeepers Creepers 2 had a black lead, as did Event Horizon.
Considering all of that, I think Marchese and I offered some interesting commentary on the subject, especially coming from two white dudes.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Listen and let us know what you think.