France just keeps building on its reputation of hypocritical racial intolerance. Right on the heels of the controversy surrounding the Miss Black France pageant in Paris, news has come out that Steve Harvey’s highly successful film “Think Like a Man” has been banned in the country because of the lack of diversity in its cast. Global Voices exposed the issue rather pointedly, writing:

“Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population. Although the recent success of the movie Les Intouchables, which earned French African actor Omar Sy the Cesar award for Best Actor in 2012, caused great pride and hope among French nationals from Africa and the Caribbean, it was not to be the turning point for a deep and lasting change.”

Much like the argument that the Miss Black France pageant was exclusionary in its celebration of black beauty, a note from the Facebook page of “Negro News” reposted on Martinican blog People Bo Kay, suggests that same thinking is at play with the ban on Harvey’s film.

“The French state has had a sociopolitical strategy which favors interracial relationships rather than valuing communities,” the post reads. “In the comedy ‘Think like a Man’, the focus is on black couples.”

Interesting that Gabrielle Union’s on-screen romance with Jerry Ferrara didn’t meet the country’s unspoken interracial quota. It seems the goal is to flip the script on the black community’s cries of disenfranchisement by arguing that all-black efforts do the same thing, without any regard for why such all-black projects exist. Steve Harvey isn’t the only black contemporary film that’s been banned either. The note also adds:

“Black actor and producer Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even though he has been used to leading the US box-office, as with ‘Why did I get Married’ and ‘For Colored Girls’. The French society acts hypocritically, when it refuses to show movies from black producers who earn millions from conveying a positive message to the African diaspora through their films.”

Other bloggers suggest that beyond the racist undertone of the ban, the French people don’t believe that a movie with an all-black cast could actually lead the box office. That sounds awfully similar to expectations here in the U.S. before the film knocked The Hunger Games out of its four-week run at the #1 spot and brought in double the revenue that was expected. If the success of Tyler Perry’s movies hasn’t sparked a change in France’s thinking, it’s not likely “Think Like a Man” will either. Unfortunately, it seems films like Les Intouchables will continue to be outliers as long as the country keeps pushing for a more nationalist approach to country unity without acknowledging that all French people aren’t allotted the same freedom of expression.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I would NEVER dare immigrate to France. NEVER!

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    what in the what what?!

  • T

    So France… you’re gonna ban all films with an all-White cast next then, yes?

  • Laugh

    Pathetic.

  • Bee

    Well, I spent three days in Paris in 2005. I never realized it was this bad there, but I can’t say I felt comfortable. London’s effed up, but I preferred it. France will not get another tourist dollar or euro from me. What a bunch of hypocritical racist bullsh*t.

  • Yas

    This is truly disgusting. Shame on you France! (Although I’m sure not all French people are biogted)

  • Jess

    Now you know the answer to that..

  • H

    It’s annoying that they make such a big deal about rare movies with all black casts, but when black people say something about all white casts, we’re complaining too much. And there was a non-black person in the movie! Most movies don’t even attempt to diversify with non-white people. This movie and many of Tyler Perry’s movies at least feature someone who is not black. How many movies are all white? A lot.

    Does this mean France will ban movies with all white casts? Doubt it. That country is pretty screwed up when it comes to their dealings with their minorities.

  • Wow!

    Perhaps the enlightened Yay and Hova will cover this in their @@ggas in Paris remix for folks to go cray to.

  • Tonton Michel

    Seems France is promoting a subtle form of white supremacy.

  • Qofn

    Nope. Just the white ones and some of the arabs.

  • Echo

    And then, there’s the recent news that France has recently appointed three Blacks as ministers in the country. Not sure if this link will work, but you can go to the Black France Facebook page for the story as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150819244200079.390801.13406870078&type=1

    Not unlike the US, France has a complicated racial history, and you may even say in some instances that France is in denial about its issues surrounding race. Historically the country has embraced Black ex-pats–especially artists (James Baldwin, Lois Maillou Jones, Josephine Baker)–yet has not been as amicable towards Blacks born in the country or other Francophone countries and territories. And, much like some in the US fault Mexican immigrants for the lack of jobs, some French cite the influx and influence of Black and brown immigrants for the tight economy and job market as well. I’d be curious to know whether Black French audiences are actually clamoring for “Think Like a Man” and other all-African American cast films. It’s frequently said over here in the US that Black films do not do well in overseas markets, but is that due to lack of audience demand or a pre-conceived idea of what audiences will and will not gravitate toward?

    What is also fascinating is the recent election of François Hollande as president of France. Evidently he did overwhelmingly well among young black and brown French citizens. So taken in parts, we can rail against the French for being racist hypocrites because they (whomever the “they” is in this case) declined to put “Think Like a Man” in theatres because of its all-Black cast; or, taken as a whole, we can further explore the ways in which race, color, class, nationality, and France’s historical cultural perspectives impact popular culture now.

  • Ladyt

    hmmm……the media like to portray france as the open minded country that is light years ahead of everyone else as far as race relations. I wonder if the charges of DSK reopening has anything to do with it? The jews are very angry with the blacks right now.

  • http://www.thesolepursesuit.com/ Fab from thesolepursesuit.com

    This does not make any sense to me. I am scratching my head.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    What Jess said.

  • http://google iesha

    lol wow france.back in the 20′s and and up to the late 60′s,y’all loved you some black folks.NOW,your acting like america and trying to keep EVERYTHING white.how many movies come out with an ALL white cast?? lol how hypocritical can you get?? i wonder if this applies for EVERY race or just blacks.

  • LJL

    Very good post

  • Noémie

    I feel ashamed.. I was looking forward to watching that movie. If you only knew how hard it is to see an “African American” movie in Paris, you would think it’s a joke.. :-(

  • Catherine

    I am French and my country really makes me feel ashamed sometimes!! That is ridiculous. But honestly, I am not surprised the movie didn’t come out here, but I don’t think it is for the reason mentionned in this article. I think you got it twisted there.
    We have a lot of Francophone African movies scheduled here, and tons of other foreign movies, a lot of independent ones too, where the cast is clearly not multiethnic.
    I think the reason why that movie, like most of Tyler Perry’s movies are not released here is that average French people don’t know much about the African-American community and culture, and couldn’t really relate to these movies. I honestly don’t think racism is behind all this.
    I got my Masters’ degree in African-American Studies here in Paris and I lived in the US for a while so I can relate to all these movies and I am pissed when then don’t come out here but I’m telling you, it is really not common here. Very few people can relate to my interests, references, readings and movies. That’s what I think. Whenever I go to the States I noticed how terrible France is depicted in the media. Don’t believe everything they say :-) As a counter-example, Spike Lee is very popular here and his movies always come out.

  • http://www.writrjudy.com Judy

    Wow, that is too bad. I have always loved Paris as my second city after NYC. Come one people diversity is here for all.

  • http://ghubar-magazine.com Absatou

    I do not think it’s banned. This type of movie never makes it to the theatre, unless it’s something with Eddy Murphy in it. Culturally French people (black or white) don’t relate to narratives like 2 Can Play That Game, Brothers or the Friday series. It is just that with people being more exposed than ever through social medias, more people want to see the movie and expect to see it in theaters.
    In reality, if Think Like a Man came out, it wouldn’t move crowds, because nothing has really changed, people in France would not pay to see it.

    This being said, the comparison with Miss Black France is way off! I have worked with the Miss Black France comity as a media partner and one has absolutely nothing to do with the other! The MBF controversy was racist and very serious, Think Like a Man on the other hand just doesn’t correspond to a movie people would want to see for cultural reasons and what I have eplained above.

  • @Work_Bored

    LMAO, that was funny!

  • Princess

    Okay I’m French and seriously, I am so fucking pissed.

    I’ve been waiting for this movie ever since the promo started. I’m so fucking pissed in 2012 the country where I’ve been raised is still that stupid.
    Somewhere in my mind I always knew it wouldn’t come to France but it was just a thought like ” this movie looks so great, French theaters could never handle it ” see ? Not for that reason.
    Now I understand why we hadn’t had Lottery Ticket either…

    This is just making me sooooo mad !

  • Muse

    I just wanna know if they also banned “She’s Just Not That Into You”. Pretty much the same storyline but with an all white american cast. Were the French able to relate to the characters? Was it banned due to lack of diversity?

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say no. France, spare me the nonsense

  • LemonNLime

    Ughhhh. Seriously as a francophone I love France but sometimes I just can’t handle the French, God love’em. I would like to say I’m surprised but I’m not and the focus and subtle promotion of interracial relationships doesn’t surprise me either.

    French immigration policy stresses assimilation and what better way to push along assimilation than by blend populations rather than having separate ethnic groups and identities. The French promote this ideal that we are all, first and foremost, French and you need to hop on the train. Black Americans tend to stress that they are, first and foremost, black rather than American. And in a country with centenaries of long established history and traditions but also where the black and beur immigrant population is growing faster than the white population, there isn’t room for that kind of thinking.

  • apple

    france? i’m not surprised

  • Mosaicmuse

    Hmmm…I live in Paris, France and I remember seeing Dreamgirls here. So, I’m not 100% sure if it’s a 100% anti-all Black cast thing. Maybe it’s an anti Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry thing.

  • khrish

    If this is true, does that mean they don’t show movies with no Blacks in them, like THE IRON LADY?

  • Nikia

    And they’re just gonna ignore the token white people in the film, too?

    France is a trip!

  • rhirhi-hater

    then i feel like that should apply to all american movies shown in France that aren’t about superheros/zombies/fantasy/etc. but thats not the case. so they are basically saying they can relate to white america and their movies but not black/hispanic/minority american cinema and thats just a BS excuse to be close-minded and ignorant

  • Robbie

    As I have said many times here before, as a French woman born and bread. France is not a perfect country. Just because Think Like a Man which I have no interest in seeing will not be played at the movie theaters does not give anyone the right to judge an entire country. Blame distribution for that. That does not make the French people more racists than anyone else.

  • Renee

    *blink blink*

    but i’m sure they show movies with solely all white casts.

    *blink blink* i don’t understand

  • omfg

    but what i don’t understand is why they would go out of their way to ban it. why not just let the market decide what the audience feels it can and cannot relate to? of course, if that’s the real reason for its ban.

    i don’t necessarily view this as a movie about african american culture either. it’s more like black people who are playing in these roles – it’s a movie more about gender themes.

    i also find it bizarre that the french censors think no one will “relate” to a so-called african american film since african american artists have historically sought refuge in france from american racism that prohibited or didn’t appreciate their artistic/culture expression.

    people are cray.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    hun,

    I’m still not immigrating!!! I’ll be locked up upon arrival.

  • John

    This article is ridiculous. The movie IS BEING RELEASED on May 30th (in a limited number of theaters.)

  • Robbie

    @Mami, you are so silly. You are entitled to your opinion. Like everywhere you go, there is good and bad. I love my country what else can I say?

  • Robbie

    If what John above is saying is true, shame on the writer for putting the wrong information out. Once again don’t judge an entire country over someone else’s decision.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    awwww hun!!!! You berra LOVE your country, because if you don’t no one else will!! To be quite honest, I’ve side eyed your country for a very long time, more so from the treatment of my dear African pippoz over thurr. BUT, I’m willing to atleast see a different side. If you please don’t mind, post a link, about anything nice about France that would me want to emigrate thurr. *NEKKKID French African menzes would be a good start* #justsaying

  • Mosaicmuse

    I checked out Allocine.fr and for the release date it said, Next or coming soon. So I don’t know if it will be released in the cinemas or go straight to DVD.
    African Mami, unless you speak French fluently or are an EXPERT in a desirable field, just stay put. I have been here for 6 years and it’s a challenge EVERYDAY. However, France has good points and one day when I have the strength to write about it, I will. However there will not a be a linked to nekkid men :-(

  • jamesfrmphilly

    “Maybe it’s an anti Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry thing”

    i’m down wit that…….

  • jamesfrmphilly

    we gon stop eating french fries again?

  • Robbie

    @MamiFrance is not for everyone to emigrate to. But visiting it can give you a better understand of this country. What I love about my country is the food, the educational system and the healh care system, the arts, the shopping, my friends and the fact that there are many black folks that are very well integrated in the country and they never mentioned it.

    I did not go to a segragated school because most of us attend schools with children from different backgrounds. I am not from Africa nor is my family. I cannot speak for these people. My family has been brought to the French West indies during slavery. Based on my experience, I never had any problems and I have to tell you that despite the fact that some people criticize the French from wanting us (blacks)to assimilate, I don’t have an issue with it. I love it!

    Visit Paris but most of all, I will suggest you to visit the South of France ( the lovely city of Nimes or Nice) firtst to enjoy the lovely scenery,mild weather, beach, cusine and speak to the locals. In Paris people can be really cold and in a rush. Get a feel of the French. Make your own observations, then if you don’t like it, it is ok. Try some of our pastries and you will know why the French are the best when it comes to pastry.

    Make your own observations, that is all I am trying to say. Start here. http://us.franceguide.com/

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    What do you mean “we”? Lol

  • http://blackonpurpose.blogspot.com/ gryph

    okay. the FUNNIEST thing about this is that a few months ago clutch was running stories about how race is a non-factor in france, lol. is anyone at clutch going to acknowledge the falsehoods it was knowingly spreading?

    i guess we’ll hear about that right before we hear about assimilation implications the ‘inter-racial quota’ in mainstream media. keep fluffing those white supremist funders, clutch! revolution!!

  • Robbie

    @ Mami My comment was not posted. Anyways, You can start here. http://us.franceguide.com/ France is not about only France, there are plenty of French islands and territories to visit. You can visit there also and talk to the many locals there.
    http://us.franceguide.com/maps/france/regions/martinique/home.html?NodeID=162
    http://us.franceguide.com/maps/france/regions/guadeloupe/home.html?NodeID=155
    http://us.franceguide.com/maps/france/regions/st-martin-et-st-barthelemy/home.html?NodeID=179
    and so forth. You will get more info on the main website mentioned above.

    Make your own observations then you can decide for yourself. There is good and bad everywhere. Despite what a lot of people think not all blacks living there are unhappy or miserable. I cannot speak for those that are coming from Africa because we don’t share the same background. I can only speak for myself and my ancestors that were brought to the French colonies during slavery and that are today, for most of us very well integrated.

    All I am saying is see for yourself then decide. What is suited and love by an american audiance might not suit a French one and vice versa.

  • mosaicmuse

    France is an easy country to idolize and/or demonize…sometimes within the same article! Is there a problem with race in France, or religion or gender role or elitism? It depends on who you ask. I have noticed that at my job, I’m the only one who has to list my qualifications when I have a new student (I teach business English. I have a MA and professional work experience. I am African American. Even when I say I’m American I still have to go down the line until the student understands that I really am American. Yes I am of African descent but you know, it’s hard to know from which part of Africa due to something called slavery. And no, my ancestors were not African slaves but enslaved Africans.)

    As Robbie suggested, come to the country, experience it with an open spirit and then make your decision. As I often say, Parisians have nothing on New Yorkers, so if you have a thin-skin, save Paris for a romantic outing. @Robbie,regarding your statement, about not going to segregated schools, there is segregation – the schools in the 16eme are not the same as the ones in the 93. Whether it’s based on class or race – it’s still a seperation.

    But back to the movie, I know that this may be a surprise, but movie houses want to make money….so unless the distributors KNOW that they are going to make a lot of money, they are going to be shy to release a film. Come on, we know how hard it is for African American films to do well in the States (with Tyler Perry being the current exception) so do you really think that France is going to jump up and down with a movie without Denzel, Beyonce, or the latest one-name money maker? Not saying it’s right or wrong but show the €€€€ to get some screen time.

  • http://blackonpurpose.blogspot.com/ gryph

    what’s wrong with ‘assimilation’? race is just a troublesome illusion anyway. we’d be all better off if we just erased race, no?

  • mosaicmuse

    Nice post!

  • Mary

    I hope they are banning the new american pie movie, I wonder if black swan was banned? theres many more but I can’t be bothered to list them.

  • josef blocker

    Just to be clear…there is a serious difference between integration and assimilation. I have lived almost half of my life in Europe and I can tell you that racism is alive a well there. It is a different flavor than in the US. here is an interesting fact: more land is owned by Black people in the American state of Georgia than in the whole of Europe…at least as of 2010. Simple equation”’if you own nothing you are not integrated you are tolerated.The governments (not the people) of Europe have long considered American Blacks as ‘Trouble-makers” …rousing revolutionary zeal and stirring up the natives with their rebellious talk of equality, justice and freedom. BUT…don’t blame the French people who I have found on the whole to be warm and hospitable..with some exceptions. Whatever you do DO NOT MAKE PARIS YOUR ONLY STOP IN FRANCE. That’s like coming to America and only going to Vegas. Paris is a great place for it’s history, culture and food (I don’t much care for most French food) but it is also an old dirty city where they allow dogs in restaurants and also allow their dogs to defecate on the street. Head south..the closer you get to the Mediterranean the nicer the people are….although I love the north as well. Juan-le-Pin Baby!!!

  • Insight

    There were 3 white people (I can remember) in Think like a Man (2 white guys in the male group and Gabrielle Union’s best friend)…How many films (with a predominant white cast) can you think of with only 1 black person??….

  • princetrumpet

    My, my, my… it’s just so hard to be politically correct these days. You just don’t know to whom you should pander anymore.

  • Alexandra

    I don’t know how true this is, but I think most people do know that a good amount of international film markets do not distribute Black-majority films. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is indeed accurate.

  • TheTuth

    It kills me when I hear Black people say stupid crap like race isn’t a big deal in Europe. European countries are just able to hide their racism better than the U.S.

  • CMR

    Someone mentioned the fact that France is not the only country that doesn’t release Black movies (at least in the theater). I know there’s been a problem with many Tyler Perry movies not translating well, as the jokes aren’t funny to many different cultures. *insert jokes about Tyler Perry’s movies not translating well anywhere* However, since TLAM doesn’t rely specifically on culturally biased references, none more so than the average American movie, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be released–well, that is if this article is even sound.

  • Nae

    Excellent point, shame to the author of the article for making the reader believe one thing when it really is more detailed than that. The title of the article is what drew me in, but honest and well rounded responses like yours make me understand the entire picture now.

    Thank You :)

  • Bosslady

    It hasn’t been banned. They are just not distributing in all cinemas. I’m from The UK and am actually surprised it like be on general relase here, as most “black” films aren’t. They unfortunately not think the market is big enough.

  • apple

    Freedom fries James .. Freedom fries

  • Max

    Hi all,
    First, pardon my bad english…
    I’m french and I’m pretty upset by the stupid anti-french talks I just read.
    I’m not chauvinist at all : Actually, I consider myself more as a “citizen of the world” than as a french.
    But anti-french assertions are sometimes a bit difficult to bare.
    Please just consider that France is the european country where there are the more mixed (“interracial”) mariages. Talking about the US, everytime I visit this country, I’m sad to notice “white neighborhood” at one side, “black neighborhood” at another side of the city. My POV is that integration is far better in France…
    Don’t believe conservative TV channels and tabloïds.
    Come visit France, avoid the touristic places where (I admit ;-)) people are often unpleasant, and you’ll understand why it is the most touristic place in the world.
    M

  • iforgotitall

    American black culture doesn’t travel….sorry. But it’s the truth! Our relationships are different. There is deep visceral aggression and cruelty in black American male-female relationships.
    European and Asian men are aggressive in a more passive aggressive way…which BTW makes for beter cinema. Our music, though we are the creators of R&B we no longer dominate the genre the world over. Nobody wants to hear about “busting out windows” and being left, abused and misused as our R&B divas wail about. Our romances are different and may find a small audience but cannot pack a large theater anywhere outside Atlanta or the US.
    Also let’s be clear, the audience for romantic comedies is women.Movies are about fantasy and moviegoers live through the experiences of the actors. Few European and Asian women can see themselves in our shoes. The pop culture images we send out to the world has tainted all of us as violent, dysfunctional, criminal and hyper-sexual.

  • Jimmy

    I’m surprised people actually believe this nonsense? Don’t be so easily lead. Don’t you need any credible sources? As a matter of fact I’m not surprised this article is posted. America is obsessed with race, there is no official word just a translation from an unknown blogger. Let me tell you something…A movie could never be “banned” in france for these reasons. This is something that would be a reality in USA 50 years ago. It isn’t being released in the theaters just like many other american movies. Once again the movie was not banned, just not distributed or shown in theaters, and that’s a big difference. Too much speculation and race baiting for no reason.

  • CB

    OK Jimmy…whatever you say. Problem is…either way…it’s not allowed in the French theatres which is EXACTLY the same as it being banned because it’s the same result!!! YOU CAN’T GO TO SEE IT THERE!!!! Why don’t you get that? The exact terminology means nothing.

  • Jimmy

    @CB

    What it is about my post you don’t understand? So every american movie in France that in the end instead goes straight to DVD is “banned”? You don’t seem to get my point at all. Like I said before a movie could never be banned in france because there are too many black people.

    “A mostly black cast, forget about it it’s against the rule of our country so let’s ban the moive from our theatres”. That’s what this article is about – race baiting at it’s finest. People actually believe this stuff is funny to me. No such thing as critical thinking at all because it’s so much easier to see what you wanna see.

  • ST

    Ummm, CB, I think Jimmy’s point is well made. Choosing not to release something is certainly not the same as “banning” something. It is quite clearly qualitatively different.

    You could have written a more reflective piece about why it is that France’s distributors believe that there is not a commercial case for the release of the film in France (as opposed to the insinuation that French authorities have exercised some form of banning order, the way the Apartheid government would have done). The distributors are either right or wrong, and you do point out that the American distributors were surprised at how successful it was there – which is interesting, too, because it implies that their own reading of the market suggested limited demand. Of course, the French distributors may also be right, which then raises questions about why French audiences wouldn’t see the film. Perhaps it is merely not to French taste, rather than racist. I’m sure there are many films every year that are not released in France on the belief that they will not appeal to French cinema goers. Just as there are many French films not released in the US or elsewhere in Europe.

  • Blackfrenchgirl

    Hi,

    I’m black and french living in France.
    I just want to tell the reality.
    French are racist and hypocrite!
    Black people is not considered. Everyday we are discriminated!
    That’s all!

  • burner123

    It seems that someone has his head in the sand. Not releasing or showing is the same as a ban. Wake up!

  • LemonNLime

    The issue is less a problem of assimilation and more an issue of wanting people to erase the cultural identity in order to assimilate. While race is a social construction and arbitrary, the diverse backgrounds, history, languages, religions, cultures, arts, and cuisine of different immigrants are not. Many don’t want to have to give up their entire identity, like it is something worthless that can just be thrown away, just to live in another country.

  • thinking person

    ST & jimmy … At ease. At this point in our western cultures, this isn’t about marketing or commercial preference. It’s about exposure and awareness, and presenting a variety of stories for others to witness. The french are hiding behind a false guise of “so-called” diversity

    Nor is this “race baiting.” This essay and referent articles present views on how people and societies engage (or disengage) stories about other cultures which they don’t regard as relevant or equivilant in social value. Some “marketing” strategies actions are misguided or filtered through a racialized perspective (i.e., “reading of the market”). Here in the U.S. we have many art houses and forums where french (and other foreign) films are readily available and advertised, which our “commercial” theatres choose not to show or promote. And, no I do not equate art-film venues as tools of marginalization regarding certain genres of film.

    peace
    peace

  • MIkela123

    Everything you said is true.

  • ST

    @thinking person (nice name!). You may be wanting to discuss art and exposure, but you the reason the film is not in show may be entirely different. So you are tackling a straw man. The distributors of films have salaries to pay. I suspect that is the chief concern in the decision on whether or not to take a film on distribution, as it should be. As I said in my previous post.

    Of course, it is possible that they are a) racist themselves in that they simply don’t realise the film’s commercial potential because they can’t see past the blackness of the actors or b) believe the French public is so racist that they won’t be able to see past these things and therefore the film will be commercially unsuccessful. If a) is the true case, then as a non-racist person I really should get involved in film distribution in France, because there is obviously money to be made out of my competitors’ ignorance. If b) is true, I’m not sure that I should put my company at serious financial risk in order to change it. I’m not sure it would be my company’s responsibility, bearing in mind that any company has many stakeholders, to engage general French racism. However, it would certainly be my personal responsibility to try and object to it. So that I do, especially considering blackfrenchgirl’s comments.

  • Robbie

    Agree. I am tired of people always talking about how France is racist. I can only speak from my own experience and yes I love my country . Whether this movie comes to a movie theather in my area or not, I will no go see it. I choose my movie based on my interest and not because a cast is black or white. AA and Black French have a different culture. I wish they could accept it and stop trying to make us feel like we are miserable. What may please an American audience may not please a European one. Simple as that!

  • kay

    What European country was it that removed the black couple from the poster for that romantic comedy movie with Vince Vaughn?

  • haffie

    I am just tired of reading about nonsense like that. Yes I am French born and raised. My family, my ancestors are french and blacks. The problem with France is the’re too many african immigrants and they area lways complaining about racism. You dont like it, go back to where you came from or move to another country. But we all know that aint gonna happen. So stop believing that all blacks are miserable. Do I care about think like a man, hell no. DVD’s are here for a reason. No distributor in France will take the risk of showing a movie that will not make any money, so yes they are right. Maybe small theaters but major ones I doubt. Big name black actors are on the big screen but not the b and c black AA actors. France is a nice place come to the south, come visit our small cities, come see the way we live. Come see our beautiful men. Come see how much they love us. Come experience the real French lifestyle and stop worrying about crap on blogs and sites who have no clue about what they are talking about. Visit the French Islands, come see the metissage, come see the melting pot, come see interacial couples, beautiful blacks that we are and you will understand why our men love us so much. France has issues just like any other countries but we know it and we work hard at fixing thing. Yes 2 black movies in France but no to b and c movies like think like a man.

  • Robbie

    Just because you are discriminated does not mean that all French people are racist. Speak for yourself and not for everyone. I love my country. I know it is not perfect but it is what it is. Si les francais sont racistes comme vous le dites, vous etes libre de partir vivre ailleurs. Arrettez de mettre tout le monde dans le meme bateau. La France est mon pays, je l’aime et je suis noire.

  • Classic

    My new favorite term that has evolved through internalized and externalized racism is “Race-Baiting”. Now, when black people and people of color point issues of race and racism, we are “Race-baiting”! LOL… quite Ironic.

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  • Ms. Terious

    That was the UK version of the promo poster for Couples Retreat.

  • L

    There are too many African immigrants?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/clnmike Tonton Michel

    Yes apparently those African immigrants are giving the french born blacks a bad name. Heaven forbid that they should protest poor treatment in France. They should be grateful they were even allowed to touch French soil. Those savages need to be shipped back to the mess they call their homelands and stay, Leave France to the good blacks and the whites who adore them…..

  • Sa

    France is a racist country this is not a joke for jimmy and robbie if you don’t have any racisme problem good for you the fact is his country is racist, black and arabic people get harassed by the police on a daily basics there
    just look at the last elections results :)

  • A guy

    No thanks… I’ll take a pass on that. Something tells me that my Roma Gypsy self might just meet a little… racism… in France.

  • Aneesa

    To JIMMY and HAFFIE Let me tell you BOTH something…HAFFIE, you are a “HOUSE SLAVE” and Black people are tired of individuals like you, so you would do us a favor if you would shut up and stop feeding us “house negro junk food”.
    Secondly many Black would definitely to “go back to where they came from” like you suggest if the brutal Colonialist that France remains today, would simply leave Africa in peace. The people that they call “Immigrants” are simply following the traces of their BELONGINS stolen by France from Africa during the past 500 years !!!
    And even last years France wrecked the lives of people in 2 more countries in Africa by bombing them and setting up Genocidal Torturers and Murderers as so-called “government”. Ivory Coast, Libya and now even Mali will tell you that France is a PERMANENT LEECH SUCKING THE BLOOD OF AFRICANS. Ivorians demonstrate all the time all over Europe to denounce the arrest and humiliation of their elected President.
    If there are too many immigrants in France, note that THE WEALTH FRANCE HAS STOLEN FROM AFRICA FOR 500 YEARS IS COUNTLESS.
    Even last year Nicolas Sarkozy issued death treats to the Presidents who were negotiating a peaceful solution in Lybia. !!
    And for your information, it is the official racist CSA (Audiovisual Council) that censored the film because it depicts Black couples in a natural light and deals with their problems.
    THE FILM WAS TRULY BANNED BY THE RACIST ROBBER COUNTRY called France.

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  • pshh

    Not releasing means that this particular film was simply not selected from the staggering mass of non-french films produced yearly around the world to be dubbed (which is costly) and released in France, most likely because the distribution companies didn’t feel it would appeal to the french audience. It is definitely NOT the same as banning, which would mean that an authority would specifically ban this movie from being shown. This movie was NOT “banned”, it was simply not considered worth the effort.

    Just as well you could claim that the US “bans” Indian films because of racism towards the all-indian casts in the movies produced in Bollywood. Proof? Just look at all those successful Indian films that where massive, massive successes in India among indian viewers! How many of those are dubbed and released nationwide in the US (or released in hindi, with subtitles)? Huh? It’s racism I tell you! It has nothing at all to do with companies trying to make a profit and trying to figure out what would interest their customers.

  • Krysie

    In France really? I always assumed that France was “Black friendly”.

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Nope. The french practice covert racism. Being French often comes before your race there. Oftentimes you cant simultaneously acknowledge both in practice. I say often so as not to generalize – i know it will not be every French black citizen who feels this way.

  • Check

    Don’t even waste your breath trying to argue with people like “Jimmy”. They will never admit that they nor their country is in fact racist simply because they don’t WANT to believe it and don’t experience it daily. To them, racism only exists if you have something blatantly displayed like a “This Fountain for Coloreds Only” sign. And even then they would find a “rational” reason behind the segregation. Like maybe us “coloreds” would feel more comfortable drinking from our own fountain. Let people like him/her wallow in their own ignorance and find peaceful ways to fight it…like boycotting all films in France. If there’s one thing racists don’t like, it’s losing money:)

  • BT

    People really do talk twaddle…………..There are a plethora of films made,and submitted,with casts of all colours,that simple don’t get selected for release in cinemas and theatres,and go straight to DVD.Does this mean those movies have been banned,or is this term being thrown around because it’s a black film?Of the many films not selected,that have an all white cast,would the same terminology be used?Only asking.

  • BT

    I can’t speak with any great authority,but I don’t think you can ban a film because the cast is black.You can ban a film because of it’s content,if it’s deemed to be inappropriate.irrespective of the casts.

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  • True Black Bajan

    You couldn’t have said it better sister.

    Peace!!!

  • punky brewstein

    no wonder i loved Paris, and whilst there were a many nigress there, they were oft en fianced with a very sophisticated white frenchman. Paris is divine!

  • http://www.iamronniecash.com Hottest Actors

    I think that France is doing too much with banning issues of black actor/actress movies. Now he is becoming a new patriot by quoting all these racist things in the world. But he won’t succeed as we are much stronger then it.

  • http://gravatar.com/oliinthewest Olivierolivier

    Hi, i’m a french black man. France and french people are very very racist, i never see in my life a black movie in a french office or in french TV. only negative scene of black people are promote.

  • Marisa

    You know I have friends who are European and they have said between Spain, France and Italy they got like a 3 way tie for first place on the racist scale. I have gone back and forth about wanting to travel to these countries and giving my hard earned money away to countries with these attitudes. Then again I live in the great old US of A the land of segregated proms, teachers who couldn’t ever molest black kids because their racist, and media hungry journalist and public desperate for a terror suspect to be black or brown. If I can spend a lifetime giving money away in this country I will probably still visit those countries anyway, but their attitudes SUCK ROYALLY and society in general needs to get its collective sh%t together simple as that. Notice the fashion industry has this same excuse about not using black models because, allegedly we aren’t marketable.

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