“Think Like A Man” Banned In France For Lack of Diversity

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Steve Harvey’s hit movie Think Like A Man has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough aka it’s too black. WTH!

According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices:

“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.”

It is unclear, though, whether “Think Like A Man” has literally been banned, or if it just is not being screened, not that it makes much difference. But the Global Voices blogger and several other French-speaking bloggers seem adamant that someone in a position of power in France is uninterested in promoting films by and about black folks. One blogger claims “Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even thought he has been used to leading the U.S. box office.”

France has also been in the news recently when some French folks objected to a Miss Black France pageant in April. Miss Black France was the first-ever beauty pageant for black women and was endorsed as being more representative of France’s diverse cultures. One supporter said:

“The purpose of this beauty contest is to shine a light on the many black women in this country who are rarely given any media attention. The Miss France competition is not nearly representative enough of modern France.”

But some critics balked at the Miss Black France pageant, complaining that purposefully excluding white women from a beauty pageant was “disturbing” and “hostile.” These critics said all pageants should be inclusive of everyone, even if they didn’t seem particularly committed to diversifying the Miss France pageant itself.



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  1. The French have always been a very arrogant people, so this doesn’t surprise me, it sounds like France is turning into America and that’s a damn shame!!!!

    • Actually, America is turning into France. More social programs, more handouts, national healthcare . . . and forced “diversity.” It’s just that in France that the diversity police have gained more authority than they have so far here in the US. If we continue on our current path, every thing we do will have to pass the “diversity” test. Today, we only see diversity being pushed in cases where whites, heterosexuals, or men happen to be the predominant group. If we continue on our path toward government control of everything we do and think, the diversity police will start banning situations that are predominated by blacks, queers, or females. For example, historically black colleges will be forced have a LOT of white students actually enrolled, and further pushed to make sure that white people get their share start taking prominent spots at the university, like drum major and university president. Florists will have to start hiring straight men to arrange flowers, and big-name New York fashion stores will have to start giving prime retail space to styles designed by straight men. Nate Burkas, Ellen Degeneres, P. Allen Smith, and Anderson Cooper will have to move to half-hour shows to make room for straight people attempting to do the same thing. Nursing programs will be forced to recruit large numbers of men.

      You may think “diversity” is good, because right now it appears to provide a benefit to black folks (and gays and women). Yet, if we continue on the current path, we will end up like France, where everything has to be filtered by the diversity police before we are allowed to move forward.

  2. Diversity is perversity.

    So often people whine about “includsion” of “diverse” people in various events, activities, and institutions. Gotta have a woman on the nightly newscast. Gotta have at least one cross dresser on the board of directors. Gotta have a black physics professor at every university, despite the fact that there literally aren’t enough black people with PhD’s in physics to go around.

    I think Steve Harvey’s movie is fine, and an all black cast is fine — an all black cast follows the themes of his book and it works well in the movie. Even if an all black cast wasn’t a good fit for this movie, it’s Harvey’s movie, and he ought to be able to cast whomever he feels like casting. The problem with “diversity” is that it truly is a perversion of honesty in daily life. The end result of diversity is that it turly makes no sense. Do you think that Steve Harvey ought to have had some white actresses, and few arab actors, and perhaps a Chinese dude mixed in? Would that have made the movie better? Of course not. But it sure would have added “diversity” to the movie just for the sake of addding diversity, and probably ruined it at the same time.

    Sometimes people of certain demographics just seem to dominate certain fields. For example, 98% of nurses are women; nursing is a good-paying career, but nobody seems to be upset that there isn’t more “diversity” forcing more men into the field. If you go to a bagpipe concert, it is virtually all white

    As for the “Miss Black whatever” pageants, I think black folks need to get a grip. It was different way back when “Miss America” was really “Miss White America,” but it hasn’t been that way for decades. (Over the past 30 years, 23% of Miss Amerca winners have been black.) There comes a time that black folks need to let go of their own “racially biased” events. As past discrimination goes by the wayside for a given sort of event, it looks sort of petty to have “black only” events for no other purpose than to assure a black winner.

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