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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Newsone.com is reporting that the popular Steve Harvey film, “Think Like a Man,” was never banned in France. The banning had been originally reported by numerous websites, including BET, The Root, TheYBF, GlobalGrind,TheGrio, HelloBeautiful and Your Black World. This shows what can happen when one website after another picks up on faulty information. We apologize for contributing to the mess.
But while “Think Like a Man” hasn’t been banned in most international markets, it might as well be. The film has only been released in South Africa, which is far from a stellar global introduction. I even recall seeing the Ice Cube film “XXX” being released in Shanghai during my visit there in 2005. If Ice Cube can get to China, then anybody can.
So, although Sony can claim that “Think Like a Man” was never banned from any country, the de facto banning still holds true: Executives likely didn’t plan the French release because their expectations for a black film were low, or they (correctly) understand that the dating issues of African American women don’t necessarily translate to an international audience.
As I mentioned in my last article on the topic, black women in America are unique in that there has been a strong effort to destroy black American families over the last 40 years. This has created a chaotic dating situation, where daddies lost to violence, drug abuse and the prison industrial complex has led to a bunch of grown children who have insufficient guidance on how to create sustainable families themselves. As a result, they do the logical thing: Turn to a divorced comedian with no counseling credentials to guide them out of their dilemma.
Also, while other countries may not have banned “Think Like a Man,” it appears that Sony banned the film from the jump. Was it a bad business decision to keep the film at home? I’m not sure. It’s hard to imagine this film having the same global appeal as “The Avengers.”
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and author of the forthcoming book, “The RAPP Sheet: Rising Above Psychological Poison.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.