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Was NBC's 'The Wiz Live!' Too Black?

The Wiz Live!


If you guys didn’t know, The Wiz Live! premiered on NBC last night. It was a new adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical, The Wiz’, a more soulful version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Diana Ross, and Richard Pryor. I haven’t watched The Wiz Live! yet, but I heard it was great. The musical featured well renown rapper, Common; Glee’s Amber Riley; Uzo Aduba, from Orange Is The New Black; singers, Ne-Yo & Mary J. Blige; actress, Queen Latifah; and several others.

Because I didn’t watch the show I wasn’t attentive to its trending comments on Twitter. But today, I watched Philip DeFranco’s video on Facebook entitled: “If You’re Offended By This I Hate You” –and my guy makes a valid point.

I tend to steer clear of racial discussions because no one enters into the conversation with the intent to understand; they only want their one-sided opinion to be heard. This is a prime example of that.

“OMG Black people would be so upset if there was an ‘all-white’ Wiz.”

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Are these people not watching television? Have they not been watching television since its existence? I’m not the biggest BET fan, because quite frankly the channel sucks now, but there is a reason it exists. Robert L. Johnson created Black Entertainment Television because there were no other networks aimed at African-American people. I don’t care what anyone says, people need something to relate to. There’s no need for segregation and exclusion, correct; but people need to feel as though they are a part of the masses. & not to get into anything, but it’s the reason that statements like “Black Lives Matter” is relevant. It’s because somewhere along the way, someone made them feel as though they didn’t…or that they mattered, but not as much. Although I don’t post the hashtag on Twitter or Facebook, I get it–I recognize its purpose. And that’s the major problem, people refuse to believe that discrepancies exist. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a beautiful movie, but it was released in 1939, long before Black people were showing up in prominent roles on television– especially as something positive, or hopeful, or imaginative. Viola Davis made that speech because in all of the 67 years that the Emmy Award has been awarded, this was the FIRST year that a Black woman won. That’s nearly seventy years, guys.

For someone to even think of saying that there should be an ‘all-white’ Wiz means that they’re clearly delusional. Or maybe they’ve never actually seen The Wizard of Oz?

If you guys are interested in watching the show in its entirety, it’s linked above. I’ll be sure to check it out and you should too. Maybe then you’ll see why this version was just as wonderful as the original!

 Lynella

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McDonald's, Hire Better People! :Racist Lady.

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McDonald’s, McDonald’s, you have to do better. I mean, you guys should just do better in general because your food isn’t nutritious, or real for that matter, but that’s not the topic at hand here. I chose to eat your fake food and that’s on me, but I would prefer not deal with your rude, racist employees and their commentary.

Funny thing is, most people will assume that this is about a White person– it’s not. It’s actually about a young Black woman who, I guess, decided it was okay to share her grievances with me because she assumed I’d relate? Negative, lady.

Now, for a quick recap of the night:

McDonald’s Employee: Hi, what would you like to order?

Me: Can I get a 20 piece Chicken McNugget Meal? (don’t judge me, I hadn’t eaten all day!)

McDonald’s Employee: What sauce?

Me: Sweet & Sour and BBQ

McDonald’s Employee: (insert random total) please drive to the first window.

Me: oh, I asked for the meal ma’am…

McDonald’s Employee: The 20 piece doesn’t come with a meal, only two medium drinks and two medium fries.

Me: ummm okay, well I’ll just add a medium drink and a medium fry to that please.

McDonald’s Employee: (with attitude): You’ll have to tell them to add it in at the next window because I already put your order in and saved it before you said that.

Me: (thinks to myself) are you freaking kidding me? You’re ridiculous and you can keep your ‘tude, booboo because you messed up the order, not me! (actually says aloud): Um, okay…thank you.

So, I drive up to the first window and of course I’m annoyed; but, I immediately realize that the woman who’s taking my money isn’t the same lady who took my order. I kindly ask her to add my items, pay and drive to the next window. Here, I meet homegirl. The conversation went like this:

Me: Hello.

McDonald’s Employee: ughhhh I can’t stand White people.

Me: …

McDonald’s Employee: I know that had to be a White man, couldnda been nobody but a White man.

Me: …

McDonald’s Employee: (hands me my food) Enjoy your night.

Me: Thank you.

(drives away)

Um, I’m sorry what? What just happened ma’am?

From what I gathered, this lovely McDonald’s employee greeted the customer behind me with the same outstanding customer service that she gave me. But, unlike myself, that customer probably gave her a hard time for possibly getting his order wrong. But, what do I know; this is total speculation. That guy could have been a super rude a-hole and she had every right to be upset. What she didn’t have the right to do was 1. Assume that he was White 2. Blame his attitude or response on his “Whiteness” and 3. Group all White people together due to his behavior. FYI lady, that makes you a racist.

I’m going to assume that she’s either not very good at her job or she was having a really off night because my service was terrible. When I asked for a 20 McNugget meal, your job was to tell me that you didn’t have one before not after I ordered. You’re also supposed to check with me to make sure that my order is correct before submitting it. Duh. Also, telling me that you hate White people really isn’t something that I need to know or care to hear. And just because I’m Black doesn’t mean you get to assume that I agree– I don’t.

I never know what people have experienced in their lives, and I try not to completely judge people on their ignorance. But, regardless of anything else racism is never okay. I always say: if someone of a different race said the same thing to you about your own race, would that be okay? No. You’d be quick to call them a racist and accuse them of reinforcing negative stereotypes. So, don’t so the same thing. Don’t be that guy. –or woman in this case.

So, what do you think? Was I over reacting, or do you agree that she was absolutely ridiculous and out of line?