BLOG - Political correctness raises the bile. It smacks of hypocrisy and unconcealed lying. And it’s artificial and insincere. Hypocrites as a species have come a long way. They were there when the Nazarene carpenter was around thousands of years ago and checking on the churches.
The reason behind his actions is summed up in one word: Disgust. A good word for two-faced sanctimonious half-wits.
And they’re still around. Not only in churches, but in every sector of society.
Currently a new PC supporter has appeared on the scene. In this case a company. Like Multi Choice. Suddenly it’s championing the black cause on the back of the American-inspired Black Lives Matter campaign. The board room probably spent hours discussing ways and means of getting onto the bandwagon. Instead of addressing the situation in this country where blacks are still being killed and tortured (probably more so than in America), they preferred zeroing in on the more publicity-packed version.
Imagine this scenario. One smartass board member suddenly stumbles on what he considers easy prey. Movies made by a white man who dares portray blacks in a bad light. “Flag Schuster,” he shouts.
The chairperson, sighing with relief at the breakthrough (sic), announces, “Let’s do it. All black faces must either be made white or they must be expunged”. He turns to the company’s PR team. “Put us in good light. We don’t tolerate humour aimed at black people”.
What utter balderdash. Astute moviegoers who have seen Schuster movies (including the Japanese, nogal) realised they accurately encapsulate entertaining characters in every sector of society. Whether, black, white, Chinese or Indian, they make their audience laugh – yes, even at themselves.
During one of his movies we sat next to a black family of five, the mom next to me. They all laughed at every funny turn, no matter colour the character. Throughout the movie she kept slapping me on the shoulder to share the funny moments. At the end of the show when the lights came on, she turned to me and said, “Wasn’t it good to get away from it all, and just laugh”.
There you have it. A sincere summation of what Schuster movies are all about: Laughter. At others? Yes. At ourselves? Yes. Why not? Laughter remains the best medicine – especially during lockdown.
MultiChoice has conveniently forgotten the lolly it made out of Schuster movies. What hypocrisy.