Pariah – Worthy


BN-W Snapshot

BN-W Says…Worthy

Yes, n-word used at least five times…


This is a very necessary film for young people who are struggling with not only parental acceptance of their sexual orientation but being emotionally/physically taken advantage of by same-sex peers who just want to tease, flirt or experiment – but not be in a “real” relationship.   It also focuses on issues, such as homelessness, employment, and education, faced by teenagers who are kicked out of the homes they’ve grown up in simply because of being gay or lesbian.   They are then forced to face the vile outside elements alone and too early in life without the support of loving and caring parents. And that fundamental parental support is crucial even if the actual acceptance of their sexuality comes more slowly and over a period of time.   It will certainly make those that have parents who give them unconditional love appreciate how fortunate they are.   And it should certainly force those parents who make harsh judgment calls on their offspring to dig deep and re-evaluate their reasoning because in the end there’s never any justification for not protecting, loving, advising, and nurturing your child just because what you want won’t happen.

One negative about the film, however, is its use of the n-word to “keep it real.”   Enough with the needless/reckless/excessive use of this word, especially since there’s such SERIOUS division over it.   Black people who are in a position to participate in a film (front and back end) MUST start reflecting that division.  It can be touched upon with a look, a gesture or a single word without taking the film off track (e.g., it was effectively done in the excellent film – Drive – with the derogatory racial slur “kike”). Of course, we’ve gotten a little Twitter backlash about our view on this (accused of being talkers not doers and told it was done “our way”) to which we can only disappointingly chuckle because we’re used to the fight by our own to keep this word alive in a non-historical context.  We also appreciate the passion they have about the film because we have the same passion about the n-word. But we simply say this: If “keepin’ it real” is a big factor, then keep it real from both sides!   People are watching…

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