‘Think Like a Man’ Banned in France Due to All-Black Cast

· May 22, 2012

Apparently France don’t like seeing ni%$as in Paris when it comes to the big screen. Steve Harvey’s highly successful film “Think Like a Man” runs into the same issue Tyler Perry and numerous other all black positive films face in France.. banned in the country because of the lack of diversity in its cast. Not to long ago their were some similar reports of hypocritical racial intolerance controversy surrounding the Miss Black France pageant in Paris

Global Voices exposed the issue rather pointedly, writing:

“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. Although the recent success of the movie Les Intouchables, which earned French African actor Omar Sy the Cesar award for Best Actor in 2012, caused great pride and hope among French nationals from Africa and the Caribbean, it was not to be the turning point for a deep and lasting change.”

Much like the argument that the Miss Black France pageant was exclusionary in its celebration of black beauty, a note from the Facebook page of “Negro News” reposted on Martinican blog People Bo Kay, suggests that same thinking is at play with the ban on Harvey’s film.

“The French state has had a sociopolitical strategy which favors interracial relationships rather than valuing communities,” the post reads. “In the comedy ‘Think like a Man’, the focus is on black couples.”

Interesting that Gabrielle Union’s on-screen romance with Jerry Ferrara didn’t meet the country’s unspoken interracial quota. It seems the goal is to flip the script on the black community’s cries of disenfranchisem**t by arguing that all-black efforts do the same thing, without any regard for why such all-black projects exist. Steve Harvey isn’t the only black contemporary film that’s been banned either. The note also adds:

“Black actor and producer Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even though he has been used to leading the US box-office, as with ‘Why did I get Married’ and ‘For Colored Girls’. The French society acts hypocritically, when it refuses to show movies from black producers who earn millions from conveying a positive message to the African diaspora through their films.”

Other bloggers suggest that beyond the racist undertone of the ban, the French people don’t believe that a movie with an all-black cast could actually lead the box office. That sounds awfully similar to expectations here in the U.S. before the film knocked The Hunger Games out of its four-week run at the #1 spot and brought in double the revenue that was expected. If the success of Tyler Perry’s movies hasn’t sparked a change in France’s thinking, it’s not likely “Think Like a Man” will either. Unfortunately, it seems films like Les Intouchables will continue to be outliers as long as the country keeps pushing for a more nationalist approach to country unity without acknowledging that all French people aren’t allotted the same freedom of expression.

Think about this next time you think of planning a vacation to France or supporting a product from a country that doesn’t support seeing you in the theater.

  • torchilegette

    now playing: Birdman (feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) – Why U Mad

    • a55town

      lol

  • MoorFedayeen

    Is it banned or just not played because they never mentioned that

  • Realtalkldn

    Abit narrowminded isnt this

  • DCAssLuva

    and kevin hart and them keep tryna say thats not a BLACK MOVIE apparently france knows thats a black movie

    i didnt see it it seemed hyped up as hell like the best movie in a while i havent heard alot of ppl saying its a must watch

    • Playboy69

      @dc…Are u serious?…THINK LIKE A MAN WAS THE NUMBER MOVIE IN COUNTRY in April!…And I know you listen too Russ Parr Morning Show so GTFOH…LMFAO!

      • DCAssLuva

        it seems like a chick flick

        • Playboy69

          @DC…Nah it’s a GREAT COMEDY! with truth too it! you should check it out!

        • Playboy69

          @DC…Beware Gabby Union plays BRIA MYLES in this movie…LMFAO!

    • Pretty Manny

      I don’t watch Tyler Perry movies, matter fact I hate most his movies, and I was kinda expecting this movie to be something like that but it wasn’t. It’s actually a really good movie and I would definitely recommend watching it.

  • dusty

    i wont support tyler perry either ! but think like a man seems to be a good! i loved the intouchbles

  • African View

    So does this apply both ways meaning that a majority white cast are not allowed in France? Or is this ban only for races that the French hate?

    • E-Dub

      Was thinking the same thing when reading the article.

  • PapiChulo

    Aint turtle in this movie lol

  • http://krooksbigbootys.blogspot.com/ OneSlugManagement

    I am never going to France. But yeah me and the lady checked it out last week. It was pretty good for a couples flick.

  • Jamez

    we need to stop fuckin wit the people who dont give a damn bout us. We buy the most gucci louis and prada but do u see models wearin that in our skin color? no. Stop tryna seek approval from them and lets jus worry bout us! stop trippi off grammys and oscars and lets start supporting each other. Stop ignoring tha signs! they said tryavon deserved to die cuz he had THUG WEAR ON! they wanna copy or swag but dont wanna go thru what we really go thru. “everybody wanna be a n***a but nobody wants to be a N***a -paul mooney

    • presto 2.0

      great shyt @Jamez…

      • MoorFed

        Tell LouieV silly a$$ all that.

  • GainBrain

    AGREED!!!!!

  • LeWave

    As a college educated french black man living in New York, I am very ashamed to be a french citizen right now.
    We have an important black community (one of the most important in Europe) over there made of African and Caribbean blacks who were ready to see a movie showing a positive representation of our ppl, and in fact this is long overdue
    I’ve seen all my Facebook friends back home getting mad for the ban. And when you think about it, the situation is truly fu**ed up because they have no problem with all-white cast movies nor movies depicting black ppl as workers with a low social status (“The Intouchables”, most successful movie of 2011 in France tells the story of a rich handicapped white man and his carer, a young senegalese thug for which Omar Sy earned best actor awards this year). Because this is the only way they want to see us: black folks caring for white ppl because they don’t have any other option…

    All this to say, I’ve had it with this bullsh*t country/continent in general, the US definitely ain’t perfect but at least, black ppl are allowed to exist as a community. Like a few comments I’ve read on this post before, I think we need to stop supporting anything related to this sh*tty country of mine