January 26, 2006 |
Stepin Fetchit, whose portrayals of lazy, stereotypical black characters in numerous films made him one of the most controversial actors in Hollywood for three decades, will be examined this weekend with panel discussions, a one-man show and other events.
April 12, 2007
Ice Cube's transformation from gangsta bad to suburb dad proves Hollywood stereotyping continues to diminish us all, offering little to the imagination of young African Americans seeking substantive role models ["PG As He Wanna Be," April 5]. Cube ain't nuthin' but a postmodern Stepin Fetchit whose rhymes, and comic lines, lack any true resonance. TOM CROCKER Los Angeles
November 29, 1992
Is Lee seriously saying that "Francis Ford Coppola being Italian-American definitely enhanced the 'Godfather' films. Same thing with Martin Scorsese with 'Mean Streets' "? I'm afraid Lee's admiration is misplaced. What these directors depict is a politically correct Hollywood cartoon of their own ethnic group straight out of the Stepin Fetchit era. If either director made non-stereotypical and positive films about Italian-Americans, their value in the eyes of the bigoted moguls they work for would cease.
January 7, 1990
A number of readers have written to suggest additions to "Final Bow , " the Dec. 24 list of celebrities who died during the 1980s. Here are those names, plus the many that had been deleted from the list because of space limitation: Alvin Ailey, Fran Allison, Adele Astaire, Chet Baker, Brook Benton, Amanda Blake, John Bonham, Adolph Caesar, Graham Chapman, James Coco, Jackie Coogan, Dennis Day, Bob Eberly, Bill Evans, Marty Feldman,...
January 7, 2011
There's a comedian I really like ? Brad Williams. He's a so-called little person, which is the phrase. He's a real heavyweight, a smart person with big heart. Watch for him ? really, really funny. He could do for the so-called little person, dwarfs, what Richard Pryor did for Stepin Fetchit. He breaks all the barriers down. He just gets up there and says, 'Look at me ? these are my little arms.' He's really funny. Real smart. He's real special. ?As told to Deborah Vankin
April 15, 2000
The article "Attuned to Rap's Power to Provoke" (by Eric Harrison, April 10) mentions how white filmmakers increasingly are embracing rap music. It seems, though, that instead of being innovative, this trend is a slight variation of how blacks have been depicted since the beginning of film. Portrayals of blacks have either shown them as dangerous, oversexed felons or as hapless buffoons. The trend of some white filmmakers to depict rap culture as synonymous with the range of the black human experience is ultimately just as harmful to the development of good role models in the black community as was any Stepin Fetchit caricature in the era of black-and-white movies.