Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 01/26/22 The King of Streams. Kevin James has scored major hits on broadcast television (The King of Queens) and in theatrical films (Paul Blart: Mall Cop). Now, he’s aligned himself with the company most responsible for upending both of those traditional entertainment industry business […]
Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 10/27/21
The Woker Years. Co-created by Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick, Netflix‘s six-episode limited series Colin in Black & White chronicles Kaepernick’s coming of age in the early 2000s as a half African-American child (according to Wikipedia his birth mother was white) adopted into a white family. We meet Young Colin (Jaden Michael) as a high school athlete, well before he became a household name as a controversial NFL quarterback and social justice activist. Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker play his well-meaning but mostly clueless parents Rick and Teresa. Kaepernick himself appears as the present-day narrator of his own story. The show drops this Friday
As I see it, Colin in Black in White takes a fashionable-but-psychologically unhealthy approach to tackling very real issues in a way that does nothing to facilitate mutual understanding. Indeed, fostering resentment and animosity appears to be the objective. It’s like a misery loves company approach. I walk around mad at the world and so should you.
Or to quote Dave Chappelle during last year’s Netflix interview with David Letterman (beginning at the 3:11 mark): “We’re countrymen. All of us. We live in America. We all got our problems. Our strifes. It’s weird now because this game of who’s suffered more that everyone keeps getting the ball and they act like everyone’s suffering is mutually exclusive of everyone else’s. And you and I both know that’s far from the case. There’s a lot of angles that you could approach this and look at this and learn from each other.” There’s wisdom there.
I don’t doubt that Colin has his story – but so does everybody. Colin doesn’t seem to get that. That his show comes across as a tedious exercise in self-absorption doesn’t help me, as a viewer, to want listen to what he has to say. Again, it would be nice if he cared enough to let us know a little bit about the backstory of some of the other people in his life – but their stories are apparently of absolutely no interest to him. From what I can see here, he never really looks at anything from anyone else’s point of view. If he showed a little empathy toward others he might receive more of it himself. I kinda feel bad for him.
The Bottom Line: Sad to say Colin in Black and White is pretentious and boring.
Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11