Before I explain anything, watch this:
Watched it? Great.
Have I gone too far? Crossed a line?
I’ve been surprised to watch reactions of those I show this to. A few look at me with condescending exasperation. They’ve had to sit through way too many of these films. I blame their reluctance to say no when I shout: “Hey (name), check out my latest video.”
For them, this film simply sinks to an even lower low.
Others, like my roommate, laugh hysterically. “Dude, you’ve gotta put this on Facebook!” Given, he’s also the one who dared me to make this film (“I’ll totally give you a 5 on YouTube”). My Facebook post led to co-workers showing the video to the boss, who was polite, but was less than thrilled. Of course, he remembers a time when U.S. racial tension actually had … well, tension.
My question for you: Have I crossed a line? I intend no racism. I’m not mocking Dr. King. It’s simply a famous speech, which I take out of context.
Yet, the film causes you discomfort, doesn’t it? I ask you now: Why?
See how thrilled I am?
June 24, 2009