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Poll Suggestion: Racist Characters

Which of these racist characters do you like least?


https://www.imdb.com/list/ls042436770/

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2 years ago

Danny Glover in The Color Purple! He was mean to the bone!

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2 years ago

Topher Grace in blacKkklansman
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt7349662/me...

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bump

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a year ago

FYC:

Officer Bell, If Beale Street Could Talk
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7125860/...

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This was a good movie. I bet there's a better image somewhere online. If and when I have time, I'll look for one. 

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a year ago

I'd go with the guy in To Kill A Mockingbird. He wasn't only racist, he was also a liar and a first rate bastard.

I also liked Russell Crowe's portrayal of Hando in Romper Stomper, although he was a pure psychopath. It's not easy to play a psychopath, most actors look like "an actor trying to act a psychopath" instead of an actual one. I still think it was Crowe's best performance. He literally made the film.

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a year ago

'Good one and tough choice. 

FYC:

Byron De La Beckwith: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116410/mediaviewer/rm556830208?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000249&ft1=imag...

*Deputy Pell from 'Mississippi Burning' https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095647/mediaviewer/rm2524844288?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000374&ft1=ima... 

Pino from 'Do the Right Thing' (worse than father, who I was glad to see on the list but is more nuanced and complicated than his son) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097216/mediaviewer/rm2189299968?ft0=name&fv0=nm0001806&ft1=ima...

Gerry Conway from 'imperium' (I submitted a photo to Imperium's photo gallery (still frames) that isn't up yet (or there's this that's not as good for a poll) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4781612/mediaviewer/rm1294861056

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I don't really consider the Danny Aiello character Sal from Do The Right Thing to be a racist person. He works in a black neighborhood and almost all his customers are black, he does his business in an orderly fashion. He doesn't belittle or disrespect them. He even keeps his cool pretty longer than an average person would, when the Esposito character Buggin' Out deliberately pushes his buttons.

In fact, when Buggin' Out tries to gain support from other black people, they refuse him as well. They've never had a problem with Sal either.

Yes, he keeps using the N word, but only when he's mad. It's like any other person, when we're mad we say things to hurt or irk the other person, not necessarily because we mean them. If they hadn't wrecked his restaurant and ruined his business, would he ever fight with black people, or get into any kind of racism-related trouble? Probably not, he'd just go on about his life.

His son, on the other hand, was a different story altogether. As pointed out by a poster above.

(By the way, I haven't seen many of Spike Lee's films, but this one alone is enough for me to rank him as one of the handful of best moviemakers.)

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Good point and true, regarding Sal. By the way, as a fair warning, not all of Lee's films are gems, perhaps only a few. But that is a matter of point of view to an extent. His storytelling was more sound and reasoned (less delusional, dare I say) in the 1990s.

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By the way, I haven't seen many of Spike Lee's films, but this one alone is enough for me to rank him as one of the handful of best moviemakers.

Indeed. 

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a year ago

Hey Paok, 

That better photo of the character from 'Imperium' was already approved and is up:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4781612/mediaviewer/rm4119303169

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It feels like some highly notorious fictional NSDAP/Schutzstaffel/Getapo members are missing thus far. If they are to be let out, on account of cliche level or notoriety level, please indicate the exception in the description. Off the top of my head, Hans Landa would be among the worst among them. There is also the non-fictional Amon Göth. Mind you, it was, in a sense, every Reich employee's state-sanctioned job to be racist and white supremacist, including extending to a domestic context, so it is understandable if they do not count, but naturally the trollish ones with a strong emotional, religious or even pseudoscientific commitment to the movement stood out.

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