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I was going to write an article or UNarticle stating how I write too many UNarticles about movies but am instead going to write this UNarticle about my delayed reaction to the movie American Fiction because it’s Black History Month … and this movie has the right people saying the wrong things and the wrong people saying the right things (I think) and undoes what it is supposed to be doing through prejudice statements (for the races referenced) and, of course, uses the P word because it is the P word.

This movie isn’t much different from a 2-hour-long episode of a pretty lame show.

And Oscars? I haven’t looked this up, but does no one (including Percival Everett, author of Erasure on which the movie is based) realize American Fiction runs parallel to the publishing-house/movie-making monstrosities and perpetuation of …

[P word will not be explained, for it projects its poison into those who say it and … oh, fine! P = Pretentious. Almost always, movies that are P unintentionally reference themselves. See why I don’t want to mention it? It’s similar to the paradoxical power of the N word. But I’m not going there.]

NOTE: The main character’s original pseudonym is Stagg R. Leigh and not VaN-Go, but his agent calls him the latter in the movie. And what happened to the money? His soul? The mom? It’s like if Get Shorty and Sideways had brain damage but enough wits to concentrate on diversity up until certain traits of homosexuals, white business people, and older individuals were up for stereotypical grabs. It’s just weird. I guess I’m going to have to read the book so I can write shorter UNarticles and gain some hope for this world. Yeah, this one put me in a bad mood.

NOTE: Not that I have to defend myself, but I don’t want readers to get the wrong idea. I am celebrating black men and women this month and all year. As I always do. American Fiction attempts some type of awareness and fails. That’s all.

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