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  • The Blind Side which is the movie that was based on the Michael Oher story, right?

  • has been you know

  • debated about a lot, right? And

  • we came across a blog known as "stuff black people don't like" and they talk

  • about this movie... -Alright, who doesn't love that blog? -I know, seriously.

  • -That's an awesome title. -It is an awesome title.

  • I like the title.

  • but uh... they are against The Blind Side, right? Because they believe that the

  • movie portrayed a lot of messages about Blacks and African-Americans uh... that are

  • not favorable and not true, right?

  • And I think what they're most upset about is not that

  • are... that are some African-Americans living in poverty in this country, "Oh, cool!" So

  • they recognize that everybody recognized that

  • And could they get a leg up if they were really rich family and white or

  • otherwise decide to help them

  • uh... sure of course, right?

  • I think what they object to is

  • you need a white guy to rescue you, right

  • and that you don't have any hope

  • uh... until the white

  • Christian family comes in to the rescue

  • and they didn't put the Christian angle of it too much in the blog as far as I remember

  • uh... and then

  • all of a sudden they turned this black giant you know who doesn't say much

  • uh... but has a lot of raw athletic skill

  • into a better athlete and he makes a lot of money and we all know he is happy

  • -I agree and disagree in parts. -Right.

  • -So now you saw the movie? -I did see the movie.

  • Look, I like the movie and I could totally see

  • uh... Why the writers of this blog would have an issue with it, right? But at

  • the same time this isn't something that's made up this is an actual story.

  • Was this dramatized? Absolutely! Every movie in hollywood is dramatized, right?

  • But Leigh Anne Tuohy,

  • the woman that Sandra Bullock is playing, right

  • do take this boy into her family and i think that the fact that people are

  • giving this movie a hard time kind of

  • it kind of be-little as what she did because what she did was a good thing

  • she didn't do a bad thing and it kind of makes people point fingers at her and

  • say like

  • there was one part of this blog that indicated "Oh, they only took it man because

  • they could see that he had athletic ability and it kind of indicated "Oh, well

  • he's going to uh... somehow become a football star and that somehow gonna

  • benefit everyone else, right?

  • And that bothered me because i don't really think Leigh Anne Tuohy's intentions

  • were to do that. I think that she saw a child that was in trouble she took

  • him into a her own home

  • and acted like a mother for him and I don't want to be-little what she did.

  • I have a lot of mixed feelings about this and which we will get to in a second but i will

  • say this uh...

  • I agree with you that i don't think that she

  • certainly didn't want to take advantage of like "He's gonna go to NFL. He's

  • gonna make a lot of money."

  • They don't need the money at all. Her husband owns like sixty fast food

  • restaurants, Taco Bell's, KFCs, etc.

  • I was in the movie, they said 85 in the movie, and in real life it's 60. Okay.

  • They don't need the money, so that's...

  • That's not why they did it. But before I get to the rest of my thoughts, I wanted to ask

  • JR, your perspective about it. -When you guys sent this, I said "Oh!"

  • I said I've been

  • been kind of just thinking

  • How much I would despise this movie to myself

  • and I told a couple of friends uh... but i've never actually put it out there.

  • It was on a different line, though.

  • uh... I don't think this is going to make people who don't... who never heard or

  • touched the black person

  • to think, that um..

  • Oh you know black folks are nothing unless white family rescue them.

  • If they're gonna believe something like that they're already believing it.

  • So those who are lost cause.

  • What annoyed me was the dramatization of it.

  • I saw the preview... I may even say this to you

  • I didn't want to see the movie simply because of the preview shots of it. He's this big

  • oof. It's like the Green Mile.

  • This kid couldn't fucking speak, he couldn't look at you straight in the eyes

  • he always looks down like this.

  • Yeah, they are..

  • So I'm a mess....

  • ma..ma...mam...

  • ..I just don't know how to speak...and listen..

  • and this is a big fucking oof

  • Oh, and then you put him on a football field and he blocks for the quarterback 'cause

  • they don't told me that's what i do

  • uh... I stopped him. What the fuck is that? It's so annoying, I...

  • I'd be watching and hoping maybe as... you know because i don't watch those stories about

  • the all Black basketball team from back in the day

  • and coach Carter...No, I don't watch those movies.

  • I think it's all dramatized but this is on a different level, I thought. I didn't see it

  • cause I refused to.

  • As soon I saw him look like a fucking idiot. I was like

  • I wanna interview

  • Oher? Michael Oher.

  • What do you think about the ... portrayed you, 'cause I saw him on the football field

  • I saw him like a money in that football game or something and ... starters

  • I said this guy is nothing like what they show on this movie

  • If I was that guy I'd go

  • "Oh my god! I look like a fucking idiot in this movie!"

  • You know, look, I will say one thing that the movie did that i thought was really

  • unfair. They made it

  • seem like he didn't know how to play football like he needed everyone to

  • teach him how to play football. -Yeah it's funny. -And that wasn't true at all he knew how to

  • play football he was very athletic when he got accepted into this private

  • Christian school. -You know you talked about an interview with Michael Oher and

  • Twenty Twenty did interview him. And he said one thing about that movie

  • was like, he's like "I played football alone." It's not like

  • they came and they're like "Oh, this is how you block." It's like "I know how to block." Right, absolutely.

  • Now having said that. JR, I did go to see the movie.

  • In the movie they made a number of references to how bright he actually was

  • but that he had fallen behind and he was shy, etc. Right?

  • and they tried hard in that respect. But

  • overall

  • Yes, he did look like an oof.

  • And you look at the real Michael Oher and he doesn't speak like that now he's gotten

  • ...and he really was shy in real life, etc. Right? But

  • he just doesn't you know, there was this gentle giant kind of thing, etc.

  • And the real Michael Oher, his IQ

  • went up twenty to thirty points

  • which you know you're told, a lot of people are told your IQ can't go up.

  • Your IQ is what it is.

  • Your test scores can't go up, right?

  • But it's not true, of course. It depends on the education you get it depends on

  • the context that you took in the testing, etc, etc. Right? So

  • was Michael helped tremendously by the tutoring, etc, and did he turn out to be

  • bright even though he was shy at the beginning? Yes, all that stuff is true.

  • They dramatized so much, JR's right, that you think like

  • Oh this poor dumb guy but with the help of the good white folks

  • he comes

  • now he is accomplished, successful, he even becomes smart, right?

  • Having said that, okay

  • look, things aren't black and white. Ironic. Okay.

  • The Tuohy's, did they do a good thing?

  • Absolutely.

  • I think criticizing the Tuohy's in this case doesn't make

  • any sense at all, right?

  • And is it a lovely story overall? Yes! Or do I wish more people did it? Absolutely!

  • I don't care black or white. I mean

  • you find a poor kid and you bring him to your house if you're rich and you help him

  • and you tutor him, etc. Great!

  • Now would they have tutored him that much

  • If he didn't need to get to a 2.5 GPA to be able to play football

  • Ok.

  • But that's nitpicking

  • that's nitpicking, okay. So I love what they did in the micro picture and I got no beef with

  • them whatsoever. And Michael Oher says it himself he was tremendously helped

  • and he couldn't be happier about it, he loves those guys.

  • And he should.

  • Now when you look at the macro picture that's a little different when i came

  • away thinking from the movie is

  • and the Tuohy's are republicans in the movie, okay. They never even met a democrat until later

  • or whatever, right?

  • I don't want to make it too political, but

  • so i'm not saying about the Tuohy's, but overall

  • they are republicans in the country who are like

  • Let them pull him up....bootstraps

  • and you know i will need to help him and stuff

  • and then when somebody helps them

  • they are so proud of it. Look at how we helped this young black man

  • oh...

  • well how about we help them

  • not just one guy at a time

  • but we help them on a larger scale and by them I don't

  • just mean black people, I mean

  • poor people whether they're in the.... or they're in the urban environment

  • look at all those kids who have so much potential

  • if you gave them the right context

  • and you give them the right situation. So many of them could be Michael Oher

  • So many of them could be Bill Gates. So many of them could be so many different things.

  • If we didn't just dismiss them out of hand.

  • So I love what the Tuohy's did, I just wish we do it as a society. Together, you know.

  • And that was, I guess

  • It's not my beef with the movie, it's my beef with the situation.

  • Well I think with the Tuohy's they were able to personalize it. I mean the

  • saw this young kid, you know.

  • This is how Leigh Anne Tuohy found him. He was trying to break into

  • school to stay warm, and she was like "what are you doing?"

  • Oh it was freezing, and he was in a t-shirt, I was like why he was walking around in a t-shirt

  • So she was able to visualize you know the lifestyle that he was

  • living and just

  • the terrible situation he was in.

  • A lot of republicans especially rich republicans right? Can't visualize that.

  • They don't see that. It's somewhere far off in..... for them. So they

  • don't have that sympathy.

  • Yeah, and look

  • If what they got out of the movie is, my god

  • there's so many

  • people that have so much potential in this country that's getting wasted

  • and we should do something about that then I would love the movie.

  • I'm afraid some people might have gotten that message but i'm afraid a lot of people

  • got the message of

  • what good white folks

  • and they helped this kid out and look he now has a better life.

  • Thanks to this good White Christian family.

  • Which is true

  • okay

  • but i wish you get the larger lesson instead.

  • Most open minded man in the United State of America.

The Blind Side which is the movie that was based on the Michael Oher story, right?

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