Chance The Rapper Has Issues With the ‘Shallow’ Depiction of Race in Will Smith’s New Movie
The movie hasn't received the best reviews, garnering a mere 30 percent on aggregate review site, Rotten Tomatoes, and folks have taken issues with the way that race is depicted in the film, including Chance.
Yesterday, he aired the film out on Twitter in a series of tweets that challenged the film's depiction of race. In the supernatural cop drama, Smith plays a human who must overcome being paired with an orc played by Joel Edgerton. At one point, he even utters, "Fairy Lives Matter," which Chance found particularly troubling.
"I found the way they tried to illustrate americas racism through the mythical creatures to be a little shallow," he wrote.
"I always feel a lil cheated when I see allegorical racism in movies cause that racism usually stems from human emotion or tolerance but not by law or systems the way it is in real life. The characters in #Bright live in a timeline where racism is gone... cause we hate ork now," he continued. "I think the idea is that they’re a step below bottom of the spectrum blackness. Which is why Will’s character, the Mexican cop and the ork have that dialogue in the street."
He says he tried to look past it, but was halted at one key moment in the film.
"I tried to look at it that way but a few minutes into the movie they make wills character say 'Fairy Lives don’t Matter,'" he wrote.
You can take a look at Chance's comments via Twitter below.