According to the website Deadline.com, actress Kerry Washington has agreed to star in Quentin Tarantino’s controversial slavery film Django Unchained. Django Unchained will be released in December 2012.
Kerry’s character Broomhilda, will be raped by white men multiple times in the film. According to the Django Unchained script, there are suggestions that Broomhilda is “in love” with a white male slave master.
Is this really possible? Could a white slave master really fall in love with his female slave? The black female slaves had no choice they either slept with the white male slave master or they were murdered. I don’t think it was “love” at all.
Also, some black women during slavery wanted their slave children to obtain freedom so they slept with the white master.
In fact, Broomhilda will also appear nude in many scenes in the movie. I understand that interracial sex did occur during slavery because white men owned their black female slaves. I am not disputing that white men raped black women during slavery or had mixed race offspring.
However, I am concerned about Kerry’s decision to appear nude in the film and being raped multiple times by white men. Is Django Unchained just Quentin Tarantino’s racist sexual fantasy to treat the black female body as a sexual fetish for white men? I wonder, because Tarantino has a history of depicting black women in his movies in very sexualized and stereotypical roles.
Does Kerry really think appearing in a degrading film will launch her career to the A list? I wonder if Kerry has thought it through? Why would Kerry want to take on such a degrading role? Isn’t Kerry cognizant of how Hollywood stereotypes black female sexuality as licentious?
I also wonder, is a slave movie the best role a young black actress can get in Hollywood?