I just watched Who’s Your Caddy? (2007), which arrives on DVD today. The movie stars Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Faizon Love and a few other people fans of rap and R&B (or “The View”) will recognize. I, I’ll admit it, am not into rap, but I do know a good movie when I see one, and Who’s Your Caddy? is about as far away from that as possible.
You can read my full movie review here, but I have to say that Who’s Your Caddy? is actually one of the most racist films I’ve seen in a long time. Sure, it’s about black people and white people getting along (other than the snobby heads of the golf course), but I found several offensive things in the movie, and I’m not one to be easily offended:
- Most of the white people in the movie are depicted as stuck-up racists. This isn’t how all black people view white people, is it?
- All the young white people in the movie aspire to be or look like rappers. Who actually think that most white kids these days find it cool to get grills in their teeth and talk in Ebonics? I know some do, but this is just a ridiculous stereotype, and probably the reason why the rap/R&B industries are struggling right now.
- All the black people in the film are depicted as fun loving, cool but completely inappropriate. When black people go on a golf course, do they proceed to fart, make noises to distract other golfers and look like idiots? I haven’t seen any evidence of this. They act more like hillbillies than millionaires.
- And the movie itself is racist to assume that such low quality entertainment will appear to masses of black people. Maybe I’m wrong, but whether you’re black or white, you have to have better taste than this.
Anyway, that’s my “white” slant on this. Who’s Your Caddy? is a dreadful movie, but it bothers me that Hollywood continues to pump out movies like this. It depicts white people in pretty offensive ways (but no one ever calls the movie on being racist against white people), but more importantly, it’s just embarrassing that black people are depicted this way in almost all black-starring movies. This is just one of many examples where the entertainment industry seems to be strengthening a bad stereotype.