Shit (some) Black People Said During and After ‘Red Tails’ [Spoiler Alert]

24 Jan
An account of honest conversations that occurred amongst some African-Americans after seeing the highly-anticipated, “Hollywood-shunned”, George Lucas-produced, and in their opinion, over-hyped and underachieveing film, “Red Tails”.

“I’ll admit, I saw this movie because I felt obligated.”

“I thought the theater was going to be sold out.”

“You think some of the white people here came because they are George Lucas fans?”

“Well, my mama told me it was good…but she likes anything with us in it.”

“Black folks will clap everytime a black character stands up to a white character in a movie.”

“I thought I’d learn somethin’ new though…”

“Were any of those characters real?”

“Shhh… don’t talk down the movie around mixed company.”

“The music is a bit much, no?”

“What was up with that Arial font in the opening and ending credits?”

“That script was killin’ me…”

“Not one sista, huh?”

“The characters had 21st century swagger in a 1940’s movie. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they dabbed each other up at some point.”


“I thought every Negro in the ’40s had a mustache.” “Where yo ‘stache at!”

“Easy [Nate Parker] was the only one that looked authentic with the ‘slick back’ ”

“Did they have waves like that in 1940’s?”

“The cast seemed too soft. I wouldn’t have put it past them to cast Drake.”

“I didn’t realize how big Cuba’s teeth were.”

“Is that a G-unit wife beater he has on?”

“Couldn’t take Ne-yo’s character seriously…at all.”

“If you’re going to pick a racist general, I wouldn’t have casted the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.”

I can't take this guy seriously as a racist

“I rolled my eyes when Method Man said, ‘I like music’. So chessy…”

“Terrence Howard’s role was as expected…we all knew exactly what he was going to do in that movie.”

"Take that, racist authority figure!"

“Remember that guy, Winky, [Leslie Odom Jr.] that interrupted Cuba’s briefing at the beginning of the movie saying, ‘What are we fighting for, etc?’ Yea… he didn’t have enough lines.”


He was the only one in the movie actually talking about something

“Kinda felt like a Disney movie”
“It was a ‘Made for TV’ movie with great special effects…”

“That Italian girl fell in love REAL quick!”

“They should have made the Italian girl get pregnant. Better story there.”

“We all knew Lightning was going to die.”

“They’re not going to allow a character to die after he prays to Black Jesus. You shoulda known that!”

“Remember the other Tuskegee Airmen Movie that came on TV a while ago…yeah, I liked that one better”

Legit Movie

“How about the prison camp escape scene when Ray waves and distracts the guard from the other guy. Scene was straight out of a cartoon. Nazi’s weren’t that gullible.”

“I expected more from a movie with 3 dudes from The Wire

“Again though, that script was horrible.”

“The action scenes were cool!”

Thanks, George

“I was expecting to see some black and white photos at the end of the real pilots.”

Whatcha gunna do, huh?

“I didn’t hear one Negro spiritual that whole movie!”

“Budget must have been tight, the credits scrolled up quick. They crammed everybody’s name up on one screen!”

“So you mad I didn’t like the movie?”

“That Steve Harvey movie with Kevin Hart looked funny though.”

“They showing Underworld in this theater next…wanna stay?”

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Black History 24/7, Movies, Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Shit (some) Black People Said During and After ‘Red Tails’ [Spoiler Alert]

  1. CMrok93

    January 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    The dogfights are fun but everything else is filled with corniness, lame acting, predictable story arc, and moments where the film feels like a video-game rather than based on a true story. A great story to be told, but told in a very poor way. Good review right here though.

  2. MichaelYoungHistory

    January 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    “The cast seemed too soft. I wouldn’t have put it past them to cast Drake.”



    January 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM


  4. Phllp_Wnslw

    January 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Many of these thoughts popped in my head and I haven’t even seen the movie. I’ll still wait for DVD.

  5. Anna Renee

    January 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Why am I not surprised in the least? Way ta go, Jar Jar Binks!! Jar Jar is Ray Ray spell backwards, almost. Won’t be going to see this one, either.


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