I didn’t go to see Precious.
I won’t be going to see For Colored Girls.
I’ve read both of the works the movies are based on. But I had/have absolutely no desire to see either movie. I did go to the movies Friday night. I took in a fine piece of cinema called Due Date. My husband and I laughed our asses off. I glanced at my FB/Twitter timelines and saw many of my sorors and girlfriends were going to see For Colored Girls. To be honest, the thought never entered my mind.
I’d had a rough, stressful week at work and now I’m supposed to go to the movies to be MORE depressed by the time I walk out. Nah, I’ll pass. The two movies are viable stories that NEED to be told as part of the black cultural experience. I’ll never disagree with anyone on that. I absorb a lot of media, some silly and light hearted, some more informative and thought-provoking and some of it just plain old foolery. A lot of what I end up consuming is negative, especially towards black women. I just wasn’t up to it.
I have a pretty good life, I am blessed and I can’t relate to some of the stories portrayed in movies like Precious and For Colored Girls. So really, I don’t care to see it. That doesn’t mean I don’t know that it exists in real life. I get that a lot of people are living some difficult, hard lives. But I don’t feel like being all ‘cultured’ and getting in touch with my artsy side via that type of work. I’d rather be challenged mentally in other ways that are esteeming to our culture.
But still I’m conflicted. I’m still trying to figure out why. Guilt, perhaps? I don’t know.
Did you go see Precious or For Colored Girls? If you didn’t, care to share why?