Wednesday June 01, 2016
Roots reboot: why we still need the slave narrative in 2016
q's pop culture panel weighs in on the worthy, contentious, and mind-boggling stories from the week in arts and entertainment. Opinionated and irreverent, our panel takes pop culture seriously (but not too seriously).
- With the History Channel's reboot of Roots, our panel discusses why we still need slave narratives in 2016 and why other stories of black lives aren't being told. "The horrible thing is that the [slave] narrative needs to be told over and over again because the issues that it confronts are still very much alive and with us," says Marche. Even so, Giese asks, "Why does Hollywood want to greenlight stories about black suffering and not greenlight as many romantic comedies, thrillers, family shows?"
- Amber Heard, Johnny Depp's estranged wife, is accusing the actor of domestic violence and has been granted a restraining order against him. While some observers are drawing a connection between Depp's legal problems and poor showings for Alice Through The Looking Glass, our panel disagrees. Giese made sure to separate the two factors. "I don't really like thinking of domestic violence in terms of the impact it'll have on his career and his box office showing," she says.
- Who should be the next James Bond? The question has been a hot button topic for years with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Gillian Anderson's names being pushed by fans. While Officer and Marche believe James Bond is a character set in its ways, Giese believes someone more diverse should be put into the role. "Let [James Bond] exist and let it die out and maybe you can re-imagine the franchise by actually creating a new agent," Officer says.