Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi has described the highly-rated sequel to the 1988 classic ‘Coming to America’ as mildly offensive.
According to Leila Djansi, there are scenes and activities in ‘Coming 2 America’ that are not only stereotypical but discriminatory and disrespectful to the Africa continent and its people.
She indicated that Hollywood has shown they are unwilling to accept that the images they paint in their films as Africa are wrong and mostly lies.
Leila Djansi further indicated that Africans are just as normal and many live their lives without seeing wild animals like lions, elephants among others as usually portrayed in Hollywood movies.
She added that the images and narratives used to keep Africa oppressed and the African from advancing is racist.
Read Leila Djansi’s Facebook post below:
As an African, I found #Coming2America mildly offensive. Jungles, wild animals, child warriors and war. Come on Hollywood, these tropes show how discriminatory and disrespectful y’all are. Enough! There’s more to Africa and please don’t try hiding em within wealth.
I don’t understand this unwillingness to change and accept that these images and ideas are wrong, mostly lies. Spent 15 years of my life in Ghana and never even seen a squirrel. Child soldiers? Chicago gun totting gang kids? Can we talk about that? STOP!!
Africans are regular people. African cities are cosmopolitan. African villages are what they are based on culture and geography. Let’s not discuss villages in the South. Georgia? These are the images and narratives used to keep Africa oppressed and the African from advancing. It’s racist!
I swear someone will be asking me about lions this week. Jesus take the wheel.