I read this bit of gossip over at The Scoop, my weekly addiction on MSNBC’s Entertainment page. (The Scoop is written by the lovely and talented Jeannette Walls, and she is one of few gossip columnists who I believe 100% of the time).
An uncomfortable pairing?
Does Will Smith believe that filmgoers donâ€™t want to see him getting his happiness from Cameron Diaz? The star of â€œThe Pursuit of Happynessâ€ is one of Hollywoodâ€™s most well-liked celebs, but a journalist claims that Smith says he wanted to co-star in a romantic comedy with the Charlieâ€™s Angels star â€” but worried that the public would be uncomfortable with the interracial pairing.
â€œSmith, one of the worldâ€™s most bankable stars, appears mostly opposite black or Latino women,â€ noted U.K. writer Leslie Oâ€™Toole. â€œHe once confided to me that heâ€™d love to make a romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz but feared that his audience wouldnâ€™t accept it.â€
â€œItâ€™s a shame, but it is what it is,â€ Thandie Newton, his co-star in â€œThe Pursuit of Happynessâ€ lamented. â€œI think if it was done in the right way, where race wouldnâ€™t be an issue, it would be great. But you canâ€™t bend peopleâ€™s minds too quickly.â€
I had to write about this, because it tied in perfectly with my Martin Luther King post earlier.
Am I out of the loop, or are things actually this sad?
Will Smith is a great actor. I’ve admired his skills since he was rapping with Jazzy Jeff.
Cameron Diaz isn’t my favorite actress in the world, but I do think she has an attractive on-screen presence, and notable comedic timing.
They could potentially make a funny (and profitable) romantic comedy together.
Why should it matter what race they are? “You can’t bend people’s minds too quickly,” excuse me – what year is this?
Are we as a society still not “over” interracial relationships?
My personal opinion is that love is love, if you find someone who respects your mind, respects your body, and makes you want to be with them and cherish the time spent with them, then it doesn’t matter what race or gender they are.
There isn’t enough love and committment in the world as it is, so why put limitations on who people should or shouldn’t choose to spend their lives with?
Why should I make it my business who you choose to settle down with, or who puts that special smile on your face?
But I want honest opinions here.
Tell me, if a film starring Will Smith and Cameron Diaz as a romantic couple were to be released – and the trailer looked funny – would you support it? Or would you boycott it as an act of protest against their on-screen relationship?
What are your views on interracial relations in the world in 2007?