Loqueesha' Film Trailer about White Man Pretending to Be a Black Woman Causes Furore
The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival felt the need to undo the damage that one of their feature films, "Loqueesha" has brought about in social media. The film met harsh criticism due to its story of a white man pretending to be a black woman.
SLO International Film Festival is set to feature the movie "Loqueesha," which revolves around a white man pretending to be a white woman to get a job as a radio personality. It is now facing heavy criticism on social media for being a racist movie.
A case of misinformation
Although the first few seconds of the controversial movie's trailer read "Official Selection San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2019," the festival's official social media pages clarified that the film was never selected, screened, or given an award, which means they used the prestigious festival's laurels without consent.
Dear, Everyone who ain't a Black Woman,— Joelle Monique ✍🏾 (@JoelleMonique) May 10, 2019
You do not have an inner Black woman living inside of you. Your desire to "tell it like it is" is seen as either vulgar, obnoxious, or disruptive when done by actual Black women. pic.twitter.com/cEH79XY0OF
When people noticed that the movie was indeed part of the initial line up, SLOIFF responded by saying that while it was originally listed, it ended up being pulled out prior to the festival and was never shown there.
In regards to the trailer for the film "Loqueesha", this film was never selected, screened, or given an award at our festival. The SLO Film Fest laurels were taken without permission and we are currently working to have them removed.— San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (@SloFilmFest) May 12, 2019
The Central Coast Filmmaker's Showcase is an open competition for filmmakers with roots on the Central Coast. A film in the showcase does not constitute as an "official selection". Regardless, prior to the festival in March 2019, the film was pulled and never screened.— San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (@SloFilmFest) May 12, 2019
Since being pulled out, a spokesperson for the film festival assumed that the filmmakers would remove the laurels from the trailer, as they were assured by their camp that they'd be able to do so.
But the movie made it far along enough to end up in your promo PDF's and previews.— Swordsfall - BHM is Every Month on Tikor (@Swordsfall1) May 12, 2019
In fact, I find an article talking about it all the way to February 2019. These short statements aren't working. We want details and you all aren't looking very great.
The reality is that one of the most offensive movies in recent times made it all the way to YOUR press.— Swordsfall - BHM is Every Month on Tikor (@Swordsfall1) May 12, 2019
How many times did someone type in the description of Loqueesha? Hmm? And didn't bat an eye? Can just anyone submit a film to your festival?
Outrage over racism
Since the dawn of the "woke" era on social media, people have been more vocal about controversial topics that they feel need to be called out. This is exactly what happened to the "Loqueesha" film, which people thought was insensitive, racist, and stereotypical of black women.
People took to Twitter to share their thoughts about it, and the comments included:
Okay so that #Loqueesha trailer and movie is straight trash. Not RT’ing the trailer. It’s this era’s “Soul Man”. Yes THAT one, with a white dude posing as Black to get into Harvard. pic.twitter.com/VAwZUCbSWT— Christopher Smith (@infinitewords14) May 10, 2019
Even choosing the name Loqueesha is racist, coded to sound loud and "ghetto." Our names are beautiful and stemmed in a dream of individuality and representation. Every nameless Black female interpretation is rooted in misogynoir. pic.twitter.com/xNFr15DYh8— Joelle Monique ✍🏾 (@JoelleMonique) May 10, 2019
The movie #Loqueesha, it's premise & idiotic attempt to belittle blk women is the handy work of not-so passive-aggressive racists. The fact Hollywood didn't instantly burn the script & blacklist the writers says a lot. Anyone involved in this movie will be boycotted. #testusplz pic.twitter.com/3m9E76VX6V— Ash1a A (@Ashia86) May 11, 2019
Watch the controversial trailer here: