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Was this movie guilty of colorism towards black women?


Or more specifically, Lisa and her sister Patrice? I never really thought about it too much until I came across this discussion:
https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/thandie-newton-was-almost-in-2000s-charlies-angels-but-dropped-out-after-a-racist-conversation.3693074/page-3#post-59946105

Basically, Lisa, the lighter skinned McDowell sister was seen as classy, refined, and more desirable. While Patrice, the darker skinned sister, was depicted as being "ratchet" and promiscuous.

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There's a 50/50 chance that Lisa would be lighter than Lisa (I know that it's 50/50 in my family as it is in every black family with an even number of people in it). In any case, I think Allison Dean was then and still is gorgeous:

https://cdn.idolbirthdays.net/medias/profile/201704/allison-dean.jpg

In addition, the ultimate female, the one hand chosen for Akeem, happened to be darker than Lisa. I present the gorgeous Vanessa Bell:

https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/vanessa-bell-calloway.jpg?w=630&h=383&crop=1



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Maybe?

It's impossible to tell.

I think with this movie, it's healthier to just focus on the fact that it's hilarious and insightful, and not worry about racism - especially in a mostly-black cast film from the late '80s.

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I thought they were both hot and I liked Patrice better of the two.

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