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Emasculating The Black Male: 15 Actors Who Wore a Dress For Success

Comedian Dave Chappelle explains the problem to talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

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Who: Eddie Murphy

When: 1996 and 2007

Movie: The Nutty Professor and Norbit

Roles: Eddie Murphy is well-known for dressing up and physically transforming into his characters, especially women. Murphy played two women in The Nutty Professor where he performed a total of seven roles. But his most questionable female character portrayal was rowdy Rasputia from the movie Norbit, who Murphy played as grossly overweight, wearing dresses and bikinis.

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Who: Jamie Foxx

When: April 1990 to  May 1994

TV Show: In Living Color

Roles: Before he was an Academy Award-winning actor, Jamie Foxx would wear drag to entertain audiences. During his time on the hit television show In Living Color, Foxx dressed up as the character Wanda in comedy skits.

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136 thoughts on “Emasculating The Black Male: 15 Actors Who Wore a Dress For Success

  1. It is something to think about.

  2. Marc Garvey says:

    Big up to strong black brother Dave Chapelle. Tell the Beastmon yuh nah bend down for no white clown. And for all you lost black brethren & sitren promoting this madness we ask of you to "Just keep dem Battymon ism & schism in Babylon please and don't bring it to Mama Afrika" 1 <3

  3. Lamont Sullivan says:

    Flip Wilson wasn't an actor. But the article is very true. Big ups to Dave Chappelle !

  4. Abj Jones says:

    Yes..many folks care about Black men and the roles they play. Our Children are watching!!

  5. Charesse Foye says:

    Chappelle wore a dress in "Men in Tights"

  6. Gil Winters says:

    add Kevin Hart to the list. He put on a dress for a Saturday Night Live skit

  7. Gil Winters says:

    Its bad enough that brothers are stooping to the level of wearing a dress to get a movie part, I have no respect for them. But Ving Rhames put on a dress and play a drag queen. Then he let a man rape his ass in Pulp Fiction. NO RESPECT!!!!

  8. WHAT CRAP! Oh please. what kills us more is that super masculinity our own people try to shove down our throats. I mean we aren't supposed to do anything which shows emotion. Black men are treated like we are commodities in our own community.

  9. Brad Pohl says:

    What a load of bollocks, these actors weren't forced to do anything – and what about all the White, Indian and Asian people that have worn drag in the movies? There are enough real issues facing black people out there without you having to make up bull**** stories. Grow up people. If anything they should be admired for not taking themselves so seriously, something seriously lacking here.

  10. Zo Ra says:

    It is just as much about degrading the image of black women. All while these black males were dressing as "black women" the true images of black women were being silenced and erased. This was a devious combination that mainstream white/non-Black society would orgasm over. "Make black men look like fools for a minute; characterize black women as undesirable, fools forever." Keep White women on pedestal, ensuring White supremacy over non-White women and men.

  11. No integrity U can keep the money Seriously…

  12. Gina Nacole says:

    there are parental controls on everything.at some point there will be no roles for black hollywood bcz tv even though scripted, somehow still is a debate of "reality".if children r too young to watch a program, there is a remote.On Scandal people hv a problem w Olivia Pope.Tyler Perry is blasted,reality tv is blasted.Anything involving an interracial couple is blasted,gang banging movies r blasted.At some point black people need to evolve.Just because Stephen King makes movies about serial killers it does not mean all Caucasians r serial killers.I suppose Caucasians can say the same of stereotypes since most Law&Order episodes have Caucasian criminals.I dont see any black people picking up a pen to make a sci-fi movie&if so some1 will say its"not realistic'.Now every comedy is considered "cooning".So i guess black hollywood can only play a doctor,lawyer,or a police officer, or a woman in a suit drinking tea as a housewife.Ya,lets see how interesting that would be or what type of entertainment that is.One day hopefully black people learn that we are light years behind in looking at entertainment as just that, entertainment.Celebrities and athletes are NOT role models-u dont even know those people personally to allow them to "mold" your children.I never understood that throwback concept.PARENTS r role models,not strangers on t.v.As for adults,wake up to the fact u have so many vile youtube twerking videos out there that Hollywood doesnt have to emasculate you-facebook,twitter,instagram and youtube have been a ground for the main COONERY of black society-NOT Hollywood

  13. Gina Nacole says:

    i completely agree.i guess only white actors can play drag.plenty of them have. I dont think alot of people realize that the job of an actor is to ACT.That may mean playing different [email protected] ignorance

  14. Isn't that the truth!! And they downplayed the most important detail…THESE CHARACTERS WERE CREATED BY THE ACTORS THEMSELVES. Forced…Give me a break.

  15. Exactly. No one made Eddie Murphy do Rasputia. He created that grotesque stereotype all on his own.

  16. See a problem with the black community is always what about the whites, they give their movies a bad rating when they see their white powerful men in women clothing. We as blacks on the other hand will sell out the movie theater get it " sell out".you can't compare a Bentley to a Ferrari. I dont support any Black man dressing as a woman, read the bible see what Solomon said to his son in his death. demasculating is what it is called. Blacks have an influence on blacks.

  17. Tanja L. May says:

    Respect to Dave Chappelle! Men pretending to be women is the most stupidest thing a man can do…wth

  18. Terri Martin Lemelle says:

    You can show emotion without dressing up as a woman. I've seen him cry in movies…

  19. Olu Akani says:

    sorry .. i call BS on this.. firstly there are many many many white actors that have done drag or even done gay parts while being straight. Also you have to understand that white people are much less bent out of shape when it comes to sexuality . There is stuff my white friends would do that i would never see my black friends doing. One of those things is putting a dress on and walking out their front door for a pub crawl.. Why, because they think its funny to see a 6 foot unshaven guy in a skirt.. i saw this half the time when i was in university and people decided to dress up for a laugh.. there would always be one guy wearing a ballerina costume. White people just find drag funnier and black people are just too scared of what other black people will think of their masculinity.

  20. Well, Brad. I could give you a lesson on how Black men have been clowned and made buffoons throughout history. I suppose you get a good laugh from "Amos and Andy"? Two white actors conceived of that idea. How about Stepin Fetchit? Ever hear of an Black actor named Willie Best? Probably not, because his credited name was "Sleep n Eat". Let me give you a punchline for a joke in order for you to understand where I'm coming from: 'for you it's a pain the ass; for me, it's a matter of life and death" Go look up where that came from. And while you're at it go to this sitehttp://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/ before you can have an intelligent discussion with Black people on images.

  21. Elijah Wesley says:

    Terri Martin Lemelle thank you. I'm tired of these soft ass simp condoning crap like this.

  22. Elijah Wesley says:

    Flip wilson act in a few movies. You cant be serious.

  23. Why not hire a female comedian to play the role of a woman? Wouldn't that be funnier?

  24. Rex Wright says:

    Oprah is fake as hell, and she hates the fact that this young man , has the balls and a the moral to maintain his principles.

  25. Danie Huizenga says:

    i'M ONE OF THE FEW THAT THINKS HE IS STRAIGHT AND I'D MARRY HIM IN A NEW YORK MINUTE….BUT I DON'T THINK HE'S WANT A 73 YR. OLD GAL DYING OF COLON CANCER……

  26. Caden J Witt says:

    This story is stupid. If this is the case, you also need to discuss of the white men and women who dressed as the opposite sex- and also the black women who ever dressed as men. All of these roles were for the sake of comedy, and were never to play the roles of actual women- where is the emasculation???

  27. Monique Washington says:

    I love Dave Chapelle but he did wear a dress in the movie " Robin Hood Men in Tights".

  28. Marco Davis says:

    so what they paid and its just acting geez

  29. Jason Thomas says:

    Chappelle sure did wear a dress in that movie.

  30. Dion Bullard says:

    I don't blame some of these comics I wouldn't were address either for a few million pleze sell your soul smh

  31. Rick Ellis says:

    i agree whats the big deal its only comedy not brain surgery stop diss in the brother for this diss the ones who will see us out to make a buck

  32. Rick Ellis says:

    oh come on give me a break we as a people have worked in the entertainment business forever we have been in white face black face and dragg it just work is not gonna bring down the black community i use to think sammy davis jr was a sell but was a talent who had to do what he had to to survive like others before him he was a great dancer and singer but in order to ger work he sometimes had to cater to the crowd stop trying to start something and help raise our community

  33. Frances McAllister Lopez says:

    It is not emasculating to dress as a woman if your male. It is a genius that you are able to dress as a woman and come across as feminine, it shows your diversity as an actor at being able to meld with the part that you are playing

  34. Drew Alexander says:

    Mr. Thomas I always enjoy seeing you post this stuff

  35. Mike Heath says:

    Well heller jeremy lol was up brother

  36. Flo Ryda says:

    Danie Huizenga <3

  37. Cozmo Phyzix says:

    ~
    I DINT SEE THE FLICK … BUT I SAW AN INTERVIEW WHERE HE STRAIGHT DENOUNCED THE IDEA OF DOING SO… WITH EMPHASIS ON HIS UNWILLINGNESS TO POSE AS A TRANSVESTITE.

    TO THE BEST OF MY RECOLLECTION … '' WHY WOULD ONE HAVE TO WEAR A DRESS TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH…'' AND ''IM FUNNY WITHOUT HAVING TO WEAR A DRESS…''

  38. let me explain to you people read to far into what is black. news flash people are hypocritical porn full of exploitation and you have something to say. we have coonery going on 2 yr old twerking momma twerking in the kitchen. pick your battles.

  39. This is absolutely ridiculous. First of all, to say that it is disgraceful for a man to wear a dress is basically saying that no man should ever desire to act like a woman or do things women do/wear things women wear/pick up tendencies that women have. That is sexist! There are good things to take from BOTH genders, but society puts masculinity on this pedestal and promotes the notion of "having some balls" or "manning up" without also promoting seemingly feminine aspects such as being nurturing or talking things through (rather than being physically violent to show strength). I DESPISE the kind of mentality that is forced upon black men, THAT is what is disgraceful and it completely turns me off from them. Secondly, these men are in the entertainment industry, which involves doing various things to make people laugh, and cross-dressing is just another one of those things. If that's not your kind of humour then don't watch their shows. SOOOO much is wrong with black male mentality, i don't know what you're all trying to prove with this abundance of masculinity stuck up your asses but you need to grow out of it and start to shamelessly accept some aspects of femininity.

  40. Dave Chappelle wore a dress in Robin Hood Men In Tights

  41. Tony Ricker says:

    Well said Anya. Being a man has little to do about dressing up in drag but has a lot to do about taking care of your family and being a respectful member of your community. I have to read your post again… it was that good.

  42. Roni Ro says:

    This is real and true. The fact that most of you who don't agree are black males speaks volumes. You've been desensitized and culturally conditioned to think it's ok to see a man acting like a woman. It is not!

  43. for them that sellout themselves to make money pray that the money keep you happy and content , for those who don't and won't play an acting roll being another man bitch. much respect.

  44. Marc Garvey says:

    Richard Davis 1619. 394 years and counting in captivity and still our beautiful black brothers & sisters are waiting in vain for our white oppressors loev. Why? especially when it is not forthcoming. Why do we feel it necessary to adopt their learned Greco-Roman homosexuality & bestiality customs? Why do these lost Negropeans & Afropeans defend this irrational behaviour with excuses fo "If it's ok for white people to do it, then why not us?" rubbish. Well, we would hope every white person would go out and slit his own throat. Does that mean you nobs ought to go out and do the same? Sleeple=sheeple. WTFUP! By accepting this sort of silliness as our own is racial suicide. We must never allow our enemy to define us. if you like receiving an anal rogering from your oppressors so be it. But just join him at your own peril and leave us conscious black warriors out of your bacchanal and "keep dem Battymon ism & schism in Babylon please and don't bring it to Mama Afrika" 1 ♥

  45. the one that do , do it for money. and in most cases they were paid or taken. what was in us was breed out of most and replace by doing anything for a dollar by the white standard. it still many brother who not following that insane life and doing what other people doing and that there own niche and there own way of living. we are the lost tribe of Judah and we will united and gain our place one day and put away thing insane foolishness and have rightful commerce with us and other in fair exchange. just don't know but it is written so it will be. but I hope this can help. barter, gold, silver, and stones was money until the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and before that certificated of deposit for banks and safe house to hold your money. paper money is not that old in history times. we need to get black to see goods and land as money and can make a great living for you and ones family to get away from the devil who the money system belong to.

  46. Yes……yes he did.

  47. Did you see the Dave Chappell interview….he said otherwise!

  48. Bruns Michelle Again what about the Dave C. interview on Oprah?He told the business flat out.

  49. Really… Dave chapelle should have taken that 50 mil for that role.. but heyy where is he at now? But at the same time if he didn't feel comfortable then I can respect that. If I was an actress and had to play a man in a movie for 50 mil…. um its a no brainer.. THat role didn't make me any more of a woman when I was done. Thats what actors do, is act. Most of these scenes required a drag queen and thats who these actors played. Some of the movies.. that was what the whole movie was about was becoming a woman. So no, nobody bent their arm for the role.. its acting. Like someone else said.. what about other movies in other countries? what about when a woman has to play a man.. IE Boys don't Cry?? Now you can argue that they could have cast a real drag queen and that would be a different topic.

    What I do have a issue is when the role really doesn't call for a male in a dress ie most snl skits.. (I didn't appreciate the comment made by kenan about black women not making the cut for snl and watnot)

    To all those "Be a strong, masculine, black brotha" and whateva its a role… I know you watched at least 2 of these movies or others not on this list so don't front like you just can't take it and don't act like you turned it off either. Its just like a lot of people in the music industry.. You get signed to a label and you sing what your label wants you to sing or your image is what your label wants you to be.. But once you get some clout then you do what you wanna do Ie, Lady gaga, pink, Rihanna for crying out loud.. TLC, Neyo, the list goes on. Please don't act like wearing a dress for a role is the same as selling your soul to the devil.. its not..not even close..

  50. Tom Stout says:

    The greatest comedic actors of every generation have dressed in drag for a gag, from Milton Berle to Robin Williams. Black dudes do it and now it's a conspiracy?!?

  51. Seriously this article is inspired by a comedian that chose to portray a stereotypical shiftless stoner and crackhead? All of the actors on this list created their own characters and they do NOT represent all men. If you don't like their films you don't have to watch them. What about all of the other cross-dressing actors/characters of various ethnicities in the very films on this list? I'm offended that this article seems to support Chris Tucker's character in Friday! And Ruby Rod was a man! You emasculated that "black" man by calling him a woman.

  52. Terri Martin Lemelle there's a difference between entertainment/fantasy and reality. You do know the movies aren't real, right?

  53. Jeff Tol says:

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw that post.

  54. Michael Ruth says:

    Jeff Tol And they where fucking homos and fuck little boys.you sick bastard

  55. Tom Stout says:

    Says the guy with the bare chested teen boys as his FB photo.

  56. Jeff Tol says:

    Ok….I think you're the sick bastard since you are the one who took the conversation there. I was only talking about the history of acting when it comes to men dressing in drag. Take your homophobic comments someplace else.

  57. Never allow someone else make a damn fool of you.

  58. Rick Ellis says:

    that is right you can a damn fool all by yourself

  59. Abdul Saleem says:

    i agree with some but not with over a blackman should not have to dress like a women for fame and success not to many white or asian indian did this fame anything for money i guess

  60. Abdul Saleem says:

    i agree with some but not with over a blackman should not have to dress like a women for fame and success not to many white or asian indian did this fame anything for money i guess

  61. Where is Will Smith where is jamie foxx there are very very few Black male actors in Hollywood who haven't worn a dress Denzel Eddie Murphy Dave Chappell. And to the pesron whi says they were not force did you even bother to see ehat dave chappell swid about how they pressure these actor to do this. In too wong foo they where not created by the actors

  62. Antony Ellis says:

    If a male actor is not comfortable wearing a dress, why should they have to ? I liken this to if a femake actor doesn't want to do a nude scene, she shouldn't have to. These ideas are discussed with actors before they sign up to do a part. putting a dress in an actors trailer, and then pressuring them to put it on would not sit well with any actor. regardless of race. I respect Dave Chappelle's decision.

  63. Gary Bingham says:

    There was another one they missed. Film is called Kinky Boots, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (I think that's how you spell his name.

  64. Efrayim Israel says:

    Deut. 22:5 — how about its an abomination

  65. Terri Martin Lemelle says:

    Ángelo Romeo Martínez It doesn't matter that movies aren't real. What is the point of the overloaded image of feminized, crossed dressing men? Connect the dots for yourself, ther's a reason for it, trust and believe!

  66. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel So does any woman in your family wear trousers, i guess they are going to burn in eternal hell fire. and since you decide to quote old testament s to prove a point, ill tell you what else is also an abomination. Wearing cloths of 2 different material, cutting your hair short on the side, eating shell fish.. you ever had shrimp lol .. Tell me after a woman gave birth in your family, was she unclean for 60 days, and have to sacrifice a lamb, infact i hope you know that you cant even be around a woman on her period… have you dishonored your mother or father recently?, according to the law of Moses you should be put to death.. while you are thinking about the answer please tell me if any woman has spoken with any kind of authority in your church, because according to the bible women are meant to stay silent in church.. Put any gay people to death recently?

    I really doubt i need to give you those passages since i suspect your an expert in the bible,k you can find them for your self .. BUT pls pls pls never use the bible especially the old testaments to try and prove a point about what is and isnt morally wrong or right its way too easy to poke holes in it

  67. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel ok man .. good luck with putting gay people to death or not eating shell fish or not wearing cloths of two different materials.. from your face book pictures , it looks like you have failed on the last one already

  68. Efrayim Israel says:

    Olu Akani i won't be the one putting anyone to death sir. 2 Thess. 1:8-12. However, u just seem like a gainsayer quite adamant on his position, so workout your own salvation sir, don't knock me cause i'm against the foolishness. p.s. it's not that hard to abstain from eating pork, shrimp, horse, catfish, octopus, rabbits, camels, dolphins, and the like. shell fish??? seriously, what is that lol?

  69. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel lol .. like its not that hard to not wear cloths of 2 different cloths lol

  70. Efrayim Israel says:

    Olu Akani certain things can't be helped, its not like i own my own textile factory, and the commandment on mingled garment is referring to the particular article/raiment (e.g. shirt, pants) — but the point was men wearing dresses and how that puts an homosexual/effeminate spirit on the individual, also it sends the wrong signals to our youth who might not have any real men around to raise em. see, even though this world is saturated in sin doesn't mean we all have to be okay with it bro. ecclesiastes 12:13 — fear the lord and pray u don't get caught in the crossfire. shalom man.

  71. Efrayim Israel says:

    besides, dave chapelle is a hypocrite, he wore a dress already in another movie smh…

  72. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel btw dont take it the wrong way.. im not knocking you for being against it.. Its for quoting the bible (especially the old testaments) to prove a point , meanwhile the same old testaments is filled with passages that just don't make sense.. unless you think that Lot wanting to give his virgin daughters up to a mob so they don't rape some angels makes sense… unless you come back and tell me that women in your church are barred from attending service while on their period and everything they touch becomes unclean and you would never touch a woman on her period as well as never wearing cloths of two different materials then i would view your qoute differently.. but i guess you are going to come back and tell me you never pick and choose what you follow in the bible and you do all those things i mentioned

  73. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel "Certain things cant be helped" here lies the problem , its not convenient for you to follow that law so you dont.. lets face it if you really wanted to follow it religiously you would find a way..BUT you want to use the same laws to decide how moral or immoral another person is.. That is the point im trying to make brother..

  74. Efrayim Israel says:

    Olu Akani well i would certainly like to keep it all in context: you're speaking with a contemporary (skeptical) western state of mind. question is, how would i react if ANGELS (and yes i do believe in god and angels) appeared before me prior to incinerating a couple of cities for committing such abominations? i'd be quite hysterical, i'd imagine from what i've felt in dreams. but i honestly can't tell you the honest truth on that. we have yet to experience such things, and i'm sure when we do get that opportunity it'd be too late to explain. the great commandment is to love the lord with all your MIGHT… so i'll keep trying my best and wait on that great day instead of making excuse after excuse after excuse after excuse after excuse.

  75. Efrayim Israel says:

    don't get me wrong, i don't want to sound over-righteous and i don't take what you're saying the wrong way. but i've had conversation like these and they always end up in gainsaying and mockery. i think mankind could do a lot better, but than again can we?

  76. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel I dont now what i would do BUT i sure as hell wouldn't let a group of men gang rape my daughters .. and if i was stupid enough to make this mistake i would expect God or those angels to at least let me know the error in my jugdement

  77. Olu Akani says:

    Efrayim Israel Apologies if you feel i was trying to mock you.. it wasnt my intention .. i seriously respect people that can hold on to a belief and follow it if it betters their life .. i just dont like it when people start using the bible to justify a belief or condemn another person when more often than not they do not follow the bible word for word .. its being a pleasure talking to you

  78. Efrayim Israel says:

    Olu Akani i hear ya, but it's in questioning these minute details that we miss the bigger picture. the most high clearly has these passages written in such a way for a reason. think about how many wicked people use that as a pass to drench themselves in sin… the most carnal of mankind stick to verses like these in an attempt to sedate themselves from all the evil they do. ya know, it's a nice hurdle to jump over, but i guarantee you it gets better as u go. the most high is waiting to pour out his wisdom on us, just trying to see who it's gonna be.

  79. Efrayim Israel says:

    Olu Akani respect, likewise. it's a lot to learn, but i'm doing my best with what i know to not to be a hypocrite… the most high never said it would be easy though.

  80. Baba Oggun says:

    He did and in that movie he was pissed about it and rips it off saying lets get back to our tights… I remember when he explained that scene and the idea that they were men and men wear tights. Wish youtube was around then

  81. Wes Smooth says:

    Ving Rhames can not be compared to those who sold out,The film "Holiday Heart" was Directed by Robert Towsend, this was a role for a "Drag Queen" and it was a serious film and the only film that I can recall that Mr. Townsend ever featured a Gay Man unlike the cheap laughs that the others opted out for. Once you see the film you will remove him from this category because this was a serious and real role and he played the shit out of that role and made me respect him more as an actor.

  82. Adam Stiles says:

    Using the word "retarded" not a good way to call out bigots.

  83. Ebony Murphy-Root says:

    Why frame this as 'emasculation'? That assumes wearing a dress has the power to make a man less… as if to BE a woman is less. These men aren't victims. They CHOOSE to dress up as women to mock black women for cheap, easy laughs!

  84. Daniel Gasparino says:

    I like how it says 'forced.' Really??

  85. Daniel Gasparino says:

    I like how it says 'forced.' Really??

  86. Ava Biffer says:

    Wrong on so many levels. Being a woman is to be a lesser being? Making fun of women also reinforces the second class citizen concept so that's ok? Baloney. Boys don't want us to play because they're afraid we'll win.

  87. Gina Nacole says:

    Efrayim Israel how about everyone is not religious, and all movies are not meant to be religious?

  88. Elaine Kyle says:

    Typer Perry…hmmmm lets see..wearing the dress to earn capital…capital used to build a studio hring 98% black pre production 98% black post production and all black actors and some other minorities…hmmmm.wear that dress boo

  89. Elaine Kyle says:

    Typer Perry…hmmmm lets see..wearing the dress to earn capital…capital used to build a studio hring 98% black pre production 98% black post production and all black actors and some other minorities…hmmmm.wear that dress boo

  90. Elaine Kyle says:

    How about the fact that these actors paved the way for actresses and actors of color…how about that? please get the stick out you….black folks. you see life through glasses you really dont wear. You are not revolutionary nor militant..you are not providing a bbase of self esteem for your race..you are biting the hand that feeds your kids with those liberal arts majors that flock into Atlanta, New York, California to be hired as extras and actors DAILY to be turned down by studios that say they have NO talaen or are too dark..only to be picked up by the studio that was built because the man wore a dress. think that over. as you pay off the 120,000,000 tuition fees for a degree they wont use UNLESS they meet a Tyler Perry.

  91. Elaine Kyle says:

    UH……..Will smith played a bi sexual in six degrees of seperation that gave oral to a couple specific a man for money. check you r status. Which is more detrimental in the eyes of those that have time to assess the charecter of other men?

  92. Black men are truthfully being degraded as men to entertain the masses. Yes I've seen white men play women, but compare the white mens number of roles to black men. Now compare the success that came from doing that between the two. It's true no one held a gun to their head to do it, but where does your integrity lie when it comes to money or holding yourself true to representing yourself as a man no matter what? To me and only in my opinion, that tells the truth if you're true to who you are as a person.

  93. As soon as I hit the second slide I am immediately writing this article off as uninformed bullshit. Chris Tucker wasn't even gay in that film, let alone female. He was banging a plane stewardess. I mean full on head and everything. Not to mention hitting on a politician's daughter in front of him. So everything you write further is now irrelevant. Every leading male in Boy Meets World (my favorite TV show BTW) wore female clothing and they're all white. So sit down. Tired of hearing about this mess.

  94. I am sorry but how would you explain Mr. Doubtfire? How about John Travolta in a dress? How about women who play men in videos and movies? Come on people. No one is forcing anyone to wear a dress. Just say No., sick of this victim mentality. It is getting old. Tyler perry for instance does Madea and most of his supporters are black people. SMH

  95. And yet black people LOVE MADEA…..

  96. SINGING! FOR THE LOVE OF MONAY!!!!

  97. Jack Dee says:

    Maybe we black men are so tired of playing the hyper-masculine, super thug all our lives that any chance to slip into a frock and high-heels and get paid for it is just too irresistible to refuse. Black audiences obviously seem to love paying good money to see it, too. Please, stop boxing our men into corners and stereotyping the lot of us. Grow up, we're not all victims.

  98. King Koopa says:

    'cept it's EVERY black person in Hollywood, I can't even name any white people that people give a shit about that have dressed in drag in a memorable scene (maybe monty python and shit or SNL when it was actually funny but no one cares anymore)..you can't even name a famous black person anymore that hasn't atleast been asked to wear a dress, and they're pretty much ALL still famous..just a coincidence tho obv 😛

  99. The Act itself will have a much much longer effect than the money that is received by the actor to deceive it's people that it is OK. No other species on the planet thinks that it is OK other than humans, also, our peeps from the mother land don't have to take the Europeans ways, let them have them. U wold never see a African king of a village parade around in this manner. Kudos to Dave" Chappelle, for taking the higher rode.

  100. Chris Tucker still hasn't committed this crime. The 5th Element is one of my favorite movies and Ruby is addressed as a man. He is a lover, very flamboyant, and had gay men in his entourage, so I can understand why they thought he was dressing like a woman. However, he never once wore a dress.

  101. Chris Tucker still hasn't committed this crime. The 5th Element is one of my favorite movies and Ruby is addressed as a man. He is a lover, very flamboyant, and had gay men in his entourage, so I can understand why they thought he was dressing like a woman. However, he never once wore a dress.

  102. Jermaine Parker says:

    Bruns Michelle Think about this… (IF YOU WERE A BLACK MAN AND DID NOT WANT TO DO RASPUTIA OR THE KLUMPS BUT WERE FORCED… HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?) I know I would do the exact same thing. Create a character that is hilarious to mask the fact that I'm being forced to do something I didn't want to do. But that's just me thinking on the other side. P.S. you named one person. there are well over 20 Black Men who have been, in my opinion, forced to wear a dress or play a subservient/homosexual role. The history is there is you cared to research it, instead of making a reactionary statement(Not that your statement is solely reactionary, but that was my initial reaction before i researched it further).

  103. Jermaine Parker says:

    Bruns Michelle Think about this… (IF YOU WERE A BLACK MAN AND DID NOT WANT TO DO RASPUTIA OR THE KLUMPS BUT WERE FORCED… HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?) I know I would do the exact same thing. Create a character that is hilarious to mask the fact that I'm being forced to do something I didn't want to do. But that's just me thinking on the other side. P.S. you named one person. there are well over 20 Black Men who have been, in my opinion, forced to wear a dress or play a subservient/homosexual role. The history is there is you cared to research it, instead of making a reactionary statement(Not that your statement is solely reactionary, but that was my initial reaction before i researched it further).

  104. Jermaine Parker says:

    Super masculinity?? Examples?

  105. Jermaine Parker says:

    It's the Effeminization… Doesn't have to be a dress. But it chops down the man to be less than that. You can interpret it however you choose, but it is real. If you have an open mind there is plenty of room in your brain for information. so you can research til your hearts content. But if you are closed minded and know all you need to know you will stop right here and look no further for substantial information.

  106. Jermaine Parker What about Dave Chappelle dressing like a woman in the movie "Robin Hood: Men in Tights?" Google it. He and men of another ethnicity dressed like women. I don't understand how they escape being emasculated, but our black men can't. Explain that to me.

  107. Jermaine Parker says:

    Cheryce N. B. Livingston I didn't see that movie and I can't explain anything to anyone with 100% certainty… But if you question the intentional destruction and denigration of the black male and by association, the black family, then you may have never cared to wonder why/how we got to the state where we are now as a people. Maybe you agree with the masses of programmed whites who think there is no racism and people get what they work for regardless of history. I don't know, but the information is out there. Just a matter of where you choose to look and if you choose to look.

    Having said that… Whoever wears a dress is their business ultimately. My point is to make people aware the mostly all Super stars are compromised in some form or another to get where they are. I just happen to agree that black men are more so compromised by making them appear less than a man(wearing a dress / gay character).

  108. Jermaine Parker I know that racism exist, but I think that we are barking up the wrong tree here. Black males can play a ghetto role and no one bats an eye, but if he plays a female role, it's racism? Really? Actors of every ethnicity, have dressed as women. The number of black men dressing like women, is the same as white men. What they decide to do before and/or after that role is what will truly define who they are. I understand how you believe that these men are emasculated. That is your opinion and that's all well and good. I just want to see you go up to Westley Snipes and call him a woman in his face. See how emasculated he is. LOL!

  109. Forgot to mention Chiwetel Ejiofor in Kinky Boots and Will Smith in Wild Wild West.

  110. Jamal Grady says:

    Dave Chappelle dressed as a woman in Robin Hood

  111. Kelly Johnson says:

    …and yet there are still a little more than a handful of black male actors who have not put on the dress………….yet. #proudsofar

  112. Monise Davis says:

    The way I see it is, it is not just done to blacks but I Hollywood in totality. However, even as a little girl, I noticed that in movies and TV shows such as: Mannequin, Designing Women, Revenge of the Nerds, and Oz, Black men were often effeminate. I think that for a long time the entertainment industry has had an agenda and you don't have to look very close today to see the fruits of that agenda.

  113. Anonymous says:

    Not to mention, if anything there is an perception and portrayal of HYPERMACULINITY of the Black male. Just sayin.

  114. Anonymous says:

    Agreed I also call B.S. I understand it, but there are A LOT of White actors, in the present and in the past who have played, acted, or dressed like women for comedic or dramatic effect. Notwithstanding Charlie Chapman, Harvey Korman, John Travolta, Tom Hanks, the kids from Boy Meets World in a few episodes, Flip Wilson, the guy who played Drew Carey's brother on the Drew Carey show was a cross dresser, that character fro M*A*S*H (now not only consider the time of the show but the context! what!?! in the military too!?!)> Lots of White male actors who are straight play gay characters as well.. I would even say MUCH more often than Black male actors, only one I can think in recent history is the Black dude from True Blood. So.. yea..

  115. Anonymous says:

    Agreed I also call B.S. I understand it where this is coming from thought, but there are A LOT of White actors, in the present and in the past who have played, acted, or dressed like women for comedic or dramatic effect. Notwithstanding people like Charlie Chapman, Harvey Korman, John Travolta, Tom Hanks, the kids from Boy Meets World in a few episodes, Flip Wilson, the guy who played Drew Carey's brother on the Drew Carey show was a cross dresser, that character fro M*A*S*H (now not only consider the time of the show but the context! what!?! in the military too!?! Groundbreaking!) Lots of White male actors who are straight play gay characters as well.. I would even say MUCH more often than Black male actors, only one I can think in recent history is the Black dude from True Blood. So.. yea..

  116. You forgot about Chris Rock in CB4 and Harold Perinuex in kinky boots

  117. Gina Reilly says:

    meh….the subtitle is misleading. Who was forced? I'd be interested in seeing a comparison between black actors and others. There have been a number of men performing in dresses for laughs, but it's always clear they are men in dresses. I don't know that it takes away from their manhood. I do commend Dave, for taking his stand.

  118. No go watch dave chappelle Oprah interview the black comedians are asked repeatedly to wear dresses or get bumped in the behind smh. The musicians same for them…Kevin hart was asked to wear a dress as well in the other movie he was in. Most of the so called stratpight guys in the industry served the devil and this horrific ritual, cause their is a few guys and women know and tell the truth like Karrine , she know, and some other on YouTube from the industry, Matt williams why you think he was getting in trouble they set him up cause he tellinginside industry stuff.

  119. Also so of your favors are not truly straight . But who knows God will judge all our deeds please get saved from being eternally separated from God the Lord Jesus.

  120. Any man who wore a dress for laughs regardless of their color did so because Charlie Chaplin did it and became huge, then Robim Williams.nnobody was forced to wear a dress. I have one word for anyone saying all black mainstream actors have worn a dress. Denzel. BOOM!

  121. James Milber says:

    Wayans Brothers, Coming to America, Madea, Martin Lawrence, Big Mommas House—- most of these were directed by Blacks. As for Eddy Murphy, he notoriously takes on the roll of MANY characters. No one is forcing Blacks into dresses, for fucksakes. Do you know how many white actors dressed in drag for one reason or another in a movie? It's a common comedic scene.

  122. Drew Peoples says:

    This article is very scewed. White actors initiated this trend in film and screen and waaaayyyyyy more of them have done this than black actors over the years. There seems to be a sensitivity to this from people in the industry who didn't have the nerve to or were to prideful to step into the gimmick/ trend and make loads of money. A burly man in a dress is just funny! It's not emasculating. These men are in no way feminine and are not convincing as women. It's as funny as when Eddie Murphy and the Wayans brothers dress up as white people It's just FUNNY AS HELL. It's not that serious.

  123. Thanks Dave for saying hell nagh

  124. If u want to make it in the business,that's another initiation that goes in the industry,sick,evil etc,it was their choice to wear a dress,Kevin Hart did his on snl,now endless movies.

  125. Keusi Reid says:

    I don't find anything funny about men wearing dresses and trying to act like women. That's a warped sense of humor but I also don't support homosexual shoW's either.Denzel Washington "Training Day"…. the greatest Black actor in the history of cinema refused to wear a dress, but not being able to resist the sweet temptation of getting an academy award for best actor he agreed to be "shot in the ass" by the hero in the movie. The signature line of the scene has an enraged Denzel bellowing "Arrrrrggghhh ya shot me in the ass"!!

    Aftermath……Denzel was witnessed by comedian Mike Epps weeping bitterly backstage at the awards ceremony chanting "they made him shoot me in the ass".

  126. Yeah Uh dude… your an idiot.

  127. This was clearly written by someone with an agenda all their own.

  128. He has a point. Not only is it emasculating, it's also an insult to black woman. It suggest that black women have masculine characteristics.

    

  129. Eli Cameron says:

    Nobody forced them to take these acting jobs.

  130. Cheryce N. B. Livingston Dave didn't wear a dress in that movie stop spreading lies. He didn't even play a gay character. It was robin hood men in tights. He had pants on that were spandex. That was it. You are lying your ass off.

  131. Oh, dude, you are sooo gay! That's why you like it.

  132. And what is your agenda? Everybody has one!

  133. Brad Schwalk says:

    First off, I did not realize Chris Tuckers character from the 5th element was a female. I thought he was just an eccentric pop star radio host, that was just wearing what was fashionable in this sci fi setting. Secondly, the Saturday Night Live skits surely can't count. I am fairly sure every actor that has been on SNL has at some point crossdressed for a funny skit.

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