Greg Braxton of the Los Angeles Times is calling out CBS’s The Early Show for neglecting to include the hit film Jumping the Broom in a lengthy segment about the growing popularity of wedding films. Braxton writes, “Clips of several films, including the recent Something Borrowed, Father of the Bride, 27 Dresses, Bride Wars and My Best Friend’s Wedding. However, one of the season’s most successful wedding movies, Jumping the Broom, about two African American families clashing during the preparations of a lavish wedding, was conspicuously left at the altar.
“Jumping the Broom, which stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Paula Patton, was the third most-popular movie during Mother’s Day weekend, beating rival Something Borrowed at the box office for two weeks in a row. Jumping the Broom was not mentioned during the story.”
It’s not hard to imagine that producers would slight or forget about a film that actually shows black people getting married. We get it. It’s not sexy or negative, so including the film would be a leap. If they were talking about the divorce rate or the number of unmarried black folks, then we would be headlining the segment.
We suppose it’s not enough to beat out Something Borrowed and hold your own in a Mother’s Day weekend that included Thor and Fast Five to warrant mention or inclusion in a segment about the popularity of weddings in films. Oh well, another missed opportunity to demonstrate inclusion instead of exclusion when it comes to a film with universal themes told through black characters.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
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