Classic Movie ‘Good Times’, Being Turned Into Film + Is Actress Michelle Williams Mocking Native Americans?

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Don’t front like you’re not dying to see it. Reportedly, the classic 70’s sitcom, Good Times, starring Esther Rolle as Florida Evans and John Amos as her husband, James Evans, Sr. is being brought back to life, via a feature film. The sitcom, which originally aired in 1974, featured an un-heard of, All-Star cast. Florida and James’ children were James, Jr., also known as “J.J.” (Jimmie Walker), Thelma (Bern Nadette Stanis),  Michael (Ralph Carter), Florida’s best friend, Willona Woods (played by Ja’net Dubois), and their project building superintendent Nathan Bookman (Johnny Brown), better known as “Buffalo Butt”. Deadline reports that, a new film, with writer Phil Johnston, has already been secured. William Bannister, Michael Daniels and Neville Mouguel will be associate producers and Eric Monte, Tammie Evans and Carlena Harris will be executive producers. Are you excited about the show being developed into a film or should they leave this classic alone?

And in other news,

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Do you find this photo offensive? Actress Michelle Williams’ controversial cover for British magazine AnOther, has some folk upset. According to Jezebel, the 32-year-old actress is imitating stereotypes of Native American women. By rocking, a feather necklace, two thick french braids, and a plaid shirt, folk suggest that it’s all types of insensitive and offensive.  New York-based web magazine Refinery29 called the shoot “shocking” and pointed in particular to the tagline “There’s no place like home.” Refinery29’s Lexi Nisita wrote:

“Michelle Williams currently has a blond pixie cut. So it’s not like they just braided her hair coincidentally. They added super-long, thick, black extensions and braided them — and darkened her eyebrows… [the look] appears to mimic the stark relief of facial features often seen in early portraits of Native American women.”

In Michelle’s defense, the ‘There’s no place like home’ references her new film, “Oz the Great and Powerful”. But what do you think, artistic or insensitive?





[Deadline, NY Daily News]