You don’t need to speak Dutch to realize how ridiculous this new movie is.
The film is called ”Alleen maar nette mensen” (Only Decent People) and is adapted from the book by the same name written by Dutch Jewish author Robert Vuistjes. Robert The book was highly controversial in the Netherlands when it was released several years ago and ahead of it’s release next month, it’s stirring up the same conversations again.
According to Shadow & Act:
ONLY DECENT PEOPLE is a Dutch comedy based on the controversial bestseller by Robert Vuijsje. Starring Geza Weisz, Imanuelle Grives, Annet Malherbe & Jeroen Krabbe. David Samuels is from an intellectual Jewish family from the posh Amsterdam Old South, where he is often mistaken as Moroccan because of his dark hair.
He has a girlfriend named Naomi and they both live in the posh district Amsterdam South, where ‘only decent people’ live. The word ‘decent people’, which is also the title of the novel, refers to people who are not ‘allochtonen’ and especially not Moroccans. ‘Allochtonen’ is the Dutch word for non-western foreigners.
David is a remarkable man on a mission: to find a ghetto fabulous queen with great tits and thick buttocks. He dumps his girlfriend, drops out of college and sets out on a quest for his dream woman. His parents and friends declare him mad, but David continues unabated. His search leads him to the Bijlmer, where, after some wild adventures he is left disappointed. Will David ever find his ideal woman – a large, dark sex goddess with booty and brains?
Yes, this is a real thing.
They call it an apolitical and irreligious film about the clash between social and cultural classes, and, not surprisingly the international blog Afro-Europe says it sparked controversy within the Black community in The Netherlands.
Under a literary flag Vuijsje sketches -intended or unintended – an archetypal image of (black) women, which some consider stereotype, stigma, caricature and even discriminatory. The opinions about the book are mixed. Some people felt that the book cheapened black women and interracial relationships, but others felt that a lot of black women fit the profile and should therefore not complain about the stereotypes in the book.
Of course, the author has disputed claims that he is a racist based on the fact that his girlfriend is Black.
They aren’t saying if the film will travel, but it’s doubtful it would be received anywhere outside of Holland. Apparently, Holland started waving the post-racial flag too soon thus giving way to this sort of foolishness and even a black-owned ”Negro For Hire” company.
As reported by Afro-Europe, The Dutch company BlackPack is an agency exclusively for black men and white women are the main customers. The women hire the men to strip, dj, dance or to play djembe, but also to assist in shopping, playing chauffeur or for exotic cooking. The men can be “rented out” for 55 Euro ($69.10 US dollars) an hour. The founder, Bryan Oudhoff, told the local newspaper that he wanted to respond to the stereotypes that exist of blacks: blacks are better dancers and have more sense of rhythm.
Again, this is a real thing.
I want to say Black people in our country would never tolerate this sort of thing, but then I remember that the most popular show for our demographic is “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” and that Basketball Wives may become a movie. We’ve got our fair share of negative images of black women in the media over here as well. Though we will march with Sharpton and start a Change.org petition on sight when something is blatantly racist, there are a lot of messages and portrayals we allow in this country that are just as problematic but less overt than this movie.
Still, I don’t understand what this author is trying to do with this film. There are definitely people who date outside of their race because of a fetish, but nobody should be supporting this foolishness. And just because the author has a black wife (who clearly signed off on the book & film as well) doesn’t mean he is not shamelessly ignorant.
Watch the preview below (there are no subtitles and it’s NSFW, but you get the gist)
Can you believe this is a movie? What do you think about this story?
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