The Internet Is Not Happy With People Comparing ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ To ‘Black Panther’


“Trying to compare them is a weak attempt to maintain the myth that whiteness is default”

Earlier this week, the flashy first trailer for Crazy Rich Asians hit the internet and everything, for once, seemed okay in the world. The rom-com, which was inspired by Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same name, was celebrated for featuring an all-Asian cast, fronted by Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong, making it one of very few Hollywood blockbusters to do so.

Due to the film's casting, many thought it was appropriate to compare the film to Black Panther, which was also celebrated for its diverse cast of black actors, writers, and directors.  

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But many people found the comparison to be in bad taste. Some pointed out that, not only are many Asian communities notoriously anti-black, but guilt-tripping people into seeing the film is not okay.



"Can we support Crazy Rich Asians because we should all support other POC and not make this into a weird, passive aggressive thing against Black Panther?" one user wrote.

Others noted that CRA is a romantic comedy that celebrates opulence and glamour, and won't tackle gripping issues like race the way that BP did.

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People also noted that comparing the two diminishes the importance of both, as it not only implies that whiteness is a default for feature films but that minority groups are only allowed to have one major blockbuster.

After facing some backlash online, some clarified their statements by saying they would hope the film is successful and simply brings people together in the way that Black Panther did.

Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters August 17. 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.