“Roots” (1977) is a television mini-series dramatization of author Alex Haley‘s family line as described in his work Roots: The Saga of an American Family. It’s a pretty intense tale of kidnapping, abuse, slavery, and survival. The television version of Roots won 9 out of the 36 Emmy nominations it received, and the original airing of “Roots'” finale is still one of the highest rated bits of US programming ever.
So “Roots” is kind of a big deal, culturally speaking.
Evasive Angles is an adult production company specializing in hardcore interracial gonzo porn (about Evasive Angles here). At the helm of Evasive Angles is Puerto Rican born performer/producer/director TT Boy. TT Boy has worked in the adult industry for over 20 years and is an icon in many respects (bio here, credits compiled here).
Oh, and parodies of mainstream texts are currently a go-to form in adult content production (more on that here).
At this moment, you may be scratching your head. Hmmm… “Roots,” Evasive Angles, porn parodies?
And now, at this moment, you may be thinking “Noo…”
Recently, AVN‘s Peter Warren posted a article entitled “Evasive Angels Courts Controversy with ‘Roots’ Parody.” Here’s what Peter had to say:
“CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Is there such a thing as a porn parody that crosses the line? Evasive Angles Entertainment is certainly flirting with finding out the answer to that question by unleashing upon the world Can’t Be Roots XXX Parody: The Untold Story, due in stores October 31.
According to the company, its take on the celebrated slavery epic should not automatically be met with offense. ‘It’s made pro-black, it’s not pro-white,’ director and Evasive Angles owner T.T. Boy explained to AVN. ‘It has comedy in it; it’s something like one of the Dave Chappelle Roots [skits]. The slaves fuck all the white girls, the daughters and the wives of the masters. It’s wild.’
Neverless, the production has definitely struck a sour note with some.
‘There’s a lot of people going crazy over the idea, thinking that we shouldn’t have done it,’ T.T. said. ‘We had some actors and actresses that wouldn’t partake in the movie. I had four people say, ‘No, we don’t want any part of it.”
Not just talent took exception to the project, either: After getting wind of it, local members of the NAACP attempted to shut down the South Florida shoot, revealed Evasive sales director Edward Smith.
‘A couple of the [NAACP] representatives came out with their signs to try to shut it down,’ Smith said. ‘We were already done, we were just finishing up with some dialogue, so they caused the property owners to try to kick us out. We finished up, but we had a little bit of hassle there. They thought we were putting it in a bad light.’
Whether bad or good, Evasive put Can’t Be Roots in a decidedly costly light—it is, in fact, the company’s biggest-budget picture to date.
‘We used a $10,000 location, and it looks as real as you can get. The production value is out of the world,’ T.T. Boy boasted. ‘We have costumes that are from the 1800s, they’re exact. We have a wagon that’s from 1850. It ended up costing a lot of money, because we had a lot of extras and we had a lot of stuff going on, and the cast is probably about 20 people.'” (original posting here)
AVN added that the trailer for Can’t Be Roots XXX Parody: The Untold Story (2011) can be seen at www.evasiveangles.com.
So, of course, I watched it.
(you have to follow the link to see the trailer, but it takes you directly there – don’t worry!!)
I don’t mean to be a hater, but I found the trailer more than a little uncomfortable…. especially in conjunction with the copy that Evasive Angels offers alongside it:
“EVASIVE HAS BROUGHT YOU A WILD JOURNEY INTO THE MINDS OF WHITE WOMEN BACK IN THE DAY AND WHAT REALLY WENT ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!! WATCH THE PRETTY DAUGHTERS FALL IN LUST WITH THE STUDS AND CHASE THEM AROUND FOR SOME LOVE! SEE HOW UPSET THE HUSBAND IS AFTER HE FINDS OUT HIS WIFE’S PUSSY HAS BEEN STRETCHED BY A REAL DICK AND HOW USELESS HE IS! THE DAUGHTERS ARE SO HORNY YOU HAVE THE YOUNGEST AS HALEYSWEET ONE OF THE SWEETEST PRETTIEST FOXES EVER – AND SHE IS INSATIABLE FOR THE STUD AND HIS WIFE TOGETHER! DAUGHTER NIKKI STONE IS IN LOVE WHEN THE STUDS TELL HER BUTT ISN’T TOO BIG AND FUCKS THEM FOR EVER! MOTHER DEE IS A GENUINE WHITE SUPER FREAK INCLUDING A PHAT ASS AND IS SIMPLY A NASTY FUCK MACHINE! ENJOY THIS MASTER TIMEPIECE OF LUST AND LOVE! SHOT ON LOCATION!” (sic)
I guess that challenging a script like “white women are afraid of/victimized by black men’s sexuality” is interesting… and empowering black women’s sexuality (by disempowering the sexualities of others?? ehh…) is transgressive… and I really appreciate Dave Chappelle‘s in-your-face work/comedy, so a supposed homage to that/him is good… and I fully support Evasive Angles’ right to parody whatever they want, however they want… but none of those things make Roots XXX sit very well with me.
The source material is extremely loaded; and racial inequality is still very prevalent (not to mention historically problematic), as is the exploitation of black women’s sexuality. On the basis of the bits of information I have here, I’m really not feeling Evasive Angles’ newest project…
What do you think?
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Evasive Angles Can’t Be Roots XXX Parody: The Untold Story (2011) trailer and copy here.
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