Friday, May 27, 2016
There's a Movie Coming about a Black Sorority Girl Who Has to Teach White Sorority Girls How to Step
...And get this: she has has to do this in order to get into law school.
Sometimes I feel like I am being punked when news like this comes into my inbox. I mean, can you imagine being in the boardroom where this premise is pitched, unironically? With cultural appropriation and Hollywood diversity centered deep within pop culture rhetoric these days, this kind of movie continues to prove just how distant Hollywood bigwigs are to understanding/caring about their audiences.
But I digress. Megalyn Echikunwoke is a solid actress of color who's known for her TV work on genre shows including The Following, Damien, and The 4400. And for that, she'll always get cool points in my book. But STEP SISTERS just seems like a major step down for her, despite the fact that one of my imaginary besties, Lena Waithe (Master of None), co-produced it.
I'd like to say that I will remain cautiously optimistic about this, but...it sounds like the black girl (Echikunwoke) has to teach the flailing white sorority how to be black, by showing them how to step like the black sorority girls, so that they can seem cool and she can get into law school. So, you know, optimism is going to difficult.
Full synopsis: Step Sisters centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
Principal photography begins June 1 in Atlanta, and STEP SISTERS is expected to come to be in theaters sometime next year.
I'm just gonna leave this one with you guys....