Dwayne Perkins, who plays a friend of the main character, Jeremy Saville, explained why he decided to be a part of the movie — and apologizes to those who were offended by the cringeworthy trailer.
"If anyone is offended, I'm very sorry. I wasn't trying to make anything that's a mockery, and in fact, I don't think the trailer does the movie any justice," he explained on Monday (May 13). "I think myself and the other Black people who worked on it thought we were making a mockery. I think we, and at least for myself, are well versed in our plight and our history and all of that. This is a comedy about a guy who does the wrong thing for the right reasons, and the movie really gets into all of it more than the trailer does. If you don't plan to see the movie, I respect that, but I think you have to withhold judgment until you see the movie, but again, making a mockery wasn't my attention."
If you missed the eye-opening trailer, it portrays Saville, a white man who also directed the film and wrote the script, pretending to be a Black woman for a podcast in order to pay tuition for his son’s private school. In doing so he gains popularity for his outlandish attempt to represent how he thinks Black women carry themselves.
Many on social media found it so offensive that they assumed the trailer is fake. To that end, the Detroit News reports that the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, whose stamp appears at the outset of the trailer, denied ever screening the film on its platform.
In regards to the trailer for the film "Loqueesha", this film was never selected, screened, or given an award at our festival. The SLO Film Fest laurels were taken without permission and we are currently working to have them removed.— San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (@SloFilmFest) May 12, 2019
Even the IMDB trivia page clowns the now-disgraced movie.
The IMDb trivia on this page is hilarious, even if the best stuff gets deleted.— Big Gay IrishbearAZ (@irishbearaz) May 12, 2019
But #Loqueesha’s trailer contains a half-truth in it. Guess when they mentioned they were selected for a film festival, they forgot to say they were pulled from it.
Oopsie! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/3htAoZYicD
It’s possible that the Loqueesha trailer is part of a social experiment or an elaborate troll, but given the filmmaker’s prior work, it’s likely a real film that bears many of the tone-deaf stereotypes that are too common in cinema.
I watched that horrible Loqueesha trailer and it made my blood boil. A grown white man is a failure in life and fantasizes that his goals are easier to accomplish as a Black Woman. A double minority? It’s 2019 and they’re still using us as scapegoats. Okay, Amy Fisher pic.twitter.com/hY2x0D20lq— Ba-Donkin’ Donutz 🍩☕️ (@Crysmay04) May 10, 2019
Even choosing the name Loqueesha is racist, coded to sound loud and "ghetto." Our names are beautiful and stemmed in a dream of individuality and representation. Every nameless Black female interpretation is rooted in misogynoir. pic.twitter.com/xNFr15DYh8— Joelle Monique ✍🏾 (@JoelleMonique) May 10, 2019
What in the blackface HELL is this?!!! —-> “Loqueesha is the hilarious and heartwarming story of Joe, an astute and underachieving Detroit bartender who values truth above everything” who “invents a larger-than-life black female personality named Loqueesha” https://t.co/e5W6TqVifE— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) May 10, 2019
This Loqueesha garbage-(which is simply a continuation of the Amos & Andy, anti-Black minstrel tradition of systematic white supremacy) is further reason why Black Americans need reparations— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 11, 2019
"Loqueesha" broke my brain for the day.— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) May 10, 2019
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