Last week I went to see the movie “Plötzlich Papa” (the English title is “Two is a family“). The film was great and, if you can, I recommend you see it.
There was a moment that made me feel very uncomfortable, though. Just in case, spoilers ahead.
So, one of the characters is a white woman. She disappears for a long time from her daughter’s and father-of- her- daughter’s life, who is a black man and who’s been raising the child. The fact that they are black and white is irrelevant to the film’s plot.
When the woman reappears, she has a new partner and she wants to introduce him to her ex and daughter. When the new guy appears on the screen, basically the whole theatre went like: “Ohhhhh…..”. I also heard a loud and clear “Neeeeeeeeeeeee” (with an intonation as in “Oh, noooooo”), and many, many laughs.
What was so funny or terrible about this new guy? He spoke perfect English, dressed in normal, some would even say “posh” clothes, had a normal height and contexture, was nice and friendly, said “Hello” with a smile. He was also a black man.
The colour skin of both characters had nothing to do with the plot. The movie is not about race issues. Do you think the audience at the movie theatre would have reacted the same, had the second boyfriend been a white man?