Loqueesha (2019)

dir. Jeremy Saville

Loqueesha is, frankly, disgusting. It’s just disgusting. There are no other words for it. The story follows a white man who launches a successful radio show by “pretending to be a black woman”. This means he puts on the most utterly offensive stereotypical voice, which roughly equates to him yelling obnoxiously in his own voice and punctuating it with a lot of sassy “mmhmm”s. Perhaps, perhaps, this premise could have worked were Loqueesha a gritty, cynical exposé exploring the dark psychology of a racist. But it’s meant to be a light-hearted, feel-good comedy, with an added footnote about how it’s important to be yourself. When a film culminates with an actual black woman weeping about how the white guy is “a better black woman” than her, you just know there’s no way to save it. Loqueesha needs to be seen to be believed, but it only needs to be seen once. Once.

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