I’ve been thinking: in a hypothetical world where the demographics of Hollywood films were flipped around so that like 90% of all speaking roles were black, what would your standard issue Token White Guy’s “wacky” personality quirk be?
i commend the cast of Think like a Man and not compartmentalizing the movie as a "black movie" i think it was pretty well done.
The token white guy though… lol i mean, there was another “white” (?) guy in it who wasn’t token at all, but that other dude, whoo, boy was he white lol and they made sure he was so overly awkwardly white that you were really smacked in the face by how white he was lol the plot easily could have survived without his pressence. he was merely there for the sake of being The White Guy they include in their gatherings. which, again, was baffling cuz they had a white guy who got no such treatment
The rich, arrogant foreigner comes to China for business, but he ends up falling in love with what the script invariably calls an “Oriental beauty.”
He pursues and tempts her for a few episodes, but in the end the virtuous lady makes the proper choice of staying true to her Chinese love interest.
Well, most of the time.
“Occasionally she’ll stay with me,” shrugs Jonathan Kos-Read, an actor from Torrance who’s made a career out of playing foreigners on the Chinese screen. “But if she does, she’ll either live in unhappiness, or she’ll die.”