Some controversy was aimed at a Cheerios ad that featured the cute daughter of an interracial couple. In a series of ads for Arnott's "Tim-Tams" chocolate biscuits, a guy and girl stumble upon a magic lamp, releasing a genie who grants them Three Wishes.
When Arnott's brought out Tim-Tams in dark chocolate, the genie took the form of a handsome black man who eyes the girl suggestively after the first two wishes lead to her boyfriend disappearing with a hot blonde. He's rather disappointed when she wishes for a pack of never-ending Tim-Tams instead. Comedy Chris Rock did a load of stuff on this topic.
A black man would step over Halle Berry She doesn't even like men! But she could get a black man! His best friend Woody repeatedly warns him that her white suburban Jewish family would strongly oppose such a relationship.
Also see the Western Animation example below. Averted in Archie Comics with a dash of Unfortunate Implications ; writer Matt Wayne tried to introduce a black love interest for Betty so that she could also have her own love triangle. Since he was portrayed as The Ace , the editor vetoed it and had him changed to be a white character. In another instance, writers got to vote on a new love interest for Cheryl Blossom.
The black character won out, but when the "results comic" was finally released, the character had much paler skin than he was originally designed with. Played with in The Pulse , when a black nurse gives the white Jessica Jones crap about having a black boyfriend. Luke Cage later gets this from the new Power Man.
Heavily downplayed in W. Cornelia may be in a relationship with a black guy, but the only one who ever gave her flak for this is her grandmother. Film Blazing Saddles is the Trope Namer , with the name taken from a line dropped in a shenanigan Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid pull to get the attention of a kouple of Klan members. Bart has a fling with burlesque performer Lili von Shtupp—and judging by her dialogue when the lights are out, her attraction is at least partly due to his race.
It's twue, it's twue! When segregation is lifted and the black students arrive at a previously all-white high school, one of the black male characters eyes his new white female classmates and comments that "They sure do have pretty women around here.
The black guy manages to keep his cool and delivers insults that actually sting the villains. The film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier , about a young white woman surprising her family and friends by becoming engaged to a black man.
The movie was one of the first films to touch on the subject of interracial marriage seriously. All anti-interracial marriage laws were deemed unconstitutional only six months to the day that this movie came out.
In a surprise bit of Values Dissonance , there's another reason to object to the marriage: Poitier's character is at least fifteen years older than Hepburn's daughter, plus they've only met several weeks earlier. The writers intentionally made Poitier's character as perfect as possible so that there would be no reason for anyone to object to the marriage other than the racial difference, as well as the other two mentioned.
The remake Guess Who gender- and race-flipped this, being about an African-American woman who brings her white fiance to meet her parents. Another Poitier film, A Patch of Blue , has his character befriending and then falling in love with a blind white teenager. Yet another of Poitier's movies, To Sir, with Love , has a biracial student who hates his black father for marrying his white mother, as he considers it the worst thing he could have done to her The town is shown to be pretty racist, to the point where the class of white students Poitier's character teaches don't want to personally enter the house to deliver a memorial wreath when the mother dies, since a white person going into a black man's house would create immense gossip.
Poitier himself seems to have feelings for a fellow white teacher, but the racial aspect of their relationship is downplayed. Subverted with Pamela Dare's attempt to win his affections, as he has no romantic feelings for her, but instead cares for her as a friend and student. Spike Lee The main couple in Jungle Fever , a black man and a white woman, face discrimination and resentment from almost everyone, especially family members. Unfortunate Implications also come into play, since the man was already married and cheated on his wife.
Also covered extensively in Malcolm X. Malcolm is required to give up white women as a stipulation of his religion; before his conversion, he'd dated several. One of the better chick flicks Save the Last Dance is about a young white girl moving to the inner city and falling in love with a black youth with a bright future.
A black female character criticizes her for this and says she hates how white girls always snatch up the good black men, leaving black girls with the black men that are criminals and gang members.
But, it's also deconstructed and the movie declares this a Discredited Trope. The female lead, Megan White , at one point believes her black boyfriend, Thomas, is cheating on her. Thomas's stereotypically-ghetto sister says that she isn't surprised, because white women are out of style with Black men these days and other ethnicities such as Hispanic, Asian, and Arabian women, have appeared as competition. Ordell and Melanie from Jackie Brown. Ordell even admits that this is her main appeal, despite being a pain in the ass.
In fact, Quentin Tarantino is probably one of the only mainstream filmmakers that frequently feature interracial couples. For examples of this particular trope: White mentions a previous relationship with a younger black girl. Jimmy's wife, Bonnie despite only being seen for a matter of seconds is black. What about the aforementioned Jackie Brown and Max though nothing actually happens?
Inglourious Basterds has Shosanna in a relationship with Marcel. Trent in Shock Corridor , the self-proclaimed black Klansman , mentions this twice in his hate speeches. This is played for laughs in Undercover Brother. Conspiracy Brother asks "Was it everything I dreamed of? Lance the only white guy there was doing it, too. The Black drug dealer in Requiem for a Dream talks Jennifer Connelly into paying for her drugs with sexual favors, and admits he has a thing for white women.
Then again, it is Jennifer Connelly. In White Chicks , the main characters are black men disguised as white chicks , and one of them is romantically pursued by another black man. When he finds out the truth, he rants about how he was deceived into dating someone who isn't white, apparently not even caring that he was attracted to another man. Unrelated, but one of the characters actually yells, "Where da white women at?
Terry Crews's character is actually attracted to one of them because, as he described "her", it's a "white woman with a black woman's ass". Hancock and Mary have been together for centuries in a mixed marriage. In fact, Hancock's amnesia is a result of being assaulted by bigots because he was with a white woman in pre- Civil Rights era Florida.
Mary notes an even earlier 's incident that involved their home being torched, likely for the same reason. The fact that he ends up raping her would probably push it into Unfortunate Implications territory if it wasn't true to the original Shakespeare and for reasons mostly unrelated to race. While not the Ur-Example , one of the earliest trope codifiers for films of this trope is The Birth of a Nation aka The Clansman , a controversial but influential film in which the Ku Klux Klan is founded in large part because the white men need to defend the honor of their women, who are being taken away to be raped by Always Chaotic Evil black men.
The controversy and influence are due to two different things: A drug dealer makes sexual comments suggesting he thinks this way about Leigh Anne and Collins, setting off Michael's Berserk Button. Also, Leigh Anne's snobbish salad luncheon friends warn Leigh Anne of this.
A subplot in the Blair Witch -style film Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County: Then they all get abducted by aliens. Exaggerated in the romantic comedy The Brothers. Bill Bellamy's character only dates white women after a nasty turn with a black ex, since he sees them as timid and docile.
It doesn't help that the black women in his subplot his mother and ex are both racist, ball-busting harpies. The white girl comes across as ironically sensible; she defends herself against his ex, and calls Bellamy out on his bullshit when he chides her for being "no different" after the two ladies fight. In Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood , one of the characters appears to be making a play at an attractive black woman, who seems receptive to his advances.
However it turns out he's actually talking to a white woman behind her, who is He defends himself to his friend by implying that it's revenge on white people for centuries of slavery and injustice. And then, during the climax of the film, various characters are dodging bullets during a drive-by shooting and one of the protagonists notices that a black woman is directly in the line of fire. He jumps, apparently in an effort to save her - but then we see that he actually jumped to save a blonde white woman who showed up out of nowhere for no other reason than Rule of Funny.
He shoves the white girl to the ground, saving her from being shot, after which she gratefully calls him her "chocolate warrior. It ends with a black baby being born and the white owner murdering both his wife and his slave in revenge. The horror film Candyman has the titular villain's origin be that he was murdered by a ruthless mob for his sleeping with a wealthy white man's daughter. After a dreadlocked black man recites an angry Afrocentric poem, the hostess says, "Thank you very much, Stokely Ungawa, and your lovely wife, Betsy When she has to go through the same customs station later on in the movie she comments, "That black man had better not try touching me up again" only to be disappointed when she sees the customs officer is an elderly white guy.
Unsurprising for the time, they don't end up together Deliberately averted in Hitch. Originally, Cameron Diaz was supposed to play Hitch's love interest. However, when Will Smith got the role, they decided that this trope might come out to play. However, they also didn't want to cast a black actress for fear that the movie would be interpreted as saying that romantic pairings need to be intra-ethnic or that people would assume that it was a black movie.
They finally decided on Cuban-American Eva Mendes who has been cast because of this racial gray-area more than once. Flight , with Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly. Adrian marries a fat white nurse, who eventually divorced him. In Scary Movie , Cindy tries to gain safety from a serial killer by having people come over to her house that evening.
This causes her black friend Shorty to shout out to the entire school cafeteria: Drunk white women for everybody! In Waiting to Exhale , Bernadine's husband's mistress is a white woman and that is part of the reason why Bernadine is so upset with him. In National Security , Martin Lawrence 's character Earl hits on a white woman not long after telling Hank that he does not approve of interracial relationships Hank's ex is a black woman who left him after he supposedly assaulted Earl at the start of the film.
When Hank calls him out on this, Earl clarifies that he only disapproves of relationships when the man is white.