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Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry
Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry

55lyn, October 23, 2010

A great book that goes into details of an African-American male performer that has been forever associated with his Stepin Fetchin image and supposedly deservedly maligned. Free passes have been given to updated versions of his characterizations that has persisted up to today in movies, TV shows, and comedic routines. The book gives a solid explanation as to why Perry should not have lost his lawsuit against CBS/Bill Cosby and why he should not be eternally criticized(even with the little NAACP recognition he has received). Perry, like many performers during early film making days, did not see the huge significance of movies and the impact it has on audiences and society. All many Blacks saw was a job and an opportunity in an stringently racist atmosphere, and as performers, they simply adapted to conditions that they did not create,and they performed to the best of their abilities. Perhaps, Perry and the others felt that any depiction of African Americans on film was better than none at all. It is too easy to judge others in the past by today standards. However, it cannot be denied that Perry palatable performances for the consumption of white movie makers and audiences did open the door wider for black actors and comedians, over the years, including Bill Cosby. Hope this book can change perceptions.
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