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Ice Cube plays the race card in 'Ride Along'

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Icecube_lThere’s an article in today’s Variety about Ice Cube signing on to star in an upcoming action comedy flick called Ride Along in which he’ll play a cop who seeks to ruin his engaged sister’s relationship with an affluent white psychiatrist by inviting her fianc√© on an ill-advised ride-along. My first reaction? Here we go again.

Am I the only one who is not amused by this film’s bigoted premise? It’s 2009, for crying out loud! When is Hollywood going to stop playing up old-school racial stereotypes and prejudices and embrace the multicultural melting pot that is contemporary America? And why can’t a black actress be in love with a white guy on screen without their “taboo” romance being the central issue of the film?

From Monster’s Ball and Guess Who to Something New and Lakeview Terrace, this tired storyline has been done every which way from drama to comedy to thriller, and frankly, I’m sick of it. Is it too much to ask for a cute romantic comedy like You, Me and Dupree, starring, say, Taraji Henson and Matt Dillon? Casting the fabulous Rashida Jones as Paul Rudd’s love interest in I Love You, Man is a good start, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Who’s with me on this?