Gabrielle Union slams ‘Bring It On’ creators for writing black characters
The 48-year-old actress enjoyed a breakthrough with her role as the antagonistic lead cheerleader Isis in the cult film, but now on Reflection feels “disappointed” with the way black characters are written compared to white characters.
She said: “All the white characters had last names, even if they just had one line. And I had never considered that. I always looked at Isis as like Cher or Madonna. And now you see who did it. It’s written and you start to think a little differently.
Gabrielle further explained that she was determined to take on the role of Isis in a way that she felt was right for herself and her race to avoid stereotypes.
She continued: “Even though they gave me free reign, and I could do whatever I wanted with her, I was committed to being the ‘right kind of black girl cheerleader. She might be angry but not too angry; she’s the one. The leader may be, but he better be classy.”
However, Gabrielle also talked about how her character is viewed by fans of the film and she was at a loss when a meme involving her character went viral.
Speaking to Stylist Magazine, she said: “When you see people make their own impressions of Isis, that’s [aggressive and confrontational] . It says everything you’ve heard, not what was actually being said. Whatever the black woman may say, what some people hear is violence, threats. This is the demon of black girls and women.
“Last summer, and this meme comes out about movie villains, and Isis. I made her the kindest and kindest leader, and she was a villain because she wanted theft. [of her cheerleading routines] must be accepted and the consequences will have to be faced. And to him, he is the villain. That’s dark. It takes you to such a hopeless place.”