The moment I saw this trending, I knew people were displacing their quarantine rage all over Robert Downey Jr.
Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. We're on week 7 (I don't actually have a clue what week we're on) and it's just now trending? For 7 weeks most people have done little else to entertain themselves besides watch movies, yet somehow this outrage didn't pop up for the 100th time. Impressive!
But since we're here, here's the general gist of the argument.
We all know "what was up with TT." We know it was satirical humor that was actually an insult towards white people who think they can play every/any role. That was the "entire point" of the film. But because of that, there is no "defending a white person doing blackface" which, by the way, is definitely not a good look.
The film's entire purpose was to brilliantly mock, and in that way highlight, everything that is wrong with Hollywood: product placement, method acting, drug use, producers, and yes, some white people.
It agrees with the argument people are making against it: blackface is bad! A white man shouldn't slap on some makeup and pretend to be a black man. The movie addresses it multiple times because it is absolutely ridiculous! THAT IS THE POINT.
But if people want to continue to waste their not-so-precious time trying to get Robert Downey Jr. to apologize, have it. He was only nominated for an Oscar for his role as Kirk Lazarus and has continuously defended it for over a decade...
"My heart is… I get to be black for a summer in my mind, so there’s something in it for me. The other thing is, I get to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion… I know where my heart lies. I think that it’s never an excuse to do something that’s out of place and out of its time, but to me, it blasted the cap on [the issue]."
Who knows though, maybe the death of his other alter ego has somehow affected the "cap on the issue?"