December 6, 2006

"Daddy, the whores need to be paid."

No one should ever have to say that. But, good luck to Rain.
She is the daughter of an exceedingly complicated African American icon... and an equally complicated blond, blue-eyed Jewish woman who fervently believed that she was black....

When she was 4, her mother introduced Rain to her father.... [H]e took one look at her and said, "Ain't denying this one's mine!"...

"So yeah... he was misogynistic, mercurial, unpredictable and violent. But he was also my daddy, and sometimes, when he held me close, I looked into his big sad eyes and I knew he loved me. And that's the part I want to remember."

13 comments:

Tibore said...

"She is the daughter of ... an equally complicated blond, blue-eyed Jewish woman who fervently believed that she was black."

Uh... a blond, blue-eyed Jewish woman who believed she was black???

She didn't mean literally black, right?

Right?

Anyone?...

Meade said...

Tibore, the entire article is worth reading if only because I think you'll see that it is she, Rain Pryor, who thought of herself as black -- not that her blond, blue-eyed Jewish mother was black, although, apparently, in significant ways, her blond blue-eyed mother was blacker than Richard:

...Rain's mother, Shelley Bonis, was married to Richard Pryor for about two years before they divorced. The book describes her mother as a jive-talking dancer with a fondness for wearing Afro wigs -- it was the '60s -- and quoting Malcolm X. (It was her politically conscious mother, Pryor claims, who nudged Richard, then a mild-mannered, Cosbyesque comic, into exploring racially charged topics in his act.)...

...The NAACP gave [Rain] an acting award. But she says she still couldn't get past casting directors who thought she wasn't black enough or white enough or Jewish enough or pretty enough or ugly enough to do whatever it was that they needed her to do...

CB said...

tibore,

Hello, where have you been? In these enlightened times, we have "eliminate[d] anatomical considerations" when defining race.

As for the article, there are probably a million children of "misogynistic, mercurial, unpredictable, violent" no-account drug addicts out there that are more deserving of our attention and sympathy.

Ken Stalter said...

Not related to this post, but...

What's going on, Prof Althouse? The blog feels like it has a new energy lately--a different vibe. I like it.

Ann Althouse said...

Ken: I don't know. Either that side blog... that crossword puzzle... or... the last day of class.

J. Peden said...

"She didn't mean literally black, right?

Right?

Anyone?..."

Well, if there can be Purple Rain, there can also be Black Rain, I suspicion.

Gahrie said...

Am I the only one who has heard of the term wiggers?

Ruth Anne Adams said...

There really is a White Rain.

Ann Althouse said...

I remember that brand of shampoo. It was quite common.

Cedarford said...

Pretty sad, really -

The book recounts that he took one look at her and said, "Ain't denying this one's mine!" That night, during a sleepover at Pryor's home, she wandered into her father's bedroom. She'd heard noises and she was afraid. She saw her father on top of a blond woman and ran out of the room.

4 years old and she gets the whigger bona fides her Jewish Momma craved..then points out the whores lining up need to be paid. And learned at 4, that adult black wants to be in/on blonde....

Awww, such an American fairy tale upbringing!! Daddy knows who she is, finally, at age 4 - even when flopping on some other blonde 'ho.

No wonder she has grown up and made her own way so free of baggage!

Note to her Pryor-Mommy: See what happens when you don't get your tubes tied??

alphie said...

From the title of the post, I thought it was about the recent interview Bush did with Brit Hume about his dad's growing influence on Iraq policy...

S.T. Steiner said...

"Well, if there can be Purple Rain, there can also be Black Rain"


If there is Purple + White Rain, there could also be Pink + Blue Rain.

Dave said...

Well, slick Willie was America's first black president right?

I mean no less a wit than Toni Morrison said so. She won a Nobel prize, so it must be true.

Take that Barack Obama!

As for whores--Rain is an actress. What is that if not selling your body?