Hollywood has an obvious bias towards white, heterosexual men. That is who makes most of the movies and TV, that is who most of the movies and TV are about, and that is who most of the movies and TV are for. The ONLY exception to this from a gender standpoint is Bridesmaids and that’s it. The ONLY exception to this from a sexual orientation standpoint is Glee and that’s it. And the only exception to this from a racial standpoint is Tyler Perry stuff and that’s it. Otherwise it’s all white men all the time. (I’m sort of making a joke but the weird/sad part about this joke is that it’s mostly true but let’s just move on because this is a blog post about a dumb thing Thandie Newton said in an interview that was MOSTLY about her HAIR ROUTINES, so it’s not like we’re going to make the universe better.) With Tyler Perry’s success in making the only movies and TV shows for black people that exist, it just makes sense that he would be the pioneer of On Set Pranks for the African American community. The Jackie Robinson of Showbiz Pranks, if you will. Thandie Newton offers up this hilarious story of another great on set prank, this time from a black person, after the jump:

Prank Talk begins at 4:15, although watch the whole thing if you’ve always wanted to know how easily Thandie Newton can talk about herself in an almost impossibly boring and self-indulgent way:

Wait, the prank was that Tyler Perry gave someone a glass of water but it was actually a glass of vodka? We really are all the same inside. Regardless of our race or creed, our pranks are united in being THE WORST. (Thanks for the tip, @austinshots.)

Comments (14)
  1. R Kelly should write a song called Prank Talk.

  2. Tyler Perry’s House of Praynk

  3. Tyler Perry is just terrific at dressing something up as something else. He should star in his own CBS vehicle “The Dresser” where he dresses things up, including himself, in order to solve crimes.

  4. I was thrown into the lake at camp one summer, because I put a dead minnow in my cabin counselor’s coffee mug. the mug had a thick screw on lid with the little square hole that you can drink through, and the minnow just slipped into it perfectly. Then my counselor came around the corner and started drinking it in front of all of us, giving us a speech about camp policies regarding canoe tipping, and somewhere mid speech he realized there was something blocking the hole to his coffee mug. He held it away from his face and looked at the lid, and there was a little dead fish sticking out of it.

    Basically, the same prank.

  5. Black people all be prankin’ like this….

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  7. So, same exact prank PLUS a David Schwimmer endorsement:


    There’s video of it as well. Just saying.

  8. I think celeb-pranks are lovely because they show the insane amount of guilt these people feel for getting paid ludicrous amounts of money to play pretend. They’re all just trying to laugh the pain away! Then they go home and drink themselves to sleep every night.

  9. I don’t really see this as a prank…. I see it more as a kind gesture.

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