In a trailer for He's Just Not That Into You, the camera cuts to two black women. One says: "Girl, you better get yourself some ribs and some ice cream because you've been dumped!"
Writes LaToya Peterson from Racialicious:
We're [black people] always the punchline, never the bride. (Or the girl who goes on a date. Or anything but the sassy friend who shows up to give the real characters a dose of real-world truisms before disappearing back into the shadows of the script.)
Of course, watching the online trailer (in which the two black women mysteriously do not appear), Drew Barrymore does have two "sassy" friends of color: An Asian guy and a Latin guy, who school her about MySpace. We've written about the trend of the black best friend before; a "consolation prize" for actors of color in TV shows and movies for decades. (And in this all-star cast, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Connelly appear alongside women like Tokyo Girl #2 and African Woman #3.)