‘F*ck That Racist Thief’: Internet Brands Elvis Film ‘Anti-Black’, Spreading White Savior Myth

The legendary life of Elvis Presley is portrayed on screen in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama “Elvis,” which has all the glitz and glamor one could imagine. If only the story was as spectacular as its jeweled jumpsuits. The central conflict of the narrative mess is the connection between Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ infamous manager, and Elvis. But thanks to Butler’s superb performance, it never gets boring and is almost always fun. Due to Luhrmann’s unique approach, musical performances are often breathtaking.

The Elvis poster

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There are some claims that Elvis belittled all black people and if true that was a shame because Elvis Presley lived off black music. Even though there was no evidence to support or oppose the notion and dodge it altogether, there are people who still believe he was anti-black.

The internet calls the musical drama ‘anti-black’

Austin Butler as Elvis
Austin Butler as Elvis

Elvis Presley reportedly said, “The only thing a black woman can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes,” it’s rumored. The rumor has at least three different iterations. In one, Elvis Presley answers the question of whether he would date a black woman; in another, he rejects friendships with black men; and in a third, he harshly belittles all black people. The phrase “The only thing a black woman/black man/nigger can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes” appeared in all versions. Despite numerous claims to the contrary, the rumor actually has no basis. But the fact is, he is persistent and many believe that Elvis despised black people.

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The claims are devastating and become a hot topic of discussion all at once. Even though Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis received a 12-minute standing ovation during the Cannes Film Festival, the future of the upcoming film appears to be in jeopardy. Check out fan reactions here –

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“For Elvis, people are people, regardless of race, color or creed” – Louie Robinson

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley and Austin Butler

While filming Jailhouse Rock in 1957, Black Jet magazine sent one of its reporters, Louie Robinson, to interview Presley and the black artists who worked with him. “I’ve never said anything like that, and people who know me know I wouldn’t have said that” Presley told the reporter. After his investigation, Robinson concluded, “For Elvis, people are people, regardless of race, color or creed.” Black artists of that time who knew him deny the allegation. Elvis Presley’s background singer Darlene Love, a member of The Blossoms, remarked: “I would never have thought that Elvis Presley was a racist.”

The musical drama – Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Austin Butler is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

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