Tia Dalma is definitely in “Magical Negro” territory. She’s overly willing to help the white characters, often for a smaller price than one might expect and even after Jack steals from her. She is exploited by the white characters, and the film offers no criticism for this. Rather, it’s intended to be funny. White people ripping off a black woman who is helping them? Totally hilarious! [/sarcasm]Furthermore, there was the treatment of Dalma’s sexuality. Hey, I’m all for sexuality. If it was just Dalma lusting after Will and Jack, I’d call her an honorary fan and be done with it. My problem is that her sexuality was also treated as a joke. The film made it perfectly clear that there was no way that Jack nor Will would actually be romantically interested in her. A Black woman thinking she is sexually/romantically desirable? Hahahaha! [/more sarcasm]
Cause, you know, back then white people would've totally trusted black women and not try to use them! [/sarcasm]
It's called historical accuracy. Get over it. You're taking sucha thing too seriously. You should be happy actually that despite all this about Tia, [spoiler]they made a black woman an almighty goddess[/spoiler]. >>
The things people get worked up about. It's just like the Iranians getting worked up over 300.