Interracial dating in movies
I visited them when I was 7 or 8, when I was much fairer than I am right now, and they thought I was just a tanned white kid.
But when they heard that my father was black they wanted nothing to do with us.
If anything starts happening like in these scenes, I will not be sticking around. I wasn’t so aware that he still felt that way, even after two years of us being together.
Tarek: Once you get more used to people at a personal level these things don’t play as big of a role, but you can’t help but always have these things at the back of your mind.
That scene at the party with all the older white people reminded me of when I go somewhere and it’s all her high-school friends and it feels really weird.
You just really feel out of place, you find yourself engulfed by people who grew up with completely different experiences and backgrounds, and it’s hard to even contribute to the conversation.
So I guess I was exposed to it at such a young age it doesn’t bother me anymore.
I did visit her grandparents one time, and they showed me nothing but kindness, but I guess her grandfather thought I was uncomfortable because I was the only black person at dinner.
Jordana: There’s the scene where they go to the party and it’s all white people and everyone’s trying to prove they’re not racist, saying things like “I voted for Barack Obama three times! Everyone’s really well-meaning, and it comes from a place of showing Tarek that we don’t see you any differently, but all they’re doing is pointing out that they do see him differently.Right before going into the movie I was telling him about a family reunion we do every year, and I was like: “You’re going to come, right? Jordana: We did have a talk about the film that night.” And he’s like, “Yeah, I’m not going.” Robby: TBD. He was talking about what it felt like to feel different or like an outsider, and saying that he feels that way all the time.It’s like the movie plot but we’re kidnapping you.” And I’d been invited to his family for Thanksgiving, and we joked about that, like, “Oh, was that the plan all along?” The first time that he’d actually really met my dad was when we went to see the movie.