God is black – what Obama owes to James Earl Jones
Great article by Michael Kinsley in this week’s Time magazine about the voice of God (“VOG”). He used to have a British accent – but no longer. He has an African American accent, apparently. And is usually either James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman. And that’s one of the things that helped Obama win in 2009. Read and enjoy.
Here is an excerpt:
Brits and pseudo-Brits, in sum, have lost [the VOG] franchise. If you’re a casting director looking for a voice whose very timbre communicates authority, dignity, power, you might even go to Queen Latifah before you resort to Jeremy Irons. The reasons aren’t hard to speculate about. The roots of this development go back at least to the 1930s and Paul Robeson’s singing “Ol’ Man River” inShowboat. The therapeutic notion that suffering confers dignity and authority has spread just as the suffering of African Americans over generations has become universally acknowledged. Above all, black American ministers have replaced British politicians, at least in perception, as the world’s most eloquent public users of the English language. Our homegrown Martin Luther King Jr. has knocked Winston Churchill off his perch as the ideal.