Which is why it seemed so insane when Selma came out in 2014 that a proper movie had never been made about the man... and then a bunch of white people freaked out that the movie wasn't nice to them. Sigh, white people. Sigh. Specifically it was the film's treatment of President Johnson that was deemed "problematic." Which was a ripe pile of horseshit, but whatever, it probably affected the film's Oscar chances - an easy escape-hatch for the under-the-radar racist impulses in Hollywood.
Joe Reid's amazing Alternate Universe Oscar Nominations, which give us a spate of 100% Of-Color Acting Oscar Nominations - you go, Joe.)
an HBO movie version of Bryan Cranston's Broadway vehicle All the Way, which tells the story of the same moment in Civil Rights history but from the white dude's perspective because god forbid we not have that point of view in the world one time. Sigh, white people. Sigh.
I never went and saw Cranston in the play and I am sure, knowing what I do of Cranston, that it's liberal and well-intentioned, and I will probably nod my head at it. The fact that it took 50 years for a movie about the Selma march from the point of view of the Selma marchers to be made and then just like 50 weeks for the White Person Version to get green-lighted for a movie after that, well, that's what summons my side-eye, is all.
Anyway to under-cut all of my highfalutin political jibber-jabber and self-seriousness, let's have some fun with MLK today. The beautiful and talented David Oyelowo played the man in Selma, and gave a shoulda-been-nominated performance for the ages. Next up, the beautiful and talented Anthony Mackie is playing King in HBO's All the Way adaptation. Sexiness Contest!