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Ludacris Catches Backlash for “The Ride”

Ludacris’ New Role Viewed as Problematic

Emcee turned actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is in hot water on social media following the trailer for his new movie The Ride.  The trailer for The Ride starring Ludacris caught the attention of the internet due to the plot of the movie being a redemption story for a white supremacist.

Ludacris has had many different roles throughout his career including appearances in movies like The Fast and Furious series and Hustle & Flow granting a reputation as a solid actor.  However, this latest casting choice has caught Luda’s fans off guard due to the nature of the role

Ludacris plays Eldridge Buultjens in the movie who is an African-American man adopting a white foster child while being in an interracial relationship.  When the trailer came out many of Luda’s fans took to Twitter to express their disapproval of the role.

Audience Demands a Different Narrative

With the racial tension and inequality heightened in 2020, African-Americans have voiced their frustrations with how America devalues their lives no matter what is done.  For some African-Americans, there is a belief that their Caucasian counterparts should do more to acknowledge the discrimination present in the US.

Many fans view movies like The Ride as another attempt to place the task of explaining and mending the gap of racism on African-Americans who are oppressed. The move to star in The Ride seems like a stark contrast from his animated series coming with Netflix.

Seeing the trailer triggered Ludacris’ fans who believe this type of story is played out.  The Ride is set to stream on Amazon Prime on November 13th and also features Shane Graham, Sasha Alexander, and Alexander Davis as foster child John McCord.  The risk may not be worth the reward for Ludacris taking this role.

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