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''Watermelon Man'' is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed by Creator/MelvinVanPeebles. Written by Creator/HermanRaucher, it stars Creator/GodfreyCambridge (a pioneering black standup comic) as Jeff Gerber, an obnoxious and bigoted white insurance salesman who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. The premise for the film was inspired by Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' and Creator/JohnHowardGriffin's autobiographical ''BlackLikeMe''.

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''Watermelon Man'' is a 1970 American comedy-drama comedy film directed by Creator/MelvinVanPeebles. Written by Creator/HermanRaucher, it stars Creator/GodfreyCambridge (a pioneering black standup comic) as Jeff Gerber, an obnoxious and bigoted white insurance salesman who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. The premise for the film was inspired by Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' and Creator/JohnHowardGriffin's autobiographical ''BlackLikeMe''.


''Watermelon Man'' is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Written by Herman Raucher, it stars Godfrey Cambridge (a pioneering black standup comic) as Jeff Gerber, an obnoxious and bigoted white insurance salesman who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. The premise for the film was inspired by Franz Kafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' and John Howard Griffin's autobiographical ''BlackLikeMe''.

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''Watermelon Man'' is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Creator/MelvinVanPeebles. Written by Herman Raucher, Creator/HermanRaucher, it stars Godfrey Cambridge Creator/GodfreyCambridge (a pioneering black standup comic) as Jeff Gerber, an obnoxious and bigoted white insurance salesman who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. The premise for the film was inspired by Franz Kafka's Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' and John Howard Griffin's Creator/JohnHowardGriffin's autobiographical ''BlackLikeMe''.


* AesopAmnesia: Gerber after turning into the race he hates doesn't learn a lesson about racism, he just forces the town's representatives (who don't want a black man around) to hand over $100,000 for him to move out. He even makes some racist comments about Asian people as well after he turns black.


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* IgnoredAesop: Gerber after turning into the race he hates doesn't learn a lesson about racism, he just forces the town's representatives (who don't want a black man around) to hand over $100,000 for him to move out. He even makes some racist comments about Asian people as well after he turns black.



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* AesopAmnesia: Gerber after turning into the race he hates doesn't learn a lesson about racism, he just forces the town's representatives (who don't want a black man around) to hand over $100,000 for him to move out. He even makes some racist comments about Asian people as well after he turns black.
* AHouseDivided: Althea and the kids move away from Jeff because he's black now.



* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: Jeff's morning workout is running along with a bus on the way to work (instead of just taking the bus). After he turns black he gets stopped by the cops for Running While Black. They assume he stole something - why else would he be running?

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* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: Jeff's morning workout is running along with a bus on the way to work (instead of just taking the bus). After he turns black he gets stopped by the cops for Running While running while Black. They assume he stole something - why else would he be running?



* DeadpanSnarker: Jeff.
-->'''Althea''': You took advantage of them because you're colored! Those people were our friends!
-->'''Jeff''': What was I supposed to do? Give them a discount?!



* {{Jerkass}}: Gerber, before ''and'' after his KarmicTransformation.



** Althea has one too. At the start of the movie she supported black civil rights and scorns the PoliceBrutality being done towards blacks. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and complains she has the right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.

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** Althea has one too. At the start of the movie she supported black civil rights and scorns the PoliceBrutality being done towards blacks.rights. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and complains she has the right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.


** Subverted with Gerber's wife Althea, who at the start of the movie supported black civil rights. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and complains she has the right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.

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** Subverted with Gerber's wife Althea, who at Althea has one too. At the start of the movie she supported black civil rights.rights and scorns the PoliceBrutality being done towards blacks. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and complains she has the right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.


** Subverted with Gerber's wife Althea, who at the start of the movie supported black civil rights. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and calls on her right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.

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** Subverted with Gerber's wife Althea, who at the start of the movie supported black civil rights. After Jeff's transformation, Althea snaps and calls on her complains she has the right to refuse a black husband and after she leaves him, it is implied Althea is now searching for a white man.


* {{Hypocrite]]: Gerber's acquaintances are shown to bemoan his exaggerated racism, yet they are horrified at the thought of interacting with a black man.

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* {{Hypocrite]]: {{Hypocrite}}: Gerber's acquaintances are shown to bemoan his exaggerated racism, yet they are horrified at the thought of interacting with a black man.


* EthnicMenialLabor: When asked what he's paid for doing the menial work, Gerber makes the quip [[http://www.snopes.com/racial/mistaken/gardener.asp often attributed to Bill Cosby, et al]] that "The lady of the house lets me sleep with her". He also namechecks Chinese launderers when accusing his wife of having Chinese heritage.

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* EthnicMenialLabor: When asked what he's paid for doing the menial work, Gerber makes the quip [[http://www.snopes.com/racial/mistaken/gardener.asp often attributed to Bill Cosby, et al]] that "The lady of the house lets me sleep with her". He also namechecks name-checks Chinese launderers when accusing his wife of having Chinese heritage.heritage.
* {{Hypocrite]]: Gerber's acquaintances are shown to bemoan his exaggerated racism, yet they are horrified at the thought of interacting with a black man.


* AngryBlackMan: Gerber is quite fond of shouting at his wife. It's surprising he hasn't had a heart attack yet.

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* AngryBlackMan: Gerber is quite fond has become this at the end of shouting at his wife. It's surprising he hasn't had a heart attack yet. film, disaffected with the system and training to defend himself by force.



* HereWeGoAgain: At one point, Gerber after turning black tries to make himself feel better by sniding East Asians and complaining that Althea's mother seemed like a Chinese woman since she has "slanted eyes, small feet, being eager to wash Gerber's shirts" and according to Gerber there should be a limit to how much rice you consume.


* HereWeGoAgain: At one point, Gerber after turning black tries to make himself feel better by sniding East Asians and complaining that Althea's mother seemed like a Chinese woman since she has "slanted eyes, small feet, being eager to wash Gerber's shirts, and eating lots of rice".

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* HereWeGoAgain: At one point, Gerber after turning black tries to make himself feel better by sniding East Asians and complaining that Althea's mother seemed like a Chinese woman since she has "slanted eyes, small feet, being eager to wash Gerber's shirts, shirts" and eating lots of rice".according to Gerber there should be a limit to how much rice you consume.


* AngryBlackMan: Gerber is quite fond of shouting at his wife.

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* AngryBlackMan: Gerber is quite fond of shouting at his wife. It's surprising he hasn't had a heart attack yet.


* AngryBlackMan: Gerber proves to be quite fond of shouting.

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* AngryBlackMan: Gerber proves to be is quite fond of shouting.shouting at his wife.


* AngryBlackMan: Before and especially after turning black, Gerber is quite fond of shouting.

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* AngryBlackMan: Before and especially after turning black, Gerber is proves to be quite fond of shouting.


* AngryBlackMan: Gerber is quite fond of shouting.

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* AngryBlackMan: Before and especially after turning black, Gerber is quite fond of shouting.


* HereWeGoAgain: In the middle of the movie, Gerber after turning black tries to make himself feel better by insulting East Asians and complaining that Althea's mother has "slanted eyes, small feet, being eager to wash Gerber's shirts, and eating lots of rice".

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* HereWeGoAgain: In the middle of the movie, At one point, Gerber after turning black tries to make himself feel better by insulting sniding East Asians and complaining that Althea's mother seemed like a Chinese woman since she has "slanted eyes, small feet, being eager to wash Gerber's shirts, and eating lots of rice".

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