American Gangster Copy Cats

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Posted December 18, 2007 by Rachelle Owen

Has anyone NOT seen American Gangster yet? It’s such a good movie and I’ve noticed lots of people are imitating the character based on New York crime boss Frank Lucas (as played by Denzel Washington). Have you noticed? Doesn’t it seem like ever since the movie came out everyone’s using Lucas’s catch phrase “My man,” all the time?

I like that one, but there are a few Lucas-style moves people are copying that I’m definitely not happy about. For instance, how many rappers did dead turkey giveaways over Thanksgiving? Just off the top of my head, there was Ludacris, TI, Rick Ross, and the cats at Cash Money Records.

And then what about abominable footballer, Takeo Spikes wearing this head-to-toe chinchilla burial ground:


Now, think about it: in the movie, when Frank Lucas’s character hesitantly wore the chinchilla coat and hat his wife gave him, what happened? He got singled out for being outrageously tacky and it led to his arrest. And when he handed out turkeys on Thanksgiving, he was copying what his old boss used to do.

Though what Lucas did was illegal, it was his ability to think big and WAY outside the box that made him so successful. That’s why people respected him. If someone wanted to imitate the things that were unique and admirable about this guy, you’d think they’d want to be original, sensible, thoughtful, and clever. You’d think they’d creep quietly, all the way out on a limb, take a leap, and make a splash. Instead you’ve got people who are already made, acting like copy-cats and killing an ass-load of animals while they’re at it.

To all of them I say: Yo, my man, if you can’t think of a way to make your own mark in this world, at least find another way, instead of getting blood all over your hands.




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  • 2726 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    My man,
    I get your point. Kind of. You’re saying that people should look past the time honored tradition of giving away free turkeys in the ‘hood or flossing when you make money. Folks should emulate other aspects of this cold-blooded, super intelligent, ruthless drug dealing snitch who became a gigantic rat as soon as he got caught.
    Interesting stance.
    How about this: If you decide to be like Frank, do it in cruelty free ways. Deal cruelty free drugs to make money. Then give away tofurkey on the holidays from your hybrid truck and wear fake fur on your way to the big fights. Maybe you can get a faux chinchilla hat with a brim like my man, Takeo.
    Viva la vegans!

  • 2903 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I no that offit is ugly. He shouldnt even be wearing it.

  • 2904 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Okay, not even including animal rights in this comment…
    What is attractive about that outfit? It just makes him look big and hairy. Gross.

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