The ‘Dread Train,’ Where (White) People Tie Their Dreadlocks Together, Is More Proof That White People Must Be Stopped

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If you’re as big a fan of True Romance as I am—and consider it, as I do, the quintessential Tony Scott film—perhaps you’ve imagined how it would look if Drexl (the dreadlocked pimp played by Gary Oldman) and Floyd (the perpetually stoned roommate played by Brad Pitt) decided to clone themselves a dozen times, and then decided to fuse the clones together, and then dipped their fused cloned bodies in a vat of lice. I, for the record, have never had that thought before in my life. But I’m sure someone out there has.

ANYWAY, if this is a thing you’ve ever wished to see, you’re in luck. Your dreams have finally come true. Behold the Dread Train.

Look, there’s really not much else that can be said about this video of a dozen or so white people tying their hair together and moving in unison like a sentient bout of scurvy. Maybe if you find it and spray it with Raid, it’ll stop all gentrification. I don’t know.

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But since we’re here, I have a (somewhat related) question: Would you consider Oldman’s portrayal of Drexl to be blackface? I’ve seen this movie at least 10 times, and this is the first time I’ve thought, “Yeah ... um ... that might have been blackface.” Which is a difficult determination, because he’s not actually wearing blackface. And you could say he’s just portraying a black-acting white boy.

I know this isn’t exactly a soup question, or a late-afternoon Friday question, but I’m asking it, so answer, dammit!

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB and a columnist for GQ.com. His debut memoir in essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins), is available for preorder.