‘Burden’: “KKK Apologist” Movie Tanks On ‘Rotten Tomatoes’

Published: Saturday 29th Feb 2020 by David

Usher fans are urging him to distance himself from a critically panned movie named ‘Burden’.

Full story below… The movie tells the tale of a man, a member of the barbaric Ku Klux Klan, who changes his life and steps away from racism with the help two black men portrayed by Forest Whitaker and Usher.

Today, as he prepares to relaunch his career with a long-awaited R&B album, the ‘Climax’ singer has learned that the picture – which is based on a true story- is expected to fare just as poorly at the box office as it has with critics.


A wave of reviews condemning the movie’s simplistic views on race relations, and efforts to convince audiences to empathise with its racist protagonist.



The picture recently earned a Rotten score of 59 on the review-aggregation platform Rotten Tomatoes.

Who needs another story about a reprehensible racist discovering that racism is something he was taught, not something that we’re born believing? And it’s a film that falls victim to a few other tropes as well, including Black characters who seem designed to help the white protagonist on his journey to discovery and the edge of what’s often called ‘poverty porn,’ in which less well-off people are used in a way that feels exploitative more than genuine.

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The story ends up lopsided, defining its Black characters by their struggle while giving the town’s racist whites a more fully formed humanity.


Have you seen the movie?

If so…

What did you make of it?

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  1. Sumsup February 29, 2020

    Lol at usher literally grasping at ANYTHING for relevance.

    • Martian February 29, 2020

      I think Scooter Braun has something to do with him being in it which is was a mistake because now his comeback is going to be tied to a flop movie about protecting racists. One has to wonder how detached some of these celebrities are not to see how stupid that is Especially in this climate.

      • Tunde February 29, 2020

        White liberals love these kinds of movies because it makes them feel
        That white people are heroes even when they’re the villains in a story but the trouble is that the average person is so clued up on the complexities of race nowadays that any movie which does this is bound to bomb. This whole thing looks even worse when you think about how most of Usher’s black contemporaries are addressing race in their videos and movies while he’s out here playing a present day Uncle Tom. A crying shame if i ever knew.

    • LemonAida February 29, 2020

      And they released it during black history month. ?

    • Tino February 29, 2020

      1. How many of you acknowledged or even watched Usher for his Chains song and video??
      2. How many of you acknowledged or even know of Usher’s New Look Foundation that has changed the lives of over 50,000 black youths since 1999??
      Meanwhile you dumb mfs outraged over him being in a damn movie lol SMH

  2. Anna February 29, 2020

    I’m going to try and be as succinct as possible because I’m heated. Black people have never and will never sympathise with the very people who committed horrific acts against us. Black people who did embrace such people have never been respected by other black people contrary to what your favorite white washed happy clappy race relations movie would have you believe. This isn’t the 90s. You’re not going to tug at our heartstrings by asking us to see things from
    The perspective of a predator just because that predator has had a change of heart. It would literally be like making a movie about a r***** Who decides to stop raping people and asking r*** victims to find it in their hearts to forgive. It’s a joke and I’m happy this movie is about to flop.

  3. Melody February 29, 2020

    I knew there was a reason he hasn’t posted anything about it on his Instagram. This is actually some bull crap. I’m not buying the new album.

    • Tino February 29, 2020

      Its all over his twitter dumb dumb lol. You not buying his album cause he plays in movie about a KKK member lol some black people kill me.

    • Here we go again February 29, 2020

      U wasn’t buying it anyway u was gonna stream it ??

  4. Tino February 29, 2020

    MUST BE A SLOW NEWS DAY. Rotten Tomatoes destroy almost every movie.This movie debuted at the 2018 Sundance Films Festival and its Rotten Tomatoes score has been on its website every since.

    • Black Rights Are Human Rights February 29, 2020

      It flopped at Sundance too which is why it has a limited release. That’s how you know even the people behind it are trying to cut their losses. The movie may mean well but no one who knows anything about the kinds of crimes the KKK committed is going to spend their money on a movie which spends two hours trying to humanise one of its members. There was a better way to tell this story but the writers chose to create a hero out of a monster and thought we’d fall for it. I’m so mad at Usher for even agreeing to star in it.

      • Tino February 29, 2020

        It actually won the Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance and its scheduled fora larger release next Friday but carry on lol

      • Biku Bebeh February 29, 2020

        But it made 6000 at the box office this weekend. ?

      • Tino February 29, 2020

        Its only been one day and IDC dumb dumb lol. I just don’t understand the outrage over a TRUE story about a KKK member that realizes he’s living wrong. I can think of a millon other serious issues to be outraged over in the black community.

  5. Biku Bebeh February 29, 2020

    Welp. I just saw it made 6000 at the box office so I guess they’ve learned their lesson.?

  6. Clarks0o0ñ February 29, 2020

    Allow news day

    Talk about Camila, she traffic to ur blog

    Highest peak of monthly listeners by female artists in Spotify’s history:

    Ariana Grande – 63.04M
    Camila Cabello – 61.44M
    Billie Eilish – 61.4M

    Stream my oh my for clear skin

    • Motivation 98 February 29, 2020

      Camila would fit right in in this movie. Didn’t she admit that she too is a reformed bigot?

      • Clarks0o0ñ February 29, 2020

        Say something new cause we’ve heard this before

        stream my oh my let’s get this song to number one.
        We love to see it

      • Monsieur Marmalade February 29, 2020

        So you don’t deny that miss Havana is a racist?

      • Clarks0o0ñ February 29, 2020

        We have heard this before, say something new.

        Normani stans talking points

        Camila is racist
        Romance flopped
        Romance tour is flopping
        Camila needs a feature
        Camila is shawn Mendes beard
        Camila uses payola
        Camila cant dance

        Ugh, imagine how tired we are

  7. Tino February 29, 2020

    So called WOKE black people kill me lol. You really outraged over a TRUE story about a KKK member that realizes he wants to change his life for the better. Meanwhile did you guys go see Harriet and Just Mercy??

    • Kenny February 29, 2020

      You may not realise this but you’re actually helping to prove everyone’s point. Would Jewish people be expected to spend their money on a movie about a reformed Nazi? I did see both of the movies you mentioned and they made a heck of a lot more money than than the 6000 dollars this FLOP made over the weekend.

      • Are You Kidding Me? March 1, 2020

        Thank you, Kenny. We stan a logical, eloquent King.

    • Bey Sting February 29, 2020

      Harriet made 43 million. Just Mercy made 38 million. Can you tell me how much this c***’s fantasy movie made please?

      • Tino February 29, 2020

        1. Its only been one day lol, plus it was only released in New York and California.
        2. There has been ZERO promotion and ZERO commercials or anything.
        3. If some white people never had a change of heart we’d still be in slavery and Obama never would’ve been elected.
        4. I rather get outraged over serious issues that we’re dealing with in the black community not no damn movie.

      • Nina g February 29, 2020

        If you think slavery and the civil rights movement ended because of white people I’d encourage you to do wider research. Black human rights activists led the movement and were supported (not led) by whites people like the Quakers. When it comes to Obama you should know that it is possible to like what someone can do for you without actually liking the person. I’ll let you work that one out.

    • Tino February 29, 2020

      DID I SAY WHITE PEOPLE LED THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT?? MY POINT IS blacks have always made up less than 20 to 15% of the population while white people have always made up 60 to 70%. So if some white people didn’t help and vote with us during The Civil Rights Movement and during Obama run then NOTHING WOULD’VE NEVER CHANGED

  8. Tori February 29, 2020

    The way the disaster ‘Harriet’ movie has succeeded, black Twitter can shut the f*** up and go f*** themselves. That was your chance to say something and multiple black celebrities and fan base and the black general public support the movie, despite 70% of the movie being a joke and a complete literal LIE to the legacy of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, black culture and Christianity…EVERYTHING BLACK PEOPLE SEEM TO WANT TO SCREAM AND HOLLAR FOR. Let this movie be great and slide on by let everything else that we should talk about. Y’all only want to take action when someone gets shot.

    As for the movies, not surprised that there’s a yet another movie trying to paint white people in black peoples favor. I get it, there’s some white people who actually agree with our community on our mistreatment. But you were part of the mistreatment and had a ‘change of heart’? Thank you, and good bye. You don’t deserve a movie on your story.

  9. Fast_Persuader March 1, 2020

    When I saw the trailer on YT awhile back, and couldn’t have rolled my eyes any harder.

    I have seen this contrived story told in varying degrees, in other movies and tv throughout my childhood. A portrayal of redemption always sought at the expense of (usually poor) Black characters safety, well-being or entire lively-hood? What a pile of s#*t.

    Perhaps Judge Tammy Kemp and Botham Jean’s brother will appreciate this.?

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