By: Dez Wortham
Growing up my brother’s favorite movie was Love and Basketball. I was always forced to watch it since he always had control of the remote. The film, in my mind, was a great love story and very realistic in terms of relationship struggles. I must say though, it gave me a false sense of reality. Once I began to receive scholarships to play college football I got this thought in my mind that life was going to be like Love in Basketball. I knew that I wouldn’t be falling in love with anyone I grew up with because I was most likely going to school far away since my mother gave me no choice. I thought I would meet a girl and she would be my number one fan, be at all my games yelling and cheering me on. Was I wrong for thinking that this could be true? Now as a senior in college and on my way out. I have now learned that it was not a false reality it just wasn’t my reality. I have seen teammates go through this exact thing.
Many other shows and movies present love stories that we remember and talk. We remember and talk about love stories like Carl and Ellie Fredricksen from the movie Up, Glenn and Maggie from the Walking Dead, Dre and Rainbow Johnson from Black-ish and many other couples you know from your favorite shows or movies. When I watch these movies or shows I look to see some of the activities these couples are doing not only to get ideas, but also to see if it is realistic for the audience that is watching. As I watch more I see that many of these shows and movies are changing with society. You are now seeing more interracial couples along with homosexual couples. You also see much more of a hook-up culture than we have ever seen before.