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But when they heard that my father was black they wanted nothing to do with us.So I guess I was exposed to it at such a young age it doesn’t bother me anymore.You just feel a little different and a little on edge.Jordana: There’s the scene where they go to the party and it’s all white people and everyone’s trying to prove they’re not racist, saying things like “I voted for Barack Obama three times! Everyone’s really well-meaning, and it comes from a place of showing Tarek that we don’t see you any differently, but all they’re doing is pointing out that they do see him differently.
I think people saw a strict black-male white-woman romantic relationship, whereas I saw it as more of a black-white relationship in general.And as the plot thickened — it was like, Wow, could this really happen to me? After the movie, he did tell me that he was kind of scared to meet my mother because based on the pictures he had seen of her, because she has this kind of Paula Deen haircut.Right before going into the movie I was telling him about a family reunion we do every year, and I was like: “You’re going to come, right?It made me a little bit uncomfortable but I guess he was just trying to be nice. We saw it with my dad, and we were like, “Surprise!It’s like the movie plot but we’re kidnapping you.” And I’d been invited to his family for Thanksgiving, and we joked about that, like, “Oh, was that the plan all along?
” The first time that he’d actually really met my dad was when we went to see the movie.