Cinema: Sinking the Boat

By accident, a black adman (Arnold Johnson) becomes boss of a lily-white Madison Avenue agency. At his first executive meeting, he looks coldly around a conference table filled with apprehensive underlings. "I'm not gonna rock the boat," he promises. Then he proceeds to fire all the white men at the table and replaces them with soul brothers. "Rockin' the boat is a drag," the bearded man yells. "I'm gonna sink it. From now on, this ad agency is gonna be called the Truth and Soul Agency. That's right—T.S.!"

The speech is a fairly good indication of the general level of wit to...

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