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Yesterday Barbershop 2 opened, the sequel to the surprisingly successful and somewhat controversial movie of 2002. The controversy last time around arose because one of the characters made fun of some civil rights icons, including Jesse Jackson, who was quite upset and even wanted the offending lines removed from the video version of the movie. Jackson is not directly mentioned in the sequel, but the villain this time around is a sleazy, womanizing, self-promoting Chicago alderman who speaks with very Jacksonesque cadences and rhymes. On the other hand, I think I heard one of the characters refer to him as “little Sharpton,” so Jackson again will have company in his misery.