Black People : How many Pocahantas movies do they need to respect the ecology and other races??

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Avatar's 'ugly' message
    The $500 million epic is setting the box office alight — but does it traffic in racist stereotypes?

    Film•Tuesday, December 22, 2009Comment Print Email
    The Na'vi aliens of Avatar - "totally racist"?
    Best Opinion: Daily Telegraph, I09, The Moving Image

    James Cameron's newly released CGI blockbuster is set to shatter box office records in the weeks and months ahead. But while most critics agree that "Avatar" uses its sci-fi plot as a metaphor for a range of geopolitical issues, some argue that the film caters to "white guilt" — the plot centers around white Jake Sully's efforts to save the Na’vi tribe on the planet Pandora — and plays on ugly and dated racial stereotypes. Is "Avatar" an offensive white fantasy?

    Cameron has made a racist film: "Avatar" has a "nauseatingly patronising" racist subtext, says Will Heaven at the Daily Telegraph. With their "Maasai-style" clothing and "dreadlocked" hair, the Na’vi aliens are a "childish pastiche of the ethnic" who must rely on the "principled white man" — protagonist Jake Sully — to "lead them out of danger." How did this famously "left-wing director" make a film with such an "ugly mindset?"
    "James Cameron's Avatar is a stylish film marred by its racist subtext"

    It’s more well-meaning than that: Avatar may not be racist but it is undeniably a "fantasy about race," says Annalee Newitz on I09.com. Jake Sully's efforts to save the Na’vi aliens is just a "sci-fi rehash of an old white guilt fantasy" that dates back to "genocide" Europeans perpetrated against Native Americans. But well-meaning characters like Sully are just "a sneaky way of turning every story about people of color into a story about being white." And directors should resist that impulse.
    "When will white people stop making movies like Avatar?"

    Cameron’s not racist…but Hollywood is: While Cameron throws around "racial power dynamics" in an "unsettling" way, says Remington at The Moving Image, the fault comes from higher than that. You can imagine studio executives saying Jake’s character is necessary "for the audience to connect with," rather than having the world saved by one of these alien "blue people." The only problem with that is all Hollywood leading roles end up as white male characters — "unless your name is Will Smith."
    "Avatar: "Totally racist, dude"


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  2. Blaklioness

    Blaklioness Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    It's not them honoring and being who they are culturally and physically that's the problem (minus the "stereotypical" hospitality); it's the CONSTANT need for white heroes and heroines. They play their hand on the sly, then hide it to avoid being identified. The only thing that seemed to be missing is the black/indigenous operative among the natives themselves.


    (Ankhur, you couldna put this in one of the other two threads already started?:10500:)
     
  3. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Not really dear heart because thi is about a long standing propaganda technique focused at Black children;

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6DmEgtibOg
     
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    Blaklioness Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ok...fair enough. By the way, I was wondering what percentage of folks would catch on to that Disney movie 'twist'.
     
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    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    simple solution....

    some of our "A" list black film folk can produce black nationalist product.
    lord knows they been sucking up money from the community long enough.
     
  6. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    well , that is why I posted the trailer so Black folks could see the other derogatory material, from a story about a US city , wher Black folks have been moved from thier homes, and many have not seen thier children since Katrina, after families were forcibly seperated during evacuation.
    Please note that several Disney movies and cartoons of the 40s and 50s had Sambo images that were edited out before being presented to an integrated audiencethe 70s and 80s public.

    For example this was taken out of the most touted "Fantasia"

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    here is the clip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFXDZ-gb-9w

    And let's be clear, about how racist that company named after a US fascist, really is;

    "Pirates of the Carribean"?? a Carribean Island with no Black folks????
    think about it
     
  7. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it has been many moons since we have been blessed with the likes of;


    The Spook Who Sat by the Door
    Rosewood
    Panther
    and Drop Squad
     
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    Chances are, though, if they are "A" list and the community in general has been pouring money into them, they are highly unlikely to put out a black nationalist product of any sort. One notable exception might be Danny Glover who I hear has been expressing doubt about the policies of the new president. Did you see "Bamako" yet?---I have it but have yet to see it, so it will be interesting to see what he did with that one.
     
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    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i know....

    they need to be "nudged". the community needs to establish contact with these folk.
    snatch some of them out of they "bubble"!
    :whip:
     
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    Distict 9 had a scene in which a white female scientist described how the aliens (which looked like giant cross between a shrimp and cockroach) used human prostitutes, at that moment they showed an african woman dressed in tight short clothes walking away from where they aliens dwelled. That was disturbing to me, and surprising that no one protested that in hollywood, particularly black people.

    Simply an AVP
     
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