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03 September 2006 @ 11:13 am
Pirates of the Caribbean II and Racism  
Actually, I'm quite tempted to go and watch PotC: Dead Man's Chest for a second time. A nearby multiplex is continuing to offer the movie in English. I just loved the complex, very fluid and ever changing constellation of characters. The way allies and enemies were continually being tossed into the air, only to find themselves in all sorts of new combinations and sometimes also equipped with a completely new set of motivations, is just amazing and clearly worth a second, more thorough analysis, if you ask me.

I'm a bloody fan girl, after all. One who possibly couldn't get enough of Norrington and Elizabeth, an Elizabeth who is in so many ways exactly like Jack. The amazing ships and sea monsters, Cutler Becket, Bootstrap Bill, Barbossa, the witch in the swamp…

Would I like to go, re-watch, enjoy, analyse and squee? Yes, anytime you want.

If it only weren't for the openly racist elements contained in the scenes at the cannibal island. I talked about this to cavendish, and also, though rather briefly to aislingde when we met yesterday afternoon at a local town fair.

The cannibal island scenes kind of spoil the whole movie for me. Up to a point where I don't really wish to support crap like that by buying a second ticket, and where I've begun to ponder on Disney's history with racism. The portrayal of the Huns in Mulan. The portrayal of the Indians in Peter Pan. The mere existence of Pocahontas

Damn.


Edited to add: Thankfully my f-list is small and perfectly gorgeous, and my LJ rather unknown, so I know I'm not going to end up on metafandom for an entry that is, at least between the lines, a musing about a personal boycott.
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Aisling: Jack & Elisabethaislingde on September 3rd, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Wie ich dir schon gesagt habe: auf diese Sachen hatte ich bei dem Film noch gar nicht geachtet.
Falls du nach Oberkassel gehst, dann sag mir bescheid, ich habe gut Lust, den Film auch noch ein drittes Mal zu sehen... vielleicht verstehe ich dann die Hexe besser
Bimo: Christian_Sean_guiltybimo on September 3rd, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Vielen lieben Dank für das nette Angebot :-)

Wie gesagt, ich bin im Moment echt hin und her gerissen. Die ganzen Dinge, die ich an dem Film wirklich mochte vs. meine Überzeugung, dass man rassistische Tendenzen nicht unterstützen sollte, auch nicht mit einem Kino-Ticket.

Deshalb wurmt mich das ganze ja auch so furchtbar...
Cavendishcavendish on September 3rd, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
The colored person as a comic relieve: Hollywood does have quite a history in this respect: From the colored servants in "Gone with the Wind" to Jar Jar Bings in Star Wars. And nobody really seems to care up till today.

Frank
Atti: eisbaer neugierigatti_br on September 3rd, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Apropos kleine F-List... Hättest Du nicht Lust, Deine ein wenig zu vergrößern und mich mit draufzusetzen? Danke.
Bimo: Coopbimo on September 4th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Kann ich gerne machen :-)

Ich hatte dich ursprünglich nur nicht mit draufgepackt, weil ich LJ anfangs primär für's englischsprachige Fandom nutzen wollte.

Aber wie sehr ich mittlerweile von dieser Idee abgewichen bin, siehst du ja schon daran, dass ich ständig in diversen hiesigen Journals herumlurke ;-)
Kathyh: Kathyh piratekathyh on September 3rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I just loved the complex, very fluid and ever changing constellation of characters.

What a beautiful way of putting it.

If it only weren't for the openly racist elements contained in the scenes at the cannibal island.

I didn't really notice them while I was watching the film, but you are quite right that they are there. I suspect it's carelessness rather than anything deliberate on the part of the film makers, but they shouldn't be that careless.

And I keep meaning to thank you and cavendish very much for the postcard you sent. So sorry that I haven't done so sooner as I appreciated it very much.
Bimo: Cornelius_Fudgebimo on September 4th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
And I keep meaning to thank you and [info]cavendish very much for the postcard you sent. So sorry that I haven't done so sooner as I appreciated it very much.

Glad you liked the card :-)

Be prepared for some major picture spam from the German North Sea coast!

I've no idea when exactly we'll manage to put the photos online, but they are already converted to a reasonable *.jpg file size and waiting on my hard drive...