Yesterday while traveling, I was subjected (eh!) to my husband’s watching movies on his tablet next to me. Because the first flight was the bumpiest thing I’ve ever been on and I couldn’t read or write, I ended up watching a lot. And I realized how pervasive the “messages” in entertainment are.
The first movie he watched was Black Panther and very weird the serious problems I had with it are none of the ones the left would think I would have with it.
Advanced civilization in Africa which keeps itself secret? Sure. Why not. It’s science fiction (or at least comic book science.) I sniffed (momentarily) at the goddess Matt thing because it ties in with the old seventies canard that Egyptians were black. Not only is it obvious from their writing that Egyptians were mildly racist towards Nubians, but holly hell, we do have DNA analysis and it turns out they were way paler than we thought. But I only sniffed A LITTLE because, well, “civilization starting by Egypt which was started by Atlantis” is a trope in the field.
The things that got me pissed off? The villain’s background. Yeah, sure, the US military makes people crazy. The villain’s complaints about how black people are oppressed and colonized etc, which are dropped and believed by the other characters as a matter of fact. Yes, the history of black people is appalling (and a lot of it inflicted by other black people, particularly in Africa where the results of the Zulu conquest left so many bones that some became hills.) However, if you wand to choose a place to be black in, choose the US.
Also for the people who threw themselves over the side of slave ships because it was better to die than to live in subjection. Oh, f*ck that. Is this the sh*t they’re teaching black kids in the US? I’m sure people threw themselves over the side of slave ships in terror, and I’m neither going to defend slavery (DUH. Libertarian, remember?) nor the slave ships, about which I read when I was ten or so, and which dwarf any horror movie for sheer death toll and awfulness.
However, that bullshit about throwing themselves because it was better than to live in subjection? THAT is bullshit. Slavery was common in Africa back then, when you lost a tribal war, or your relatives got into debt (much like Rome, guys. We’re all descended from slavers and slaves and not very far off either) and killing yourself to escape it was not common. This ties in to the lies told young black people in the US that white people invented slavery to enslave the black race, when in fact slavery is an ancient ill of humanity and the only thing different about the US is that we voluntarily freed our slaves, and made laws outlawing slavery. This nonsense myth making, casually dropped in entertainment is what divides us.
BTW they might have thrown themselves overboard in terror because they knew nothing about the US and therefore assumed the stranger would be worse than the familiar. And the familiar included the Dahomey who killed their slaves to coat the tombs of their kings in blood when the mood struck them.
Other casual bullshit that had me foaming at the mouth: all the fighters are women.
Seriously? The aforementioned Dahomey had a regiment of female bodyguards who guarded their king. This is probably what this nonsense is based on. But actually that was largely a ceremonial/ritual regiment, in that they were all female, all beautiful and all virgins.
Doesn’t make any sense even in a high tech society for a fighting force to be ALL women. Have women, sure, because augmented strength. Be all women? Oh, hell no.
Also the casually dropped mentions about how this guy was trained to destabilize/bring down regimes. Seriously? He was? By whom?
Guys, since at least the seventies, and I suppose before, we’ve been thoroughly ineffective at any regime change. We could have spared some wars had we been better. And spared the world a great deal of trouble.
In face, unless I’m wrong, the US (sole among nations) has rules against killing foreign leaders that are in our way. And rules against interefering in other countries politics which get ignored (mostly by democrat presidents.) So, oh, please and also pfui.
You mean the CIA which most of us knew was swallowing whole the lies about the soviet union’s population and strength is this super effective organization? Sure. Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells.
Oh, yeah, and Wakanda is going to work through the UN. Holy sh*t. They might be an advanced civilization, but how naive are they actually?
So those were my issues with Black Panther. On the “black thing”? Meh. Yeah, the movie is racialist (which is different from racist, being pride of race more than discrimination against other races.) That’s fine. Having pride in race is not a problem, unless it slips into racism.
Take me, I’m a mutt. I’m immensely proud of all humans throughout history. But seriously, being proud of your ancestors, real or imaginary, has worked throughout history to put a floor under bad behavior.
“Do you want your great ancestors to be ashamed of you?” works, which is why ancestor worship is pervasive throughout history.
Oh, one other minor nit. Having already met a T’challa (cute little thing), I want to say “Hollywood, black people in America did NOT need your encouraged to give their kids strange hyphenated names. But whatevs. White people in America now do too, and in fact the minority of us who give our kids normally spelled names are feeling mighty unique these days.
Good movie. I just don’t like the stupid lies we accept as throw away lines in this kind of thing, because they sink into the subconscious and become “everybody knows.” Watch for movies to casually refer to the Russians rigging 2016 for Trump, until everybody just accepts it, even though it’s obviously false.
The second movie Dan watched, which I THINK was Justice League 1 (I’m not sure, because I didn’t see it start. Whichever the one had Batman and Wonder Woman) was obviously markedly inferior both in production and plot and all that, but …
Casually dropped in, Batman rants about humanity melting the poles. Completely unproven. In fact chances are any melting has nothing to do with humanity, since there was no ice on the poles long before we emerged, and hell, far less than lethal. There was no ice on the poles and life flourished.
But yeah, it’s delivered like “everybody knows” and like it’s going to kill us all. Pfui.
That’s how they do it. That’s how it works. That’s how so many lies have become “what everybody knows.”
We should ALL be very grateful, now and forever that the crazies in science fiction have reached the point they just unabashedly preach with no shame and absolutely 0 entertainment value. (If you were a decent writer, my loves, you’d be far more entertaining and your poison far more effective. Thank heavens, though, you’re just blinkered partisans and political dinosaurs.)
It’s far less effective than when they make good entertainment with poison pill lies dropped in like “everybody knows this” so that people assume it’s been proven and the mushy middle moves steadily left.
Heck, maybe Hollywood has just reached that point too, judging by Star Wars. And this is very good. Because what is in the open can’t sink to the subconscious.
Do write “Woke” movies and books, dear left. We like it so much when they tank, their poison undelivered.