Sexism, Racism, Jingoism and Homophobia- That's entertainment!
I didn't see a topic of this nature on this board, so I thought I'd start one.
I for one am both fascinated and perplexed by the sort of twisted hate and misogyny that these movies perpetuate. I find it hard to believe that people are actually entertained by this sort of stuff. If there's one thing that these movies do represent, it's the unfortunate future of action films (ie. soulless, emotionless husks filled with veiled hatred that exist solely for marketing purposes), because it's been proven that this kid of stuff sells.
Like the juvenile school-yard bully who calls anyone out as a f*ggot or homo for not agreeing or lining up with his narrow world-view of how men, women and minorities should be viewed, These films similarly mock and degrade unapologetically and if you don't like it- well, you're just a PC, liberal cry-baby. Brainwashing of the masses at it's finest.
Let's look at some of the wonderful ideals these movies promote (I know there are a million more examples. If you've got examples, post 'em):
-Sexism: Specifically, the objectification of women- Women are trophies to be won or lost. They must always appear sexy and seductive (for all the adolescent boys and peter-pan syndrome boy-men watching).
-Racism: If you're not white, you exist as a peripheral character. Most likely comic relief or some other stereotype (the stoic black man). In other words, you're disposable and you're a joke (blatantly racist buck toothed robots not withstanding).
-Jingoism: America is the best and the military is #1. English, dude, English.
-Homophobia: "You gonna go cry to your boyfriend? Pussy!" There's plenty more where that came from. Needless to say, these movies are riddled with the kind of sophomoric, juvenile macho-man, tough guy behavior that only the most ignorant among us (and little kids who don't know any better) buy in to.
But it's all so FUNNY! Right? So if you don't like it, you're just too uptight!
Since these boards seem to be crawling with people who absolutely love these movies, I fully expect the response of:
"Lighten up. Not everything needs to be politically correct and "Disney-fied" Blah, blah blah, pus*syfication of America, blah, blah, blah."
Actually, no. The problem with brainless movies like these is that they endorse and perpetuate negative stereotypes and outright mocking of sexes, races and behaviors that you don't identify with- and of course, the behaviors you are meant to identify with are those of the hero. The promotion of ignorant bliss all disguised as a good fun action romp!)
People should really be insulted by this movie. Well, not by the movie itself, but by the attitudes of the film makers that they can just churn out any tripe and you'll gobble it up greedily.
+10 points for the response:
"Dude, it's just a movie. Chill." or
"It's just an action movie dude, you're supposed to turn off your brain and enjoy it for what it is."
Both awful responses for accepting this hateful garbage as entertainment.
predictable. Anyone got an actual response? I'd love if this could encourage some discussion.
Last edited by Vid Electricz; 07-03-2011 at 08:45 PM.