Monday, May 10, 2010

Open letter to James Cameron.

Saw Avatar the other day. At first I thought it more "meh" than anything else, but the more I think about it, the more it pisses me off. It's stupid, shallow, derogatory and downright offensive. And for being such an orgy in colors it's extremely black and white. It's an insult to indigenous peoples and to every other person with basic knowledge about the going ons in the world. Yeah the big bad army men are the bad guys for wanting their stupid mineral. They're evil and deserves their asses kicked, which of course they get, (by the white guy who transforms to a different species and does just fine doing so at that).

But, if you called it coltane or diamonds rather than unobtanium, and found out that it's needed for making your jewellery, cell phones, camera lenses, GPS-systems, videogames, etc, rather than just fetching high prices for rich people for no real reason, and you realized the deaths of millions of people, REAL people, are the results and that YOUR consumption habits and general ignorance is partly responsible, would you still feel oh-so-indignant on behalf of the Na'vi? When your economy and wealth and the power of your country depends on it? Or when you think of the fact that your driving a car, heating up a house, eating your hamburgers, using a computer, buying a James Cameron movie, all in different ways contribute to these very real deforestations, displacements, tortures, genocides? When you realize that in the real world you are the villain and that not being a villain demands serious changes in your own life, all of a sudden things get complicated and it's not so much fun anymore. So let's hide that fact and blame someone else shall we?
Yes. That's what I thought. I'm surprised they even let the evil army men speak American English in this piece of shit racist flick. But then again, they did state early in the film that these guys were no longer involved in the heroic act of saving their country. Cause even though that's never harmed anyone either, we still have to make sure America can't be blamed. Being offensive means less money for James Cameron.

And seriously, the white army guy who turns to a life in the ridiculously perfect society in the ridiculously perfect eco system where no insect will ever bite your ass when you shit in the forest and no tribe ever disagrees with another? Takes his crippled ass a mere three months to be integrated, accepted, a skilled warrior and the sixth person in history to tame the wildest of beasts. Mr Cameron - Jimmy, seriously. You don't really think too highly of tribal people do you? The whole gentle savage stereotype got old four hundred years ago. And the good old "the white guy needs to come save you cause you're too primitive to do it yourself"? You deserve having your face shat upon, you fucking hick. I love T2 and Aliens and I used to admire your work, but if I ever saw your rich, white ass now I would probably induce serious amounts of pain to it, for this kind of stupidity and hypocricy should not be unpunished. And most fucking definately not rewarded with three Oscars and a shitload of money.

By the way, how much did you spend on advertising this film? How many millions did you earn yourself? How much of it are you using to help REAL indigenous peoples and saving their home lands? How much media attention are you directing towards these very real problems that have long term, lethal effects for everyone on the planet? Cause they're dying. Like for real. While you're making money turning them into entertainment.

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