Sunday, July 31, 2016

Whitewashing the Whitewashing ... and Matt Damon

A series of anti-Matt Damon articles featuring Constance Wu have hit the press, such as this one from the Daily Mail.  So basically Matt Damon having escaped from Mars with the help of the Chinese National Space Agency returns the favor by helping to save China from monsters as an archer on the Great Wall a few centuries back.  What did they expect would happen?

But Constance Wu is is offended with this white guy.  I was sympathetic for a nano-second, but then I read her rant:  "Out heroes don't look like Matt Damon.  They look like Malala.  Ghandi.  Mandela.  Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time."

Is she really not familiar with China's one child policy?  Malala is too busy doing her studies to save China, but let's consider what this movie would look like with a Ghandi look alike having a sit down on the Great Wall and confronting the demons with non-violence.  Maybe that is the right thing to do, but it wouldn't be quite the action packed thriller.

But my real objection here is that Malala, Ghandi and Mandela, although being people of colour, are not the heroes of the people of colour.  They are the heroes of White Leftwing Intellectualoid Professors who are the tenured faculty at major universities which were established by white dudes and represent The Establishment and The Hegemony.  They are the heroes of white Hollywood.  They are the heroes of Matt Damon.  Does Constance even know any Chinese?  Why not at least suggest Sun Wu Kong?  Constance, do you know anything about China?

4 comments:

Rummuser said...

I intend seeing the film on its release at the end of next week. I will review it after I see it. I think that the author would have preferred an Asian, read Chinese hero instead of Damon.

Looney said...

I will be anxiously awaiting your review.

Regarding the author, she was born in the US and likely grew up in a White community, even though her skin is Chinese. We generally call these "bananas", since they look Asian, but are really White Liberals on the inside. This was reflected in her reaction, so I was picking on this!

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

"Out heroes don't look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela."

What on earth did she smoke? First, our friend Rummuser once shared some uncomfortable truths about Ghandi's personal tastes that would put in question his label as a hero. Second, Mandela also had some issues (i.e. domestic violence). Malala's: remains to be seen; but I have already identified some public inconsistencies in the poor lass.

But hey, the Lefties adore to worship folks with character issues and label them as heroes (e.g. check what they say about Hillary Clinton). Those who actually have a decent record are to be attacked as "racist, bigot, fascist and Islamophobe".

"They are the heroes of White Leftwing Intellectualoid Professors who are the tenured faculty at major universities which were established by white dudes and represent The Establishment and The Hegemony."

Isn't it ironic?

Great article. And I will watch the movie too (maybe my heroes are white people, and I say this as a person of "colour" lol).

Cheers

Rummuser said...

I now find that the film is scheduled to be released next February. I saw Jason Bourne earlier this evening and found nothing about the great wall.