Thursday, December 15, 2005

Peter Jackson's King Kong is Racist

Any movie that features white people sailing off to the Third World to capture a giant ape and carry it back to the West for exploitation is going to be seen as a metaphor for colonialism and racism. That was true for the original in 1933 and for the two remakes: the campy one in 1976, and the latest, directed by Peter Jackson. (In addition, a KONG wannabe, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, has been made twice.)Movie reviewer David Edelstein, writing in SLATE, notes the "implicit racism of KING KONG - the implication that Kong stands for the black man brought in chains from a dark island (full of murderous primitive pagans) and with a penchant for skinny white blondes." Indeed, a GOOGLE search using the words "King Kong racism" yielded 490,000 hits. Comparing the new film with the original, the WASHINGTON POST's Stephen Hunter observed, "It remains a parable of exploitation, cultural self-importance, the arrogance of the West, all issues that were obvious in the original but unexamined; they remain unexamined here, if more vivid."And by more vivid, Hunter might be referring to the natives of mythical Skull Island, where Kong is discovered. Director Jackson took people of Melanesian stock - the dark-skinned peoples who are indigenous to much of the South Pacific, including Jackson's own country of New Zealand - and made them up to look and act like monsters, more zombie-ish than human. Indeed, one is moved to compare these human devils to the ogre-ish Orcs from Jackson's mega-Oscar LORD OF THE RINGS films. The bad guys are dark, hideous and undifferentiatedly evil. But for typical racist limousine liberal Peter Jackson - that if of no surprise.


Blogger Rodogg said...

Racism eh, your saying that Peter Jackson is a racist, such an outrageous lie. If anyone in America is racist, it is none other than the President of the United States of America who clearly showed racism during the New Oreleans incident, why did it take so damn long for him to begin to help out, this film is not racist and either was the great Lord of the Rings.

This post is another reason why on January 23, 2006, we all need to vote a liberal majority into Ottawa to make sure Conservatives do not get in where they will claim movies are racist, GO LIBERALS GO!!!!

10:28 AM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For once I might have to agree with the moderator. The movie has, albeit implicit, some racist undertones. Although I would not categorize it in the same level as Birth of a Nation and other movies of its calibre.

Even some of America's most beloved movies have racist undertones. Take for example Mr Smith goes to Washington, a classic jimmy stewart movie about an average citizen becoming senator of the United States. The movie portrays blacks as somewhat lazy and glorifies racists like Senator Daniel Webster.

The thing that makes this movie timeless is its true and honest themes. King Kong, along the same lines, is popular because of its action sequences and fictional storylines....not much else



11:47 AM, December 15, 2005  
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