Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Note: I'm Not Racist

Recently, I've made the terrible choice of watching Prince of Persia in theater. Why? Well, we went to the theater to watch Karate Kid (My boyfriend dragged me, I swear), but it was sold out. We debated over Get Him to the Greek and A Team, yet somehow we ended up buying tickets for this movie...

But I'm not writing this post as a review. I am simply commenting on how movies like this like to take a Caucasian actor, slap a stubble on his face and beads in his hair and call him Persian. Has all the Persian actors in the world been sucked into a black hole? If they have, I haven't heard anything about it.

The actors even have English accents in the film. I mean I'm sure Persians learned English from England, although I doubt in that time period.

This all reminded me of a movie I saw a while ago. Anyone remember 10,000 BC?

All the characters supposedly in a tribe in 10,000 BC were completely mixed in ethnicity. It was like a United Nations poster. Know how they made them all seem like they were the same? They all had dreadlocks.

I mean I know they can't all go as far as Mel Gibson had when he did Apocalypto or Passion of the Christ, but C'MON HOLLYWOOD! You could do better than that!



Although I'd like to note that Prince of Persia has pretty good graphic designers on their pay role.

5 comments:

Logical Libby said...

I have SUCH a hard time with that shit. Like people would figure out Persia is now Iran and brand the movie as terrorist propaganda.

Sarah P said...

I could tell this movie would be terrible.

I also have a real problem with the white-guy-with-English-accent-and-dyed-hair is somehow a different ethnicity.

Also, I didn't watch The Last Samurai because the whole idea of the movie seemed racist to me.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I haven't seen it. We opted for the A Team......

Tara said...

OMG!! You're such a racist! Haha. I know what you mean. Does Jake J. look weird in the movie??

Laura said...

Nope. I like the rugged look :)

Some of the actors did though. Another way they attempted to make Caucasians look Persia was using eye liner :/