Jason Bourne Saves China, Presumably Defiles Princess
Hide the soy sauce! Every Asian woman with a blog has taken to the proverbial streets to denounce the horrific events unfolding this week. Nonono, I’m not talking about the deadly mass stabbing committed in a Japanese home for disabled people. I’m talking about something much worse than that. I’m talking about The Great Wall, a Chinese movie with a Chinese director, Chinese cast, made by Chinese production companies and funded by Chinese money, which has cast Matt Damon in a leading role. Gasp!
Actually that’s not totally accurate. The film was written by Americans and is a joint venture between American and Chinese studios. Which you would almost think makes it better? Synthesis. Unity.Right? Wrong.
But maybe I was the only one who felt the bile rise at the sight of another blatant white savior narrative…
“As long as white men keep making movies, white men will always be at the center of them, no matter where it’s set.”
Can I just say it? These haters just don’t like white people. Think that’s not a fair assessment? Notice how the film also stars Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn, Game of Thrones) A filthy* Chilean. Were Chileans much more common in 10th century China than white people? Will you hear anyone complain about that? Of course not. That’s exactly why they have popularized the term POC (Persons of Color) and include Asians in that group when it suits them to do so, because the narrative is literally white people against everyone else.
And sorry, but no, you don’t get to appeal to history in a movie that features dragons, giant lizards, and other types of mythical beasts. Maybe try at least watching the trailer before you go off on a sanctimonious tirade.
Hahaha, ya, totally. Because you know what my favorite part about history is? The dragons and shit. Which isn’t even to say that there weren’t any white people in the region in the medieval ages. Ever heard of Marco Polo? Do you even Netflix bro?
But in the end it’s all good. While The Great Wall is going to happen, and hopefully make lots of money because it looks awesome, possibly the best movie since Shanghai Knights, tireless hacktivists are still striking deadly blows for freedom by Photoshopping Constance Wu and John Cho into movie posters, promising inevitable systemic change.
HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES, WHITE SUPREMACIST CIS CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY?
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