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DEACE: ‘Elysium’ brings racial stereotyping to the silver screen
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Hollywood misses the self-parody
Beyond the fact it's full of several glaring self-contradictions, liberal Hollywood's latest ham-fisted attempt at propaganda, "Elysium," could be the most racist film since the infamous ode to the Ku Klux Klan, "The Birth of a Nation."
The movie is meant to be a sympathetic allegory about amnesty for illegals and Obamacare. The rich (mostly white) people live on an outer-space Valhalla while the poor (mainly minorities) are forced to remain on planet Earth.
Apparently, the filmmakers don't believe the black and Hispanic peoples left behind on Earth would be capable of building a civilized society if all the rich, mostly white people left. What about all those historically significant civilizations we learned about on our politically correct college campuses? Our elitist college professors, who are mostly white and well-off by the way, taught us these civilizations were reportedly heaven on Earth until the white man showed up to pollute them with his Christo-fascist imperialism. If that interpretation of history is correct, then wouldn't these people be better off if all those rich, mostly white people left the planet?
Matt Damon is the only main character in the movie that is white and still left on Earth. Meanwhile, all the earthly minority characters surrounding Mr. Damon, save one, are portrayed as slothful or violent criminals. There are even scenes involving minority characters mocking the white Mr. Damon as he shuffles off to his low-level factory job, and they attempt to cajole him into quitting his job and joining them in their criminal activity instead.
Aren't these the Hollywood types who instruct us that stereotyping isn't cool?
According to "Elysium," minorities are not only too savage to build a civilized society without all the rich, white folks there to show the way, but they can't organize resistance to the movie's misguided definition of tyranny on their own, either. Rather, it's the white Mr. Damon who has to act selflessly and sacrificially to spur them into action. Without him, the minorities are mired in widespread immorality, drug use, corruption and gang activity.
The movie never tells us why minorities on Earth can't succeed without the rich, white people around. The film never lets on why minorities seemingly have the ingenuity to steal from one another as well as the white people on Elysium, but aren't willing to use their ingenuity to make the Earth a better place for those who remain. Meanwhile, the white people on Elysium have built a civilization that benefits everyone there. How come they're able to rise above their base nature and the minorities are not? Are minorities not capable of doing the same, or can they manage only when white folks show them how it's done?
At best, such a notion is offensively patronizing. At worst it's a racist caricature.
So it turns out that while attempting to make the argument for a more progressive society, "Elysium" makes a movie that puts forth several offensive mythologies that white supremacists would agree with.
This is what happens when those who claim they're open-minded and "tolerant" surround themselves with only the like-minded. Nobody bothers to stand up and ask a critical-thinking question about what they are really trying to say.
The message is especially jarring when the main star is a self-proclaimed liberal champion of public schools. When it's revealed that Mr. Damon is sending his own children to an exclusive private school, he says it's because the kind of education he wants his children to have "no longer exists" in the crummy public schools he thinks the rest of our children should be subjected to.
Then again, Mr. Damon's "Elysium" says we should expect such hypocritical elitism from rich, white folks such as him. He seems like a natural in his role. Now we know why.
Steve Deace is a nationally syndicated talk radio host.
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