A few days ago, director Eli Roth spoke about his upcoming cannibal horror film The Green Inferno in an interview, explaining that the characters we’d be seeing on screen were caricatures of SJW’s (“Social Justice Warriors”), those people online who find offense at every single little thing and seemingly don’t find anything in life to enjoy. While cannibal films never really interested me, Roth’s comments shot The Green Inferno to the top of my “must-see” list because those people irritate the hell out of me.
As if on cue, and in a
shockingly ironic move, a petition has been created by these SJW’s to have the film boycotted if not outright cancelled.
Here’s the full complaint, direct from the petition page:
Films like this have always portrayed negative stereotypes against indigenous people as brute savages. These films have psychological effect as indigenous people have been through colonial trauma assimilating to white culture being taught self hate. “Westerners are unfortunately ignorant about Amazonian indigenous cultures and depicting them in such a violent story dehumanizes their peoples and couldn’t be farther from reality. Shame on you. As a storyteller you hold a great responsibility to influence others. Propagating such hate towards peoples who have been ravaged and raped for decades by white supremacist culture is not constructive in our fight to save the Amazon. Most indigenous communities are more in tune with nature than you’ll ever be, and would never conceive of such violence for profit. It’s a shame, we should be creating stories than accurately depict indigenous way of life which is holistic, sustainable, spiritual and harmonious with our earth and brothers and sisters. If you want to save the Amazon and stop China from buying leases to drill oil, make a story depicting the corporate shills for the murderers that they really are. You don’t have to create racist, offensive, inaccurate crap to get people to care about the most biodiverse place on the earth. And if you really want to make a difference, give your money to organizations like ours who are the people on the ground standing up for indigenous rights and making tangible change. Indigenous peoples are the key to preserving the Amazon. If we don’t respect and empower them, we will lose the lungs of our planet. They should be honored and respected.” – Amazon Watch
In an update to the petition, it was written, “…Eli Roth has decided to glorify the White Savior Industrial Complex that has plagued indigenous people since the early colonialist days of “kill the Indian, save the man”, while the indigenous people are, of course, cannibalistic savages.”
Ah yes, it’s all about Westerners destroying the native indigenous tribes and nothing at all to do with the governments of the countries where these people reside, right?
The update even explains that the Peruvian government is taking actions that are potentially catastrophic to indigenous tribes:
In January of this year (2014), the Peruvian government greenlighted the Camisea gas project’s expansion to the lands of “uncontacted” Amazon tribes, despite the UN’s recommendation that they first provide an extensive study of the threats the expansion would pose to the aboriginal people. This expansion gives Pluspetrol (Argentina), Hunt Oil (US) and Repsol (Spain) permission to detonate thousands of explosive charges, drill exploratory wells and move hundreds of workers into the Nahua-Nanti Reserve for isolated and uncontacted tribes. This move by the Peruvian government will expose the indigenous people to diseases that they lack the immunity to fight off, it will destroy their homelands and their entire way of life.
But then it continues stating that the biggest problem here is Roth’s movie, not the actions of these governments. Because, as we all know, a movie depicting a savage cannibalistic tribe is far more damaging than these real life tribes actually being displaced and their native lands ravaged.
You know what? At least in Roth’s film these people actually go to the Amazon to try and help protect these tribes. That’s not White Savior Industrial Complex, that’s a group of people getting off their asses and not hiding behind their computer monitors, leaving hateful comments on anything and everything, and actually doing something. These characters in the film are trying to make a change by acting on their indignation. But what bites them in the ass is that they acted too quickly, not taking the time to actually fully learn about what they’re trying to save. Their rush to judge is their undoing. Sound kinda familiar? Thanks petition creator for proving Eli Roth right.
The Green Inferno hits theaters on September 25th.