Mar 31, 2010

Song of the South-Bryan DiBlasi

This film might be the most offensive out of all the “War, Propaganda & Picturing the Other” list of films that we watched in class. Right off the bat, with the old black man teaching all the white kids about the stories of the south “in his old-timey way”. It’s blatantly racist, and would never have been made today. It reminded me of something I read recently about some Hindus accusing Nina Paleys film “Sita Sings the Blues” of being blatantly offensive towards Hindus; saying that “Any white person doing a project like this is by definition racist”. Although, I suppose that from a strict Hindu extremists point of view, I can see what there’re saying, their argument doesn’t hold up much water against what “Song of the South” did.

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