December 21, 2009

Perfectly stated

Reihan Salam in Forbes states it perfectly about the rich, obnoxious and holier-than-thou Hollywood bigwigs:

The villains of "Avatar" are, well, you and me. Rapacious humans from an environmentally devastated Earth have arrived on an alien moon called Pandora in search of a precious resource called "unobtainium." The only hiccup is that the richest source of unobtainium lies beneath the habitat of the Na'vi, a race of long-limbed humanoids who live in blissful harmony with their environment. So naturally the humans, being ruthless and acquisitive by nature, decide that corporate profits matter more than the lives of the Na'vi, and they launch a brutal military assault that, as you can no doubt guess, ends in tragedy. Throughout the film, the Na'vi are portrayed as superior to the humans. The irony of Avatar is that Cameron has made a dazzling, gorgeous indictment of the kind of society that produces James Camerons.

Read that last sentence again. It is the pinnacle of irony. The Na'vi sound incredibly similar to the desired (yet flawed) "ideal" of Native American society, yet Cameron could never have achieved what he has had he lived in such a society. It sure is easy to pontificate on the supposed ills of American society and its economic system after you've acquired riches beyond avarice, isn't it?

Just look at Oliver Stone with Castro. Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte with Hugo Chávez. Matt Damon (and now many others) shilling for and quoting Howard Zinn at every opportunity. Etc. etc. etc.

Posted by Hube at December 21, 2009 11:25 AM | TrackBack

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