this is literally both sides of any political argument
This is literally how the average tumblr user’s mindset works
One of these sides was pretty objectively right though.
Don’t you love it when a group of people violently repelling confirmed murderers from their community and the group of confirmed murderers (who expressly in the narrative came to steal resources) are portrayed as ‘equally bad and wrong’?
In fairness, if I recall the movie, it wasn’t a full-on invasion of the natives’ homeland… yet. At this point, the whole idea is to portray the mutual paranoia they both have, and how it throttles up the conflict. This is supposed to be in the early 17th century, when major European exploration was just spinning up, and full-blown conflict over the land had yet to develop (especially because the Native American population had just recently been decimated by a plague of apocalyptic proportions). The real-life Jamestown did have reputation for douchery that other settlements at the time didn’t, but again, in the story’s context, they’re both afraid and distrustful, and it nearly brings them into full-blown conflict. Unfortunately, the head honcho of Jamestown (I forget his name) doesn’t see the light, and nearly fucks things up permanently.
There’s a reason that Disney shouldn’t make cute musicals out of actual history.
That reason is that people confuse the fictionalized events as somehow real and/or valid for commentary.
Please read this: http://thehathorlegacy.com/dirty-redskin-devils/
I’m not saying that the film is a valid portrayal of reality. I’m just commenting on the film within its own context, is all.
But the film itself exists within the context of reality, where this conversation is taking place.
Well, it’s not the first time history’s been fudged for the sake of narrative. Shakespeare did the same thing, as I recall. I’m not calling the film accurate; I’m merely saying that in its way, the segment proves a point about relative evil and demonization of others.
You have entirely missed the point, then, and I’m really not sure how I can explain to you the ways in which this really impacts the lives of real people on multiple levels.
Need I remind anyone that these quotes take place during a synchronized song and dance number in an animated movie for children? The movie isn’t designed for historical accuracy. I advise you not to take it too seriously. There’s a taking tree in it for goodness’ sake.
And you’ve gone off the deep end.
Narratives. Are. Vastly. Important.
ESPECIALLY narratives that are presented to children, who lack the varied experience and critical thinking skills to dissect them and just accept them wholecloth.
It is literally not possible to take a movie aimed at children ‘too seriously’.
Because this is how children construct their reality.
Because this is how children are taught that in any conflict, both sides are bad and wrong, and that the fox news version of ‘fair and balanced’ is correct.
Because this is how children are taught that marginalized people who react violently to their marginalization are just as bad as the people oppressing them.
It is BECAUSE this story was turned into a song and dance movie with talking trees and cute animal companions for consumption by children that this is really fucking important.
It is because this movie is a piece of festering propaganda.