"Django" should have unchained the close-minded
Director Quentin Tarantino made leaps and bounds in the film industry with the release of “Django Unchained.”
Unfortunately, his revolutionary efforts were not as televised as I would have hoped.
After being snubbed by the coveted Academy Awards, the film managed to scrape up a win at this year’s Golden Globes for Best Screenplay. It’s obvious society is not ready to accept alternate forms of history that don’t have a dash of that G-rated Disney magic.
Maybe, just maybe, there really were more rebellious slaves besides Nat Turner and the members of his infamous revolt in 1831. But, that’s way too much for society to handle right now while America is still trying to figure out the purpose of guns.
It wasn’t until I came to college that I realized how devoid my grade school education was when it came to world history. I couldn’t put my finger on it then, but it is definitely at the forefront now.
The history curriculums taught in most public grade schools are extremely Euro-centric, which is funny because Europe is the second smallest continent on earth. Perhaps, capitalistic society is not ready to acknowledge the true injustices waged on various cultures by “civilizing” them.
“Django” was a movie that challenged what the majority of pale-faced Americans view as a hero or protagonist. Instead of the “great white hope,” Tarantino presented something darker, no pun intended, and realer.
Then again, this is the central theme in almost every Tarantino film.
Look at the “Kill Bill” movies. The protagonist, “Beatrix Kiddo,” was a revenge-seeking assassin who escaped death and began a quest to kill her elusive ex-fiancé “Bill.” So, it’s not your typical romantic comedy.
When someone or something challenges societal norms, it’s human nature to reject the unfamiliar.
On the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website, it says, “Dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”
But how advanced is an organization if it only recognizes the contributions of minorities every so often?
It seems that society needs to advance their close-minded ways of thinking before throwing such an enlightened word around.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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