Thursday, September 16, 2004

Fostering what?!

I don't know how many of you have seen this, but an "Italian-American" (whatever that means, pick one) group named the Columbus Citizens Foundation has condemned the film "A Shark's Tale" because it claims the movie portrays Italians as gangsters and "fosters ethnic stereotypes". I don't know where to start with this one, but let's just let it all spill out.
1. It's a kids movie, get over it.
2. If you don't like it, don't see it. No need to ruin it for the rest of the population who isn't anal and overly sensitive.
3. Why do groups like this exist? Is it their sole purpose to piss everyone off? Am I the only one who thinks that the money this group spends could be better served feeding people?

I know I have more issues with this, but my mind is moving too fast. Maybe later...

Rich

6 Comments:

At 9/16/2004 03:06:00 PM,

To present the other side’s argument, we can’t have stereotypes like this exist or they will ruin the perceptions of every ethnicity. If this gets out of hand, we’ll begin to think that all French are rude, all Irish are drunkards, all Muslims are violent, all Jews are financially secure, all English suffer tooth decay, all Mexicans eat only burritos, all Jamaicans smoke weed, and all Egyptians walk like Egyptians. And we can’t have that, can we? Luckily, Americans are not at risk of any undesirable stereotype, because we’re the most normal.

As far as the origin of such groups, I think they’re secretly funded by Disney, who wants to retain their dominance of the animated full-length feature film genre by attacking movies made by other organizations.

Please don't take anything I say seriously.

 
At 9/16/2004 03:36:00 PM,

Haha. Just bc the other side has an argument doesn't mean that it is worthwhile or even intelligent. I see movie like "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather" and I immediately think Italians are mobsters, right? Come one. No one is that naive. And if you do come to the conclusion that a people ARE their stereotype then there are way more issues than the cartoon they watched that perpetuates that thinking. In a way it's kind of like violent video games. Just because I gun down 75 people playing Grand Theft Auto doesn't mean I'm gonna go kill people. Blaming your actions on things like this just seem to me to be a cop out on actually educating the population and doing some parenting.

Damn! My posts always end up rambling bc I think 8 thoughts ahead of what I type. Oh well!

 
At 9/18/2004 11:02:00 AM,

Wait a minute, wait a minute, now hold the phone here-- are you intimating-- even suggesting-- that all Egyptians *DON'T*, in fact, walk like Egyptians?

You just turned my Saturday into a rainy day Monday.

I hope you're satisfied with yourself.

 
At 9/23/2004 06:08:00 PM,

"No one is that naive."

Oh, man! Wouldn't that be sweet?

 
At 9/24/2004 10:56:00 AM,

Haha, yes it would. ;)

 
At 9/24/2004 12:26:00 PM,

"Just because I gun down 75 people playing Grand Theft Auto doesn't mean I'm gonna go kill people."

I actually saw a really interesting commercial last week. I'm still unconvinced either way on the effect of video games in our lives, but I know the growing consensus is that they have little to no influence on our actions. The commercial I saw was for a skateboarding video game. It showed a teenager playing his video game, ripping it up on rails, curbs, etc. and then it cut to him skating around in real life, pulling a boneless off his roof and onto his dad's car. In the video game, you aparently carry a can of spray paint and in real life (well, commercial anyway) this guy was vandalizing storefronts, etc.

I don't think this commercial was trying to promote the psychology that video games will turn your kid into a terror, but I just thought it was interesting that Sony (I think the game was for PS2) would use that psychology to market their product.

For the record: I don't think you are going to go around crashing into firetrucks and blowing people's brains out because you play GTA.

 

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