Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Gibson's Mayas

Although I don't plan to see it, I'm feeling a bit queasy anyway about Mel Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto. Didn't know why until I read this:
Is "Apocalypto" Pornography? by Tracy Ardren, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami.

...Gibson replays, in glorious big-budget technicolor, an offensive and racist notion that Maya people were brutal to one another long before the arrival of Europeans and thus they deserve, in fact they needed, rescue.
...To think that a movie about the 1,000 ways a Maya can kill a Maya--when only 10 years ago Maya people were systematically being exterminated in Guatemala just for being Maya--is in any way okay, entertaining, or helpful is the epitome of a Western fantasy of supremacy that I find sad and ultimately pornographic.

Thanks to Doc Searls, who was tipped off to this article in Archaeology.


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