Alli Snow (allisnow) wrote,
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More Rings racism

A writer tracked down by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center says the Lord of the Rings trilogy is like promotional ad for those "tired old race and gender paradigms that were all the rage back in author J.R.R. Tolkien's day."

Andrea Lewis, described as a San Francisco-based writer and co-host of the Morning Show on KPFA-FM 94.1 in Berkeley, Calif, says on the SPLC�s website that the Rings movie should instead have been called "The Return of the Patriarchy."

That almost all the heroes of the series are "manly men who are whiter than white" and "frequently framed in halos of blinding bright light and exude a heavenly aura of all that is Eurocentric and good" is proof for her of the films' racist leanings.

Lewis much prefers the Matrix movies, she says, because they give "women and people of color some characters they can relate to." All the better, she says, most of the bad guys in the Matrix movies are really "Euro."

"It's the patriarchy of the past versus the Rainbow Coalition of the future," she says.

Okay, assuming for the moment that I agreed with this SanFran whack job's first assessment -- that because most of the good guys in LotR are white, it's a racist movie -- which I don't...

Having all the good guys be white = bad, racist movie, but having all the bad guys be white = good, non-racist movie? How does that work?

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