Because people just have to take something good and turn it into a stupid extremist hysteria.
From feminazis to misandrists, to grammar nazis who, when you post something super emotional and heartfelt, can’t help but leave a passive aggressive comment in which they let you misspelled a word. These are all people who turn something good into something annoyingly bad and give the rest of us a super negative reputation in the meantime. Extremism is bad because of what it turns a person into: close minded, however at the opposite pole. Being a super judgemental and close minded gay is just as bad as being a super judgemental and close minded homophobe.
What’s even worse than being an extremist is being an ignorant extremist. Exhibit A is Brian Truitt, USA Today Journalist. Brian took it upon himself to review WWII movie “Dunkirk”. A movie I was really, really looking forward to seeing, as I am a World War II, historical movies and Cilian Murphy geek myself.
Brian got to see it before and, while reviewing it, made a comment that got (the sane part of) the internet up in arms:
“… the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.”
Uhm… now, you might not be a history geek like me – and that’s ok. So allow me to clarify.
Dunkirk is the name of a military operation that took place in 1940. The Germans trapped approximately 400.000 Allied soldiers on a beach in Nazi-occupied France and then a bunch of other Allied soldiers managed to pull them out and save them.
So, in consequence, historically speaking, at Dunkirk we have:
- A big bunch of white men
- A bunch of white bad guys
- A bunch of white good guys
No, historically speaking, there were no female heroes, nor heroes of colour involved in the Dunkirk operation. Women did serve in WWII, however they were never placed on fighting fronts. People of colour did serve, however it was not the case at Dunkirk, as the rules of segregation applied even when it came to the army.
Seeing as you are not a history geek, it’s ok to not be aware of that. However, whether you are a history geek or not, it doesn’t really matter when you’re a journalist.
Complaining about no women nor people of colour having leading roles in a historically accurate WWII movie is like complaining there are no realistic sex scenes in Beauty and the Beast (the Disney original).
You don’t even need to know these things beforehand. You just need to use your judgement to google Dunkirk for five minutes before you let the Social Justice Warrior take over. Common sense, people, common sense.
Yes, there are movies in which the representation is lacking, I will be the first one to agree with that. However, Dunkirk is not one of them. I think it’s vital that we keep historical accuracy alive, at least at much as we can. How will today’s young generations learn about our past if movies become politically correct bullshit that have nothing to do with the truth?
We need to keep showing the young generations the past, so they’ll understand – they’ll understand and, hopefully, build a better future.
I mean, let’s be honest, kids these days don’t really read. The schooling system is a failure pretty much all around the world, with a few exceptions. So how could we teach them better than through a kickass, historically accurate movie?
I think it’s vital even from a politically correct point of view. It’s safe to say that the world right now is a better place than it was 30, 40, 50 years ago, right? A kid that’s growing up today doesn’t understand why we need a movement such as political correctness if they don’t learn about racism, sexism, sexual segregation – and how bad these were up until a few years ago. They won’t understand the point of feminism if they don’t see how women used to be treated, same goes with movements such as Black Lives Matter and so on.