Cultural appropriation can be beautiful lol

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Dissing on The Last Samurai should be against the rules. If you go after Dances with Wolves, we're going to have even more problems.

 

Tedminator

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Good Lord. It wasn't a documentary and did not pretend to be. It made sense why he first let him live. NA's also adopted worthy white people into their culture. You are saying the Samurai could not?
Whats an NA?
 

Tedminator

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My point was that the Satsuma rebellion was a real event. And is an important historical turning point. There were Americans and other westerners in Japan at the time working for the government as military advisors. But they would have been paid instructors. Paid labourers. A samurai would probably have killed a foreigner on sight, or killed himself in shame if prevented from doing so.
Germans mostly.. it was the Prussian Empire that modernized Japan during the Meiji era. TLSamuria would have made more sense if Cruz's character was German.
 

boontito

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I don't object to anyone wearing those costumes, but that movie itself is among the worst cultural assimilation offenders going.

An American shows up and immediately reaches the rank of the elite of the elite. Fitting right in with locals raised from birth in their class as warriors, is showered with honours that no Japanese not of samurai birth would ever even dream of imagining, without learning a single word of their language but somehow being recognized as a leader regardless, single handedly leads samurai (wtfuck) and plays an integral role in the Satsuma rebellion, then meets the emperor and received the emperors respect and thanks. The emperor that any Japanese would be killed for making eye contact with.

I cant even say what would happen if the Japanese made a movie about a Japanese guy who goes to 1775 USA and teaches George Washington about freedom, bests all the Bostonians at their jobs, bangs a white woman, takes control of a militia unit, speaking no English, and then plays the key role in the American revolution while Paul revere and Ben Franklin stand around and say "this was only possible because of Kentaro" - because they would never have made that movie.
And do NOT get him started on Argo!
 

The Man

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I don't object to anyone wearing those costumes, but that movie itself is among the worst cultural assimilation offenders going.

An American shows up and immediately reaches the rank of the elite of the elite. Fitting right in with locals raised from birth in their class as warriors, is showered with honours that no Japanese not of samurai birth would ever even dream of imagining, without learning a single word of their language but somehow being recognized as a leader regardless, single handedly leads samurai (wtfuck) and plays an integral role in the Satsuma rebellion, then meets the emperor and received the emperors respect and thanks. The emperor that any Japanese would be killed for making eye contact with.

I cant even say what would happen if the Japanese made a movie about a Japanese guy who goes to 1775 USA and teaches George Washington about freedom, bests all the Bostonians at their jobs, bangs a white woman, takes control of a militia unit, speaking no English, and then plays the key role in the American revolution while Paul revere and Ben Franklin stand around and say "this was only possible because of Kentaro" - because they would never have made that movie.
My point was that the Satsuma rebellion was a real event. And is an important historical turning point. There were Americans and other westerners in Japan at the time working for the government as military advisors. But they would have been paid instructors. Paid labourers. A samurai would probably have killed a foreigner on sight, or killed himself in shame if prevented from doing so.
How do you think Russians feel, when Westerners, for example, insist on referring to their various and still revered old royalty by English/Western names? lol

"Peter the Great" was Pyotr, damn it, not "Peter". Ekaterina II was NOT "Catherine" the equally Great. The last Romanov was NOT "Nicholas", he was, in fact, named Nikolai II. Etc.

Now THAT is kind of a cultural insult...

Urban dictionary to the rescue!
Cultural appropriation
The idiotic conflation of culture with racism. Essentially the absurd belief that the cultural exchange that has served to enrich humanity throughout all of human history is wrong because racists exist.

SJW: OMG, look at that white girl with dreadlocks! That's cultural appropriation!

Sane individual: Eat a bag of dicks.
I mean, look at Lawrence of Arabia: T. E. Lawrence - Wikipedia


Wasn't he "appropriating" Arab culture, technically? lol :D
 
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