Delete this Racist Movie: New Eli Roth Horror Flick Depicts Indigenous People as Savage Cannibals
The Green Inferno: On September 25, this coming Friday–with Pope Francis still in the U.S.– Eli Roth’s new horror film, The Green Inferno will hit the theaters near you. The movie depicts a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon forest to “save” a tribe. When their plane crashes the tribe takes the group hostage. The members of the tribe then kill the youthful captives whom they roast, carve up and eat. All in gory detail. You can get a ?? good feel?? for the movie by viewing either the official trailer or the more lucid red version. SIGN PETITION–DELETE THIS MOVIE.
The most horrible thing about the film is not the horror, but the film’s portrayal of indigenous peoples as brutal cannibals. The film is a betrayal of the truth. In reality today’s Amazon tribes could teach “the civilized world” a great deal about civility. While the corporate dominated global economy is busy usurping tribal land, destroying forests and playing roulette with the climate, indigenous peoples have sustained their communities and their biodiverse natural resources for thousands of years. For more, see the companion post.
Critiques: Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation and a tribal rights attorney in Washington, D.C.. she has written a sharp critique of The Green Inferno. Here is a salient quote:
In other words, no problem seizing lands from backward, evil savages.
We also refer you to the statement by AIDESEP, The Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Amazon, Peru’s largest indigenous coalition composed of some 64 indigenous peoples. And this post by AMAZON WATCH.
Compare the images in Green Inferno with those from real life:
SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION ASKING ELI ROTH TO CANCEL THE GREEN INFERNO before it does its damage.
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