Why Django Unchained Offended Me
Offended: Outrage implies the flagrant violation of a person’s integrity, pride, or sense of right and decency
Before the Washington DC football team’s victory over Dallas Cowboys, my son and I went to the movies. It was great to be with him while he was home from college. We got the chance to see Django: Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. If you are on my http://www.facebook.com/blackmanwithagun1 page, you will have seen my post following the movie that stirred a few comments. In short, Django offended me. I thought it was the worst movie ever. I have never reacted to a movie like this before. I thought I was a mellow guy. I hate violence. I thought I understood art and even pushed the boundaries of it myself within my podcast on occasion. Why did this movie offend me so much?
It was not because of the acting. All the actors were great. The actors did exactly what they were supposed to in a Tarantino film. I could take his overkill in Dust till Dawn. Pulp Fiction was a parody on a lot of themes with some mind blowing fears introduced on camera. The Kill Bill series was not my thing, but my son and daughter liked it.
I had an issue with this movie for a few reasons. My problem was that slavery and rape is not funny. It never will be for me. One of the things that added to that was the nonchalance of the audience and the comments that I heard during the show. We just don’t get it as a people. For those that think I am being too sensitive, I thank you for the compliment. That means I am not so removed from reality that wrong is still wrong and right is still right in my world. Collectively, we are numb and dumb to stuff that we should guard our hearts and minds from. Offensiveness remains real despite how others react to the offense. Some don’t even know why it is offensive. There are those that apologize for the movie with no sense of intellectual growth. Some see it for what it is, but most do not. It was like we open our minds to junk computer viruses and it has slowed down our brains, and hearts. Watching the scenes of a dog ripping a man apart because he wouldn’t fight anymore was horrific. Looking at the beautiful back of a woman with neatly placed scars on her back was unreal. Knowing that she and every good looking woman portrayed would had been repeatedly raped over their lifetimes was not funny. Hoping that some misguided and ignorant young person doesn’t tattoo a lowercase “r” on their cheek thinking it is cute to represent a “runaway” is a thought. For those that thought it was not that serious, I think you just don’t get it. I think you have a false sense of comfort. I think you think that stuff would never happen again or isn’t happening somewhere in the world now. I think you are removed from reality. And we you stopped caring for others, you set yourself up for a real shock later on.
Guess I am just old fashioned.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” -Alexander Hamilton