Guy Cry Cinema
White Savior Movies Are Weird

Firefilm | 28 Jan 2016 15:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

"White Savior"

History is written by the victors, so on Thanksgiving Americans celebrate coming to America and making it what it is today, instead of mourning what America turned into once Europeans found it. Yet somehow, winning the conflict and owning the land isn't enough for us conquerors. It seems we yearn to have the indigenous people admit that we're so awesome, not only are we better at our culture, but theirs as well. There's a running theme in a weirdly large amount of famous movies where a white man is introduced to a "primitive" people, and "White-splains" them how their own ways should work. As hit or miss as these themes can be, the movies they reside in can still be excellent films. Here's a list of "White Savior" movies where we may cry from the emotions and/or from the underlying racism:

1. The Last Samurai
I remember when this movie came out, a lot of people immediately starting yelling at Hollywood. "Tom Cruise isn't a samurai, he's white!" they'd yell, before even knowing what the movie's about. This film doesn't pretend Tom "I love to run" Cruise is Japanese; he's just a force trying to murder Japanese. First Tom is so brutal in the American civil war that the Japanese government hires him to train their troops to stop a samurai uprising. Things don't go well, but Tom is just so darn awesome at killing samurai that the samurai take him in and train him. The wife of a samurai he killed falls in love with him, and he ends up being the best samurai evaaaar! It's actually a really good film and the costumes and pacing are wonderful, but it's kind of silly when you read the plot all at once.

What really gets guys' eyes watering is the sheer manliness of Ken "Ra's Al Ghul" Watanabe. His troops dying all around, himself mortally wounded, and a Gatling gun being reloaded like 10 feet away from him, he still manages to commit seppuku, thus robbing his enemies the claim to his demise and granting himself an honorable death.

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