Thursday, August 20, 2009

District 9 NOT an Allegory of Apartheid

District 9 movie is fantastic!

There seems to be some controversy about a particularly negative review of the movie "District 9" in America, written by a (black) American critic, Armond White, entitled "from Mothership to Bullship".
Fans of the film leapt on this critic immediately; although famous commentator Roger Ebert initially defended White, and then withdrew his defence upon reflection.

White makes reference to the film's alleged political metaphor:

Consider this: District 9’s South Africa–set story makes trash of that country’s Apartheid history by constructing a ludicrous allegory for segregation that involves human beings (South Africa’s white government, scientific and media authorities plus still-disadvantaged blacks) openly ostracizing extraterrestrials in shanty-town encampments that resemble South Africa’s bantustans.

White believes the movie "trivializes" the apartheid regime, although he clearly knows nothing about it - note the mistaken identification of Bantustans with townships above.

White goes on to write:

Italic "Even older racial stereotyping occurs when Nigerian immigrants enter the game as interlopers who operate a criminal underworld that exploits both aliens and the South Africans. Because the Prawns (“called bottomfeeders”) subsist on canned cat food, the Nigerian mob run a scam selling cat food at exorbitant prices.Their viciousness is almost comical in its Sam Jackson–style exaggeration.These malevolent blacks are also grinning cannibals who later threaten Wikus’ life. They’re a new breed of racist swagger; the kingpin sits in a wheelchair, big, black and scary. By this point, District 9 stops making sense and becomes careless agitation using social fears and filmmaking tropes Blomkamp and Jackson are ill-equipped to control. “You fucking mizungo [white person], I’m gonna get you!,” screams the menacing black Nigerian cannibal."

South African director Neill Blomkamp has repeatedly had to answer the question of whether or not the movie is about apartheid, and has stated that it isn't. When asked if this was the simplistic meaning of the movie, he replied :

"It's not too simplistic, but I think there are other elements. Another element that should be noted is, with the new black government since probably 1999 onwards, the large number of illegal immigrants in South Africa have become a problem."

In which case, the portrayal of Nigerians as the gangland criminals is spot-on accurate, a fact Armond White made no attempt to discover.

In the movie, set in 2009, the aliens have lived on earth since 1981, neatly spanning BOTH the NP and ANC governments. American critics may or may not get it - but it seems like some are willing to jump to conclusions without even trying.

7 Opinion(s):

drpat said...

the aliens are there to help defend the whites from the blacks. you got it all wrong.... kind of like planet of the apes. just had to

hmvh said...

You might want to read some of Mr. White's other puerile film reviews before wasting any more time on him.
Simply put, he's a mumbling idiot.

Anonymous said...

Just another attempt by those who own Hollywood to destroy the last White Christian Nation! They remember how we survived the Concentration Camps to become the most succesful Nation of the 20th Century, and they're still shit scared of the GOOD we stand for, so don't be surprised if they keep reminding the World that we are "evil" for wanting independence!

Anonymous said...

It's the opinion of a munt, as as far as munt opinions go I dismiss it with the indifference it deserves.

Anonymous said...

Bloody Americans - dumb the world over.

Viking said...

I might give it a miss, thanks!!
I didn't even bother to take valuable minutes from readers' lives by printing the whole review lol.

Anonymous said...

I found the full streaming movie online here: