traveling1861 asked: I don't understand- how was The Impossible racist? It was just about a families struggle and survival after a horrific disaster...
Dude. It’s about a white family trying to escape after a horrific diasater, in freaking Thailand!
This wasn’t fiction, this was a real thing and have you not notice how there are essentially NO Thai people in the film and the ones who are, say nothing; they are left completely unheard even though it’s them who have to deal with the devastation. That family can just bugger off on a jet home at the end of the film but it’s the people of Thailand who have to deal with the real shit. They’ve had their friends and family killed, their livelihoods destroyed and their home completely decimated. And yet Hollywood still manages to make it all about white people.
This isn’t a one off this happens all the time, POC and those of non-white ethnicity are very commonly shunned in the world of film. I just was left gobsmacked that a film based on a real and recent tsunami that killed about 160,000 people in East and South-East Asia still shoved the people it effected the most, not even into supporting roles, but as extras! The severe lack of tact and just the plain problem with bloody ethics is just outstanding.
The original family were Spanish! They had to secure white actors to get a budget so they changed their nationality! Isn’t that in itself a little fucked up? Spain is still a 3rd world country and very much unaffected by the Tsunami but they still couldn’t even let them be Spanish because, as I said, according to them, white people only care about other white people, Americans only care about other Americans.
Sorry I didn’t mean to target you if that is how it felt.
But I am kind of stunned you felt you needed to ask that question.