O Really wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 14, 2023 11:21 am
Seems to me the "white saviour" concept is a bit overstretched and in many if not most of the films listed in the Wiki article it's irrelevant. Sure, it's not a good thing to portray people who were IRL peaceful basketweavers as headhunters. But there are indeed real events where a person who happens to be white helps some disadvantaged person or group. Should those stories not be told? Or should the roles be reversed to avoid the stigma of "white saviour"? White guy in "Avatar" didn't go there to "save" the indigenous people from themselves - he helped them fight against other mostly white earthlings. Should he have bailed from his adopted community? Are there not many real stories of bad rough low-performing schools that have been changed by the work of some special teacher? But sure, if Tonto had been the lead and Lone Ranger had been the sidekick, that would have been more socially conscious, despite the fact that Tonto was no less heroic and saved Lone's bacon many times.
I think the WS term was intended to describe the Oh Look How Great We White People Are films that show whites able to leap tall buildings in their benevolent quest to help the less fortunate races.
The edges of these terms all seem to grow with age. It's often with the same laziness that fills our understanding of history with gaps and shortcuts to hide the blemishes we don't like.
The term has nothing to do with people who happen to be white helping less fortunate people of color - as in Dances with Wolves or Avatar where the white guy "knew" the enemy's weaknesses. Without the good white guy, the bad white guys win.
There are countless examples of real White Savior films where it's the superiority of pretty much any white person (probably a man) that allows them to step in and teach self defense or irrigation or medical or some other salvation.
Grisham's A time to Kill was set in 1984. Is this as a non-WS film because of where it takes place? A black attorney may not have been as effective in small town backwoods Mississippi.
Would the same script in San Francisco, or Denver, or even Mobile or Memphis would be labeled WS?
Is the Cisco Kid an example of the Brown Savior? If not, what category is it?
It's two brown guys constantly beating up bad white guys to save blond white women.
Trump: “We had the safest border in the history of our country - or at least recorded history. I guess maybe a thousand years ago it was even better.”