Friday, 5 August 2011

Most Racist Movie Since "Soul Plane"

'Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl' (yeah, I know) is one of a crop of direct-to-DVD Japanese gore-fests that are like a combination of the "acting" portion of old porn movies and the "action" section of any film that leaned heavily on the handiwork of Tom Savini (another gem from this genre is 'Tokyo Gore Police'). These films are stitched together with a lot of skits that are hideously unfunny and they are pretty awful to begin with, but VGvFG has significantly upped the ante with a sub-plot involving the 'Super Dark Girls Club':

Yeah. That scene played out in an even more obscene fashion than I thought it would, with all the 'dark' girls banging on bongo drums and chanting "Obama" and "Yes We Can" in a faux-African racial good-time get-down.

Sometimes, like most people I know, I get tired of political correctness in American culture. Then, however, I bump into a student at the U from a foreign country or come upon something like the above part of this movie and am just floored by how racism is openly accepted in many - I would argue most - places around the world.

Unlike your typical College Republican email accidentally leaked to the press or, say, an old-school Southern white dude, however, Shungiku Uchida and Naoyuki Tomomatsu (responsible for the VGvFG manga and screenplay, respectively) really don't have any deft, dog-whistle racism going on: it's so clumsy and, well, foreign that it's almost worthwhile as a sheer curiosity.

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