Monday, June 04, 2007

Panel Excerpt

From one of Oyceter's Wiscon writeups:
Coniraya mentioned Phantom Menace (I think); he remembered being so excited about it, only to go in and be slapped in the face with Jar-Jar Binks, the Japanese-sounding evil traders, and the Jewish-sounding merchant/slaveowner.

Janine asked if Lucas was deliberately being racist; all of us thought no, probably not. Coniraya said that lots of cartoons that Lucas watched probably had the same accents and that Lucas might have just picked it up, but that that was why it was important to examine these things.
(Emphasis mine)

1 comment:

  1. I think there is an inherent difficulty in presenting a diverse multicultural universe (Lucas' goal) within the confines of a pop action movie without falling back on cultural stereotypes which can then be read as racist.

    Lucas' inability to overcome this challenge is one of the film's failings.