A few weeks ago, Dan and I rewatched Pochahontas, and it’s really hard to take a narrative about *acceptance* and *not being a racist* seriously when (a) your movie is historically inaccurate, avoids dealing with any of the real issues surrounding colonization (they just go home problem solved yaaay), and itself buys into things like a monolithic “Native Culture…” and (b,) one of your leads is Mel Fucking Gibson. “Well, savages, you’re weird and not white, but I guess that’s okay as long as you aren’t, y’know, Jewish.”
Anyway, no offense intended to anyone who likes John Smith as a character, but honestly, if he was transported into the modern world, he’d probably be a huge unintentional racist douchebag. He’d be all like, ‘look how cool I am, I like Native Stuff,’ but he’d just be really gross and appropriative and no one would like him.

A few weeks ago, Dan and I rewatched Pochahontas, and it’s really hard to take a narrative about *acceptance* and *not being a racist* seriously when (a) your movie is historically inaccurate, avoids dealing with any of the real issues surrounding colonization (they just go home problem solved yaaay), and itself buys into things like a monolithic “Native Culture…” and (b,) one of your leads is Mel Fucking Gibson. “Well, savages, you’re weird and not white, but I guess that’s okay as long as you aren’t, y’know, Jewish.”

Anyway, no offense intended to anyone who likes John Smith as a character, but honestly, if he was transported into the modern world, he’d probably be a huge unintentional racist douchebag. He’d be all like, ‘look how cool I am, I like Native Stuff,’ but he’d just be really gross and appropriative and no one would like him.

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