I’m pissed off about The Great Wall and I haven’t even seen it, and I’ll tell you why.
1) Hollywood does not need to do anything more to feed the myth of a white savior. Let’s make a movie about Chinese people and Chinese culture in a coproduction with China and one of the best Chinese directors there are. But let’s do it with a white guy. THAT’S so great (he said sarcastically).
2) But now that it has flopped here in the states, what do you think Hollywood will attribute to its lack of success?
White savior myth.
If you guess C then congratulations, you won! What did you win? A few more years where American movies feature almost exclusively white male leads.
Do you really think the Hollywood system will blame the casting of Matt Damon in this film for its lack of success? NO! That dude has carried one of the most successful action series of the 21st century on his star power.
Do you think Hollywood will blame the poor reviews on its lack of success? NO! Not when you have the Transformers films continuously getting torn to shreds by critics and still making money.
Hollywood clings to its outdated and unsupported beliefs that “non-white” films do not succeed. Films like Rogue One, Suicide Squad and The Jungle Book do very little to convince them otherwise, while The Great Wall flopping will just support its belief that American audiences don’t care enough about representation. Because Hollywood is stupid!
The Great Wall’s premise was based in an outdated and honestly racist idea that only white dudes can be heroes. And because of Hollywood’s backwards mentality, its lack of success will enforce that stereotype.
It’s so sad, because it’s so hard to make her understand. It’s so hard to make her understand. I’ve gotten all these things for her. I’ve gotten all these things for her and now she just… she just wants to run away.