No, but, like, Kingsman is perfect and I'm gonna fight you over this
The “It’s good but still has problems because the heroes are white and the villains are POC and there weren’t enough POC in it” argument that I keep seeing popping around here keeps making me angry because you are looking at it from a very American point of view and ignoring the freaking context of the whole movie.
So let me help you out.
Kingsman is an organization created by old money british nobilty. Those guys are white. Yeah, I know, shocker. The snobbery is actually adressed in the movie:
Arthur: It’s all yours. And don’t forget your membership proposal. Try picking a more suitable candidate this time. Harry Hart:
Seventeen years and still evolving with the times remains an entirely
foreign concept to you. You don’t remind me that I wouldn’t be here if
it weren’t for that young man. He was as much Kingsman material as any
of them. More so. Arthur: But he wasn’t exactly one of us, was he? Let’s face it, Galahad. Your little experiment failed. Harry Hart: [Gets up and prepares to leave the room] With respect, Arthur, you’re a snob. Arthur: With respect? Harry Hart: The world is changing. There’s a reason why aristocrats develop weak chins.
You can see Harry Hart trying to change that by bringing Eggsy in, a poor guy, looked down upon by the higher class, living with an abusive step father and involved with drugs because of said abusive stepfather; and he did that with his father Lee before him.
Also, a woman gets the Lancelot spot, between lots of other spots taken by men.
This ain’t about white people vs POC, this shit’s about a british organization defeating the image of American cockyness (which, frankly, describes the USA general behavior very well nowadays. If you want more, look at tumblr in general. Actually, you just have to look at this “argument” that is being adressed by me right now.) Just look at the freaking stereotypes used to make sure you get that they are talking about The American Man, and not about a POC being a villain. They are throwing it to your face, and yet…
BUT at the same time, the villains are SO FUCKING FUN.
They are geniouses. The main villain is very smart but also very human. The female villain is the reason why the guy survives so long and is a freaking amazing amputee that kicks ass. And they are part of the American minority, not the classic white dude. Actually, they outsmart the classical American white dudes (but not only American). They get them to play their game but at the same time make shure that they can’t get away with playing double if things get nasty.
(although Valentne also fits the in the privileged category by being rich af, so he’s both).
Second “argument” I see flaunted about:
“It was sexist because it ends like the classic Bond films where the guy takes the woman as prize etc etc”
Did you loose the memo where Princess Tilde is the one putting the offer on the table? That is liberating, actually. She was good, she was assertive about her beliefs even if that got her closed up, she put her foot down and she was against Valentine, but she also wanted to have fun after all that shit she went trough with the cute guy that saved their asses, so she went with it.
The guy accepted. Not once did he treat her like a prize to be used and he was not the one pursuing her in the first place.
He made a joke after almost dying and she asked for anal instead.
I seriously can’t see how the above is sexist in any way, especially when we countinuously see Eggsy being a sweetheart and very respectful to the women in his life. When we see him having a great bromance with a woman and not once does he talk down to her, but asks her if she already tried on her own suit, instead, and they help each other out time and again. She’s his equal in every way and he knows it. He loves his sister with all his being and cares for his mother, who is not in the best of places, and not once does he expect anything from all of this. He respects a woman and her wishes that will also satisfy him after almost dying countless times in a short time span.
Really, if there is something that can be wrong with this movie, it is them having unprotected sex, but even here, you don’t know if Valentine did or did not leave stashes of lube and condoms in the chambers. That’s left to the imagination. But it ain’t like young people don’t do stupid shit like that sometimes, if they did have unprotected sex, which is idiotic but plausible. And again, maybe they did not go all the way. We simply don’t know, really.
This movie cleverly uses stereotypes and also does not take your heteronormative bullshit even though it aknowledges that the action happens in a sexist and snobbish enviroment, which is the world we live in.
Ah, and the church scene is not a slap to christianity, but to a very specific branch of it that attacks people because they do not conform to their own fucking beliefs. That scene was gold. And in that scene, bigotry, sexism, and racism are also addressed, by the mighty Harry Hart. Thank you!