300 homophobic racists

I had such high expectations for this movie since it came out of Frank Miller’s work and featured good British actors.

And of course, 2 hours of watching sweaty hunky men in ancient speedos aren’t that bad. Check out the beefcakes:

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But boy was I shocked by the movie – at its thinly disguised homophobia and racism, weren’t there lawyers who looked at the movie before distribution?

For those who have not been assaulted by the 300 marketing machine (and ironically gay bloggers really went all out to promote the movie based on the early previews of, yes, sweaty hunky men in ancient speedos. Sigh, gay men can be so easily tricked by men flesh…), the movie is about the battle of Thermpylae where heroic King Leonidas led 300 Spartans to fight off the invaders from Persia. So it’s a (thump thump breast plate) movie of immense courage, brotherhood and sacrifice, where men become the heroes that they really are by standing up for their families, their homeland and freedom.

Or at least that’s what director Zack Snyder wants you to believe after the 104th time of scripting “defending democracy” diatribes into the dull and insipid dialogue. (the same scriptwriter probably came up with the brilliant “Axis of Evil” war monger slogan for Bush)

Sure, the movie had many problems: unbearably lowbrow and derivative direction(he did direct the remake of “Dawn of the Dead”), the dialogue stiff and unnnaturally modern but what really amazed me was the movie’s blatant homophobia and racism.

The first omen was King Leonidas’ (Gerald Bultler, even your posh British accent can’t save such drivel) snide remark about Athenians being “boy lovers”, hence losing their ability to fend off the Persians (ignoring the fact that Spartan men were just as into buggery as Athenians). Then we get to see the Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) dressed up as Persian RuPaul complete with gold makeup and S & M getup trying to convince Leonidas to submit to him by coming on to him.

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When Leonidas rejects his advances, he throws a hissy fit in a truly divalicious manner that puts drag queens to shame.

And the racism, gosh. No wonder Iran’s president got upset with the depiction of Persians (modern day Iran) in the movie.

All the Persians in the movie were either strange looking Africans or Middle Eastern monsters right out of horror movies torturing their slaves (again, not mentioning that Greek society were comprised of a large class of slaves) and creating more monsters with three heads, crab hands etc etc. All the non-white actors were portrayed as crazy mystics, diseased fear mongers or simply incomprehensible monsters without the “science and rationality” of the modern greeks, aka the white man. And of course you get homophobia and racism combined in the Persian king… or queen really.

It’s such a shame that in an age where countries are war over ancient prejudices of xenophobia that such a movie would want to propagate such frat boy mentality. Sure, it’s a movie but cultural products shape attitudes and beliefs, there’s no doubt about that. I’m in marketing, my job is to create sales based on words and images, I know what power media wields.

Sham, shame, shame. Even more shame when the audience laps it up, making it the biggest movie this season.

Such shame.

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14 responses to “300 homophobic racists

  1. thank you for your analysis. i certainly hope that 300 isn’t a sign of movie-making to come. fictitious in every sense.

  2. Great movie!! Let me say that once more. Great movie!! Only a move guys. Chill out.

  3. I strongly dissagree with this review, which leads me to believe that whoever wrote it hasn’t a clue about homophobia or racism and is quite frankly, incredibly ignorant. Yes, 300 is mostly pure fiction – it’s based on a comic book for heaven’s sake! But the basis of the film, the heroism of the 300 spartan warriors who took on thousands, is fact. The depiction of Persians as non-white is fact. What this reviewer seems to have overlooked is that this movie doesn’t portray this as a battle of white against black(or Persian – as Rodrigo Santoro, who plays the persian king is not black), this movie portrays this as a battle of courage against tyranny, of freedom against enslavement, which is precisely what the spartans fought for. They didn’t fight the Persians because of the colour of their skin, and 300 doesn’t feed into that concept at all. As for the so-called “homophobic” undertones, well, I have to say, belonging to the homosexual community myself, there is not 1 single instance where I could see a hint of homophobia in this film. Yes, king Leonidas told the Persian messenger that the Athenians where nothing but “philosophers and boy-lovers”, but you can clearly hear by his tone that this was said only in a humourous context and not a discriminatory one. He used the term “boy-lovers” as one would use the term “whooses”, without any indication of hating them for it. In truth, I read some reviews before I watched this movie and when I read of the “racist” and “homophobic” undertones, I sincerely thought I wouldn’t bother watching it. Now I’m glad I did. I walked into the cinema with a negative perspective of it and walked out feeling really stupid that I had pre-conceived that idea according to what I read and not knowing the actual facts. The bottom line is, you only see 300 as racist and homophobic if you WANT to see it as racist and homophobic. And believe me, in order to see it this way, you will have to want really hard, as I had expected to see it, and didn’t really find anything remotely racist or homophobic about it. All in all, it’s a good film. Not the best I’ve ever seen, but also not the worst. The graphics are good, even if very fantastical, but then again, this was inspired by a comic book. Don’t judge this film by reviews like this one, because they were evidently written by someone who was so set on finding flaws that didn’t bother to try to understand the true meaning of what the director was trying to depict. Get your facts straight.

  4. nub can’t take a little blood? chill out. nub

  5. I completey agree with Silvia, why does everyone look for the racist connetations in films these days, when there clearly is none. I found nothing racist about this film at all just good old blood and guts!, if you want to see a racist film try american history X.
    Stop getting worked up and PC about it all, there will come a time when just by saying the word black in any context you will be deem a racist, it pisses me off!

  6. the movie wasn’t “pure” fiction. it was based on history and if you look up Greek history, you’ll find that the spartans were the most notorious boy fuckers in ancient greece.
    the hypocrisy of that line annoyed me to no end.

  7. ITS JUST A MOVIE LOSELY (VERY LOSELY) BASED ON A HISTORIC EVENT, GET OVER IT ALL THE AVERAGE VIEWER SAW WAS A GORY FILM NOT A DEEP SUBLIMINAL PIECE OF PROPAGANDA.

  8. This is really old, but I’m going to try and comment anyway.

    I think you are, in a sense, right. It is true that the movie has a very clear bias where the Persians (don’t forget the Persians were the powerful -and yes, highly civilized- people who invaded the smaller, less powerful countries that were in the way) are dehumanized, effeminate and severely lacking in -Spartan- morals… That’s the way the bard who was lecturing the Spartan warriors in the beginning put it. And it was done this way. You helped a warrior gain self-esteem, confidence and, so to speak, “battle-mood” by telling him a tale about a glorious past battle, a heroic, nearly divine, hyper-masculine, hyper-moral king who faced the monstruous, weak (feminine), lecherous enemy until his own death. Was antiquity racist? Not particularly (most advanced civilizations displayed a mixed heritage which made them proud, like in the case of Persians). Was it xenophobic? Sometimes. Was it homophobic? Relatively (homosexuality was promoted as a sign of status, but it was only “respectable” to be the active lover -actually this was the biggest fault I can find with the movie: are Spartans really implied as exclusively heterosexual? What a joke… -, and usually the passive one was a poor ephebic boy, often a slave in the case of Athens). Was it sexist? Most definitely (and particularly because warriors had such a prominent role, and therefore masculinity, implying physical strength and cold-blooded discipline, was held in high esteem). And the stories told to warriors before battle were hyperbolic and really inaccurate. But you really can’t turn a heroic tale told by an ancient poet into a modern-day egalitarian, pacifist thing without being downright ridiculous.

    The Spartans, like all people have always, believed their ways were the best ones, and valued their sense of democracy strongly: they did fight the athenians to defend democracy and freedom later on. Naturally, they also believed throwing away weak babies, as seen in the movie, was not only moral but a social duty. I don’t think any modern democratic society would find it acceptable, but they did. And the movie reflects it, too. The visuals, which are beautiful to a fault (if that’s possible) even when human beings are being killed, are a poem. The characters are either flawlessly good or unwaveringly menacing. That’s myth, that’s literature. It’s fiction and biased. And that’s the way it should be taken.

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  10. You do realize that this movie (and the book it is based off of) is not intended to be a historical account of the Battle of Thermopylae? It is a fictionalized account meant to entertain. There is no reason to get all up in arms, it is just a story after and all and it is not forcing you to change your beliefs!

    • Yeah, you are right, all of you commenter. It was just a film, a good entertainment. As it was “Eternal Jew” the best entertainment that German could get at the time.
      Half a billion, Frank Miller and Zack Snyder, two Islamophobic uber-Zionists, earned for studio half a billion dollars with film which stands with Born of the Nation and Eternal Jew on a same level !?
      What a world! It’s makes me sick….

  11. yes.persian is white and this film is fake…

  12. Reblogged this on Discover You and commented:
    Wow! I need to speed more time analysising movies even more then I already do..

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