no except #1) this is my race and you’re not going to talk over me, so you can sit down.
and #2), there’s a difference between sugar coating the truth and portraying the truth in a way that doesn’t make the race you’re apparently trying to protect uncomfortable.
if you have eyes, im pretty sure i said that they could’ve done without the giant headdress, and making the kid wear the headdress (for whatever the reason may be), is not fucking helping and is further showing how ignorant the people who made this scene truly are. also the FUCKING KIDS WEARING REDFACE IN THE FUCKING BACKGROUND.
they could have stuck with the feathers in the hair and called it a day, and it wouldve gotten the point across.
this is literally further hurting the race you’re trying to defend by doing bullshit like, and then on top of it when actual Natives feel uncomfortable trying to actually talk over them like, that is surreal. you are some kid telling a Native “look, even though this is your history, us non-Natives are trying to help you. what? you’re uncomfortable with what we did to show that? get over it you just don’t understand”
like literally this is so ridiculous so yeah no sit down kid. like you’re literally going to try and tell me how MY peoples’ history should be told and try to tell ME to shut up when im saying that the way it was done makes a ME, a NATIVE PERSON uncomfortable. like wOW WWOWOWO wow that is wow. yeah you can take your leave. youre dismissed.
let me tell you something about this scene and their wardrobe and basically film in general because i believe you are missing the concept completely here. and i do mean COMPLETELY, because others have already pointed it out. by the way, don’t think i’m “talking over you.” that’s a very, very agitating phrase considering you’re on the internet and no one can interrupt you by over-voicing you - they’re just giving their rebuttal. now here’s mine:
the audience is lead to sympathize with wednesday and hate the campers and the camp counselors throughout the entire film. it’s established the way they’re treating wednesday is WRONG. it’s harmful. it isn’t nice.
these camp counselors: the audience at this point of the film recognizes them as the antagonists. we recognize that they’ve been enormous fucking jerks and we hate them. and then wednesday comes in with her speech and all is illuminated: wednesday and pugsley’s treatment at camp is parallel to the treatment of native americans (hated and discriminated, forced to assimilate, ways of “torture” etc). it flips so many switches: not only did native americans suffer throughout history, but they still suffer now. it’s supposed to make the audience relate the film characters’ experiences to those of native americans, recognize that they were wronged in a similar way (albiet much higher a level of cruelty). they care about the characters and hopefully that will help sway them to caring about native american history, or at least take away the excuse of ignorance.
now let’s talk about these costumes for a moment because i believe that in your need to be offended by something you have completely missed the fucking point. the costumes are SUPPOSED to be offensive. yeah that’s right: they’re fucking offense, and are supposed to be. i said it. now hear me out as to why. the costumes were chosen by a character who is in fact a prejudice asshole. he chose the costumes. do you see my point here? the audience has established this jerk as .. well, a big fact racist jerk. and these costumes are his choice. this is meant to imply to the audience that hey, actually, it’s not cool to be perpetuating this kind of stereotyping. only a prejudice asshole would use red face and these kinds of costumes to portray native americans. he also only casts the “outcasts” and “losers” to be native americans in the play which is ANOTHER indication that he’s an asshole and this behavior is wrong.
oh, notice how wednesday’s friend in this scene (not in my gif set but the film itself) does that weird and offensively racist shouting, putting his hand to his mouth while he yells? yeah he does that in this scene. pugsley and wednesday do nothing of the sort. but later on wednesday doesn’t end up with him: she actually still considers him apart of the same society as the campers and counselors, as she literally scares him off. (recognizing that you don’t have to be a full-on racist jerk to carry prejudices).
do you know what this is? this is brilliant fucking movie making. it’s subtle yet substantial, subliminal yet powerful. this stuff is not done on accident, especially considering this is founded in the screenwriting and costuming: the plot and a huge part of the visual aspect of the film. it’s not a nonfiction documentary account of native american history. it isn’t supposed to be. it’s actually considered a “family” film that still manages to pack substantial values along with entertainment.
and as a final note, i’d like to share with you all the real reason i made this gif set: i was never taught about actual native american history in public school. it was never a part of the curriculum, even when i had an Advanced Placement US History class. the horrible things the settlers and later on americans did to native americans were never discussed. i was never taught about how heinous the stereotypes of native americans in film and media and just life in general are. you know what made me start reading about it? this. fucking. movie. and that to me makes this pretty fucking great.