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View Poll Results: Are the Indiana Jones Films Racist?
No 48 75.00%
Yes - all of them 4 6.25%
Raiders of the Lost Ark 0 0%
Temple of Doom 11 17.19%
Last Crusade 0 0%
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 1 1.56%
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:20 AM   #601
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Hmm. Well, this guy...




...is played by regular Lucasfilm stunt guy Malcolm Weaver. Here's a picture of him from 2008:



Yikes.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:28 AM   #602
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Before:



After:





And in Star Wars:




EDIT: You found the real him before I did!
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:01 AM   #603
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I don't see how Malcolm Weaver playing a Sherpa Henchman could be viewed as racist. Just because he had prosthetic eyelids to look more Asian, so what?
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:18 AM   #604
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I could certainly see that being objectionable to some. You wouldn't do that now, at any rate.
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:06 AM   #605
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I could certainly see that being objectionable to some. You wouldn't do that now, at any rate.

It is true that we are more PC than ever.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:29 AM   #606
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I could certainly see that being objectionable to some. You wouldn't do that now, at any rate.

Rob Schneider in I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:47 PM   #607
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I don't think they're racist, but people will complain because they want to.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:43 PM   #608
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I don't see how Malcolm Weaver playing a Sherpa Henchman could be viewed as racist. Just because he had prosthetic eyelids to look more Asian, so what?

This mostly.

Second attempt at posting.

Edit: Most of the pictures are still on the Internet Archive which is, well, useful.

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Old 06-15-2015, 04:09 PM   #609
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Racist elements, but I don't think the filmmakers were racist

The Indy flicks are a throwback to a time in cinema that was, yeah, pretty racist. Spielberg and Lucas fall back on a lot of stereotypes from that era to flesh out their characters. It's a narrative shorthand that you can't get away with anymore in mainstream film --- probably for the better. Is it mean spirited? Probably not, both Spielberg and Lucas have made films about overcoming racial adversity such as A Color Purple, Amistad and Red Tails so I think they're on the right side of history in terms of equality. Are they particularly culturally sensitive artists? Eh, probably not. I don't think Steve or George have it out for India for instance, but if I was a young boy from India and I saw my country portrayed as a place where people eat snakes, enslave children and rip each other's heart's out, I'd probably be upset.
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