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Is “Bird Box” a secret SJW assault on able-bodied straight white men? A bunch of racist dinguses say “yes”

Sandra Bullock: Race traitor?

By David Futrelle

Is Netflix’s Bird Box — set in a world in which the only way to defeat evil is to literally never look at it — just a post-apocalyptic horror flick with a premise that’s equal parts terrifying and ridiculous? A sort of mashup of A Quiet Place and The Happening that’s nowhere near as compelling as the former but still a decided improvement over the latter?

Or is it a sinister SJW assault on straight white males?

That, in any case, is the central claim of a YouTube video by a would-be Western Civilization defender called Black Pilled, a video that’s been viewed more than 100,000 times since it was uploaded on New Year’s Eve.

“This is clearly an anti white propaganda film dressed up as a post apocalypse film,” Black Pilled charges.

It was just an excuse to repeatedly demonize white people while the audience is under the stress induced by the suspenseful scenes.

Black Pilled is outraged that the straight white male characters in the film tend to be assholes and/or villains; meanwhile, most of those who behave in heroic or selfless ways are women, people of color, and, in one case, gay.

This is a movie about a single white mother who is confronted endlessly by dangerous evil white men and then repeatedly saved and protected by non-whites. It’s laid on so thick that the whole … end-of-the-world aspect of the film is reduced to a subplot. 

Weird that this alleged “subplot” pervades every instant of the film. But never mind,

Black Pilled is especially disgusted by John Malkovich’s character in the film, the only Trump supporter in a house filled with a multicultural assortment of characters trying to ride out the end of the world together, a hugely arrogant asshole played in the grand Malkovich style.

Black Pilled isn’t just bothered by the character; he’s appalled to see Malkovich cast as a Trumper. “John Malkovich [has] always kind of given off a feminine vibe,” he complains,

It’s kind of a ridiculous casting choice, and quite frankly he was probably only chosen because he’s bald and it plays into the whole skinhead aesthetic.

No, I’m pretty sure they cast him because they needed an asshole and there are play assholes with as much relish as Malkovich.

Meanwhile, while Malkovich malkoviches, the most prominent black character in the film, Trevante Rhodes’ Tom, is portrayed as selfless and heroic, a “random black superhero man” who’s unrealistically “flawless,” in Black Pilled’s view.

Black Pilled isn’t the only one with a racist critique of Bird Box. Indeed, over on the One Angry Gamer blog — you may remember it as the source of the worst sentence ever written in the English language — the aforementioned angry gamer (a.k.a. Billy D) offers up an even blacker white-supremacist pill.

As Billy sees it, Bird Box doesn’t just demonize white men; it actively pushes an agenda

encourag[ing] interracial, homosexual, or non-traditional relationships, all while criticizing the depiction of traditional hetero marriages and anything related to straight, white males being heroic or admirable.

Billy reports with horror that

the only romances that appear in the film are interracial …  

There are no minority villains in the film. …

All of the main antagonist aggressors in the film are straight, white males. All of them.

The straight, white males also don’t get to engage in any heroics, and what sparse moment of heroics they do have are undermined in some way. …

This fits in line with the articles above about how straight, white males need to have the rug pulled out from underneath them in terms of appearing on-screen as empowered, admirable characters, even if it means defying all the odds, breaking immersion, and disrupting the suspension of disbelief in order to do so. 

Even if we set aside the central racist premises behind Billy D’s argument — that there is something inherently evil about portraying white men as villains and people of color as heroic, or that films featuring interracial relationships are somehow racist attacks on white people — a lot of Billy D’s complaints about the film simply aren’t based in fact.

While the only relationships shown on-screen are interracial ones, most of the relationships alluded to in the film aren’t. There are several “minority villains” in the film, one a survivor who betrays fellow survivors, another a diabolical marauder.

And there is one (presumably) straight white male character in the film, one who doesn’t get much screen time but who’s nevertheless central to the plot, who’s as selfless and morally spotless as that “random black superhero man.”

Oh, but he’s blind, so somehow his whiteness and maleness don’t count,

Billy D. evidently remembered this character’s existence just before he wrapped up his post, amending his earlier critique of the film as an attack on all “straight white men” and declaring the film instead  an attack on “[a]ll straight white males who aren’t disabled.”

It would be one thing if this loopy critique were limited to a single YouTuber and a rather eccentric “angry gamer.” But both of these critiques seem to be resonating with a wider audience. Black Pilled’s video has inspired nearly 5000 comments on YouTube, many of them bristling with open racism and anti-Semitism.

“Jews cannot touch mainstream media propaganda without making it degenerative to society,” wrote one YouTube commenter.

“Hitler should’ve won.,” declared another.

In a thread on 4chan’s /pol/ forum inspired by Black Pilled’s video, the regulars were especially exercised by the relationship between Sandra Bullock’s character and the aforementioned “black superhero man,” with the thread-starter dwelling on the film’s depiction of his “black hand over pregnant Sandra bullocks tummy.”

Another anon declared that

It’s like an SJW watched A Quiet place and got mad that there wasn’t enough interracial cuck scenes and caricatures of Trump supporters.

These people have broken minds.

Meanwhile, in a discussion of the film on the MGTOW subreddit, one commenter echoed Billy D’s charge that the film was propaganda against “straight white able bodied males.”

While Bird Box  has managed to outrage some of the internet’s worst people, from YouTube to 4chan to the MGTOW subreddit, this particular outburst of manufactured outrage hasn’t reached Lady Ghostbusters levels, and it seems highly unlikely that it ever will. Even on 4chan and in the MGTOW subreddit, numerous commenters thought the claims of anti-white-male propaganda seemed faintly ridiculous.

But 4chan being 4chan, some commenters managed to work some racism and misogyny into their critique of a racist, misogynist conspiracy theory.

“This is your brain on pol,” wrote one anon

where even a shitty netflix movie triggers your micropenis because a black guy is with a used old used up white woman, who raises her white kids, making him the cuck. 

On the MGTOW subreddit, by contrast, the critiques of the conspiracy theories were almost reasonable.

“I mean it wasn’t bad to me,” wrote one MGTOW Redditor of the film,

[It] wasn’t amazing or anything but I certainly wouldn’t express it as being feminazi ish or politically corrected to fuck.

Sandra Bullock was pretty good tbh …

Wasn’t much that particularly stood out but again, I like the overall premise.

There was some pretty dumb plot choices but those were just dumb plot choices nothing really more, even the dumb shit wasn’t THAT bad.

I’d give it a 6-6.5/10

I’m a little stunned to find myself saying this about a comment in the MGTOW subreddit, but … that’s actually a pretty fair assessment of the film, if slightly harsher than my own.

But I’m an SJW cuck, so what do I know?

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Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
3 years ago

It was just an excuse to repeatedly demonize white people while the audience is under the stress induced by the suspenseful scenes.

Yes, I’m sure the filmmakers huddled around a conference room table trying to figure out how to get everyone to hate white people, and decided the Clockwork Orange treatment was the best way.

I’m usually sitting in a warm, comfy chair eating delicious food and petting my floofy cat during my (limited) exposures to alt-right propaganda, and yet I still think white supremacists are repulsive, nauseating, and awful. Explain that?

Eli
Eli
3 years ago

Malkovich is a very odd dude. He claims to have no interest in politics at all… but he’s also said publicly that he’d like to shoot a journalist and a politician for their opposition to the invasion of Iraq… but he’s also said “guns scare me”… but he’s also said he thinks the death penalty is no big deal because we’re all going to die anyway so why not, and the left is just against it because they like to coddle criminals. So I think there’s a fair chance that the role of a right-wing survivalist is one he’d identify with.

TreePerson
TreePerson
3 years ago

@Eli

Like I oppose the death penalty because:

1. its more expensive then life in prison when you account for the extra court costs and stuff.

2. you can not undo it if they turn out to be innocent.

3. I would rather force them to live with themselves and what they did for the rest of their natural life.

SadOldGuy
SadOldGuy
3 years ago

My favorite take on the movie is still “Netflix’s Bird Box Is Really About How White People Don’t Want to See Racism” by Michael Harriot of the website “The Root”. Man, the racists freaked out about that article.

tim gueguen
3 years ago

Bird Box has inspired another one of those silly challenges. People are running around with blindfolds over their eyes trying to do everyday things. It’s spread quickly enough that Netflix has already put a warning in front of the film. As you might imagine people who are visually disabled are less than amused with this so called challenge.

brian
brian
3 years ago

I just wanted to say: the book is real good, y’all.

M K
M K
3 years ago

“Oh, but he’s blind, so somehow his whiteness and maleness don’t count,”

There’s probably an interesting sociological study in this observation, around how whiteness affects people’s experience along other axes of oppression, or whether other oppression ever makes white privilege less complete/more conditional, the more someone varies from the “male, straight, cis, perisex, abled, upper class” white ideal.

(I know it was supposed to be a snarky line about these guys cherrypicking in their film critiques, or else literally not realizing the blind guy is also a white man, but…there could still be a lot there, in terms of how these groups conceptualize whiteness, and operate.)

(Edit: hey, I think the blockquotes actually worked for me!)

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
3 years ago

“Perisex”?

kat
kat
3 years ago

and they claim “sjw’s” have big victim complexes. these whiners complaining about this ‘challenge’ being ‘anti-white’ prove otherwise. these guys just love to project their flaws unto others

Dingleberry Jones
Dingleberry Jones
3 years ago

I guess it’s just not enough that almost every other movie is about white dude heroes……this is why I think men who say they hate this movie are most likely MRA shitbags. THE MOVIE IS SO GOOD!

Pie
Pie
3 years ago

@Surplus to Requirements

“Perisex”?

A new word for me… means “not intersex”, apparently. Trying to suggest nearness to one of the poles of binary sex, I guess. Seems a bit etymologically dubious, but no-one seems to be able to make up a better word.

Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
3 years ago

I should be very offended about Tom Hollander’s character, because that played into the hoary old trope that if someone has an English accent they are a villain by default.

Moon_custafer
Moon_custafer
3 years ago

@Pie:

So, it doesn’t refer to sex with creatures from Persian mythology/classic Doctor Who companions, then? ?

Jane Done
Jane Done
3 years ago

@Valentin: Not simply just ignored, whole swaths of history was burned, defaced or destroyed by white settlers.

Jacob
Jacob
3 years ago

“Tere’s also this constant push from Leftists to encourage interracial, homosexual, or non-traditional relationships, all while criticizing the depiction of traditional hetero marriages and anything related to straight, white males being heroic or admirable.”

What? This is a false dilemma if I ever heard one. Representation doesn’t automatically exclusion. And we have minority villains a white heroes in this film.
The links he show state that there are still plenty of straight white males in media.

They refer to this: http://assets.uscannenberg.org/docs/inequality-in-1100-popular-films.pdf

“Because Leftists have been pushing against traditional Western values aggressively in the last decade, including encouraging women to stay single and not get married, as well as pressuring women to have kids out of wedlock.”

He ignores research about marriage in the links he gives to support his argument: https://mic.com/articles/116458/13-lies-we-need-to-stop-telling-women-about-marriage#.oDtUh7Ia8

This doesn’t discourage mpnagomous marriages at all. But he only shows a screenshot that doesn’t have that info.

And he fails to realize interracial marriages have increased dramatically, https://www.bustle.com/p/heres-how-views-on-interracial-marriage-have-changed-in-the-last-50-years-59048

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