Friday, December 08, 2006

Spear Hurling

Mel Gibson's new Maya epic Apocalypto already has them reaching for their jagged obsidian knives:

"Activists are angered by the depiction of their ancestors as a savage race with a penchant for spear-hurling and human sacrifice."

Hilarious...I'd like to meet the person on this planet who can honestly claim that his or her ancestors didn't go in for a bit of spear-hurling (and before that, rock chucking).

As for the human sacrifices, Gibson didn't paint these murals did he?

I suppose he now has such a reputation for being racist and offensive that anything he does is assumed to be warped by his worldview.

3 comments:

scott said...

What I've been reading is that the film portrays a society that needed to be saved by the Spanish (!)...I'll withhold judgement until I see it, but I can believe that Gibson's subtext is "pagans being redeemed by Christ." He's all about that....

Pad said...

There's a little bit more to this story doing the rounds in the press...

http://gsn.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2006/12/3/2545802.html

I'd be interested to hear what you think :-)

Patrick

scott said...

Interesting blog and good comments, Patrick.