Eli Roth’s cannibal film The Green Inferno has traveled a rough road to come into our lives, as various behind the scenes issues delayed the release for well over a year. It’s finally set to come out this coming September 25th, and now a group of angry activists are intent on preventing the release.
In a fairly silly petition launched over on Change.org this week, a member of the nonprofit organization Amazon Watch called out Eli Roth for depicting indigenous people as “brute savages” in his upcoming film – and the goal of the petition is for the film to be banned outright.
Here’s the full statement in the body of the petition, which is titled “Cancel the Launch of the Dehumanizing Film The Green Inferno“…
“Films like this have always portrayed negative stereotypes against indigenous people as brute savages. These films have psychological effect as indigenous people have been through colonial trauma assimilating to white culture being taught self hate. Westerners are unfortunately ignorant about Amazonian indigenous cultures and depicting them in such a violent story dehumanizes their peoples and couldn’t be farther from reality. Shame on you. As a storyteller you hold a great responsibility to influence others. Propagating such hate towards peoples who have been ravaged and raped for decades by white supremacist culture is not constructive in our fight to save the Amazon.”
“Most indigenous communities are more in tune with nature than you’ll ever be, and would never conceive of such violence for profit. It’s a shame, we should be creating stories than accurately depict indigenous way of life which is holistic, sustainable, spiritual and harmonious with our earth and brothers and sisters. If you want to save the Amazon and stop China from buying leases to drill oil, make a story depicting the corporate shills for the murderers that they really are. You don’t have to create racist, offensive, inaccurate crap to get people to care about the most biodiverse place on the earth. And if you really want to make a difference, give your money to organizations like ours who are the people on the ground standing up for indigenous rights and making tangible change. Indigenous peoples are the key to preserving the Amazon. If we don’t respect and empower them, we will lose the lungs of our planet. They should be honored and respected.”
“For a film to demonize this vulnerable group of indigenous people as they are facing the threat of genocide is reprehensible. While it is just a movie and while it may not have been Eli Roth’s intention, this movie will negatively affect the way that people will treat the struggles of these isolated and uncontacted tribes. Dehumanizing them, making them into monsters will only help to justify the genocide of these aboriginal people because it causes people to lose their ability to empathize and to see these tribal people as fellow human beings. It instills fear and the belief that they deserve what they get for not joining ‘civilized’ society.”
At the time of writing this, 568 people have signed the petition, many of them commenting and expressing their disgust with both Eli Roth and Hollywood at large.
“I’m disappointed with Eli Roth,” one commenter wrote. “As a practically household name for horror, you’d think you’d be able to make a movie that’s terrifying without the negative impact on people you know nothing about.”
Of course, the petitioner notes that he/she hasn’t actually bothered to watch The Green Inferno, which is typically the case in situations such as this. The quest to cancel the release of The Green Inferno is yet another fine example of outrage culture, where everyone is pissed off about seemingly everything.
To avoid fainting, Amazon Watch, keep repeating…
It’s only a movie… only a movie.. only a movie.
Co-written and directed by Roth, The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.