Link of the Day: Avatar Fails the Noble Savage Test

Posted on April 28, 2012 6:06 pm

[High Praise! to John]

Ok, this piece has words that only grown-ups should use, even in the title:

The Na’vi From Avatar Are Ass****s

However, it is also well-written, insightful, entertaining, and includes non-sweary bits like this:

The Na’vi are presented as enlightened, not because they found a way to successfully blend nature and technology, but because they’ve never developed technology, or moved beyond the aboriginal level. In reality, there’s nothing especially noble about never moving past the third-world. Ask the kids in Africa. Ask all the people throughout history. Do you know what the treatment for appendicitis was, up until the 20th century?

Burial.

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7 Responses to “Link of the Day: Avatar Fails the Noble Savage Test”

  1. TiminAL says:

    Until I read this, I never wanted to see Avatar. I surely will now (sorry, I didn’t mean to call you Surely).

  2. Tommy the Towelhead says:

    In my area the Na’vi are just as described, except brown. They spell it Nayarit.

  3. Steve says:

    I’ve heard that’s the same treatment they’re starting to use in Canada, unless you manage to survive a multi-week wait for alternative treatments.

  4. Harvey says:

    TiminAl – nah, don’t waste the time or money. Just spend a couple minutes reading a detailed plot summary on the internet, or go to YouTube and find a popular parody video.

  5. 5of7 says:

    Now I’m glad I never saw Avatar. I can use the money I saved to see “Battleship” instead. Or that “Avengers” thingy. I wonder who they got to play Emma Peel?

  6. Ernie Loco says:

    Just for the record, Avengers is getting all sorts of praise from pretty much everyone who’s seen it. Battleship looks like the most retarded board-game-based-movie-concept they could come up with, including the rumored upcoming Candyland.

  7. 5of7 says:

    But maybe it’ll be cool like Independence Day, only with battleships instead of fighter planes? Dennis Quaid could save the day as the crazy old crab fisherman who rams his boat into the alien dreadnaught at the last second while screaming “I’m baa-aack!” It’s Summer Blockbuster season – CGI, explosions, full orchestra and girls in bikinis – eat your popcorn and let your mind go blank for 90 minutes or so – aah, bliss!

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