Talk Back: Is the key to winning the Oscar a "white savior?"

February 22, 2013 at 5:52am

I'm taking a page from salon.com's David Sirota. Who says -- Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is the front-runner for the Oscars. Why? Because of a common Hollywood theme: The white protagonist -- in this case, President Lincoln -- sweeping in to rescue the mostly passive blacks from their plight. Many, like historian Kate Masur, have criticized "Lincoln" for having no major black characters. This -- in a movie about slavery. Masur wrote in The New York Times: "...it is disappointing that in a movie devoted to explaining the abolition of slavery in the United States, African-American characters do almost nothing but wait for white men to liberate them." Disappointing, perhaps. But not surprising.  Hollywood has hit gold with "white savior" type films. The movies "The Blind Side" and "The Help" earned a combined 425-million dollars. And won two major Oscars. Obviously, the white savior is a winning formula. And let's face it...money talks.

 

Talk Back: Is the key to winning the Oscar a "white savior?"