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Oscar contender “Boyhood” is Richard Linklater’s somewhat overpraised autobiographical movie about his youth in Texas is the 1960s-70s as filmed through the gimmick of following a boy actor growing up from about 2000-2012.

From Criticwire:

‘Boyhood’ and the White Savior

By Sam Adams | Criticwire
February 17, 2015 at 12:51PM

Does “Boyhood’s” near-total absence of Latino characters make it racist?

Although the praise for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” has been about as unanimous as praise can get, there’s been a small but persistent objection, mainly lodged by critics of color, that the film’s focus on a white middle-class male and the claim to universality implied by its title effect a kind of erasure. “Depicting a white American male from childhood to adolescence,” Armond White wrote, “it celebrates the emblematic figure of American social power. If Mason’s boyhood is “Boyhood,” what about the boyhoods of those whose lives are radically different from his own? What about “Girlhood”? Wouldn’t the movie have been more interesting if were about Mason’s sister (Lorelei Linklater) or his mom (Patricia Arquette)?

Not if Richard Linklater had made it.

Is the concept of “autobiographical” really that unclear? So far, Richard Linklater is the only writer-director in American movie history to make an autobiographical movie over 12 years. If you want to watch an autobiographical movie called “Girlhood,” then you would need a former girl to have made it. And so far no former girls have done that.

Truth be told, Linklater might have better off sticking with his working title, “12 Years” (although half-stealing it from a movie about slaves would not have have helped his case)….

But in order to suggest life continues outside the frame, we first have to see a hint of that life inside it, and for Grisel Y. Acosta at Latino Rebels, “Boyhood’s” near total lack of Latino characters amounts to a kind of subtle racism:

When we see “The Birth of a Nation,” after returning from the bathroom because of becoming sick to our stomachs, we know without a doubt what the problem is and we can easily criticize the film —despite its merits in editing— for its horrendous content.

A film like Boyhood, on the other hand, has been praised universally for its “life-like” dialogue and visual realism, largely due to the fact that it was shot over the course of 12 years. Much like “The Birth of a Nation,” it is being praised for its innovative technique and will likely be shown in many a film school, just like “The Birth of a Nation” often is. However, unlike “The Birth of a Nation,” the racism depicted in “Boyhood,” I suspect, will not be seen as clearly as the racism in the former film.

The sole exception to that absence — at least according to Acosta; I haven’t had an opportunity to rewatch the entire film to scan for Latino characters on the periphery — is Enrique, the yard worker played by Roland Ruiz, the one who picks up on an offhand suggestion by Arquette’s character and turns up years later as a college graduate and restaurant manager. For Acosta, this constitutes an iteration of “the horrific ‘save me White person’ trope that has been depicted in countless films, from ‘Dangerous Minds’ to ‘The Blind Side.'”

Some folks will argue, “Well, what’s wrong with the Mom character being nice?” You must look at the overall structure of the story. If you delete all people of Mexican descent from the imagery onscreen, then only have one interaction with a person of Mexican descent, and that one interaction is one of a white savior uplifting the Mexican, THAT IS RACIST. But, because it is cushioned in the decade-plus depiction of a warm, interesting family, we will accept it. We will say, “Oh, but it’s still such a wonderful film.” We will say, “Oh, but didn’t Linklater really accomplish something with this.” We will say, “Look at how brilliant we can be.” We won’t say, “Damn, we made a really racist film.” Ever. I mean, it’s not like we have the KKK running around lynching people, right?

This isn’t the first time that scene has been a focus for critics of the film. Back in August, the Daily Dot’s Jaime Woo wrote:

Logically, it feels like a stretch: the initial exchange so brief and minor that his evolution feels unearned. Worse, Ernesto’s journey relies on an audience that has internalized the idea that Olivia’s words could have such effect, a trope on race and class called-out incisively by the show “Cougar Town”: “If there’s anything we’ve learned from Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds” or Sandy Bullock in “The Blind Side” or Hilary Swank in that movie nobody ever saw, it’s that all you need to fix minority problems is a really pretty white woman.”

Jose Solís at the Film Experience has a different idea. What if the absence of Latinos in significant roles is a function of Mason’s point of view, the way that his father and mother, who are named Mason Sr. and Olivia in the body of the film, are credited in the end as “Dad” and “Mom”? Maybe there are no Latinos because Mason doesn’t notice them, because “Boyhood” is the story of a boy who grows up to be a racist. He writes:

Being a huge fan of Mr. Linklater’s work, I came up with my own justification: while Boyhood” itself is not racist, perhaps the boy in question is. Think about it, the film is clearly Mason’s (Ellar Coltrane) story and as such, we can safely assume that everything is seen from his perspective. But is he a reliable narrator when it comes to political correctness and tolerance? As a Caucasian, heterosexual male, growing up in one of the most conservative states in America, wouldn’t it make sense that Mason would grow up to be racist?

Looking past the “Room 237” nature of this particular explanation, not to mention the implication that racists are primarily political conservatives — see the aforementioned “The Blind Side,” not to mention Hollywood’s long history of condescending uplift — the fact that the movie is nearly devoid of non-white characters, let alone any discussion of race, would make it impossible to tell. The Atlantic’s Imran Siddiquee phrased it in less fantastical terms:

In this tale of a white family living in a state that borders Mexico, isn’t it strange that the only time they’re shown truly interacting with a Spanish-speaking non-white individual is when they are saving them from a life of manual labor? Perhaps we’re meant to gather from this that Mason is aware of the barriers that those with brown skin must overcome to make it in a place like Texas, but unlike the film’s references to other forms of discrimination, it’s not made obvious.

Back at Latino Rebels, José Zuazua offers a more plausible explanation: Linklater simply wasn’t paying attention. (Zuazua hasn’t actually seen “Boyhood,” which Criticwire normally considers a deal-breaker, but it’s point worth considering.)

“Birdman” screenwriters

Just because (probably) White people made a movie where White characters are front and center, that doesn’t mean the movie is actually racist as well. It just makes it a false representation. A story. A vision. A fable.

By the way: are there any Latinos in front of the camera in Boyhood’s rival Birdman? Not that I can recall, and Birdman is written by four Spanish-speaking gentlemen. Hollywood used to make movies with Mexican characters, but somewhere along the line it stopped.

 
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  1. “But is he a reliable narrator ..”

    All reliable narrators are alike, but all unreliable narrators are unreliable in their own way.

    And is more than a slippery slope to incoherence.

    How is it possible to know that an unreliable narrator is racist or sexist?

    And the presence or absence of NAM’s cannot be inherently racist or sexist, since absence is neither negative nor positive with regard to the race or sex.

    And I think Birth of a Nation would seem benign compared to a totally accurate narration of a white male walking through Chicago’s South Side. Or anyone, for that matter.

  2. Girlhood (Bande des filles) is a French film that came out last year to widespread acclaim.

  3. there’s been a small but persistent objection, mainly lodged by critics of color

    “Critics of color”? Isn’t that how you might describe the commenters at the American Renaissance site?

  4. These moonbats cry whenever a historical film whitewashes the past, so I don’t understand why they want films to whitewash the present. White people are guilty of the supposedly awful crime of preferring the company of other whites. The progressive thing to do would be to put that reality on display and not try to cover it up. Few people have social circles that are multicultural rainbows. Why should a serious drama pretend otherwise?

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    We’re meeting up with the National Guard in Willard…Exclusive: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie …
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  6. Priss Factor [AKA "K. Arujo"] says:

    What is the silly negro bitching about? If anything, manhood has become synonymous with negroes.

    Can’t whites have boyhood at least?

    Besides, artists have to be true to what they know. Since most whites know the white world, that’s why they draw on for inspiration.
    It’s like Woody Allen knows the Jewish world, so his movies are often about Jews.
    And rappers know the black world, so they yap about the black reality. Maybe rappers should rap about Swedish Americans and Laotian Americans for a change.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Priss Factor


    Maybe rappers should rap about Swedish Americans and Laotian Americans for a change.
     
    They can start with Lindsay Souvannarath.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Priss Factor

    Besides, artists have to be true to what they know. Since most whites know the white world, that’s why they draw on for inspiration.

    Yes, if you want art to reflect your own experience, make it yourself. If a cis-gendered white white Gentile makes art that tries to reflect the experience of some aggrieved minority, you'll just bitch about how he didn't get it right or is culturally appropriating.

    Boyhood had two scenes with a Mexican, but a Latino critic decried it as “save me, white person.” At the same time, the non-white critics want the white director to make a movie about non-whites because they know he would do a better job than they could. Isn't that also “save me, white person"?

    Feminists denounced the old R. Crumb comics for their sexism. But what Crumb was offering was an uncensored look at his own weird thoughts. Other people found his thoughts intriguing and artistically satisfying, but feminists didn't like them because they weren't their thoughts. But what else is Crumb supposed to do if he is to express himself? Now that he no longer does the weird stuff his art has become mundane. Let artists express their own vision and don't complain if they're not representing yours.

  7. Boyhood and Birth of a Nation.

    Rotfl.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Next, I want a piece on Kings of Summer and Triumph of the Will.

  8. I’ve come to appreciate this sort of self-loathing crap only because the more white people see this, the more likely they will be to come to grips with the truth that the racism game is rigged against them and the only way to win is to stop playing it.

    It’s also amusing to note that all of these critiques essentially boil down to religious criticism. The scholastics of the new state religion point out that the correct genuflections were not observed. Therefore this film is impious at best, heretical at worst.

  9. “The Proper Authorities have discovered that the zombies can be killed by a shot or a solid blow to the head (“Kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul”), or they can be burned to death (“They go up pretty quick”). Also, a network of emergency shelters has been established throughout the affected region of the country, under the administration and protection of the National Guard, and all citizens are being urged to make their way toward the nearest one. This news gives Ben an idea. If keys to the gas pump outside could be found, he could refuel the truck, and all seven refugees could ride in it to the shelter in Willard. Tom locates the key, and he and Ben set off for the pump, while Cooper covers them by lobbing Molotov cocktails at the zombies.” http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsn-z/nightofthelivingdead1968.htm

    You can ignite them with a jar of moonshine. The gas pump idea went bad. ” But you know what they say about the best-laid plans.”

  10. Priss Factor [AKA "K. Arujo"] says:

    My main complaint about Boyhood is it’s too Ken Burnsy.

    I think Linklater tries to be a bit more honest than other directors. If he were to make a movie about ‘diversity’, he might feel compelled to touch on some inconvenient matters. And then, he would upset people.
    If Libs wanna see nice white boys, it helps to show them in a white world. A movie about whites and diversity might have to touch on reality people want to ignore.

    Like American History X for instance.

  11. “Boyhood is racist, racist.”

    Actually, isn’t the more accurate phrase:

    Boyhood is Sexist, Sexist, Sexist

  12. Shawshank Redemption

  13. Birth of a Nation has ‘merits in editing’, says Adams.

    It seems that is true of Boyhood also.

  14. If you don’t want to watch a white boy growing up in a white community, don’t watch the film. There’s plenty of ‘color’ful entertainment for you, by yours!

  15. Wouldn’t the movie have been more interesting if were about Mason’s sister (Lorelei Linklater) or his mom (Patricia Arquette)?

    Not to mention Patricia’s “sister” Alexis!

  16. @Priss Factor
    What is the silly negro bitching about? If anything, manhood has become synonymous with negroes.

    Can't whites have boyhood at least?

    Besides, artists have to be true to what they know. Since most whites know the white world, that's why they draw on for inspiration.
    It's like Woody Allen knows the Jewish world, so his movies are often about Jews.
    And rappers know the black world, so they yap about the black reality. Maybe rappers should rap about Swedish Americans and Laotian Americans for a change.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Harry Baldwin

    Maybe rappers should rap about Swedish Americans and Laotian Americans for a change.

    They can start with Lindsay Souvannarath.

  17. “all you need to fix minority problems is a really pretty white woman”

    The Blind Side was a true story.

  18. By the way: are there any Latinos in front of the camera in Boyhood’s rival Birdman? Not that I can recall, and Birdman is written by four Spanish-speaking gentlemen.

    “Spanish-speaking gentlemen”: nicely phrased, Steve.Yeah, those fellows seem to be lacking Amerind genes.

  19. “…all you need to fix minority problems is a really pretty white woman.”

    There were two persons of color standing across the street from the bus stop yesterday who in loud voices were arguing something to this effect.

  20. “all you need to fix minority problems is a really pretty white woman.”

    Some minority celebrities seem to think along these lines as well.

    Hell, now that I think about it, pretty white women can solve all kinds of problems.

  21. @Priss Factor
    What is the silly negro bitching about? If anything, manhood has become synonymous with negroes.

    Can't whites have boyhood at least?

    Besides, artists have to be true to what they know. Since most whites know the white world, that's why they draw on for inspiration.
    It's like Woody Allen knows the Jewish world, so his movies are often about Jews.
    And rappers know the black world, so they yap about the black reality. Maybe rappers should rap about Swedish Americans and Laotian Americans for a change.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Harry Baldwin

    Besides, artists have to be true to what they know. Since most whites know the white world, that’s why they draw on for inspiration.

    Yes, if you want art to reflect your own experience, make it yourself. If a cis-gendered white white Gentile makes art that tries to reflect the experience of some aggrieved minority, you’ll just bitch about how he didn’t get it right or is culturally appropriating.

    Boyhood had two scenes with a Mexican, but a Latino critic decried it as “save me, white person.” At the same time, the non-white critics want the white director to make a movie about non-whites because they know he would do a better job than they could. Isn’t that also “save me, white person”?

    Feminists denounced the old R. Crumb comics for their sexism. But what Crumb was offering was an uncensored look at his own weird thoughts. Other people found his thoughts intriguing and artistically satisfying, but feminists didn’t like them because they weren’t their thoughts. But what else is Crumb supposed to do if he is to express himself? Now that he no longer does the weird stuff his art has become mundane. Let artists express their own vision and don’t complain if they’re not representing yours.

  22. I don’t think Boyhood is overpraised. The filming over 12 years could have easily felt gimmicky but I felt no such thing — quite the opposite. Very powerful film.

    I loved all of it *except* the tiny subplot with the Mexican gardener. {{Minor Spoiler Alert}} It was annoying how the mother “recognized his smarts” and suggested he go to school to work on his English and study something. Later in the movie they run into each other and he now has some managerial role in a small restaurant and he confesses to her how she changed his life. The scene reeked of liberal pontification. Why is being a restaurant manager better than being a gardener!? Why has this disdain for physical work overtaken American culture, when it’s roots are exactly the opposite?

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    @sprfls

    Working in restaurants has to be one of the lowest types of work - high stress, low pay and constantly having to deal with temperamental, self-important chefs - in any normal profession these guys would be virtually unemployable, simply because they are so annoying to get on with. The vast majority of normal workers such as tradesman, doctors, accountants and policeman don't go around acting like these jerks.

  23. “12 years a White Kid.”

    I love it!

  24. Just shoot us all now.

    If they made a film about my “boyhood,” it wouldn’t have anybody in it who wasn’t white, except on the periphery. That’s about normal for a kid growing up in a country that is basically white.

    That’s right, you morons, this is a white country.

    Get over it.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Buzz Mohawk

    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Just shoot us all now."

    What? And have to pick up the tab for all the social engineering/government programs themselves?

    Will never happen. The left wants whites demoralized enough to tolerate racial harassment and humiliation but otherwise kept alive and healthy enough to work and pay the bills. Everybody's bills.

  25. Priss Factor [AKA "K. Arujo"] says:

    “Boyhood had two scenes with a Mexican, but a Latino critic decried it as “save me, white person.””

    I saw the scene as somewhat ironic and comical. Some student she hardly remembers was inspired by her whereas her two children are estranged from her(somewhat) and a bit spoiled.

    Life is strange that way.

    Same with artists. An artist may fail in his private life, but someone off the street may tell him that his book or movie changed(or even saved) the person’s life.

    Also, I didn’t get the impression that the mex guy was ‘saved’ by her. Rather, he took her instructions to heart and made something of it on his own. He is a self-made man.

    I think the scene is a mild rebuke of Linklater’s own attitudes.
    In Dazed and Confused, the heroic pose is held by Pink who sticks to ‘principles’. But it’s all a bit petulant, self-aggrandizing, and self-absorbed. He’s had a good comfy easy life of fun and partying, and he takes things for granted. White kids in D&C just shut their minds to what the teachers are saying. They are either cynical or bored or think they know better because they read some ‘radical’ literature.

    http://youtu.be/Ls_8cFgBUj4?t=1m

    But for some bright immigrant kid in Boyhood, the instructions might have been something ‘different’ and useful(esp in contrast to what was available in the old world). He might have taken it to heart than just taken it for granted as ‘lame’ school stuff.

    Though Link identifies with the boy of the movie and his dedication to photography, there is also the sense that the kid feels himself too ‘cool’ and ‘zen’ to really connect with and appreciate anything. He’s not into ‘lame’ and ‘square’ stuff. In a way, this blinds him to much of reality since reality is rarely ‘cool’. A life of looking for epiphanies is a fool’s errand. One will miss life itself.

    Since gringos take the good life for granted and seek something illusory beyond it, they fail to see the wonders of modernity before their eyes. But the mex kid saw its value and lived accordingly. His achievement may not be much but it is real.

  26. Henceforth, every film made in this fine country must have an Chicano neurosurgeon , a transsexual fireman hero, and (naturally) a black computer whiz. And of course a black female judge. All judges in Hollywood’s vision of the USofA are black females.

  27. I guess its time for the Mexican Hate Porn to get churned out. I guess the disappointing effect of the 2014 elections of the murder of the child, Mike Brown, in turning out blacks to vote unless Beyonce is running for office, creates a need to now to try to get the Mexicans pissed off.

    Mexicans being pissed off at the Republicans over the whole “Invaders!!!” thing in 2008 helped carry Obama by winning Colorado, New Mexico, and other states where they had a swing vote. I was sort of liberal then and I listened to Air America in Denver. And during the weeks before the election, the radio host for the afternoon drive was this very liberal American born Latino guy that insisted on rolling his “r”s and not affecting the oppression of whites by saying stuff like “Bur reee toh” instead of the Americanized “Buhrido”. He implored the Latino voters as if Obama didn’t when then they would all be rounded up and shot. Buses went around to get Mexicans and carry them to the polls. And he implored listeners to push and press others to get out and vote.

    So a bunch of Mexican men just might be a little ambivalent to some White Lady that will be running in 2016 unless immigration issues can have gas thrown on them and then other hate crimes of whites have to be highlighted and properly told. Especially when Latino women are the fastest growing category of Degrees Earned” and are beginning to shit on their men whenever possible. Mexican birthrate is plummeting compared to what it was 10 years ago.

    Kevin Kostner has McFarland USA that churns up the hate towards Whites keeping the little brown people down in Track and Field.

    Of course, I grew up in a less enlightened time so I just have to ignore the fact that on my track team and on many others throughout Central Texas, Mexicans were distance runners often of the first caliber.

    I had the misfortune of being a 1 mile competitor during a four year era were a Mexican kid from the region consistently beat most of us by 100 yards in the mile race and he consistently pushed about 4:03. And the stands went to their feet, usually a bunch of even older white Texans as he came out of the final curve and headed up the final stretch to push him to break the four minute mark.

    But my memory of a racially harmonious time in Texas must be flawed or something.

  28. 1. They seem to wish the film was called something like ” White Boyhood” or something like that, which would have received even more criticism than the movie is getting now.
    2. Could somebody post photos of these “people of color” as I have the feeling that some of them are whiter than Ward Cleaver .

  29. @Buzz Mohawk
    Just shoot us all now.

    If they made a film about my "boyhood," it wouldn't have anybody in it who wasn't white, except on the periphery. That's about normal for a kid growing up in a country that is basically white.

    That's right, you morons, this is a white country.

    Get over it.

    Replies: @Kylie

    “Just shoot us all now.”

    What? And have to pick up the tab for all the social engineering/government programs themselves?

    Will never happen. The left wants whites demoralized enough to tolerate racial harassment and humiliation but otherwise kept alive and healthy enough to work and pay the bills. Everybody’s bills.

  30. Sam Adams is transphobic for failing to complain about Boyhood’s lack of transvesticles.

  31. “I haven’t had an opportunity to rewatch the entire film to scan for Latino characters on the periphery”

    well at least we don’t have to wonder about this persons agenda, it’s all out in the open.

  32. “When we see “The Birth of a Nation,” after returning from the bathroom because of becoming sick to our stomachs, we know………………”

    Laying it on a bit thick, isn’t he? I think there is a non-zero chance that this critic has never actually seen “Birth of a Nation”. I think there is about a 100% probability that – if he has seen it – it did not make him run to a bathroom to vomit. Just had to get in his little signal that he is one of the right kind of people.

    Anti-racists are pretty boring – what they say is predictably dull.

  33. “Blast Hardcheese says:

    These moonbats cry whenever a historical film whitewashes the past, so I don’t understand why they want films to whitewash the present.”

    Actually, they often cry when historical films don’t whitewash the past.

  34. @sprfls
    I don't think Boyhood is overpraised. The filming over 12 years could have easily felt gimmicky but I felt no such thing -- quite the opposite. Very powerful film.

    I loved all of it *except* the tiny subplot with the Mexican gardener. {{Minor Spoiler Alert}} It was annoying how the mother "recognized his smarts" and suggested he go to school to work on his English and study something. Later in the movie they run into each other and he now has some managerial role in a small restaurant and he confesses to her how she changed his life. The scene reeked of liberal pontification. Why is being a restaurant manager better than being a gardener!? Why has this disdain for physical work overtaken American culture, when it's roots are exactly the opposite?

    Replies: @unpc downunder

    Working in restaurants has to be one of the lowest types of work – high stress, low pay and constantly having to deal with temperamental, self-important chefs – in any normal profession these guys would be virtually unemployable, simply because they are so annoying to get on with. The vast majority of normal workers such as tradesman, doctors, accountants and policeman don’t go around acting like these jerks.

  35. Priss Factor [AKA "K. Arujo"] says:

    Surely there are lots of mexers in NY and Chicago too, but most movies set there are about whites and some blacks. No Mexers. Why?

    Could it be Mexers are ‘boring’?

    It’s like London has lots of Pakistanis, but the music scene has few Pakistanis on the charts.

    Btw, considering the problem of black crime, how come movies set in big cities show so little of it?

    Where is the truth?

  36. Is Tyler Perry’s Madea films racist because they do not feature any Mexicans in them?

  37. Ironically, the anti-racists forced Hollywood to minimize Mexican or Latino characters, by attacking all of them as either inauthentic or stereotyped, too weak, too strong, etc. and calling writers, directors, and producers racist if they were not themselves Mexican/whatever or Tio Tomas if they were.

  38. I thought “Boyhood” was sexist. Most of the men in the film were portrayed variously as juvenile, delinquent, alcoholic, violent, and/or effete.

  39. Yes it’s odd that just as blacks decline as a minority compared to Hispanics we get this hysterical profusion of black oriented movies that focus on minor events half a century ago.

    We had the President try to fill up the whole country with Mexicans recently ( a major constitutional and demographic incident) and yet the big political controversy in movies is about Selma – a rather minor incidence that happened before most of the movie going audience were even born. If there is a real political issue it seems it is off limits for Hollywood. It’s like Hollywood in the fifties – we had real cold war raging and we responded with Charleton Heston interacting with Jehovah.

    I notice whenever I scan the available movies on Netflix that there are quite a few Japanese and Korean movies. If trends from other areas hold – we should see lots of Chinese movies soon too. It’s true that many of these films are nothing but cheap Samurai chop-em-ups. But at least a few are legitimate works of art – something that black films seldom are. And of course none of the oriental movies have received the kind of ideological subsidy that so many of the recent black films have. Oriental films have to live or die by their own merits.

    The Meijii Restoration was a vastly more important event in world history than who was the butler at the Presidential palace or yet another dumb march by black people. Why don’t we print up free tickets and let the kids out of school so they can learn about that? Isn’t there a Toyota plant in Selma?

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