- 30 Jan 19
Exploration of racism fatally undermined by white saviour syndrome.
Green Book is a buddy-comedy road-trip movie with a witty script, great performances and a feel-good message, that is designed to make white people feel comfortable about racism.
I wish I didn't need to issue the following statement, but seeing as this film has not just been made, but is receiving widespread critical acclaim, let us err on the side of caution: white people shouldn't feel comfortable about racism.
This is a White Saviour film, and ticks every box of that pandering, damaging trope. The film is based on the true story of Don Shirley, a jazz pianist and composer whose talent was nothing short of genius, and who toured throughout the Deep South during the 1960s. Shirley was also rumoured to be gay, and a complicated character - which all combined, should make Shirley the subject of endless exploration, celebration and representation, given our fascination with tortured male geniuses.