It looks like the bold opinions expressed by Cate Blanchet’s Russian character in Indiana Jones has upset some Communists. And not just some fluffy group pretending to be communists, but the real deal. The official Russian Communist Party.
Party have called for a nationwide boycott of the film, because it lies about history and aims to undermine Communism. They’ve objected that the Soviet Union in 1957 was launching satellites instead of “send[ing] terrorists to the States,” and are wondering whether “talented directors want to provoke a new Cold War.”
I was about to address this, but I feel that Eugene over at Cinematical sums it up in a way that I couldn’t say better:
First, it’s important to note that the Russian Communist Party isn’t a tiny cabal of pamphleteering loonies à la the American Communist Party. The Russian Party got 11.6% of the vote in 2007’s parliamentary elections (that’s about 8 million votes), and its representatives actually hold seats in Parliament; it’s the largest opposition party in the country, and the Communist presidential candidate tends to be competitive.
Classic. In any movie where an enemy is presented as belonging to a cultural/ethnic/political group, they are likely going to be cast in a negative light. Its going to happen. SOMEONE has to be the badguy (He is just never Canadian)
No one is going to start another cold war over the depiction of a character or that characters political views. If that were the case EVERY movie that makes fun of an ethnic/cultural/political group would be guilty of starting something.
So let me second that “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA” as this is pretty silly.