Indiana Jones offends Communists

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.

Cinematical reports:

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.

Second: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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.

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19 thoughts on “Indiana Jones offends Communists

  1. After killing 100 million people in the last century, the Communists can shut the hell up.

    ps. HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

  2. Who the fuck cares?!!! I’m tired of all the politically correct crap in this world… it is a goddamn movie… one which I enjoyed, and now I’m pissed because I’m sure George Lucas (being the money grubbing whore that he is) will release a special directors uncut version 2 of the film on DVD that has all that stuff cut out or digitally enhanced to look like Greedo shot before Han Solo did… oh wait, he already did that…

  3. this shit always happens.

    black people were also pissed when king kong came out and thought it was offensive. and whites were pissed when the book hucklefucking berry finn came out.

    always happens when people dont get its just a movie/book made to entertain kids.

    but wait- is it safe to say then- that Coneheads was offensive to the phisically chalenged? (ive always wanted to bring that up but the subject never came up- nows my lucky day..)

    ..think about that now people…..

  4. @ “There was no physical war”

    except for Vietnam.

    And Korea.

    And Afghanistan and Nicaragua and probably a few others.

  5. OMGWTFBBQ!!1!1!!!

    LMAO. The communist are worried that their children will take an INDIANA JONES movie as a record of HISTORICAL FACT?

    I think that says more about the condition of their educational system than anything else.

    I guess, by this notion, I should believe everything I waw in James Bond films, too…(sic.)

    Read: IT’S A MOVIE, MORON.

    (and a damn entertaining one, too…)

    -Noc

  6. you’d think, with all the things they have to worry about, that the historical accuracy of an indiana jones movie with a plot surrounding alien artifacts would be the last thing they’d notice. then again, maybe i’m wrong and they just don’t have anything better to do. come on communists, how can we fear you when you say shit like that?

  7. I don’t blame them, after all…

    “Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.”-Joseph Stalin

    Hey, seriously, if I had to hunt crystal alien skulls that bring aliens more powerful than God almighty, and divine knowledge causes one to turn into dust, I’d be pissed too.

  8. “Not surprised really…the film pretty much offended me the whole way through.

    George Lucas. Hang your head in shame.”

    QFT

    Get in line communists.

    Seriously though, taking this movie as a genuine attack on communism in any way shape or form is pretty crazy.

  9. Maybe you don’t remember the ColdWar, but they are not talking about going to war with guns and armies. The Coldwar was all about deliberately poor relations.

    Cold War period, which lasted from the mid-1940s until the end of the 1980s, international politics were heavily shaped by the intense rivalry between these two great blocs of power and the political ideologies they represented: democracy and capitalism in the case of the United States and its allies, and Communism in the case of the Soviet bloc.

    There was no physical war as much as a general dislike for each other which impacted relations on ALL levels. Trade, tourism, and political agreements. They would go out of their way to badmouth and distance themselves from each other despite not being at war with each other.

    Its still a stupid stretch to think this could be sparked again by a movie (it took the second world war to start it last time) but this is what he is implying. The Russian Communist Party is saying we are trying to pick a fight socially, not militaristic.

  10. Who would they go to war with: Paramount Pictures??? This is as silly as China’s reaction to the Shanghai police officers in MI:3. It’s. A. Movie.

  11. Well after all those Bond films, Communists has become the acceptable villain in Hollywood even if substitute it with any other group and it will cause controversy. Its a legacy of Cold War. You can help it with Hollywood being a jerk this time since Communist-equals-evil is deeply rooted in the American consciousness now. Plus Russia being a small market certainly doesn’t help.

    BTW, the other day I saw the cover of an old Atari game called Invasion of Communist Aliens. Haha that was a good laugh.

  12. I guess that after a 126 million dollar box-office hit in their first weekend, they don’t really care about Russia, who at best could only bring in about 15 million dollar in theatre revenues. And maybe, just maybe, they will create enough buzz for this movie that more Russians will go and see this movie, than if their wasn’t a boycot. Silly Communists.

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