Diva Williams12 months ago
The problem in your argument is that this film is not nearly as far removed from the modern day as feudal Japan. Not even a generation has passed since it was released. The same people who went to the theater to see it are alive and well today, raising children and teaching them about the world, and interacting with others. What we've been exposed to growing up informs us on how to deal ith both of these acts. The ideas prevalent a mere 20 years ago are still prevalent right now, the only difference being that the community of people who speak out against those ideas has grown.
Even then, the passage of time doesn't negate the wrongness of the deed. Should we not analyze how racist Birth of a Nation was because that's "just how people were back then"? Should we forgive the Holocaust because most of the survivors have passed away? Do slave traders get a free pass because the majority of people don't think slavery is acceptable anymore? It is dangerous to believe that we should stop discussing negative depictions of disadvantaged groups because you wouldn't be able to "get away with it" now. It is imperative that we question and analyze the bigotry of the past- recent and distant- in order to gain a deeper understanding of how we came to be in the situation we are in as a society, and to find ways to change that thinking. Bigotry doesn't have an expiration date.