Salon Urges No Racism, Sexism in New Indy Jones Film, Readers Bite Back

"Once I actually used to like Salon. Now, it is absolutely, laughably, just the worst."

The predictably uptight SJW schoolmarms at Salon took a beating from their own readers after one Social Justice Warrior urged director Steven Spielberg to end the racism and sexism in his Indiana Jones series with its upcoming installment.

In "How to Make 'Indiana Jones 5' the Best of the Series: Kill Off the Racist, Sexist Tropes the Series is Steeped In," Matthew Rozsa, a fan of the hugely popular Indy series starring Harrison Ford, nevertheless complained that it is awash in "copious quantities of racism and sexism" and "cringe-inducing" "bigoted tropes." He adduces examples such as:

  • "a street scene with bazaars, veiled women and snake-charming music," and characters who are "Orientalist stereotypes" in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark;
  • "blazingly racist caricatures of Indians eating disgusting foods, lacking the table manners and sophistication of their Western counterparts" as well as Ford's costar Kate Capshaw's (Spielberg's wife) shrill, sexist stereotype in the followup, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom;
  • racist caricatures and a damsel-in-distress trope in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and
  • more Arab caricatures in 1989's  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Rozsa then boldly urges Spielberg to be aware of the ways in which "popular culture can unwittingly perpetuate systems of oppression" and rid the series of such shocking offenses in the recently-announced fifth (and probably final) installment:

If Spielberg wants the fifth Indiana Jones film to be a worthy finale for his series, he will need to take their lead and learn from his past mistakes. There is no reason why the new movie can’t be careful about racist and sexist stereotyping and still contain the same fantastic writing, acting, action choreography and special effects as the 1980s films. Indeed, if anything an increased sensitivity will only make this movie more timeless.

To their credit, the great majority of Salon's readers, at least among those who bothered to comment, weren't buying Rozsa's brand of social justice whinging. Some samples from the article's comments section say it at least as well as we could, so we'll let them speak for themselves. Let the hilarity commence:

You must be a real bore at parties. The Indian Jones movies, as other comments point out, are clearly made after the fashion of the old 30s, 40s Hollywood action/adventures. Think Beau Geste and even Casablanca. As for this: "including a street scene with bazaars, veiled women and snake-charming music," have you ever actually been to North Africa, the Middle East, India, etc? Sorry to break the news to you, but all these things actually existed, and still do.

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Okay, Mathew. I just revised the script for you: Indiana Jones is now a social justice warrior and he travels to India where he fixes the caste system by posting articles on the internet. His sidekick is an anthropomorphic hashtag named "tic-tac" and his love interest is a race-neutral fleshlight. The whole movie is set in a Holiday Inn Express. Better?

Once I actually used to like this website. Now, it is absolutely, laughably, just the worst. I can't believe people still come here and that it still exists.

Seriously, hysterically awful. Every article at Salon now feels like it was written by a Fred Armisen character.

I personally hope the movie will be full of all kinds of offensive characterizations so that Salon will have the opportunity to publish many indignant articles about it, and social justice warriors will derive much self-affirmation from complaining about it.

I didn't think anybody could come up with a worse idea for Indy 5 than what they'll go with, but this is definitely it.