The classic westerns seen today: “politically incorrect” ideas –

from Aldo Grasso

If there is a genre that the antithesis of politically correct is the western: strange that Rai and Mediaset have not yet been hit by the arrows of the club of the righteous

For a long time, Rai Movie and Iris have been offering western films on Monday and Tuesday evenings: the great classics but also those that were once classified as B Movies. The latest aired: Alexander Singer’s Captain Apache (1971), George Sherman’s Cochise, the Indian hero (1952). If there is a kind that the antithesis of the politically correct is the western; strange that Rai and Mediaset have not yet been hit by the arrows of the club of the righteous. Perhaps the world of correctness does not frequent these channels.

You know: in the western hatred is not frowned upon, nor the desire for revenge, nor the ambition, nor the infinite obstinacy in pursuing an enemy, the desire to kill him, nor the search to repair an offense. And then the genocide of Native Americans (scornfully called Red Indians) becomes epos, racism towards slaves, the law of the strongest. Just think of a masterpiece like John Ford’s Wild Trails to fuel the wave of cancel culture even more. In the western one commits sins of cultural appropriation (among other things, many Indians are played by Mexican actors or by white people with painted faces), of discrimination, of misogyny and much more.

Until recently, the word censorship was part of the reactionary lexicon, while today it seems to have moved into the progressive field, with a pedagogizing streak: the ideology of the western genre conveys ideas that are bad today. To pretend that certain themes or certain attitudes are now treated with due respect that is inevitable as well as just, but turning the claims to the past means ignoring the complexity of the texts, thinking that the contents exist without a form, without a context, losing the ability to distinguish the beautiful from the ugly. As if art were comparable to news: print the legend.

August 26, 2021 (change August 26, 2021 | 07:16)


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