I have heard this at least twice now, on other boards or on YouTube about movies that didn’t deserve their Oscar wins.
Dances With Wolves usually appears on these lists, for a few reasons. “Long, slow movie”, “Kevin Costner sucks”, the inevitable worshipful drivel about Goodfellas being cheated, etc.
But lately, there’s noise about Dances With Wolves being offensively racist.
Now, wait. When the movie came out, there was all sorts of celebratory kudos rained on the picture about its portrayal of native peoples, and the Lakota people were especially pleased to give it all sorts of honors. Sure, they fell out with Costner later about casino rights, but that had nothing to do with the movie.
Anyway, how is the movie racist? The natives are the good guys. Not only that, it doesn’t even have that condescending lone good white man fixes everything taint that some noble savage movies have because the Lakota save Dunbar’s ass from the soldiers instead of the other way around.
So how is the movie offensive? Is portraying Native Americans in movies set in the Old West at all immediately offensive now? Or just so touchy and potentially controversial that no movie producer in his or her right mind would want to try it?
By the way, I liked Goodfellas too. But complaining about Dances With Wolves being too long while not saying the same thing about Goodfellas just shows your Scorsese Bias.