“To cancel the launch of the dehumanizing film ‘Green Inferno'”

It’s been a long journey for Eli Roth’s cannibal film The Green Inferno. With countless delays and production problems, it seemed that it was finally set to be released on September 25th. That is until the non-profit organization AMAZON WATCH got involved…

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A member posted on change.org [website not linked due to resentment of promotion by HFC], claiming:

‘Films like this have always portrayed negative stereotypes against indigenous people as brute savages. These films have psychological effect as indigenous people have been through colonial trauma assimilating to white culture being taught self hate. “Westerners are unfortunately ignorant about Amazonian indigenous cultures and depicting them in such a violent story dehumanizes their peoples and couldn’t be farther from reality. Shame on you. As a storyteller you hold a great responsibility to influence others. Propagating such hate towards peoples who have been ravaged and raped for decades by white supremacist culture is not constructive in our fight to save the Amazon. Most indigenous communities are more in tune with nature than you’ll ever be, and would never conceive of such violence for profit. It’s a shame, we should be creating stories than accurately depict indigenous way of life which is holistic, sustainable, spiritual and harmonious with our earth and brothers and sisters. If you want to save the Amazon and stop China from buying leases to drill oil, make a story depicting the corporate shills for the murderers that they really are. You don’t have to create racist, offensive, inaccurate crap to get people to care about the most biodiverse place on the earth. And if you really want to make a difference, give your money to organizations like ours who are the people on the ground standing up for indigenous rights and making tangible change. Indigenous peoples are the key to preserving the Amazon. If we don’t respect and empower them, we will lose the lungs of our planet. They should be honored and respected.” – Amazon Watch

At the time of publication, the petition has 568/1,000 signatures needed. This is a classic example of political correctness and outrage culture at its peak. It is only a movie, and I’m sure that most, if not all, of the people having signed the petition haven’t even seen it.

Anyway! Any publicity is good publicity, and this isn’t going to stop the Eli Roth film from being seen by the fans. Written and directed by Roth, The Green Inferno: ‘follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.’

Here is the trailer:

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