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The Most Offensive Movie Characters Ever

Tuesday 4 June 2013, 16:38

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

From Jar Jar Binks to Carrie Bradshaw here is my pick of the silver screen's most offensive creations - what are yours?

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    Comment number 19.

    Yesterday in the Guardian there was a report about the rearing of Lions for the specific purpose of being shot and killed by rich guys on 'hunting' holidays.

    Then this morning I listened to a report on the World Service about a 6 year-old girl in Pakistan who was kidnapped by a gang whilst playing on the street with her sister, and mutilated for the purpose of making them money from begging (yup, just like in "Slumdog").

    Sorry Mark, but against these real-world examples, and I'm sure many many others, I really can't get too offended by anything I see on a movie screen.

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    Comment number 47.

    any movie with zombies in it. it just depressing. the idea of zombie make no biological sense.
    one film after the next trying to out rot and gore one and other, boring!

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    Comment number 92.

    Hitler, in that "Downfall" movie.

    Because he's Hitler.

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    Comment number 116.

    I have never been offended by a movie character. You really need to relax Mark,and drop PC bullshit.

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    Comment number 125.

    Indiana Jones.

    Indy spends a lot of his time stealing spiritual artefacts from various indigenous people. Statues that people worship and base their whole existence around. Yet he is portrayed as a full blown american hero. I find this incredibly offensive.

    If this isn't enough, there is also some pretty horrendous racial stereotyping throughout the films, particularly of Indian people and Hinduism in 'The Temple of Doom'.

    It's always bothered me that these films are so popular, and no one seems to question Indy's actions and complete disregard for other people's culture.

    In the Thai action film Ong Bak, a sacred statue is stolen from a small village, Tony Jaa has to go and rescue it from the villain who stole it. This is how an Indiana Jones film should work. With Indy being kicked in the face and being forced to return his stolen goods the the rightful owners.

 

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