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‘The Legend of Tarzan’ A case of subtle white supremacy propaganda?

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 2 2016   /  08:42 am

On the hunt: George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson, left) and Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) are seen in a scene from The Legend of Tarzan.While The Legend of Tarzan criticizes historical colonialism in Africa, it also conveys a disturbing campaign for white supremacy.

The film takes us back to 1890, a period in history when rich European colonialist states had divided Africa among themselves. King Leopold of Belgium had control of Congo, an area that was rich in natural resources and diamonds.

Leopold’s ambition to build a vast army lands both he and his country in considerable debt. Devising a plan to pay the debt, he sends his most trusted right hand man, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), to the depths of the Congo jungle to mine diamonds.

While searching for diamonds, Rom and his men meet a powerful local tribe led by chieftain Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), ...