Flash Gordon has recently been slammed by former fans and now the reason behind the backlash has been exposed...
Flash Gordon has become a serious talking point in the past few days...
via: imdb"Why?" I hear you ask. Well, because people have done a complete 180 on the storyline.
When it first came out in 1980, it brought audiences joy due to it's highly unrealistic and dramatic scenes.
via: imdbWhat else can we expect from a movie with a storyline that is based on a football player saving the world from rainbow tin-foil wearing aliens?
For those of you that have never heard of the movie...
via: imdbFirst of all, count yourself lucky, and secondly, here's the official description as per IMDB. It sums it up slightly better than my take on it. Flash Gordon tells the story of "a football player and his friends [who] travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth."
But it's not just the storyline that's a little bit uninteresting...
via: imdbThe characters are also pretty weird, but I guess that's the vibe they were going for. The title character, Flash Gordon (played by Sam J. Jones) is a dashing quarterback protagonist that uses his football skills to fight off a "psychotic dictator" and all of his weird little minions.
I can't lie to you, his skills are pretty lame...
via: imdbRemember the scene where Flash is literally destroying a whole bunch of red, power-ranger looking aliens with a fake football? Yeah, that really would not cut it if aliens actually took over... but in 1980, that's what we assumed would work.
At one point, he just starts rolling on the floor and knocks the evil guys down like skittles...
via: YouTubeI don't even have the words.
Overall though, it is a pretty enjoyable watch...
via: imdbIt's one that you could probably sit down with the entire family and all of you will laugh at one point or another, even if it's out of pity like I do.
But recently, the movie has been slammed as "offensive."
via: imdbThat's right, out of nowhere, a film association in the United Kingdom has branded it as "dubious, if not outright offensive."
And no, it's not because of the tin-foil outfits... which are disgustingly offensive enough.Fashion faux pas much? It's something entirely different...
However, not everyone agrees with this new opinion...
@SkyNews I fucking give up, I genuinely give up.— Football Back Then ⚽️🏐⚽️ (@Football Back Then ⚽️🏐⚽️)1608723438.0
@SkyNews Which white person decided this is offensive on the behalf of others?— @RAB360 (@@RAB360)1608722355.0
@jnisbet3 @SkyNews apparently its kicking off big time in Area 51...— somepropernotrightsonhere (@somepropernotrightsonhere)1608727335.0
@SkyNews Oh just get a life. To think there are idiots that get up in the morning and their only goal is to find an… https://t.co/CsxLzFHCsM— Flat Top Mountain Magic (@Flat Top Mountain Magic)1608722529.0
Oh so finally several other counties have admitted they have the new strain too - jolly decent of them when everyon… https://t.co/He2VnysBux— Sam D (@Sam D)1608726111.0
@SkyNews Fucking hell 🤦🤦— Only Fools and Horses Lines (@Only Fools and Horses Lines)1608722177.0
@SkyNews How old is this film and only now have people decided to take offence!!! 🙄— Peter Whitty (@Peter Whitty)1608724496.0
@SkyNews 🤣😆😂 it was ALWAYS offensive, stereotypical and outright wrong! that's it's charm. it IS a movie pantomime… https://t.co/ghisqKp7IW— Shar #NHSBlueheart 💙 (@Shar #NHSBlueheart 💙)1608722119.0
@SkyNews Wish the woke, millennials and snowflakes stop trying to change everything from our past as it’s getting on my nerves— Jonathan Evans (@Jonathan Evans)1608725919.0
@SkyNews I'll move to the planet Mongo lol https://t.co/VRGC4noVqg— Harry ⚒ #GSBOUT (@Harry ⚒ #GSBOUT)1608725666.0
@SkyNews I have an idea if you don’t like these films or find them inappropriate don’t watch them simple— Colin (@Colin)1608722650.0
@SkyNews Yet again another load of absolute nonsense!!!!! He’s not even from earth. Leave the classics alone and st… https://t.co/CKBRu3Hbpi— carrie freeman (@carrie freeman)1608724200.0
@SkyNews https://t.co/TrJ7lq6xG9— Domestic Goddess💃💕 (@Domestic Goddess💃💕)1608722350.0
Instead, they've picked on the character of Ming the Merciless (played by Max Von Sydow).
via: imdbBrace yourselves for this one, ladies and gentlemen, there's a pretty solid argument for it...
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has now said that the character can be seen as "discriminatory."
via: imdbIt warns audiences that choose to watch the film of the discriminatory depictions of certain characters (Ming), saying they are "no longer acceptable to modern audiences" when older films come in for reclassification.
Ming was "coded as an East Asian character."
via: imdbBut this is despite him being portrayed by a Swedish actor, which can be forgiven because he's not actually playing an "East Asian."
Matt Tindall, a senior policy officer for BBFC spoke about the issue in a podcast saying this:
via: Getty"Flash's arch-nemesis, Ming the Merciless, is sort of coded as an East Asian character due to his hair and make-up," he said.
via: imdb"But he's played by a Swedish actor in the film, he's played by Max von Sydow, which I don't think is something that would happen if this were a modern production."
Now, he has got a slight point there, as symbolism has a huge impact on audiences.
via: imdbYou might not think so as an individual, due to this being based on "fiction" or "aliens," but the character plays on traditional appearances stemming from historical East Asian dynasties.