Outrage at Perceived Cultural Appropriation of Angkor Wat

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xX.TROPA.Xx wrote: Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:20 pm no one tell them about Metal Slug...
Whatever you do don't tell them about Far Cry 3.

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Let's get offended...previous offenses.

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
No Laughing Matter as Cambodia Bans Hollywood Movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle
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New Hollywood blockbuster movie Kingsman is intended to be a side-splitting spoof about a fictional British spy organization - but Cambodia government officials clearly cannot see the funny side, having now banned it from all cinemas.

Cinemagoers in the southeast Asian nation of Cambodia will be unable to watch the latest all-action comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle because of its alleged negative portrayal of the kingdom.

Government officials in Phnom Penh took the decision on the grounds that the film was unacceptable for it audiences because one of the scenes portrays the country and one of its famous temples as a hotbed of crime.

Authorities insist the movie — which has grossed more than US$261 million since its release in September — uses "Cambodian land as the place where the terrorists stay and make trouble for the world."

Bok Borak, director of the Culture Ministry's film department, described the film as being "unacceptable" and has banned it from all theaters and cinemas.

"And what is more worrying is that it uses one of our temples as a place to produce drugs, to kill people cruelly… so we don't allow the screening of this film in our country," he said, announcing the ban.

Although the movie was not actually filmed in Cambodia, the drug lord's temple resembles the popular Ta Prohm — a site in the famed Angkor complex that is tangled in tree roots and was used as a set for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
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And I'll never forget watching hours of this trash movie just to see a glimpse of Angkor Wat - which is actually a giant alien portal:

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^ I love trash movies. Is this one worth wasting an hour of my life ? Transformers 3 ?
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Anchor Moy wrote: Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:36 pm ^ I love trash movies. Is this one worth wasting an hour of my life ? Transformers 3 ?
Definitely...
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Anchor Moy wrote: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:00 pm People are becoming easily offended. I don't know how many false Eiffel Towers exist in the world, but there are probably a packet of them.
I don’t think the Eiffel Tower is considered a holy site by anyone. It’s not really “cultural appropriation” they’re upset about, that’s just a modern buzzword that’s been thrown in; its cheapening a religious ground that’s held in respect that’s the issue.
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Love hotels in Japan will sometimes display replicas of the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. Seems odd to me, but no pending lawsuits.
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Devil's advocate;
Khmers attachment to such symbolic icons is in a totally different plane to ours.
We should allow for, and respect that.

Western liberalist view;
Get over it.

Middle ground
Both viewpoints have some validity
but maybe we should move forward with some attention to the super-sensitivities here. ??

Remember, no matter how much self-responsibility you expect for Cambodia's fractured and broken culture, it has certainly been flocked over by powerful foreign forces, since forever. big time.
This hyper sensitivity is partly a result of that.
- and maybe this fierce attitude actually helps pull the nation together at this crucial chance it has of rebuilding - despite it all being a bit overboard.
??
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Forget the love hotels.. Las Vegas has Paris.. with a replica of the Eiffel Tower, New York, New York, the Venetian with gondola trips and St. Mark’s Square, and Caesar’s Palace. The Roman Emperors should be offended.

Why didn’t the Cambodian culture guy ban Tomb Raider (Angela Jolie version), and the Transformers movie, too?

I just spent a 3 hour seminar about curbing micro aggressions at the workplace and promoting a diversity culture.

Then I saw this topic, again.
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newkidontheblock wrote: Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:25 am
I just spent a 3 hour seminar about curbing micro aggressions at the workplace and promoting a diversity culture.
You have my condolences.
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