These posts aren’t well written or thought out. They’re just comments or emails for other sites that I’m putting on my blog.
Ignoring the cliche of killing off the black guy first, and having him be the only character death in the movie there are still huge problems with that scene. First the “slavery” thing was too much. How did the editors even think that was a good idea?
Secondly, and more importantly, Shaw says to Emma earlier in the movie “We don’t kill our own.” Not only that, but he deems the act of trying to save a friend a noble thing. All that says is that Darwin, by virtue of being black, isn’t “one of their own” and so he can die. As much as I enjoyed the rest of the movie, that scene makes me never want to support anything “X” related on film again. The handling of this was so sloppy and trite, and I cannot believe that people who proved themselves to be competent writers would see this and not think twice about it.
It is also super crappy that the colored woman was a stripper (because that’s really all black women are good for, is sexualized fodder) and became a badguy. It’s super crappy that all the women did the sexy seducing thing at some point in the movie. (maybe Moira didn’t technically seduce anyone, but the stripping down to sexy undergarments to sneak into the club counts enough). Emma was treated like crap by Shaw and just put up with it, then when Magneto shows up for her she just goes along with him like that whole choking incident didn’t happen earlier.
I cannot believe that the writers of this movie actually were subtle enough to have all the characters of color side with Shaw/Magneto to show that those who are “othered” the most would not be okay trying to assimilate into culture since they aren’t allowed to anyway for reasons outside of their being mutants with so many other flaws. If all the women were sex objects, and they hadn’t broken their own logic and committed a horrible and trite cliche with Darwin, then maybe. They did those things, and I can only guess that they did it on purpose, or are just so ignorant to life they didn’t see how stupid their mistakes were.