I guess Stalin (or whoever really said it) was partially correct (“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic”) but sometimes we in the West (especially our Vanguard…Hollywood) just go too far. Can we really make a movie about a single WHITE family and all their suffering in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed in the neighbourhood of 280,000 lives, the vast preponderance of whom were NON-WHITE?
Try watching that trailer in a cinema in Thailand. Not fun, I can assure you. The sheer disbelief on the faces of my fellow movie-goers was humbling. Talk about strategic narratives. Just another brick in the ‘why do they hate us’ conundrum for most people, I am sure.
The toll of the tsunami still lingers across the entire region…in economic losses, but, more profoundly, in human trauma. The fact that a holiday was ruined is ludicrously insensitive by comparison. Shame on us.
Thanks to the great comments below. They warmed the cockles of my heart, really. And now just for you, another YouTube video to watch: