Barbaric 300

Xerxes in his Hollywood make-over

The movie 300 is such a huge hit. It is now on its second week of showing here. This movie is typical of the Hollywood formula where blood, gore, bravado and machismo is killing the box office. Look at the string of movies recently released– Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, Apocalypto, and you get the point.

But 300 has been criticized for its biased portrayal of the invading Persian army as barbaric? Just look at the picture above and see Xerxes, the Persian King (right) in his Hollywood makeover.

Davao historian and writer Macario Tiu writes about this western bias in his Mindanews article on Orientalism.

Well, if you get to read this, you might change your mind about this movie. But nevertheless, it is one entertaining movie. Blood! Gore! Machismo!

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