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    Once again you are failing to differentiate from McDonagh showing us despicable behavior and McDonagh endorsing despicable behavior.

    How does Dixon face no punishment? He loses his job immediately and is scarred permanently due to being set on fire.

    If that isn’t cosmic justice, I don’t know what the hell you want to see. You’re acting like he was presented with the goddamn Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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    I mean McDonagh himself admits he was trying to play on people’s perception of what a hero is and he uses a racist “people of color” torturing cop to do it. If that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is.

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    The people defending this movie remind me of more moderate Trump supporters during the campaign clinging to every small non-embarrassing thing that happened in his campaign to justify their support. “See, there was one African American in his rally last night!”

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    Well, I am black and Liberal (for the most part). And I like and “get” this movie. As did the couple black people I know who have seen it. So, don’t speak for us, don’t tell us when we should be outraged and don’t tell us how we should interpret things. Speak only for yourself.

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    Well, I am black and Liberal (for the most part). And I like and “get” this movie. As did the couple black people I know who have seen it. So, don’t speak for us, don’t tell us when we should be outraged and don’t tell us how we should interpret things. Speak only for yourself.

    Amen. Amen

    This black brother would like to add: Don’t lecture or try to educate me about racism, and the many different ways in which it is manifested. Don’t try and make me feel guilty for liking a film that is far from racist.

    Don’t do that.

    I know racism.

    A white critic, trying to tell me what is racist, what i should accept and what i should be angered over, based on a fictitous character from a movie? Really?

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    I think all of the discussion of a backlash against Three Billboards is overplayed. We’ll talk about it when/if it happens. Right now, the question is if the film is broadly liked enough to win on the preferential ballot, especially over something like Lady Bird.

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    Thank you. I appreciate this post so much.

    And yes, please watch Three Billboards again. This time objectively? Just see it for what it is: A film about angry, bad people in a bad world doing dispicable things to achieve their own f’d-up goals.
    Dixon is not redeemed, McDonagh doesn’t ask you to redeem him or even sympathise with him. Just that even the most horrible people have a story. And they become aware of their ways. Not change. Just become aware. Because Dixon and Midred don’t change in the end, they remain horrible and angry and venture off to do more harm.

    I’m not asking you to love the film. Just look at it from the point of view of someone who can find humor in how racism exists and the many ways it manifests itself.

    A racist acting like a racist and doing/saying racist shit? Yeah, because he is racist! You can’t call him a racist cop if he doesn’t act the part. Is he human? Yes! Does he have a back story? Yes! We all do. It’s up to you if you want to listen to it or even empathise.

    Because trust me, being subjected to racism and seeing it play out in front of your eyes can be funny. Hilarious. It doesn’t mean you agree with the actions or what is being said. You acknowledge that it is racist, wrong. But funny.

    Not wanting to condone racism doesn’t mean you have to not believe it doesn’t exist or that it exists in different kinds of people and in different ways. It’s everywhere. In different forms.

    I don’t only want to see art showcase the ugly and brutal and slavery angle of racism. The 12 Years a Slaves and Hidden Figures etc. We don’t live in that world.
    I want to see the racism we experience. The every day kind of racism. The ones that you can draw humor from.

    The film is not perfect, but it sure aint the racist crap people make it out to be.

    I am also a member of Film Independent and a voting member of the Independent Spirits. Glad to know i am not alone. Because members are scattered all over the world.

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