"The Smurfs" & Toddler Mind Control Technique #1
Gender Oppression via Character Identification.
Subtly the oppression of people happens in movies.
The big question isn't what a character says, or what's said to them.
It's not even about what a character does.
The big question is:
What purpose does this character serve?
This is something that exists outside the filmmaker's intention.
A filmmaker may believe that a character or plot functions as "pure entertainment" or some other light explanation - but the truth is that every detail matters in the aesthetic dimension.
This is as true for the works of William Shakespeare as they are for the 2011 movie "The Smurfs."
The human female character has the same design flaw, but I'd like to focus solely on Smurfette.
As the only female smurf in the clan, she has long vivacious hair.
She's focused on her appearance and the appearances of others.
She is most beloved for her beauty as defined by other men (smurfing men).
When young girls identify with the only female smurf in the movie, and the only female depiction available is one where the character is functionally a vessel expressing male desire - that's kind of a problem.
It sends a direct message to a still developing brain.
It anchors certain ideas which are not necessarily natural, and oppresses the thinker in ways that may not seem obvious, but will hold them back nevertheless.
You must always look beautiful.
Your worth is derived from your beauty.
You are only worth what other men see in you.
This mind control technique is responsible for perpetuating cultural stereotypes.
Here's the quirk:
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Is it maliciously evil, or just the banality of evil?
In my opinion, it is what it is.