June 05, 2011

Apocalypto in It's Always Sunny

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues its streak of Native references with the 12th episode of its fourth season. Titled The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover Edition (airdate: 11/13/08), the episode has "the gang" remaking a Latino family and its home.

Mac and Sweet Dee dress up the Juarez family in wigs and leisure wear to make them look "American." Then Mac says:Now, while we wait, I was thinking: We expose them to some good old-fashioned American cinema. Apocalypto. They can learn about how their ancestors used to be savages, until Mel Gibson and the Catholics came in and saved everybody.Comment:  If a serious pundit had said this, I'd say it was stereotypical and insulting. But since Mac and his friends are idiots, his comments reflect badly on them, not the Juarezes.

This shows the importance of context in determining the meaning of words. Depending on who's saying it and why, almost anything can become an attack.

For more on the subject, see Colonial Indians in It's Always Sunny and Tim Sampson in It's Always Sunny.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would of course say such a thing ironically.