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08 April 2011 @ 10:31 am
this has been a cultural service announcement  
Okay, let’s get something straight about this ‘soul surfer’ movie, Bethany Hamilton caused her own shark attack.  The first rule of the ocean is Never Turn Your Back.  In Hawaiian culture there is more than one meaning to everything. Never Turn Your Back to the ocean means never physically turning your back but more importantly, underneath this tense, the deeper meaning requires you to respect the ocean and all that is in it.  Hawaiians made their living from the ocean.  An immense portion of their economy stemmed from working in harmony with nature.  This sport was made and meant only for Kings.  It was a recreational sport, yet more importantly, a spiritual connection to the Gods who created a cycle that sustains life.

What this girl’s actions caused was in direct opposition to the spirit and meaning of this code to live by.  One of the many known risks is sharing the ocean with sharks.  They are on patrol.  This is the time of day when they are at their peak.  They are hunting.  When this girl went on dawn patrol (surfing in the early morning hours) and decided to splash about and make noises in the early morning hours when sharks are ON. THE. PROWL. YOU WILL CAUSE ATTRACTION.  Anyone worth their salt that claims to be ‘Hawaiian’ would know this.  Anyone claiming to be respectful of the ocean and claiming to carry on the ‘spirit of the sport’ would know this.  Anyone saying they have triumphed over a hurdle with soul and mightiness would not have caused their own trial.  This girl is NOT Hawaiian.  Not in culture, not in mentality, nor in blood.  So please Hollywood, stop making martyrs out of every other dumb white chick who is in touch with their inner strength.  
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Gwenhwyfar: Sera Myu-Vampire!Neptunegwenhwyfar1984 on April 8th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
*is confused* What movie is this now?
Sunny: Buffy wheelchair fight!sunny_serenity on April 8th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Soul Surfer, it comes out this week.
Gwenhwyfar: Sailor Moon- Pluto Confessiongwenhwyfar1984 on April 9th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh! When you said soul surfer I thought that was some kind of supernatural thing...

My brain is gone for the weekend...
Sunny: Merlin Heesunny_serenity on April 11th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
aprilvolitionaprilvolition on April 8th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hollywood kind of sucks, a lot. I haven't seen the movie yet, but it looked pretty hollywood cliched. I was gonna pass on it : /

I like the cultural service announcement. I have to say, Hawaiian culture is something I know very little about. Despite it being a place I very much want to visit. I think I should educate myself a little more now.
Sunny: Endlesssunny_serenity on April 8th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Short of creating our own forms of entertainment, it's sad that majority of the population allows this kind of crap to go down.

It's very similar to a lot of native and tribal cultures, much reverance for the world and spirits around you. You know, stuff that hippies try to replicate.
help, i'm alive ;;: {tlw} marguerite - not amusedodakota_rose on April 9th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you. I had a feeling this movie had gotten hit by the glossified Hollywood bug. Wasn't planning on watching because it looked like a bucket of cliches and schmoop. Good to know, though.

I think you make some really good points also, because while I'm really happy she survived, she took a really stupid risk and nearly paid with her life. I don't quite see the point in making a movie about that.
Sunny: WW CJ eff u ^sunny_serenity on April 11th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
I know right? Make your lame ass story into a lame ass movie has been done how many times?

Exactly. I'm glad she's not dead too but don't bring this kind of shit on yourself and then use it as a platform to spew your values all over everyone. Plus, what does it really teach?
Intrepid Pirate and Questionable Cartoonist: alone {vintage}kit_a_licious on April 9th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Sunny: Music TnS shrugsunny_serenity on April 11th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
Truth hurts.
Katrina L. Halliwell: need a drinkcanuck_kat on April 9th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
At least she doesn't blame sharks for what happened... but that's just from I read.

I hate cultural indifference. It's almost worst than cultural ignorance or stupidity.
Sunny: WW Donna WIN!sunny_serenity on April 11th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
I hate cultural indifference. It's almost worst than cultural ignorance or stupidity.