The Incredibles 2: A Train-Wreck of Social Commentary

The Incredibles 2 was a much-anticipated movie that came out in 2018. Even I looked forward to it because I liked the first one. Unfortunately, I left the theater with a headache from all the doublethink, hypocrisy, anti-blackness, and liberal propaganda.


When you google the writers of the Incredibles 2, you see the following:

FIGURES.

Why else would the movie have been be so tone-deaf on the race issues it tried to address? Why else would the movie have whored for mainstream feminism (via the girl-boss aesthetic) as hard as it did? How else could they have so crassly assessed what the negroes are upset about (this time)?


Why else would they think it was ok for one underrepresented group's narrative to supplant another's?

 

There are so many things wrong with this movie, but I'm going to focus on the 3 scenes that stood out to me below.


Scene A) The Dining-Table Argument Between Bill & Helen: Two almost completely normative whites talking about the most appropriate way for marginalized groups to react to oppression while eating a marginalized group's food for dinner in an incompetent way


This scene? SMH.

Talk about adding insult to injury,


Basically, Bill and Helen are having an argument about how a citizen of a society should act. Since they are parents, they are figures of authority that are responsible for molding their children as people. Thus, their talk is also "a teaching moment" for their kids. Ironically in this scene, the father (a white male) is taking the role of a proponent for civil disobedience in response to unjust laws. The mother (a white female) is taking the role of a proponent for law and order at all costs.


In this scene, this very important discussion is treated as a bother by Helen, and then, as a fling by the family. It's packaged shallowly as a battle of preferences. It becomes a conversation on the practicality of resistance.


Typical.


It's funny though: Helen's love for being a law-abiding citizen didn't stop her and her BBL-from-hell when she was tired of being a home-maker. It didn't stop her from breaking the law and becoming a vigilante speed-demon when she needed a "thrill". LOL.

 

B) The Post-Arrest Scene With The Incredibles & Frozone (as quoted from this site): Frozone said he ain't about to take no chances


Scene 5- What's Next?

[Helen and Bob are sitting at the pool.]


Helen: "What are we gonna do?"

Bob: "I don't know. Maybe Dicker will find something?"

Helen: "Dicker is done, Bob. Any thought we had about being Supers again is fantasy. One of us has gotta get a job."

Bob: “One of us"?

Helen: "You did a long stint at Insuricare."

Bob: "Hated every minute of it."

Helen: "I know it was hard on you. Maybe it's my turn in the private sector and you take care of the kids..."

Bob: "No, I'm doing this. I need to do this. You know where my suit and ties are?'

Helen: 'Burned up when..."

Both: "The jet destroyed our house."

Helen: (chuckles) "Yeah. We can't count on anyone else now, Bob. It's just us. We can't wait for—" [Helen and Bob hear a door bang. They look around for a bit and see someone coming.]

Lucius: "No lifeguard on duty! Swim at your own risk."

Bob: "Oh, where'd you go today? I noticed you missed all the "fun"."

Lucius: "Don't be mad because I know when to leave a party. I'm just as illegal as you guys. Besides, I knew the cops would let you go."

Helen: "Yeah, in spite of Bob's best efforts."

Bob: "Yeah, yeah, yeah."

gif

It's funny how solidarity only matters when it's time to face the consequences/take responsibility for the "bad stuff" (such as getting in arrested for defying the law). There's no solidarity when the sunny days roll around. Frozone's response reeked of the kind of hard-knock-life common sense that so many Black people have to learn in their formative years: not everyone will do the "same time" for the "same crime".


Yeah, it was catch and release with the (white) Incredibles. But would it have been so for Frozone as a childless Black man? Likely not. Cops, like their slave-catching ideological ancestors, like to catch and keep Black people.

 

C) Jack-Jack's Battle With The Racoon: You can't take candy from this baby...

This was actually one of the nastiest scenes in the movie if you ask me. And it was rife with racist symbolism and microaggressions.


The scene starts with Jack Jack being up at night watching shows he's not supposed to be watching. He witnesses a robbery scene on TV. In the show, the robbers get away. This angers Jack Jack. Somehow, we are supposed to believe that this ugly-ass baby who can't even talk yet has a mind complex enough to a) have a moral compass, b) grasp what property is, c) think allegorically, d) grasp what theft is, and then e) have the wherewithal to use lethal force to defend "stolen" property. FOH.


Let's go through the symbolism in this scene:


Night Time: A time of inactivity, rest, quiet, fear, immorality, leisure and crime. The space in which the unknown envelops you. Danger lurks about.

TV: Entertainment; Programming; A medium for conditioning and learning

White Baby: White Innocence, Potential/the future, morality

Super Powers: Power in general

Mansion: Opulence, Wealth, Property

Garbage: Trash, Unwanted things, Disarray

Fight: A Battle or duel

Racoon: Racoons, also known as "coons" or "trash pandas" are often depicted as bandits, spies, or ninjas in cartoons. They are depicted this way because of how the rings on their tails and dark eyes resemble the traditional costumes of cartoon robbers (shown right). Also, the word "coon" is a racial slur for Black people. Some sources say that the slur "coon" is derived from from the word racoon. Others say that the racial slur originated from the word barracoon which is where

they used to detain people at slave ports before they were shipped to plantations (concentration camps). Ultimately, it's irrelevant which word the slur "coon" comes from. You know why? Because racists have made the link between them anyway. (Check out how some racists in Minnesota nailed a racoon near a Black Lives Matter sign.)

Fried Chicken: A food that is stereotypically said to be what Black people like to eat. (Another food that can be said to be microaggressive towards Black people is watermelon).


Now, let's put it all together so that we can understand the context of this scene:


The vulnerable white human is living in dangerous times. It can tell because its programming. The white human must muster its power to protect its wealth (resources that sustain its life, such as property or food) from bandits/thieves (such as Black people). The white human must fight defend itself from transgressors.


(It's odd that the racoon must be treated as a thief, even though it is just looking for food in the trash. Basally, trash shouldn't "belong" to anyone, since its owner discarded it. But I digress.)


Some of you might be mumbling by now: "You're reading WAY too into this."

To you I say: poppycock. Think about it: what was the point of this scene in the movie if it didn't mean what I just told to you?


The scene would be totally useless because, if anything, it would be telling us things we already knew. We knew that Bob was overwhelmed with being a stay-at-home-dad. We already knew that his wayward children got into constant trouble without supervision. We already knew that Jack Jack had powers (even if Bob, who's a habitually oblivious man, didn't). These things were already illustrated in several other scenes in the movie, as well as in the movie's prequel.


This scene was an anti-Black response to the social unrest (BLM protests) that these racists compulsively inserted. Plain and simple.


Now, if you are intelligent, you'd be asking: "What was the ultimate messages in these scenes?"


I'll tell you:

It was: "With regards to the race issue, we support liberalism!"


Below is a summary of the unique messages in each scene:


Scene A) Law enforcement may or may not color-blind. You can evade run-ins with law enforcement if you want to (all you've gotta do is just keep your head down). However, if you are blatantly trying to aggravate them (looking for trouble) then you'll get taken in (arrested, disciplined). You're lucky if they let you go once they get you.


Scene B) Civil rights is up for debate. The reason why is because you may not have the right to exercise civil disobedience as a citizen even if laws are unfair. In fact, if laws are unfair, you should wait until fair laws are passed. Unjust laws are better than no laws at all (anarchy). Unjust laws are a fact of life. Rather than resisting, you should just find a way to adapt.


Scene C - The Polite Version) "If you think that you...people...can use tricks to steal access to subsistence living from us, you've got another thing coming. WE ARE WHITE, which means that WE ARE IN CHARGE. Everything is OURS, including your destiny. WE choose what you are. We choose how you can be what you are by choosing what, when, and IF we share our resources. You can't rush us just because you want what we can give [back] sooner rather than later. You'd better watch it, before we lose our temper."


Scene C's meaning boils down to the "Rude Version" below:


Scene C - Rude Version) "We won't let you steal what's ours, darkies. We're going to preserve our white purity and we refuse to be corrupted by you and your ways. What's ours is ours, even if we threw it away. WE. WON'T. SHARE. We'd rather kill you than share. We'll destroy everything we have before we let you have even the scraps off our table. Now get lost, before we bring out the big guns."


Talk about a scorched-earth policy.

7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All