Last week, the trailer for Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson’s new movie, “Basmati Blues”, was released, prompting a collective groan from netizens everywhere.
The movie follows Larson’s character, a bright, bubbly scientist who travels to India to sell the masses on her company’s genetically modified rice. The trailer features a glimpse of several tropes, including Larson not being able to handle spicy food and the locals taking advantage of her naiveté.
At one point, she assuredly asserts her clinical Western knowledge over that of the local rice farmers, saying that if they have “any questions about rice, just let me know”.
Ultimately, Larson’s character must save the seemingly helpless Indian people from her big bad corporation, as the rice turns out to be harmful to those who would eat it.
Netizens were quick to point out the problematic White saviorism Larson’s role represented.
https://t.co/QGsZALtasd So fuckin done with hollywood films of white people coming to save our souls & rice & lands! Blood Diamond formulaic bullshit! Disgusted by @brielarson‘s choice, what a sellout! Fuck the white saviour narrative in films…nothing is further from the truth!
— Samya (@samyarif) November 9, 2017
— #DreamActNow (@briannnaesther) November 9, 2017
I love Brie Larson but I hope “Basmati Blues”, a movie where she goes to India and saves locals from tainted rice, flops.
— jody (@qoroq) November 9, 2017
— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) November 9, 2017
love brie larson but why is she doing a film called basmati blues is it the 90s again did my time machine work is Robin Williams still alive
— UBiMa (@UudBilawManus) November 7, 2017
WHAT THE FUCK IS BASMATI BLUES IS IT 2001
— sree⚡ (@IemonchoIy) November 9, 2017
it’s pretty depressing that while watching the trailer for basmati blues, i was giving the movie points for maybe passing the POC bechdel test
— Shibesh (@lordoftheshibs) November 9, 2017
The trailer for Basmati Blues…oh Brie. I love you girl, but yikes.
— lawrencepedia (@_lawrencepedia_) November 9, 2017
#basmatiblues is a terrible looking film filled with loads of stereotypes about Indians & India. We don’t need another movie about white saviours when we did everything in our power to get white people out of our country. Stop making shit films. Please🙏🏽
— Neha Wanikar (@nehawanikar21) November 9, 2017
Who green lighted Basmati Blues? I promise, I just wanna talk.
— Mariha Junaid (@marthajundad) November 9, 2017
What do you think? Is “Basmati Blues” out of line or should people put away their torches and pitchforks? Let us know in the comments!