Thursday, November 23, 2017

Disney Pixar's New Film "Coco" and Bieganski

Disney / Pixar has a new movie, "Coco," and it is going to be huge. It will be considered for an Academy Award for best picture. It will rake in huge sums. 

Yesterday, Adrian Molina, the writer and director of "Coco" was on WNYC's Leonard Lopate radio show. 

Molina, in virtually every sentence, said something like, "Our goal was to create a Mexican movie. We hired only Mexican or Latino actors. We strove to honor indigenous Mexican traditions. We had to interview six hundred children to find a worthy Mexican child. All the music is inflected with Mexican sounds. We had to be sure to use Spanish, because Spanish is more beautiful than English..."

And on and on and on and on.

"Coco" is a nationalist project.

In recent days, the world has been discussing Poland's recent Independence Day march. The world recoils from POLISH nationalism, insisting that it is an evil threat to world peace.

"Coco," a MEXICAN nationalist product, will be hailed and feted.

BTW, the nonsense about needing Mexicans to play the characters in an animated film. Benjamin Bratt, as his last name implies, is of Northern European, largely German ancestry. His mother is from Peru.

Peru is over four thousand miles from Mexico. That's greater than the distance from New York to London. That's TWICE THE DISTANCE from New York City to Mexico City.

There is no cultural similarity between the Incas and the Aztecs. The one thing they have in common -- both the Inca Empire and the Aztec Empire were defeated by tiny numbers of Europeans fighting with local, Native American Indian troops who were eager to see oppressive Native American empires fall.

I'm not protesting "Coco"'s nationalism. I'm not protesting the hiring of Mexican or Hispanic actors. I'm merely mentioning the painful and destructive double standards that elevates one ethnicity, Mexicans, and denigrates another, Poles. This is the dynamic I describe in my book "Bieganski: the Brute Polak Stereotype." 

You can hear the Leonard Lopate show interview with "Coco" creator Adrian Molina here:

Site says that "whites" should not review "Coco." Only Hispanics should review "Coco."


  1. Well said. That is exactly the point. "All nationalisms are equal but some are more equal than others."

    Am I right in thinking its getting more blatant by the day?

  2. Absolutely, Sue, and you do not even have to introduce Mexican nationalism into the equation.

    As a commentator on RADIO MARYJA sagely said last night, the French and Germans condemn the nationalism of small nations such as Poland, but have no problem in selfishly advancing the national interests of France and Germany.

    The demonization of Polish nationalism is, of course, on top of all the cultural Marxism and globalism that were discussed earlier on this blog.

  3. Site says that "whites" should not review "Coco." Only Hispanics should review "Coco."

    1. Very typical. And if a white said something like that, he would be called (what else?) a racist.

  4. los movies - Oh we just came from the movies trying to learn everything about this great animated movie. We loved all the family values and also the cultural eye opening about the wonderful Mexican celebration of our ancestors, the Dia de Muertos. Definitely, I just decided I'd love to visit your great country and learn about your traditions. As others here, just signed in to submit my review of this beautiful movie. Thanks Disney/Pixar for doing your job so well and Viva Mexico !
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