Robert Downey Jr. Under Fire For Comment About Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Was It “Racist”? (VIDEO)
Robert Downey Jr. is under fire for a comment about Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the Birdman director who called superhero movies like Downey’s string of Marvel hits “cultural genocide.” Many people and outlets are calling Downey’s remark to The Guardian tasteless or even racist. Watch the video below, and tell us what you think.
In a Deadline interview last year, Gonzalez Inarritu said this about superhero movies: “The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters. They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and sh*t that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human.”
Downey is currently promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, and The Guardian asked for his thoughts on Gonzalez Inarritu calling superhero movies “cultural genocide.” The actor replied, “Look, I respect the heck out of him. I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish, to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.”
A number of outlets are now calling Downey’s remark offensive and even “racist.” Cosmopolitan explained, “By singling out Spanish in particular, RDJ not only implies that Gonzalez Iñárritu is less intelligent because his native language isn’t English, but because it’s Spanish as opposed to any other language.” E! Online published a story calling Downey “racist,” before changing the criticism to “tasteless.” Watch the video below for tone and context, and tell us what you think.