Parasite Faces Intense Backlash

Parasite’s Oscar win has come with its fair share of backlash from critics and viewers alike


Travis Henk, Reporter

Everyone knows it, the foreign film that took the Oscars by storm, snagging best picture, directing, international feature film and original screenplay; it’s none other than Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite. It’s hard to say Parasite did anything but bring home the bacon after the 92nd Oscars took place.

What is disputed among a select few viewers alike is the worthiness of Parasite, and if it actually should have won so many awards. Parasite is now receiving scrutiny from viewers and critics across the board with many notable examples. 

Take for instance the famous yet insensitive tweet from BlazeTV host, Jon Miller, where he mocks the film and its director for winning over its contemporaries. “A man named Bong Joon Ho wins #Oscar for best original screenplay over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917. Acceptance speech was: ‘GREAT HONOR. THANK YOU.’ Then he proceeds to give the rest of his speech in Korean. These people are the destruction of America.” said Miller.

The only justification Miller holds for disliking the film is because it is foreign. It’s evident to see what’s wrong with this idea, it holds an obvious discriminatory sentiment towards both Bong Joon Ho, and the movie itself, just for being Korean. He might as well tattoo ‘xenophobe’ on his forehead instead and get the same effect.

Another scathing example comes from President himself at a rally February 20th, “How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see? ‘And the winner is … a movie from South Korea.’ What the hell was that all about?,” Trump said. Again, the blatant discrimination towards the film for being foreign is laid out for all to see by another unjust critic.

The movie studio responsible for making Parasite, Neon, fired back with a tweet of their own. “Understandable, he can’t read.” said Neon in their reply. This lead to more artificial criticism of some non-Korean speakers had about the film simply for one reason; there are subtitles.

Because of Parasite, the supposed issue of subtitles has arisen. The subtitle criticism is not even a justifiable assessment at this point. No, it isn’t hard to read while watching a movie, and no it doesn’t distract from the viewing experience, enough said.

Although critiques are a helpful thing when evaluating any piece of media it’s important to rule out the unjust criticisms in which Parasite has gotten more than enough of.

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