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For those of you that have seen the movie Gran Torino: did you laugh at any of the ethnic slurs uttered by Clint Eastwood's character?

Asked by hiphiphopflipflapflop (6098points) March 24th, 2009

I will admit I did quite a bit. (An yes, I am a white male.) I find it rather hard to explain why. To me, it clearly showed how much that character was embittered and “out of touch” but why would that be funny?

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googlybear's avatar

Nah, but I’ve had to deal with them for 25+ years with my Vietnamese wife so I’m probably of a different mindset…

Kelly27's avatar

I didn’t really like the movie, I don’t particularly like Clint Eastwood as an actor at all. :\

bananafish's avatar

I haven’t seen the movie, so I’m not sure what Clint’s character was like, and if the film was really mocking him (I hope so!).

…but I’d think of it sort of like Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks), it’s hard not to giggle at the racist cowboys/governor, etc. But hopefully you’re laughing at the racist’s ridiculousness and crudity, and not with.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

The thing is, what his behavior makes clear (to me), is that this character’s racism is “only skin deep” in a way. The character is more of a grumpy old misanthrope (like Scrooge from A Christmas Carol) who automatically reacts negatively to other people in general rather than having a deep seated hatred of other people for specific differences.

fullOFuselessINFO's avatar

Y*E*S
my sister and i were the ONLY ones laughing tho… so i dont really know if im a horrible person!
when he was mixing up all of the names (like Yum-Yum)
i laughed SOOO hard!

dearest_prudence's avatar

gasp
shhhh, I did
I’m terrible

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

I saw it in Peoria. So you could say the audience was about as “middle America” as you can get (and yes, rather white). I was definitely not alone in laughing.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I did see Gran Torino and I was pleased with Clint Eastwood’s acting performance. I’m probably a little biased because he is one of my favorite actors. It was humorous to me in how he delivered his lines and the descriptive nature of the ethnic slurs themselves.

As the movie wore on, it appeared to me, like @hiphiphopflipflapflop said above, he wasn’t an ingrained or lifelong racist but more of a disgruntled old man who had a sarcastic and unconventional way of communicating with others. He seemed to want his peace and privacy more than anything else. When he got involved with the oriental family, he interacted with them in a way that was most comfortable for him although probably uncomfortable for others, it seems.

VzzBzz's avatar

Yes, I did laugh in spots but like hiphiphopflipflapflop noted, the portrayed grumpiness had more to do with the man’s broken spirit than any one particular group of people. I don’t think Eastwood was the actor for the part and even read he had not wanted it for himself.

Mtl_zack's avatar

I laughed the entire time, not because of the ethnic mocking, but because it was a horrible movie. When he was talking to the boy at the end and he was asking if he ever killed anyone and he wanted to kill them and Clint said “You don’t wanna know”, me and my friend were cracking up.

dearest_prudence's avatar

my fave was when the girl was walking w/the boy and they come across a trio and they give her a hard time and scare the piss out of the boy and she gets mouthy and she says
“yeah, fit the stereotype, call me a bitch AND a hoe in the same sentence”

I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF!!!

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