In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Tom Hanks said:
Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?
Tom Hanks is the executive producer of a new HBO miniseries titled The Pacific, a 10-part series that focuses on the United States Marines during the Pacific Theater of World War II.
From Japan Probe:
Those who have read a bit of academic history books about the Pacific War probably won’t see anything particularly terrible or inaccurate about Hank’s view on racism in the war. […]
However, conservatives in America have exploded with anger of Hanks’ statements. Blog posts, editorials, and TV appearances on Fox News have taken Hanks’ remarks and twisted them into ridiculous exaggerations like “TOM HANKS SAYS RACISM WAS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE WAR” , “TOM HANKS THINKS AMERICA IS RACIST” , and of course – “LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD HATES AMERICA.”
WWI? He was talking about WWII, dummies.
What do you think?
- Do you agree or disagree with Tom Hanks comments?
- Do you agree or disagree with how some people, like Fox News, have interpreted Tom Hanks’ comments?
- “Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”
- I say so because they’re examples on how to steer discussions towards your favor, something all of us understandably enjoy doing in the comments. Mind you, this is actually good, as the practice of doing so and practice of identifying so actually sharpens our minds, making us more resilient to others’ influence, such as the government, but — admittedly — probably making us more dangerous at the same time. Good thing we’re all enlightened monarchs of our own power to influence others, right? [↩]