Fiction promoted as fact = fake news. This is NOT a true story.
- Hidden Figures review by PV
This film is watchable in a plodding predictable way and we all know the plot trajectory these days. Basically, someone (who is NEVER a white man) works somewhere and faces opposition because of their race and/or gender so get kept down (while utterly useless white males, yet the ones who invented everything and made space travel possible, are shown as racist and sexist monsters).
Of course, the female and/or black hero wins through in the end and everyone realises they're a total genius who has been kept down by racism and sexism.
All very well, but it's JUST NOT TRUE. It is a LIE to claim the US space programme only worked because of 3 genius black women - they were part of a data processing team, sure. They crunched numbers. Women still dominate data-input and processing staff in firms now. But really, if one is to tick boxes, one would see the vast majority of the team who achieved that were white males. The main white character here played by Kevin Costner is a composite of 3 white males.
There is a glaring gender issue here: for whatever reason (innate reasons are probably the main cause), 19 our of 20 people in the top 10% IQ band are male; university maths courses are 80%+ male, as are physics classes (why schools in a female-friendly male-unfriendly school system struggle to get maths and physics teachers - coz most are male and they've left teaching for better careers).
Hollywood can claim what it wants and rewrite history - as it did with ARGO and U571 and THE PATRIOT. Fine. But it's VERY dangerous because people esp kids believe this to be true history and it's not. It's inspired by the racist African-American movement that aims to claim people in history as 'our own' - so absurdly claim that black people invented cars, vacuum cleaners, lawnmovers, washing machines etc etc etc. The feminist industry does the same. Neither interest me - what interests me is the truth.
Rewriting the truth is WRONG - it's what the Communists did and what the Fascists did and what the Chinese and North Koreans do now.
The USA has its own race issues and movies like this are made to 1) assuage white American guilt; 2) pander to the present 'political correctness' in Hollywood.
But I don't see why I have to swallow the lies such movies spew out. Fine, make a movie about black women at NASA but DO NOT claim they invented the wheel and were geniuses or that all white men are and were racist sexist monsters. Because that is a lie. L.I.E.
Just one example: NASA in fact banned segregated toilets in 1958. Think of that FACT when you watch this FICTION which promotes the lies that these black women had to use black only toilets. They didn't! The film starts in 1961! The black women because NASA supervisors in 1948 and 1958 - at a time this movie claims blacks were little better than slaves and denied all promotion at NASA. No-one in the USA dares to speak out about the lies in this movie and those expressed elsewhere - to do so would be as dangerous as opposing communism in communist Russia. Now, THAT'S bullying.
Heart rules the (female) director's head here. For some facts read this: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film-review-hidden-figures-takes-liberties-with-real-life-facts-1.66710
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Untold until now?
- Hidden Figures review by JG
Emily Pankhurst started the suffragette movement which lead to the emancipation of women. Well they have a few more rights now, but the glass ceiling is still there. Just as the abolition of slavery has not lead to racial equality as it should have. This film touches on both these aspects and tells an important story. There are some women who are cleverer and more capable then most men, but men still get the top jobs. Very few who are not white make it to the top, with a few exceptions.
This tells the story of the computing unit, an office of women used for calculations before the advent of computers as a routine office tool. It shows how their work was vital in NASA' role in the conquest of space. It shows how women, particularly black women, were treated in the work place in the 50s. It also shows how NASA strove to improve things with Kevin Costner playing his part. I do not know if this is accurate; I am not American and I was busy trying to make my way in the world at the time, but I can believe it. The film ending credits give credence to the acceptance of these heroines, but why did it takes so long for this story to come out.
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