How racist is your sausage?


The adult animated comedy “Sausage Party” has hit the cinemas (or theatres, depending on where you live) this week, and is drawing fire from the Social Justice Warrior squad for its very un-PC ethnic stereotyping of supermarket foodstuffs:

An Arabic loaf of lavash (voiced by David Krumholtz) riffs on the 77 bottles of extra-virgin olive oil awaiting him in the next life. Also causing offense is an Irish potato who sings “Danny Boy” and whose catchphrase is “Jesus! F**k!”

Other comedic elements of the film that have galvanized the SJWs: Salma Hayek voicing a Mexican taco, a Native American bottle of Firewater (which quips he had settled in the grocery store first before getting shoved in the backroom), and some Nazi German sauerkraut dedicated to “exterminating the juice” compound.

I’m only offended that a drunk Polish sausage seems to have missed out on being cast.

It is somewhat amusing (perhaps more amusing than watching the movie itself) to compare the different takes on the movie. While the offended were being offended by “racist humour”, “The Guardian”, which you would normally expect to condemn the movie, gives a pretty good review, mainly on the grounds that while racial stereotypes abound, pretty much everyone gets insulted (so it’s OK), and the movie carries a surprising positive message: “This is a pro-reason, pro-knowledge story that is vehemently against the corruption found in organised religion” (spoiler alert: supermarket foodstuffs believe that when they are purchased and taken home they go to heaven; in reality, of course, they meet grizzly end being eaten). The review on the Australian, by contrast, hardly focusses on racial stereotypes (and certain doesn’t condemn them) but instead on crudity:

Sausage Party may be the most un-PC mainstream movie to hit cinemas in yonks and it may outrage, shock and even repulse you at times, but it is undeniably ridiculously funny. Only the most easily anguished could fault it for going too far. It is, after all, a strictly adults-only zone.

I’m not going to go to the movies to see, but that’s mostly because I find Seth Rogen (co-creator and co-writer) pretty unfunny. “The Interview” must have been one of the worst major movies ever made, even if it’s heart was in the right place, trying to take a piss out of the North Korean regime. But I’m even less inclined to watch the top PC, all-female “Ghostbusters”, which by all accounts is shite and bombed at the box office, which I guess suggests that audiences are sexist and misogynistic. That, or they just don’t like bad and unoriginal movies.

In the end, being worthy does not automatically make a movie good or funny, just like a good or funny movie is not necessarily worthy. And neither necessarily makes a movie successful.