lmao is nobody gonna talk the racism in noel fielding’s latest thing
cos like. he ain’t allowed to take a massive shit on native american people just cos he’s ~quirky and surreal
if u can’t be funny without having a throwaway white guy dressed up in a war bonnet with a ~hilariously unpronouncable name then hint hint u aren’t funny
Big Chief is not supposed to be a native american character. He is a white bloke who is wearing paint and headpiece reminding native americans’ who is actually just some junkie who spends his days on music festivals. Look around, there’s LOADS of them irl. Note the neon accessories, constant drug use, his dance moves, techno theme music, wristbands from various music events, him talking about going to those festivals… he’s so out of it that he is able to connect with Fantasy Man. I repeat, Big Chief is NOT supposed to be a native american.
I’m glad you brought this up, because I was just thinking about it.
I think Big Chief is a satire on asshole-hipster-music-festival-goer appropriation of Native American elements as “fashion” statements (I’m looking at you, Lana Del Rey etc.).
Since the character of Fantasy Man is a riff on dashing adventure-story heroes, at first Big Chief seems like just a lampoon of the painfully awful stereotyped Native American “sidekick” like Tonto in the Lone Ranger. I think that’s pretty funny as it is- it’s not making fun of Native Americans, it’s making fun of tired old story tropes that make Native Americans into monosyllabic mystics who support the main white hero.
I think it’s EVEN FUNNIER that as you go along you find out that Big Chief is even more disconnected from reality than that- he’s a strung-out hipster who’s acting out a painfully awful stereotyped Native American sidekick role because it looks cool with his rave gloves.
I am down with mocking both those targets, and I think Big Chief’s marigold-glove and dish-scrubby faux war-bonnet is designed to highlight what he’s about. But if you feel differently, that’s OK- everyone is entitled to their reactions and interpretations. Just please consider the whole context!