I am not the most culturally hip person under the best of circumstances (meaning pop culture). The past few years of illness and kids have only widened my cultural knowledge gap.
Before I became a complete cultural nincompoop, I loved going to the movies. One of my favorite movies is Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. There are precious few movies that I will watch over and over, but Lost in Translation is one of them.
So here's my question: what kind of rock was I living under to have missed what evidently was a lot of kerfuffle about racism in the film? (For more, Google "Lost in Translation" + racism.) I'm way late to the party, and I just don't know what to think.
I have traveled the world and lived in many other cultures. I try to be respectful of other people and aware of cultural differences and possible stereotypes. As the mother of biracial children, I want to be especially sensitive to discrimination based on race. In my mind, Coppola's movie was not racist. But I'm not Japanese. I'm a white woman who has experienced Charlotte's disconnected feeling of being the outsider. I identified so strongly with Charlotte that it didn't occur to me that the portrayal of what she was seeing could be racist.
But was it? Those of you who have seen the film, what do you think?