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15 Of The Whitest White Saviors In Film History

Updated 20 Aug 2020 6.7k votes 1.6k voters 121.5k views15 items

List RulesVote up the most cringe-worthy white saviors.

Ok, let’s face it. Hollywood loves the white savior narrative. It's a trope that has been used countless times since the '50s. The typical backstory of a white savior movie involves a white (usually male) protagonist saving a person of color (or sometimes tribal extraterrestrials) from some horrific plight - a plight that the person of color was unable to get out of by themselves. In the cases where a film represents true events, the film ends up oversimplifying and giving people of color passive roles in history. In essence, this trope is incredibly limiting and stale. Also, the whole white-person-as-mentor-sensei-to-a-person-of-color-who-can't-take-care-of-themselves narrative is almost nauseating at this point.

Seriously, how many times is the storyline of a white teacher motivating inner-city youth going to be used? How do I reach these kiddddsss?

So, below you have a list of the worst examples of white saviors in film history. Try not to roll your eyes, and be warned, many spoilers are ahead. Though these films are probably spoiled enough for you anyway.

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