Made In Congo, Raised in Paris
So many people have asked me over the years what I didn’t like about ‘Ruined’ and I have carefully avoided the topic until now. (though it’s not a secret that I highly dislike this award-winning play…) So finally, here’s my article about it: 10 reasons why the play ‘Ruined’ perpetuates racist stereotypes about Congo and Africa and fails at accurately portraying the lives of Congolese women in war zones:
1. In ‘Ruined’, Congo is a dirty country full of dirty Congolese peopl…e hanging out in dirty clothes
2. In ‘Ruined’, Congolese men are violent, stupid, always aroused, chronic alcoholics and pathological thieves
3. In ‘Ruined’ Congolese women are prostitutes, witches, illiterate thieves and flirtatious jezebels who keep putting each other down
4. In ‘Ruined’, Congolese people keep abusing, deceiving and assaulting one another other. Plus, they just can’t help but talking trash about one another.
5. In ‘Ruined’, the romance between the two main Congolese characters (Christian and Mama Nadi) is a deeply abusive and dysfunctional one.
6. In ‘Ruined’, White men and non-Black men are the saviors of Africa and Western countries are the best things since slice bread
7. In ‘Ruined’, prostitution is the only salvation for Congolese women. Being sexually, verbally and emotionally abused in a brothel is somehow better than being sexually, verbally and emotionally abused in the bush. Say what?
8. In ‘Ruined’, ‘luminous’ pretty girls are smart, educated, and deserve to be saved while ‘village’ girls are stupid, uneducated and only worth a life of prostitution and abuse
9. In ‘Ruined’, the real reasons of the conflict are overlooked. Why are these people fighting again?
10. In ‘Ruined’, Congolese’s rich culture, sacred land and traditional beliefs are being systematically denigrated, mocked and deemed inferior
Enjoy your reading (it’s a 19 pages essay…) and send me your comments.