Romeo And…

1.11: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

June 21, 2015


Thanks so much to all of you who have been listening thus far. I've already begun my plans for season 2 and can't wait to get started with it! Check back for new episodes of Romeo And... starting in August 2015. 

In this episode of the podcast I discuss the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I also put my two cents into the discussion regarding Rachel Dolezal and her claims to be a black woman. 

I didn't think I would have to talk about race again so soon, but here we are. Rachel Dolezal has been all over the headlines recently when it was revealed that she had been passing herself as black for over 10 years. To be honest, I don't really care if a person claims they are of a different race. What bothered me about the controversy was people trying to use Rachel's story to discredit or question the trans community, specifically Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn came out as trans because she felt she wasn't being true to herself. Rachel, on the other hand, calls herself black because she is a liar and became obsessed with the black persona she created for herself. It's not fair to try and make a comparison between these two women. 

In my discussion of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I talk about what makes Scott Pilgrim a good guy, someone we can associate ourselves with, as well as what makes Scott a bad role model. I also look at the movie as a whole and the positive as well as negative messages it sends about masculinity. The film is ultimately a parody of most films that depict a man doing battle for the love of a woman. However, in poking fun of this style of film, Scott Pilgrim adds itself to the list of films that depict a man battling for the love of a woman. 

What's your take on the film? Do you feel it successfully sends the message that it is silly to fight for a woman's love? Or does it simply reaffirm our understandings about gender roles? Let me know in the comment section below. 


Rachel Dolezal, in Center of Storm, Is Defiant: ‘I Identify as Black’ - The New York Times - 

Dolezal Says She’s Felt Black From Early Age, Evades Tougher Credibility Questions on Today - Slate - 

Spokane County QuickFacts - United States Census Bureau - 

Scott Pilgrim - Bryan Lee O'Malley - 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World courtesy of Universal Pictures