Covering similar ground, a reader writes:
This was something that came up the other day--but sort of got lost because of the OBL stuff, but I was watching "The Outlaw, Josey Wales" which is a sort of typical Clint Eastwood western--with one major caveat--he is a member of the confederate army.He joins the confederate army because the Union raped his wife and burned his son alive (as seems to be the case with everyone in his unit--there is not a single African American in the entire run time of the movie).However, I realized in the course of watching this...wait...I've seen this before. Soon after, I started to realize there is practically a whole sub-genre of westerns about confederates:Jonah Hex (the wife raped/son burned alive scene is virtually identical to Josey Wales)True GritLonesome DoveThe Long RidersThe upcoming HBO miniseriesEven the (awesome) video game, Red Dead Redemption, has a main character who fits this mold.There are others as well--they are just escaping my mind at the moment. It's not like (in all cases) being part of the confederacy is an essential part of the story--which in some ways, makes it even weirder... The one negative portrayal of the Confederacy? Wild Wild West. Am I missing something key here? Why the hell does someone keep making this movie?