A friend of mine hyped me around this film, that due to its critical stance towards transgenderism, it had been blamed by many as «transphobic». Not only that but we also saw the trailer, which gave us a small bite of the upcoming controversy and one of the interviewees appearing there was Jordan Peterson himself. This was guaranteed to be a courageous attempt to question the current woke ideology and we were up for the ride.
I once met some western european guy with an eager desire to immigrate to Thailand. He seemed to have a highly idealized vision of this south asian country, describing its people as less materialistic, more family oriented and friendly; in sheer contrast to his own west-european countrymen that he (for some reason) viciously criticized as self-centered, materialistic and individualistic. I grew somewhat suspicious about this and I asked him if there was a defect or a shortcoming of the thai culture that he personally disliked. Then he spouted that he didn’t like that the thais were leaving their rural villages and moving to the cities. For him, this was a doom to their traditional roots, since they were on a pathway to become just as the westerners.
Somehow the being rural and traditional was what made a thai a thai according to him. Moving to the cities on the search for a better life, was getting infected by civilization and thus it was a detriment to their pure nature.
I once went to a play at the local theater along some fellow students as part of a university activity, where we got to watch different stage plays all together and thus have a chance to talk with the actors themselves after the show.