Save the Cat by Blake Snyder was really a random place to find something that has a strong racist twang. Tartarous the Noble was reading the latest rage in screenwriting when he came across this passage (second paragraph):
The passage in question says: Well, God and aliens don't mix, why? Because it's two sets of different kinds of magic. It's Double Mumbo Jumbo. And if you don't believe me, try substituting the word "Allah for the word "God" and see if your brain doesn't melt.
So Blake Snyder assumes there are no Muslim American screenwriters reading this? How offensive to block out an entire possible audience. And why would our brains melt? Allah and God don't mix? Or is it East and West don't mix?
Is it the Kipling theme: "East is East and West is West, and never shall the twain meet?"
Then say it a more clear way rather than just saying "your brain will melt".
This from such a popular screenwriting book is a shame.
PS: Since I got such biting responses about how Mr. Snyder was not racist. I also received this from another reader via email. A short short lesson on the difference between what is a racist act and who is a racist person. Fits perfectly in this discussion and the rabid response I got from another commentator proving me how nonracist Snyder is. What I care about is how racist that particular line is -- not anything about Signs or anything about how the writer's soul is beautiful. Watch this vid! Thanks reader!
And this analysis of Shyamalan and Hindu cosmology in his film Signs was recommended by another brilliant reader: America Loves Shyamalan by V.G. Julie Rajan