Guest Contributor – Chemist – Hollywood Hates Us

I recently wrote the below to a friend and they are seeing the same thing:

It seems that the mega entertainment corporations hate their customers so much that they are happy to commit suicide just to hurt their customers.

A crazy statement? Hear me out:
The latest Star Wars trilogy featured all female leads (The poor black dude who featured large in the first movie was a tertiary character at best in the second two.)
“OK, fine,” I thought. “The force can be used by male and female. No big deal. On with the story.” And I’m sure lots of people like myself felt the same way.
But Disney went further. It wasn’t enough to have STRONG FEMALE LEADS (TM) they had to destroy the male leads that came before. Luke wasn’t just a Jedi who was past his prime, he was a coward, a loser and a child murderer. It’s like Disney was saying: “Take that! All you losers who loved the original movies and characters. We’ll wreck them for you.”
Yes, the movies made money – lots of it, but only about a third of what they should have made. Did you hear of anyone standing in line to see those movies 4 times? 3? even twice?

OK, that’s a single example. . . .

The latest Marvel movie – Black Widow – has a scene consisting of women discussing their menstruation issues. I am told that Disney put that in the movie “Just to make men uncomfortable”.
Who watches comic book movies starring sexy women wearing tiny tight costumes? Is it pre-teen girls? Is it soccer moms? Is it the local Karen group of wine and whine?
No! Its men! Men and adolescent boys are your target audience. Why would you put in a scene just to make them uncomfortable?
Because Disney / Marvel hates their audience.
Black Widow is going to be the lowest grossing Marvel movie ever and may not even break even.
But it’s worth it, because they hate their audience and want to hurt them.

OK, that’s 2 examples, but they are both from the same company.

Let’s talk about Dr. Who. (Do we have to?) The BBC recently introduced a female Doctor Who. Not a female Gallifreyan – that had been seen before – but a female Dr. Who – the title character. OK, Its Sci-Fi, anything is possible. The fans will still watch as long as the writing is good. . .
But the writing was horrible. Every single plot revolved around social justice and other Woke topics. The fans stopped watching in droves. Remember that this is the longest running series in the history of television – almost 60 years of fans. There are people who grew up watching the show who are now collecting social security who have turned it off. The ratings are so bad that the BBC is considering cancelling the show.
But it’s worth it because they hate their fans.

The thing is that these companies are hurting themselves. The fans will go elsewhere – Japanese Manga is a big winner. They still feature male characters defeating bad guys and saving the day. (For now.) But the dollars the fans of Star Wars, Marvel, and Dr. Who would have spent on the movies, and products won’t be going to those mega corporations.

This is insanity. This is mental illness. And in the case of a publicly traded company, this might well be criminal.

Last Man Standing – Thoughts on the Last Episode of the Series – A Television Review

Back in January 2021 I wrote a review of the last season of “Last Man Standing” that was beginning at that time and I said the show was unwatchable.  And it was, but being the stubborn fool that I am, I decided to watch the final season as a lesson to myself.  And as predicted it was unbearable.  Sure, every once in a while, Tim Allen would inject a funny moment.  But the overall unfunny, bland, bad writing, the trivial plot elements and emasculated male characters was beyond awful.

But I stuck it out until the bitter end and I’m glad I did.  Because in the last half of the final “double episode” Tim Allen injected a plot element that was an open metaphor for the hijacking of his series by the network.  The story element was that Mike’s classic pick-up truck that he restored from the ground up was stolen.  Now just in case the metaphor escaped anyone he even slips and says “show” instead of “truck” in one place.  He stresses several times that he’s had the “truck” for ten years and of course “Last Man Standing” premiered in 2011.

At one point the characters are talking about the fact that they can’t find the truck because the tracking GPS is off the “network.”  One of them asks if it could be found on another network and someone else says he’s heard of something like that and then Tim Allen says he doesn’t think it will work.  So, he’s hitting out at both ABC and Fox with this statement.  Later on, he asks “Who steals somebody else’s work like that?”  And there is a mock wake where the various actors talk about their feelings for the “truck.”  And finally in the Mike character’s final VLOG episode Tim Allen says just like Ronald Reagan after his 1976 defeat in the Republican primary that he is bloodied but he’ll get back up again.

So maybe Tim Allen thinks he has another show in him.  But what network will play it without neutering all the normal masculinity that Allen is known for?  I don’t see it happening.  But at least it was something that he at least acknowledged that his brain child had been butchered by the powers that be.  For that at least I salute him.

If he ever does start a new series, I’ll give it a look.  Who knows?  Miracles can happen.

The Same Old Script

Camera Girl is a fan of the NCIS shows.  Like all women she has her weaknesses.  From the few times I’ve sat through these procedurals I have been enlightened as to just how many blonde, beautifully coiffed policewomen there are who can chase down a two-hundred-pound perp, subdue and cuff him while wearing high heels and without breaking a fingernail.  Well sure, I can see that.

By sad happenstance tonight she was watching NCI-NO (New Orleans) while I was in the living room.  The action was around an NOPD officer who while in pursuit of a robbery suspect becomes surrounded by a crowd of the suspect’s friends and thinking he sees a gun in the hand of a man shoots and kills him.  So, of course, the cop is white and the suspect and the shooting victim are black.  Eventually we find out that the victim was holding a phone that the policeman mistook for a gun.  Speeches and anger by the black cast members over the unjust treatment of black men by law enforcement, shame and appeasement by white cast members over how racist the world is.  The policeman resigns in shame.  The victim’s mother gives a dignified and loving speech about her son.  Everyone looks wistful.

That’s all very nice.  But isn’t that exactly what they said was the case with Michael Brown in Ferguson?  He was just a gentle giant who was executed by a racist cop.  He was a good kid who just accidentally assaulted a policeman, tried to take his gun and even after being shot once, charged the officer rather than surrender.  Why that could happen to anyone.

Anyway, what I’m wondering is when the next police show on tv is going to devote an episode to the knock out game.  You know, where a black teenager cold cocks some old Hassidic man or woman just to see if he can knock him unconscious with one punch while his friends capture it on their phones.  As a special bonus if he hits his head hard enough on the pavement he might even die.  Now that would be must see tv.  Maybe they could explain how it’s really racism by the old man that caused the incident.

Or maybe they can highlight one of those scenes that get captured on camera fairly frequently of a white or Hispanic or even black teenager being mobbed by black teenagers, knocked down and pummeled relentlessly with fists and feet until unconscious and then robbed of shoes and other belongings.  Certainly, this can be shown to be, once again, the result of anti-black discrimination.

So, the point of this post is to say that the bad relations between the police and the inner-city black population is hardly one of inexplicable racism.  The police are stuck with trying to keep order within an environment where many of the inhabitants, of these neighborhoods, even the teenagers, are depraved thugs and the rest of the community blames the police for enforcing laws that everywhere else are just normal behavior.

And now since the police have been prosecuted for doing their jobs, they have sensibly stepped back from enforcing the laws in these neighborhoods.  And the result of that is criminality and the law of the jungle.  Just last week, the Mayor of Baltimore begged his citizens to stop shooting each other so that there would be more beds available for COVID-19 patients.  That’s what Ferguson has brought us to in 2020.

Now I know that Hollywood would never have the courage to provide equal time to the politically incorrect truth about life in modern American cities but it certainly would get high ratings and everyone has always told me that Hollywood is a business and what makes money decides what is shown.  I don’t think there’s much of a market for the racist cop trope any more.

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What Would It Look Like If Hollywood Tried To Give The Troglodytes What They Want To See?

The recent furor over the large audience for Roseanne Barr’s tv show and the rumor about Fox resurrecting Last Man Standing got me thinking about what it would be like if TV and the Movies produced a certain amount of product every year for troglodytes like me.  And let me try to be precise.  I don’t mean generic action or sci-fi shows where the eighty-pound magic girl kung-fu-fights her way through acres of white South African and Serbian villains.  And I don’t mean family drama about blue collar guys who clean up after a hard day on the construction site and strut their stuff on the local drag-queen circuit.

So that’s what I don’t want.  But what would I prefer?  You know, it’s been so long since there was a choice other than weirdo-liberation of the week tv that I actually have to imagine what it would be.  Well, for a start how about a tv family where Mom stays home with the kids and Dad goes to work?  And how about a family where everyone is heterosexual or even better let’s just say normal?  And how about the words gay, lesbian or trans never come up?  And imagine if there are no disgruntled minorities aggrieved about the name of the school being Washington or Jefferson?  And how about if no one forces the boys’ baseball team to add a girl to the squad for “fairness?”  And imagine if we never have to hear about “Black Lives Matter” or “White Privilege?”  Suppose gun control and hate speech are unknown ideas?  And just to round things out, if we never mention Obama, Al Gore or Climate Change I’ll be happy.

You know what was a pretty good sit-com?  “Home Improvement” was actually almost perfect.  Innocuous comedy, family warmth and chemistry between the actors playing the family.  What else do you need?  And here’s a thought, when Tim Allen already has a popular family show on tv, why not try supporting the show instead of cancelling it when it’s near the top of the ratings for its viewing night?  ABC, you are truly hopeless.  Walt Disney must be spinning in his grave.

Now as for action-adventure, just have Americans blowing up foreigners and space aliens and pretty much I’m there.  Did I mention I don’t need any sexual weirdos or racial politics?  Good.  Try to remember it and I’ll go see your movies.

But who am I kidding?  Hollywood would rather go broke than support normal values.  They have too many friends in the LGBTQ weirdo network to turn back now.  So, this whole arc must be allowed to reach its inevitable conclusion.  In a few more years when Hollywood has completely lost the normal people someone will start over with the things I mentioned above and low and behold the people will beat a path to their door.  Hopefully that will put the last nail in the coffin of Hollyweird.