It’s humorous sometimes to watch my kids play. My daughter, the oldest, will often manipulate her brother into playing by her rules. He’ll question it with a quick “Why?”, but her reasonings are as shaky as you’d imagine a six-year-old’s reasonings to be. And then both of them are playing a game which makes absolutely no sense, with rules that either don’t apply to the game or are just so ridiculous that they’re clearly designed only for to win the game.
That’s how I feel on two political topics that are relevant today. I will discuss the first here and will save the second for my follow-up post.
The first one is the Academy’s recent decision to further qualify what will be considered for a best picture nomination. I know this is a couple of weeks old, and I was silent on it because quite frankly, most people with an iota of common sense don’t really care about what the Academy thinks is a good movie or not (these are the same people who think voting naked is somehow beneficial). But at the same time, those movies that do win the golden statue do stand out as cultural reflections in our history books, so though we don’t usually care about the big winners, they do give voice to our national identity down the line.
In case you don’t know, the Academy has made it so that movies must meet certain ethnical, racial, and social standards. You can check out the new rules here. So now, if filmmakers want to be included in this elite Academy, he or she must not only meet studio demands, budget limits, deadlines, personnel management, talent scouting, and so on, they also have this handy-dandy checklist that must be met. They have to ask themselves, Do I have enough women representation? Is at least one of my characters gay or bisexual? Are there Asians in my movie?
This isn’t a problem for me because I’m against any of these groups. It’s a problem for me because it further stifles creativity and the liberation art is meant to bring to the human soul. I understand that these rules only apply to those filmmakers trying to earn a best picture award, and that other filmmakers are still free to make what they want with whatever cast they want (except they will be forever hounded by social justice warriors on all social media platforms). But how is this not a very subtle form of bullying the way my daughter bullies my son into doing things her way “just because”?
If a movie happens to be about an “underrepresented” group, and it’s actually good, then by all means, lavish it with praise and little golden men. I’m sorely afraid that the people that make these decisions are no longer looking for quality, they’re simply looking for equality. And equality is extremely necessary in our daily lives, commerce, and social circles of every kind. But how many more alters do we need to slaughter creativity on? Saving Private Ryan, one of the most important and impactful films ever made would never have been made under these circumstances. And I’m sorry, but the last time I saw Parasite, last year’s best picture winner (which is a damn good movie, by the way), it did not check any of these boxes off – there were no blondes in the whole movie!
We complain about why movies aren’t as good as they used to be. That’s because Dead Poets Society wouldn’t survive in a culture like this. Oh, they’ll try to completely tear down and redo Ghostbusters with an all female cast, but look what good that did anybody – that movie was an embarrassment to people on both sides of the aisle and gender divide. And we complain that movies aren’t historically accurate – well, we’ll really be complaining when Winston Churchill is played by a Mexican lesbian in four years.
But here’s the thing. What these pushers of progress don’t realize is that they’re winning now, but they’re going to have it rubbed in their faces later. When Brokeback Mountain 2: Prairie Strokes wins best picture in 2025, the general audience won’t laud it for its artistic accomplishments or its superior storytelling – it will forever be said that it had to win because it happened to fit the narrow margin for what was allowed to be considered for the prestigious category. It will have won because of either a lack of competition or – more likely – because the rules were designed to make it win.
That’s not beating the odds or rising through obstacles. That’s having the world handed to you on a silver platter.
I’m not a republican, but even I can see that democrats and SJW’s are bullying people into their belief systems and their ideas of progress and making people believe that it’s all got to happen now.
A friend of mine suggested that these people only care about enacting change on paper but not changing people’s hearts. Meaning they don’t care if you blindly follow the rules even if you don’t understand them or agree with them, like my son playing along with my daughter, just as long as you march along and do what they say no matter what, no questions asked, and let them have their way.
And that is a dangerous place for us to be heading.
In the next post I’ll be discussing this a little further in regards to the election coming up. Please feel free to leave your opinions and comments below.