When English writer and director Richard Curtis meets his maker, they will have one conversation as they browse the works of his life.
n the positive side of the ledger, there Blackadderwhich is still fascinating to this day. But I’m not entirely sure he could also be forgiven for making a series of awful romantic comedies like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral And most sinful of all, terribly annoying really love.
But it’s not only God that Curtis should worry about – his kids haven’t forgiven him for making those movies either. Speaking on a podcast that day, Curtis admitted that what he has “now looks like historical documents” and sadly admitted that his kids think at least 20% of the jokes are “wrong or untrue.”
Now, I’ve always thought a joke can’t be wrong or untrue – it can be funny or not funny, and that’s it. But everything has to pass the ethical smell test these days.
Many of Curtis’ flicks have been under the bead-eyed fashionistas lately, and there have even been calls over Christmas for her really love Banned from television on the grounds that it promotes a culture of rape and stalking.
Curtis also admitted that if he were to make these movies again, he’d do things differently. That seems to be the fashion now – take a classic, pull the guts out of it and reconnect the combo to make sure it’s suitable for today’s sensitive young minds.
This is what happens to Enid Blyton, whose fans are reeling over the announcement of a rewrite of the classic film for her children Magic Faraway Tree. Author Jacqueline Wilson has been commissioned to rewrite and promise to include “lectures” on gender inequality and, better yet, it will now include “anxious parents” who don’t like their children going on adventures without adult supervision.
This sounds like a lot of fun, right?
But it’s not just children’s books that receive revisionist treatment.
and like thatThe eagerly awaited follow-up Sex and the CityHe’s beaten for not being funny, plus he’s very serious and lively. The fun-loving, fun-loving characters of the original show have been replaced with conversations about race, transgenderism, and gender.
There’s only one problem with that – watch numbers fall off a cliff and keep shrinking with each episode. This is not because the average viewer has a problem with blacks, gays, or members of the transgender community. No, that’s because people don’t like being lectured on issues of social justice through a show that was defined by his love for Manolo Blahnik and his terrible one-night stands.
Likewise, when Jodi Whitaker became the first female physician in Doctor fromThis move was met with great approval. The final result? People got bored of the constant shaking of the fingers and standing right. Despite hitting record ratings when the first season aired, it ended up losing a million viewers in one episode, and the New Year’s Day special was the worst performing episode in the show’s history.
These are just a few examples of the massive disconnect that exists in Western society. This separation that seems to widen every day. One side are those who believe that everything should revolve around identity politics and various social issues. Then there’s the silent majority who just want to watch Doctor from For scary monsters, or watch and like that For crude jokes and seeing women behave badly.
Obviously, art should reflect changes in society, but there are ways to do this without taking a club and hitting the audience’s heads with things they don’t really care about. However, it now appears that the public is subservient to the software makers’ need to assert their moral purity.
Quentin Tarantino touched on this when he appeared Real time with Bill Maher He complained that: “Ideology is more important than art. Ideology trumps individual effort. Ideology trumps good.”
Reply to his comments? Well, a lot of people made fun of him and called him just another ‘old white man’.
The difference, of course, is that a lot more people would like to see the films made by this old white man than the all-female reboot, for example. Ghostbusters (Which, in fairness, wasn’t quite as terrible as some critics claimed; it wasn’t very good.)
How long will this situation continue? Well, at the end of the day, the only problem that matters to Hollywood and TV producers is making money.
When they fall into the old trap of “wake up and break” where viewers leave in droves and advertisers give less money, we’ll soon see a return to shows that don’t treat us like kids, or worse yet, unintentionally fanatics.
Well, we can only hope.
I am in favor of the vaccine but I draw the line in forcing people to take it
TAn increasingly bizarre tale of Novak Djokovic, his battle with Australian immigration authorities and even Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offers intriguing insight into the different attitudes toward jab and anti-vaccination.“ Stubborn refused to just take the bloody thing.
But even those of us who have been stabbed, double punched and then reinforced will wince at the way the tennis player was treated.
Yes, he appears to have come up with three different and contradictory stories, and his father surely did him no favors by comparing him to Jesus, but there is also a whiff of political opportunism from Morrison.
Slacked in the polls and desperate for being behind, he seems to have chosen Djokovic as the ideal and he is not giving up.
But the broader picture was more interesting than a bizarre feud between the world number one and the politician.
This is because it showed how authoritarian some people have become since Covid hit like a ton of bricks.
I have absolutely no time for anti-vaccination. I think they are deluded, paranoid, and dangerous.
However, when we see so many people calling for mandatory vaccinations, society is down a very dangerous path. Do we really want a scenario in which people are called, under pain of stalking, for medical treatment they don’t want? I have no problem with places that don’t let in someone who has not been vaccinated, and if you choose not to vaccinate, you know you will be denied some services.
But I get annoyed every time I mention the word “mandatory”.
So you must.