Feb 16, 2013
commented on Comic Book Stores Refuse to Carry Hateful Homophobe Orson Scott Card's Superman Comic
The problem here is the inherent conflict between free speech and capitalism. We live in a society where speech is promoted based on its profitability. Purveyors of speech (publishers, websites, TV channels, movie studios) don't care about the morality of speech. They only suppress speech when there's a backlash that could cause bad publicity and negatively impact profitability.
It's like Rush Limbaugh. He says hateful things. When people disagree with him and complain to his affiliates and try to get him off the air, should he have to lose money because of his opinions? Should he lose his platform? Imagine the situation was reversed and Rush Limbaugh went on tirades that you all agreed with, but powerful special interest groups who could make waves wanted to silence him and cause him to lose money.
There's no easy answer here and that's because free speech and capitalism have a fucked relationship and hypocrisy is absolutely inevitable.
Jun 29, 2012
commented on Ted: Like a More Ribald ALF
why is it wrong that "accepting responsibility" is a large theme in modern film? it's literally the climactic value of 99% of all stories. the protagonist accepts responsibility for something and takes final climactic action to resolve the story.
it's also giant mistake to think that the "man-child" story/archetype is anything new, or indicative of the stagnancy of modern popular culture in the "last ten years"
Marx Brothers - man-children
I Love Lucy - woman-child
Woody Allen - man-child
Murray/Ramis/Belushi - man-children
Seinfeld - man-children
You even cite Bridesmaids and Louis CK's routines as examples of good comedy, when they are completely based around the woman/man-child archetype that you are apparently sick of. Throughout Bridesmaids, Wiig's childish and irresponsible nature puts her at odds with the other characters. In the end, she finds responsible adult love with the police officer and yet retains her woman-childness (she fucking dances to Wilson-Philips). And Louis CK is a erudite inter-city liberal artist who Tweets about dicks, shit, AIDS, and Jews. His whole comedy is about his grown-up liberal nature being at odds with his offensive childishness. Come on!
Your analysis about comedy is contradictory and painful. It's obviously okay to like one thing and not another thing. (I like The Fifth Element and I don't like Blade Runner.) But your writing is neither thoughtful nor entertaining. It's sloppy and second-rate.
Jun 29, 2012
commented on That Was My Reaction Too
It's so sad that black people stoop so low to make a clearly racist video about themselves. It's a shame that they just don't know any better we should educate them more about how to not be racist
Feb 27, 2012
commented on Chow Bio
85th and evanston is greenlake dammn that lake be taking over other neighborhoods