I’ve talked at length about how people’s idea that Hollywood actually gives a shit about their social justice cause is stupid, but now I finally have seen actual evidence that makes it very clear that they couldn’t give a shit less, so long as they can make money from it. If it gets in the way of money, then they couldn’t give any less fucks. We see so many films like pretty much all of the Transformers sequels and now The Meg where the setting has large portions in China, has white actors in action roles, and nothing that could possibly offend the sensibilities of anyone. However, it goes deeper than that.
The PRC put out some regulations for Hollywood when it comes to any kind of content that they will allow on their screens, and what would have to be cut from a movie in order to show it in China. Here’s a link to a longer post about it, but I want to cut out something in-particular. The post above has a list of all the things that have to be cut, but something caught my eye. Have you ever noticed that Disney is all about every kind of diversity under the sun except for one? Not seeing many gay people in their movies, are you? The LGBT community is strangely absent from their movies. Why is that? The aforementioned list can tell you.
Showing obscene and vulgar content, exposing scenes of promiscuity, rape, prostitution, sexual acts, perversion, homosexuality, masturbation and private body parts including the male or female genitalia; containing dirty and vulgar dialogues, songs, background music and sound effects;
There you have it. The entire reason that there is hardly any representation of the LGBT community in major Hollywood productions. It’s because they want that precious Chinese cheddar! And by cheddar, I mean money. Theater attendance in America has been steadily decreasing, and last year saw a 25-year low. Meanwhile, in China, their attendance steadily climbs and is actually offsetting any losses in domestic markets. It is getting to the point that, if Hollywood isn’t already figuring to stop catering to American audiences, they soon will. It is getting to the point that it’s more profitable to have movies that are tailored to a Chinese audience than an American one.
And all these people care about is the money. Guess what, “oppressed” group X – that means you don’t matter to them! So to all the people who made those stupid hashtags #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend and #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, you might as well kiss either of those ideas goodbye. Because that would mean that one of their biggest markets won’t go see it. I remember all those people talking about the lesbian couple in Finding Dory that is on the screen for two seconds. You know why it was that short? Because they can edit that out!
Everyone seems to want to believe that their group is going to be represented in some big way in major blockbusters. To hell with the Indie films that have great representation, or the smaller movies that do it well. They want their “oppressed” group represented. Well, if that group is any of the letters in LGBT, then it won’t be you, because they will make less money. And at the end of the day, that is ALL they care about. Nothing else matters. Does it hurt, knowing your group means less to them than their shillings? It shouldn’t. Hollywood, just like the news industry, is a whore.
Tell you what – next big movie that has LGBT representation, get your ass in theaters! Fill up those seats. I mean really do it. To the point that they can see what a huge market it is domestically to offset the cost of overseas. But we all know that that won’t happen. There is a reason that these people want their “oppressed” group represented in major blockbusters – so they can get the domestic audience to see it. Because they magically believe that if their group is in a major motion picture, with hundreds of millions in sales, all of the people will look at that and go – Holy shit, gay people are real! And they do real stuff just like me! I won’t be a horrible bigot anymore! There’s a neat fantasy world to live in.
All of the group you believe care about your group and your “oppression” don’t. They care about how much money they can make. That’s how it’s always been, and how it always will be. And part of why movies like 2016’s Ghostbusters will never get a sequel is because they get banned in China. Think about that part too.
Until next time, a quote,
“How do we not make it a big deal to be gay? Personally, I don’t give a shit. It’s not ‘tolerance.’ It’s not ‘acceptance.’ It’s apathy. And I feel that’s about as advanced as it gets. If someone says to me, ‘Hey, did you hear Ellen Page fucks women?!’ my reaction would be the same as if someone said ‘hey, did you hear that peaches are on sale?!’ I don’t fucking care. Good for Ellen Page and peaches. That’s where we should be as a society. Just not really caring what other people do with their day, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.” – A Dose of Buckley