Rey is a Mary Sue

Alright, this is getting on my nerves.  Been at this stupid argument on Twitter for so long, and I just want to finish it.  So I am going to go into great depths why this character is a complete Mary Sue, while showing you how this could EASILY have been remedied without breaking the “continuity” (I put quotes around that for a reason.  The plot of the two numbered sequels in this franchise is a dumpster fire) of the film.  It would have been so simple.  I am hoping to keep this short as I am tired of this argument and want it to be done.

First, she sure is a master mechanic, pilot, and warrior.  That’s interesting.  Everyone and their sister has already brought this up, and it has been debated.  The strongest defense I’ve seen was “she was a junker and learned how to fight!  She was a master with the staff!”  How do we know this?!  Oh, right, we know this because the official Star Wars page says so!  Um…no.  I’m not accepting some blurb on a website as gospel truth.  That is confirmation bias that I am certain didn’t exist before all of the criticism.

This could have EASILY been remedied in the film.  It would have taken a couple minutes of screen time, at most!  It also could have helped alleviate another reason I call Rey a Mary Sue – her complete lack of a personality outside of having a vagina.  See, they could have had her meeting up with friends on Jakku.  See her talking to some guy who is something of a mentor to her.  With no parents, maybe it was someone who took her in and helped raise her.  Since the films have decided to they will never answer the story of her lack of parents, it opens up the question even more to how she grew up in such a seedy place all by herself.  Have her running to escape and wondering if the person who raised her is okay when they escape in the Millennium Falcon.  Would make for a touching moment when she comes back later and they see how much she’s grown as a person.  You know, if she actually had grown since the last film.  Still a beedy-eyed, boring character.  Well that sucks.

We also could have seen her friends.  I refuse to believe that this girl had no one that she was partial to or at least hung around with.  You don’t survive on some seedy desert planet all by yourself.  No child is that precocious.  That’s fucking Matilda shit right there (not to come down on that movie.  It’s a guilty pleasure).  Have one of her friends train with her on the staff.  Then boom!  She has gotten some unofficial training in learning how to fight!  That’s five minutes of screen-time!  Plus, we could have actually given her a personality!  I hate this character so much.  Not because she’s a woman, but because she’s completely wasted.  There is potential in such a character.  Like having her be Luke’s illegitimate daughter.  Like he saw that she was going to turn to the dark side, and he wanted to keep her as far away from the Force as he could, so he put her on a planet with someone he trusted.  But nope!  She’s just there, and the films want you to forget about that.

Next up, we have her power with the Force.  There is no defending this.  NONE!  Her sudden absolute mastery of the Force is absurd in the extreme.  She had never heard of it before the beginning of TFA, and yet she is able to be a master of it in a matter of days?!  That’s ridiculous!  All of the Mary Sue nay-sayers can’t argue against that.  What’s more, she’s even better than Luke at the Force.  In a matter of days, she is better at using the Force than a Jedi Master?  That’s stupid.  That’s unbelievable.  As in, I literally don’t believe it.  That’s bad writing.  That’s writing of “this woman can’t have a weakness to overcome!  That makes her too much like normal people!”

This character is amazing at everything she does without a single establishment of any skills.  Maybe it’s because we have practically zero time to get to know her in The Force Awakens before the film has to throw her forward.  If only the filmmakers knew what quiet time is, and how to use that properly.  Who knows what could have happened.  A man can dream.

A lot of people say that people like me are just part of the anti-SJW echo chamber.  Got a cousin who says that.  But here’s why this actually bothers me – because there are so many easy ways to have such a character be interesting.  I can think of 20 EASY ways to fix Rey’s character in the films right off the top of my head and make her a genuinely interesting protagonist.  She is so much wasted potential because if they made her too much like a real person, the Tumblrinas wouldn’t be able to shove themselves into her skin.  Part of me was hoping they were going for her being tempted and going to the dark side, while Kylo finds redemption and comes back to the light.  That would be a brilliant twist!  But nope!  Just more boredom.

And I’m done arguing about this.  Gonna share this with the aforementioned cousin just to shut him down forever.

Until next time, a quote,

“Or precocious.  I mean, the things they had you saying on that show, my god, what child talks like that?” – Catherine Stark

Peace out,

Maverick

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Risk Taking

The consensus among the YouTubers that I follow and like has been pretty consistent on the new Star Wars film.  A good friend of mine called it a dumpster fire.  Here’s a video from a YouTuber who I don’t always agree with, but whose perspective I really like and wish that he got more attention –

With the opinion on this so divided, I have seen a lot of the left-leaning media that loves to suck the cock of the new Star Wars films decide to make sport of the people who hate it.  The biggest of these remarks is that people didn’t like The Force Awakens because it didn’t take risks, now people hate this new film because it took risks.  I find this perspective asinine and stupid.  And I’m going to tell you why.

Something people don’t seem to get is that taking risks is this little thing called risky.  Why?  Because it means that whatever you’re making might not go over well with people.  It means that you are taking a chance that whatever you’re going to make might suck. I guess the “socially aware” types online weren’t aware of that fact.  You can take all the risks in the world, and it might fail.

See, there are some truly amazing films that have taken risks.  This year saw a sequel to Blade Runner that so many people were afraid would be a victim of the Hollywood sequel machine, but thanks to a truly amazing filmmaker who took some narrative risks with elements of the original film that were so pivotal to people’s analysis of it, turned out something truly spectacular.  The best remakes of movies have been done when filmmakers want to take old ideas and then give their own spin on them.

Naughty Dog decided to do a sequel to the Uncharted franchise after the third game had wrapped things up very nicely.  It could have been a mediocre cookie-cutter cash-grab like some sequels that had no reason to exist *cough*Mass Effect: Andromeda*cough*.  Instead, it was a near-flawless narrative wrapping up the story of characters we had grown to love over the course of four games, while introducing a new one.  That was a big risk.

But like I said, risks don’t always mean people are going to like it.  I jokingly mentioned Mass Effect: Andromeda earlier, but yeah, that’s a good example.  Bioware decided to risk putting out a cash-grab game to a franchise that were clearly done (albeit in the shittiest ending of all time) and it came back to bite them in the ass.  EA has done a lot of risky behavior that has gotten them in hot water this year.  Not feeling sorry about that.

When you are taking risks you have to do it well.  It means that you have an added burden of doing something that might anger people and balancing it with a deft hand to be able to level it off with respecting whatever people like about the license you are taking risks with.  As an example – why couldn’t they have made Rey actually go to the Dark Side?  You know, actually have her become evil with Kylo Ren becoming the good guy.  That is a risk that could pay off in spades.  But they know they can’t do that.  Because then the Tumblrinas would lose their shit and say it’s misogyny or some dumb thing because a woman is not a complete Mary Sue.  Which is what Rey fucking is.  So was that chick in Rogue One.  Boring, bland, mediocre characters who can’t have any flaws because then they’d have to have character development.  Can’t have that.

I am so glad I’m done with Star Wars.  After watching Rogue One, I realized that this is what this franchise is going to be.  Disney’s latest tool for making an assload of money while getting to show off how “progressive” they are with all their “diverse” characters.  Yeah, diverse in skin color.  And nothing else.  None of these characters have a personality.  The Force Awakens as so bland and riffing on a better film that I couldn’t tell you anything about any of the characters.  Hell, Harrison Ford looked fucking medicated throughout the whole film so even he had no personality.

What the media needs to learn is that risks don’t automatically equate to quality filmmaking.  Risk can ruin a project just as fast.  For something like this, you take risks but respect the source material.  Rian Johnson didn’t give two fucks about the source material and just wanted to give Disney a platform to be progressive and show how woke they are.  Because we have a purple-haired Tumblrina whose always right!  And when a character decides to rightfully point out how stupid she’s being, Leia shoots him because fuck men!  Even though the Tumblrina is being a fucking idiot, woman power!  We also got a fat Asian woman!  Woman power!  Because a fat Asian woman automatically means that she’s an interesting character, right?  Oh, and Leia turning into Superman in space isn’t really stupid, right?  Oh, and Luke turning into an old asshole who hates the Force and hates everyone isn’t insulting, right?  Because we can’t have a single competent male character who isn’t a douchebag in the whole fucking movie.  Listening to the plot of this film just annoys me.

Risks don’t mean success if you don’t treat it like you care about the source material.  The consensus among those I read says that the film looked great, sounded great, but had a plot that did the entire series in the butt.  That’s not taking risks for art or to try something new.  It’s taking risks where it doesn’t count and playing it safe where it does.  It’s not respecting these characters by turning Leia into Superman and turning Luke Skywalker into a curmudgeon asshole who has no redeeming characteristics and gets killed off unceremoniously.  Because woman power!

Speaking of, let’s take another look at a film that took risks and still sucked – Ghostbusters (2016).  That film decided to have all women, and make all the men in the film assholes or idiots.  It sucked.  Why?  Because there was ZERO respect for the source material and the whole film was there to pander to a social movement.  It sucked.  The terrible writing, terrible acting, and characters who had all the personality of a ham sandwich, it fucking sucked.

Be smart with risks, is what I’m getting at.  It’s not that complicated.

Until next time, a quote,

“This movie gave me AIDS!” – Mr Plinkett

Peace out,

Maverick

Why Can’t Women Directors Win More Awards?!

This is a question I saw floating around Twitter a few days ago.  It seems that some of the Twitter SJW crowd has a real problem with the fact that the films nominated for Best Director all share the fact that they are directed by men, and want to see women getting the nod.  For starters, who even cares what wins these stupid awards?  I have never understood why people care about film awards.  The Oscars are a stupid waste of time, and it’s all just the entertainment industry sucking its own dick.  My favorite film of 2016 was barely recognized – Arrival.  Some truly amazing works of cinematic art get snubbed for awards because there was some musical or some historical piece film that the studio eats up.  It’s asinine.

But then I got to thinking about the question at hand.  Why don’t more women directors win awards?  It’s simple – because as in the case of this year, the best films were made by men.  I have no problem with great films made by women.  The Hurt Locker deserved the accolades it received.  Sofia Coppola can’t act for shit, but Lost in Translation is an amazing film where an amazing actress and a veteran actor get to show off their stuff like never before.  There is no reason to believe that women cannot make films that are just as amazing as what men direct.  However, the films that I love recently have been directed by men.  I’m sorry, but it’s true.  The truly stand-out directors lately have been men willing to take the medium and push boundaries.  They are making transformative works.

Directors like Dennis Villenueve, who directed my favorite film of last year, and this year with the outstanding sequel to Blade Runner.  He took the Hollywood sequel machine and turned it on its head with one of the greatest sequels of all time, that I will be doing a very in-depth review on when I get it on blu-ray and can sit down and really digest it.  Christopher Nolan is a director who I am convinced had his family killed by a computer because of how hard he goes out of his way not to put CG in his films.  Dunkirk was phenomenal.  Another film where I am going to write about it as soon as I can sit down with it and really digest it as a film.  Edgar Wright made a film about a driver that was a dark action film featuring amazing performances and everything in the film being synced to the soundtrack.  That is amazing!  Masterful editing!  I am of course talking about Baby Driver.  Call his works pretentious, but Wes Anderson is finally getting mainstream recognition for his quirky comedies that bring back some old-school methods of filmmaking.

You know what all those directors have in common?  Pushing boundaries.  All of them take the medium and make it into something more.  I firmly believe that women can do the exact same thing.  No joke there, I believe it from the bottom of my little black atheist heart.  There is no reason to think otherwise.  So why aren’t we seeing more female directors getting a nod?  Well, that’s because this year I am reading about amazing films that I have loved, and I don’t see any women on the directorial stage for any of them.  Women can do amazing things.  Sometimes all it takes is the guts to be willing to do something insane when no one else wants you to.  Or to be given something that no one believes will work and doing something different with it that if nothing else gets people to take a second look.  Or maybe it’s taking a dry genre and injecting new life into it with a unique spin that takes everyone by surprise.

I remember back when the first Twilight film was being made and how everyone was saying it was a paradigm shift because it was being directed by a woman.  Women power!  Only that’s not how it turned out, was it?  It was a boring, vanilla, bland piece of shit that only lonely teenage girls without a personality could like.  I hear they’re planning to reboot the films.  WHY?!  Whose idea was that, and can I have their number so I can ask?

These people who are on Twitter yelling about not enough women winning awards are not the ones who are doing anything to change it.  One of my favorite films is Monsters.  It’s about two people trying to get back through Mexico after an alien invasion.  It’s a quiet, slow-burn film.  You know how it was made?  The director decided he wanted to make a film without a huge budget and took insane risks with what he called “guerrilla filmmaking.”  It’s when you only have the equipment you need.  You shoot in real time and then have a single day to edit it.  You’re constantly on the move.  The result was a masterful film with a beautiful story.  Hey women on Twitter, what’s stopping you from doing that?

Making amazing films comes down to guts and the willingness to do whatever it takes to make your vision come to life and the talent to make that vision good.  It’s not easy.  Ask anyone who has been through the process and they’ll tell you that it takes grit and determination and a shit-ton of effort from very talented people.  In modern blockbusters that means people who can make CG come to life.  Ladies, if you want more women to do that, then you tell me – what are the films they’ve made recently that can measure up?  If there are any women who are taking those risks, let them be recognized here.  I mean that, tell me who they are and show me their work.  Let’s see who these pioneers are.  But don’t say that it should just be women being given awards because they have a vagina.

Until next time, a quote,

“When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them ‘no, I went to films.'” – Quentin Tarantino

Peace out,

Maverick

SIONR: Feminists are the Ones Objectifying Women

Listening to feminists talk about women in video games, you get this weird idea about how they see women in them.  All the time it’s about how women are sex objects and viewed as something you can use and throw away.  But you wanna know something I have noticed about that?  The only person calling women in video games sex objects is feminists.  That’s it.  I genuinely haven’t seen any gamers talking about female characters like they are a sex object.

The obvious rebuttal is, “but men talk about their bodies in a sexual way!  How is that not objectifying?!”  If someone talks about sex, that means they see the person as an object?  I am romantically and sexually attracted to a girl I went to have coffee with today.  Does that mean I see her as an object?  I have had fantasies about the two of us being intimate together.  Almost certainly never going to happen, but that’s what it is.  I still see her as a person that I find interesting and enjoy talking to, who I just happen to also find appealing on a sexual level.  There have been plenty such women in my life.  A couple men too.

But I can hear you say “but that’s real people!  They have personalities and aren’t just made to look like a sex toy!”  Plenty of sexy women in games have personalities too.  Let’s take an example Anita Sarkeesian loved to rag on – Bayonetta.  That woman was a kick-ass Umber Witch who killed angels and took shit from no one, and yet she has weaknesses and human flaws.  She has a child following her who calls her “mummy” and almost has her believing that she is the girl’s real mom.

Let’s look at another example – Jack from Mass Effect 2.  She’s damn-near naked from the waist up.  The only thing covering her nipples are belts.  But she has a dark and twisted history of horrific abuse which had led her to become a violent monster.  The vast number of tattoos on her body each have a story, all of which you never know.  She’s a badass fighter and it kind of pissed me off that I couldn’t get her back on my team in the last game.  I’m talking about Mass Effect 3, by the way, not Andromeda.  So far as I’m concerned, that game doesn’t exist.

Okay, perhaps that is too gray for all of you.  After all, it’s pretty clear that her nakedness is part of her character.  Let’s go into a character who is all about being sexy – Tina Armstrong.  She’s is the stereotypical big-breasted and skimpy outfit blonde character.  And yet, I still don’t see her as nothing but an object.  I see her as badass fighter who can and will fuck you up, all while having a sexy body to boot.  I guarantee that if she was a real person, not one guy who thinks she is sexy in the series she is in would have the balls to hit on her in real life.  Turns out, sexy women who have confidence in their bodies tend to have most men being too scared to talk with them.  Confidence is powerful and nobody could say Tina isn’t powerful.

But then I see Twitter posts like this one (linked here) saying that when women are sexy in video games, that makes me think less of women in general, it really does rub me as these people inserting their own biases into their posts.  See, I don’t think less of women as a whole in any way because of sexy women in gaming.  I haven’t met a single gamer who isn’t a MGTOW who has.  I can jerk off to B Jenet in King of Fighters and still think nothing less of my incredibly capable female coworkers or supervisor who is the Momma Bear of our office.  She’s tough, and more than a little distant, but her knowledge has made all of us know that when we don’t have an answer, she does.

I’m starting to think that feminists are the ones who are really seeing women as lesser because of what they see in media.  It’s already clear that sex negative feminists like Anita Sarkeesian are terrified of sexuality and can’t handle women who aren’t scared to death of their womanhood.  She goes out of her way to insult all the fictional examples of women who aren’t afraid of their boobs or vaginas.  Makes one wonder what they think of real women too.  But I wonder what the chick who wrote that Twitter posts thinks of them too.

We’ve been getting more and more stories coming out recently of male feminists who are actually perverted pigs who used feminism to try and get in women’s pants.  Makes you wonder if they are actually the same people that women like this think of.  But then you have to wonder if the woman who wrote that post is just the same.  If she sees women in sexy outfits and does nothing but reduce them down to their clothes.  Would make her very female.  After all, it isn’t men who are constantly critical of women because of their clothes or makeup.  Not typically.  The vast majority of shit-talkers of how people look are women.  Men don’t care about the dress so-and-so celebrity wore.  Women do.  Men don’t care about what brand of handbag such-and-such had.  Women do.  Nowhere does the average man care about this stuff.  Women do.

So maybe it isn’t the sexist gamers who are really doing the objectifying.  Maybe it’s the feminists who say that they are the ones looking to fight for equality.  I think Syetenatheist made a song about this.

Until next time, a quote,

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

This Video is Devoid of Context (A response to ONE)

You know what I hate – videos that start with one thing and decide that they are going to completely nix that concept and instead focus on whatever pet project they are going to go after.  Today it is the idea that women in the third world are poor because men have all the jobs.  Oh, but rather than talk about that, their video that is supposed to pimp this topic out decides that they are going to focus on First World problems that are so devoid of context and lacking in any reason to care that I am amazed we don’t have a sad violin playing in the background.  I’ll share the video, so none of you can saying I am taking things out of context, and then we’ll break it down.

Alright, so we got some chick in a foreign country just having a baby and asking if it’s a boy.  The doctor says no.  What does that have to do with anything?  Is the idea that this chick in what I presume is a Third World country would rather have a boy than a girl?  What is the argument there?  What is the message?

Next we got some girl who is sitting that naked butt on a stone countertop.  Yeah, that’s already unrealistic.  But she is looking at some pic of a girl who is fat and it says “NO.”  Then she looks at her own slight chub and is all distraught.  I’m sorry, but what’s the point there?  It’s clear this chick is in the First World.  She’s on her smartphone with an electric toothbrush in a house that looks very nice.  Clearly she isn’t living in poverty.  That being fat means you are in poverty?  What?

Next up we got a bunch of Asian people in a conference room and some girl is about to stand up for some reason, and the boss man says “no.”  What’s the context here?  Did she get passed over for a promotion?  Maybe it wasn’t her turn to speak.  Maybe they’re going around the table and it isn’t her turn yet.  Without any context of any kind, we have no idea why “no” was said to her.  What’s the point of this?  That social justice idiots can’t make a point without totally divorcing context from it?

Then there is a little girl in Germany who wants to buy a shirt.  Her mom says “no.”  Why should I care?  When you are a little kid, your parents can tell you that they don’t want you to wear certain clothes.  It sure doesn’t look like fucking Goodwill that they are shopping at, so how is this a point about poverty?  What did this have to do with anything even approaching the title of this video?!

Oh my god, a clip that actually has a point!  We have some girl in some African country being sold off to a man.  Wow, amidst all the women with their First World problems, they actually acknowledge that child marriage is bad.  It is.  I totally agree.  The fact that there are countries that still have this blows my fucking mind.  It kills me that in a video where it is supposed to be representing women in the Third World, it sure is nice that the video FINALLY acknowledges that these women and REAL problems actually fucking exist!

Then we get to some black woman at…somewhere turning in some kind of paperwork and being told “no.”  Um, where was this?  Was that a job application?  Was she applying for a loan?  Is this a bank?  What the fuck is the context there?!  Explain, video!

Oh, and then we have some teenage girl who is on her laptop when she suddenly has an apron put over her and the father figure is having her work while the little brother says “no.”  Since I don’t see a mom, it seems that the dad is the one providing for these two children.  What a horrible person, for having the child that he looks after help him with family chores.  That’s just sexist!  It doesn’t show that she was working on a school paper or something like that, so is the point here that fathers asking their daughters to help around the house is bad?  It’s shit like this that makes people think Millennials can’t handle life.

Alright, then we got some party guy and girl and when the girl doesn’t reciprocate the guy’s advances, he says “no.”  The guy’s a jerk, but I have to ask – what does this have to do with poverty being sexist?  That jerk guys exist?  This video is the personification of “one of these things is not like the other.”  Virtually all of these clips are just feminist talking points and have fuck-all to do with the title of this fucking video.

Now we have some girl in the Third World wanting to go to school, and her mom says “no.”  Why?  Is this in some country where radical Islam has taken root and a girl being in school could potentially have her killed?  If that’s the case, the mother is very right to say no.  Without a single ounce of context, this clip could mean anything.  But at the very least it does tie in to what the video is supposed to be fucking talking about.

The video then fucking ends by saying “none of us are equal until all of us are equal.”  You have got to be fucking kidding me.  90% of this video was stupid First World problems, totally devoid of context, and you are going to make the argument that this showed inequality?  Yeah, it showed one, arguably two places where there is sexism that hurts girls.  And for those places, yeah, I genuinely do think something should be done.  But for the rest of that bullshit, it is just another glowing symbol of how feminism is all about equality, after pushing their talking points and almost completely forgetting the women who actually need help right now.  Way to lose the plot, idiots.

Until next time, a quote,

“I have a question for you, Lord Gilferd – what do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat with just means?  Do you stain your hands with evil, or do you remain steadfast and just, even when it means surrendering to evil?” – Lelouch vi Britannia, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Peace out,

Maverick

Stop Using Ignorance of the Medium to Sell Your “Journalism” (A response to Polygon)

People who can take this publication seriously baffle me.  How?  How can anyone read what they write and not go “this is totally slanted shit”?  These people clearly are incapable of discussing this medium in anything resembling objective way.  They can only write articles espousing opinions about stuff and showing off that they have no real understanding of the medium in which they are writing about.  That’s what this is.  Another article written by someone who doesn’t get how vidya works, and has to also shit on the sequel to one of my favorite games in the process.  It seems that Polygon decided to take a crack at the newest trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2.  It’s a pretty awesome trailer.  We have some violent people doing horrible things in the fallen world, with some characters we haven’t met before fighting back.  It made me want to know more.  I’m really hoping for gameplay footage and a release date soon.  But Polygon had other issues with it.  Here’s a link to their stupid article, let’s talk about it.

Bones bludgeoned with hammers. A noose wrapped tightly around a struggling woman’s neck. The blade of a knife pressed into a vulnerable stomach. The gruesome imagery Naughty Dog manages to cram into a five-minute trailer for The Last of Us Part 2 is physically uncomfortable to sit through.

Only if you never played through the first game, Julia Alexander.  For those of us who know this series, we saw how in the world of The Last of Us, humanity had descended into madness.  An infection making fungus zombies has wiped out most of humanity and those that are left are tribal and destructive.  It’s a game where the central theme is the last spark of humanity in characters, and how those who are able to maintain that goodness die while those who eschew goodness to survive live.  It’s a cold and tragic story about characters who all have to make a choice to abandon their humanity in order to live.  So for me, I can watch that and think – wow, this is hardcore.  What is the story with these characters?  I am really interested.

The victims of the vicious assault, two women, are unnamed. It’s not clear why we’re watching two people be tortured, but we’re asked to take in the extreme violence under the assumption that we’ll be rewarded with more information for doing so. That information never comes, however, and all we’re left with is residual nausea.

Is all this person has played is Mario games?  Does she even know about the first one?  I would love to see her reaction during the scene in the restaurant in the first game where Ellie is savagely beaten and the implication is that after David is done beating her, he is going to rape her.  If you aren’t aware of what kind of trailer this is, don’t watch it.  Go back to phone games or Nintendo’s cookie-cutter material.

A trailer is a pitch to its audience of what to expect from the full game. In the past, Naughty Dog’s trailers have captured a particular mood or suggested a compelling relationship. But here, the promise is almost exclusively gore. There’s an argument to be made that the trailer raises an enticing question — Why are these women being attacked? — but that mystery is both too familiar and too broad.

What?!  What the fuck does that even mean?!  Too familiar and too broad?  And exclusively about gore?  There was hardly any gore in there!  We saw a girl’s arm get busted with a hammer.  Brutal, but not gory.  But what does too familiar and too broad mean?  That’s fucking word salad.  It’s done by a person who wants to make their point seem really profound, when the truth is that it is just them not wanting to say “I don’t like it!  And my opinion is all that matters about this!”

Without any context, the trailer fails to introduce (or even really tease) the story players will embark on. That is its problem.

I guess Julia has never heard of world-building before.  You know, a scene in something to set the tone for what kind of world this story takes place in?  Is this a totally revolutionary thing to her?

The fact that their antagonist is a woman herself does little to undercut what this trailer is on its most blunt level: an extended sequence of brutal and unexplained violence against women being used to thrill the viewer, and ultimately, sell a video game.

Did Anita Sarkeesian write this with a pen name?  Yes, because gamers just love to watch women get beaten and hurt.  That’s totally all this was about.  Give me a fucking break.  This trailer was setting a tone, dumbass!  The tone is – this world is violent and unforgiving.  Even women who are beefcakes like the woman being hung can’t escape the reality of what a violent world it is.  There was meant to be some thrill to the players, because we have seen this world before and we are meant to now be excited to see it again because it’s clear that the violence in what’s left of humanity society hasn’t gone away.  The lesson here is – themes are too complicated for feminists.

There’s a difference in how Naughty Dog handled the trailers for The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2. In The Last of Us, Joel may be gunning down hunters, but we understand why he’s doing it, and those he’s attacking aren’t women or marginalized people. The trailer is violent, but it’s justified; none of that justification exists in The Last of Us Part 2’s trailer, where violence simply exists.

Oh my god!  It’s almost like this trailer was trying to inform the viewers that the world of this game is violent and harsh and unforgiving.  And it doesn’t matter what your gender or skin color is.  You can be brutally beaten and killed all the same.  Themes, mother-fucker!  Are you too dense to get this?  Can you turn the feminism off for five fucking minutes to actually critically analyze something in a way outside of “this is insulting to women and minorities!”?

Providing a trailer with little to no context leads to more questions about how this trailer came to be. How many women were involved in the creation, editing and approval of this trailer? In an industry (and studio) that’s predominantly run by men, did women feel comfortable offering a critique?

And here we get to the meat of her argument, what it all boils down to.  All of this blatant ignorance of what this trailer was trying to do was meant to just be another statement about how sexist gaming is and how there aren’t enough women in it.  Groj, what a complete waste of time.  This article did not substantially say anything.  Just, nothing.  It was just someone who can’t turn off the feminism for long enough to get through the trailer, or if she hates it that much go watch something else.  It’s more SJW bitching because they can’t handle this medium, and Polygon gives her space to do it.  Ugh.

The new Last of Us Part 2 trailer was supposed to introduce new characters, including Yara (and possibly even Ellie’s mom), but all we met were victims of abuse. We met ideas of what women should be in games like this, not actual women.

That is so fucking sexist!  How do people who say this shit not see that?!  All the women in the trailer are is victims of abuse?  So, their personalities and whatever traits we will learn about them in the full game don’t matter?  It only matters that they are living in a violent world and are victims of that violence?!  What a way to totally denigrate them based on your own prejudices.  By that token, I could say that Carol in The Walking Dead is only the victim of abuse from the first season and not acknowledge what an awesome and twisted character she becomes to where we are now.  Or I could say that Diana in the new Hitman is only someone who submissively took intimidation because of the scene on the train where the representative of the organization Providence talked with her and clearly exerted his power over her, without looking at how Diana is a skilled handler and has all the power in the dynamic of her and Agent 47.

How are feminists not able to see how sexist shit like this is?  Unless women are fucking Mary Sues, they are wrong and need to be changed.  Fuck this article.  It’s retarded.  Hey, Neil Druckmann, you said you take what these people say seriously.  They are insulting your game because they can’t theme.  Are you seeing why the rest of us say they’re full of shit?

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m gonna fine and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.” – Ellie, The Last of Us: Part II Reveal Trailer

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Respond to 20 Things Men Can Do to Support Women (according to Medium)

I haven’t done one of these in forever.  After I got through all of BuzzFeed Yellow’s insipid catalog of crap, I haven’t had one of these to do.  Well, a woman who isn’t know for anything outside of being a glorified blogger decided to go to Medium and make another list.  I decided to respond to it and see if I fit the terms of a person who supports women, according to the criteria that she laid out.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s see how I do.

Overcome your own transphobia. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Accept the lived truth of NB and GNC people, whether or not they are women.

Nothing to overcome.  I treat people as they come.  I don’t care about trans people any more or less than I don’t already care about anyone else.  I’m a misanthrope.  Granted, I believe in treating all people with basic levels of respect, so long as they treat me in kind.  That seems like a good criteria.  Unless of course that person is Riley J Dennis, in which case she can fuck right off because she is a prick who has the same beliefs about sexual preferences as pray-the-gay-away preachers.  So I got this first one down.  Excellent.

Be pro-choice and be vocal in support of reproductive rights. (And generous! Give to the National Network of Abortion Funds!) Understand that the opposite of reproductive choice is forced childbearing.

I have made donations in the past to Planned Parenthood, which I trust infinitely more than your charity because it is known for the results it gets and the transparency which it operates.  I have always been pro-choice.  Got this one too.  Damn!  I am on a roll!

Support subsidized birth control. Support women’s healthcare. Support women’s preventative healthcare. Support medical trials that include (or even prioritize) women.

I’ll do you one better, cupcake.  Instead of just supporting women’s healthcare, I support universal healthcare.  That way, everyone can have the healthcare they need without worrying if it will put them in bankruptcy.  So I am actually one-upping you here.  Nice!  I think I may be a very good “ally” for women, according to this woman’s criteria.  But I won’t be supporting medical trials that prioritize women.  If it’s for a drug or medical procedure that’s for both genders instead of just being a drug for women, then there’s no reason for me to support prioritizing women.  None.  So you got me there.

Support nontaxed menstrual products. Ask your workplace if tampons and pads are free. If they’re not, advocate for them to be free. Get over any embarrassment you may have about menstruation.

Don’t care about menstruation.  It’s all just biology to me.  As for supporting non-taxed, why would I support a product being given out for free?  Condoms aren’t free.  If it’s a product made by a company, why would I support them not charging money for it?  Companies can have whatever policy they want in regards to selling this stuff, but as for me, I don’t support us just giving shit away to people if it cost money to produce.  So I can’t support this part.  Guess my ally cred is slipping.

Vocally advocate at your workplace for longer and more egalitarian paid parental leave, whether or not parenthood is part of your life. Advocate for lactation spaces. Advocate for on-site or subsidized childcare.

Here’s a question – do you believe this should be applied equally to men.  Some countries have paid paternity leave.  That seems fair.  But here’s the thing – people leaving on maternity leave is an imposition on a company.  I’m not about to sit here and pretend that a corporation whose only concern is making money should just totally wave off the fact that losing an employee to have a kid is a problem for them.  Is that fair?  No.  But it’s the risk women taken when they choose to have children.  I’m sorry, but most women understand that risk when they take that step.

Tell your elected officials that you are a man who votes and you prioritize women’s issues when you decide who to vote for. Then actually prioritize women’s issues when you decide who to vote for. Understand that women’s issues are your issues.

I don’t prioritize women’s issues.  I prioritize issues that affect my life.  Like when my state chose to legalize pot.  I vote in that election.  I voted in the primary for Bernie Sanders, then wrote in Harambe in the general election because I didn’t (and still don’t) support either of those ass-clowns.  If that’s a problem, sorry-not-sorry.  Issues for other women are not necessarily my issues.  I’m not a feminist.  I’m an egalitarian.  In that same election where we voted to legalize pot, I voted to raise the minimum wage because the girl I was dating at the time was making that and I supported that issue.

Whenever you are in a group composed of only men (whether it’s social, work, church, or whatever) ask yourself why there are no women present. Then ask out loud why. Force an honest answer.

I have no groups I am a part of that only have men.  I’m not really a group person.  I don’t believe in Gawd.  My office has a ton of women in it.  My immediate supervisor is a woman, and she is viewed as the mom of the office for being so good at whipping it into shape.  She’s a hell of a woman and has years of status under her belt showing she’s earned her place.  So yeah, this question has no relevance to me of any kind.

Cultivate genuine, intimate, nonsexual friendships with women.

Got a ton of those.  No problem whatsoever.

Seek out women to be your heroes and mentors.

My heroes are George Carlin and H.L. Mencken.  Find me a woman who can compare to them and I’ll let you know what I think.

Any time you see a building, street, institution, etc. named for a man, see how long it takes you to spot another one named for a woman.

What the fuck do I care what a building, street, or institution is named after?  Nothing.  Why do you care?  What effect does this have on your life?

Ask yourself what things you don’t do, for whatever reason, that you also think of as something women tend to do. (Sew? Send birthday cards? Care about skincare?) Try doing it for a while, just to see what it’s like to be a person who does the thing.

I love to cook, I take care of my sad apartment by myself.  I’ve sewn buttons back on clothes.  Went shopping for lotion with a girly-mate and was cool when she bought some for me.  There’s nothing to think about.  What is this idea that all men seem to believe that there are some tasks that only women are supposed to do?  I guess only women can have lesbian sex.  There’s a task.  I found one.  Happy now?

Talk less. In all spaces. At all times. At a lower volume.

Um, no.  So long as I’m not hurting anyone or being rude and interrupting, I’ll do whatever the fuck I want when I’m not at my job.  Don’t assume you have ANY right to tell me how to conduct myself.

When you need support, reach out to men as well as women. Work to be a person your friends of all genders can reach out to when they need support. Create a culture of openness around yourself.

Nobody wants me around when I need support.  See, I’m kind of a negative person suffering from hardcore depression.  However, because of my depression, I keep an open door to all people in my circle of friends who need to talk.  That’s important to me.  Because I am the kind of person who is easy to forget, I will never let anyone in my circle who wants me there to feel they are forgotten.  So got the openness status all locked down.

Consume media marketed to women. Don’t perform your consumption.

I don’t care who media is marketed towards so long as it fits in my view of things I like.  My favorite film of all time is a hardcore love story (5 Centimeters Per Second).  Does that count?  I’ll consume whatever I like.  I like and dislike a lot of things.  My likes and dislikes run the gamut.  But I don’t think about it as something marketed towards women.  I think about it in terms of – do I think this product looks good?  If yes, then I consume it.  It’s why I drink fruity drinks and not whiskey shots.  Why are you working so hard to divide media when you should be taking my approach and encouraging people to create media that is meant to be marketed as broadly as possible?

Deprogram your beliefs about thinness being an optimal state of feminine beauty. Deprogram your beliefs that your desire matters in determining a woman’s worth.

No.  Fuck you.  What I want in a partner is my business.  It’s not yours or anyone else’s.  Same with what you want.  Since I’m bisexual, my desires for men and women are my own.  And yeah, I’m never gonna find a landwhale attractive.  I’m sorry.  I don’t mind women with a few extra pounds.  I like a girl I can eat a pizza with or get a burger and not have her going on about how bad it is.  A totally platonic girly-mate occasionally comes over for dinner and she goes to the gym but also likes the food I make.  I just won’t find attractive a quality in a person that I believe is detrimental.  If someone is eating themselves to death, I find that unappealing.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Obese has NEVER been the standard of beauty.  It never will.

Jerk off without porn for a while. EDIT: This really should be “Pay for your porn.” In particular, seek out (and pay for) porn that’s made by women, queer people, and people of color, and that’s produced ethically. Consume sexual culture as thoughtfully as you would consume any culture.

I jerk off without porn all the time.  I have a very vivid imagination.  I don’t care who porn is made by.  I care about the content.  Don’t even bother to look into who made something.  It’s almost like I’m just trying to get off and then go about my day.

Learn about racism and intersectionality, and do everything you can to empower and amplify black women and NBWOC.

Not into the social justice scene.  Not even a little.  I fucking hate this victim culture people in the first world have.  So yeah, can’t get on-board with that even a little.

Detach yourself from straw-man definitions for hot-button issues (intersectionality, cultural appropriation, political correctness, preferred pronouns, etc.) and learn what they’re really about. Unpack the real meanings behind phrases like “SJW” and “feminazi.” Believe people when they say they’re in pain.

I have detached myself from straw-man definitions.  See, part of why I respond to posts like these is so I can make sure I don’t leave out context.  For many years I have responded to posts like this and made very clear my disdain for a large swath of people within the social justice community because of the things they say and the ideas they propagate.  So yeah, not gonna get behind this either.

Prioritize kindness.

Decent advice, I guess.

Befriend children.

I hate children.  I will never like children.  The job I have right now is the greatest form of birth control in the universe.  So yeah, never gonna do that either.

All things considered, this was pretty standard feminist advice bullshit for men.  Seen shit like this before on BuzzFeed.  Honestly surprised she didn’t say to stop looking at lesbian porn or something like that, but whatever.  How did I do?

Until next time, a quote,

“I won’t bore you with the details, but after reading these articles I discovered three modes of excuse-making – I mean thinking! – 1. pointless list-making, 2. dumb observations, and 3. overly intellectualizing” – Harry Ass Plinkett

Peace out,

Maverick