I am getting so tired of how every stupid thing these days is some big cultural issue that for some reason, people believe I need to feel strongly about. I remember when the Ghostbusters reboot was coming out, and everyone was screaming about “woman power!” and I couldn’t have cared less. It was all such bullshit in my eyes. Then there was Black Panther, where the Internet was all in arms about how this was some huge breakthrough for black people and it was a revolution in Hollywood. Never mind that the actual film was generic and boring, while another film starring a black cast talking about a much stickier issue came out and these people were dead silent. Don’t know what I’m talking about? It’s called Moonlight. A movie talking about being black and being gay. Given the homophobia in the black community, that film was much more audacious piece of work.
But as is always the case, when it’s some big Hollywood film, it’s a huge cultural battlefield. When it’s a smaller film that is made 1000X better, it gets totally ignored. That’s the fate of the aforementioned film. And speaking of woman power, there was the film in February, Annihilation. Starring five interesting women and being a smart science fiction film. Not to mention having a scene that scared the living shit out of me. It’s good stuff. Nobody said a word about that.
Which brings us to now. It was recently announced that there would a biopic about a transgender activist with Scarlett Johansson in the starring role. Of course, the Internet busy-bodies are all over yelling. Why? Because she’s not trans. And they think only a trans actress should play this role. For fuck’s sake. I’m gonna need a specific example for the point I’m about to make, and thankfully, I have one.
How many of you have seen the film Boys Don’t Cry? It starred Hilary Swank and was a story about a trans man who was beaten, raped, and eventually murdered because of their transgender identity. It was a really good movie. Swank brought that character to life for all of the good sides of him and the bad ones. Brandon Teena was not a perfect person, and the film didn’t shy away from that. It was good that they didn’t, because it makes his inevitable murder all the more tragic.
I’ve heard this song and dance before. I forget what the movie was, but there was some film about gay people that starred a straight person, and all of them were up in arms about the whole thing. Everybody lost their collective shit, and I didn’t care then just like I don’t care now. Because my point in all of this is simple – I would rather have a good actor/actress play a role than a bad one. There is a vast plethora of movies that show that Johansson is an extremely talented actress. Can you find me a trans actress who has the same chops? If so, fantastic. If not, shut the fuck up.
And for those who say “this is erasing the trans identity from this role,” please fuck off. Why is it that you would be just fine with a film made worse by a mediocre or outright bad actress instead of a film that shows you all in a light that looks better because of a proven performer? I genuinely don’t get this. I mean, it’s not like some crap has been made that markets a trans actress as their headliner only for what they created the fucking suck, right…?
Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to bring a community to life in a good way with a proven actress, the way Sean Penn did with Milk, you all have to bitch and moan about stupid bullshit. You have a chance to be noticed in a bigger way, to a wider audience, maybe help people empathize with your community more. But no! Let’s complain about who is in the fucking movie. Because that’s the way to get things done.
I am getting so tired of the SJW community bitching and complaining about every stupid fucking thing, all so they can get their good-boy/girl brownie points and have everyone knowing how “woke” they are. What they fail to understand is that all of this bitching won’t help their community get represented. In fact, it’s likely to have the opposite effect. Why? Because if all they are going to do is berate and complain and moan at creators who are trying to get them noticed, you know what those creators are going to do? Stop making films about them. Because they won’t want to deal with the backlash.
See, Hollywood doesn’t actually give a shit about you and your community. Actors and actresses and even some directors might, but the industry itself doesn’t. They care about money. They will preach the SJW line as long as it makes them money. But it’s not anymore. People are getting tired of it. It’s why The Last Jedi and Solo were such flops. Films with bad writing, piss-poor characters, and needing to shoe-horn in SJW preaching. People are starting to get bored with this, and I can’t blame them. It’s tiresome. All of the hand-wringing and everyone arguing. It’s why I have been unsubscribing from more and more anti-SJW YouTubers I followed. I just don’t give a shit anymore.
To trans people, if you can’t see why your hand-wringing on this bullshit is not doing you any favors, then when my eventuality comes to pass, you will have no one but yourselves to blame. Good luck with that.
Until next time, a quote,
“Welcome to the new age – Gen Zed. Where we hustle people. Where we blind-side them with bullshit, and use inclusivity and diversity as a smokescreen, while we sell them $25 t-shirts. Where we hype up that we have a trans actress, like that means anything. Like that’s important. Like the show is better or worse because of it.” – Mister Metokur