Thursday, June 15, 2017
Will Politics Ruin the "Black Panther" Movie?
Do not confuse the movie "Black Panther" with the political group, "The Black Panthers." I know if a movie called "The KKK" came out, it might raise some eye brows, but the movie is based off of a Marvel comic book superhero who had a prominent role in the latest Avengers movie - Black Panther - not the political group. But with the origins of Black Panther out of the way, I'm afraid the movie faces more hurdles than merely its name. Namely, and not surprisingly, political ones. And it's all up to Marvel and Hollywood to ensure it jumps them.
Understand Hollywood and Marvel Studios (owned by Disney), not to mention corporate America at large, has capitalized on the "PC, political, going-green, environmentalism, diversity virtue signaling" political infrastructure/religion that has been laid down on Millennials and Gen Xer's. Since "Captain Planet" the public schools, colleges, and media has built an entire religion that the majority of young people subscribe to, derive value from, and sadly, often put as the sole point and purpose of their life. We can argue the merits or drawbacks of this later, but the point is that if you put in a politically correct message about diversity, going green, you-go-girlism, etc., you immediately tap into and avail yourself of this political infrastructure and psyche the majority of the US population has...all at no cost. Alas, why all corporations are bragging about their "carbon foot print," offering gender neutral bathrooms, and Chipolte can't just make a f@cking burrito without bragging about how organic they are. It's so bad (and blatant) even the leftist GUARDIAN acknowledges corporations are paying lip service to get naive leftist millennials to part with their money.
The only problem is that after having this political sermon shoved down their throats in school, college, home, the church, television, and the movies for 30 years, Americans are starting to burn out on all the "wholesome goodie two shoes leftist liberal" virtue signaling. Worse, for studios stupid enough to keep shoving rah rah she-rah feminist propaganda down America's throat, their shareholders lose money as they famously did in the painful "Feminist Ghostbusters."
Surprise, surprise, after having lefty politics infused in nearly every aspect of their lives, Americans just want to sit back and
oh, I don't know,
watch a f#cking movie.
This is why "Wonder Woman" was such a pleasant surprise. There was not one, NOT ONE, ounce of feminism, rah-rah-you-go-girlism BS in the entire movie. The director still couldn't help but get knives in for the "white man" taking away Indian lands or a Moroccan who couldn't act in France because he wasn't white, but it still was a welcomed HERCULEAN accomplishment not to go for the politically-mandated-low-hanging-fruit and make Wonder Woman a sermon on feminism. It wasn't a great movie, but it was fun ENTERTAINMENT.
This gives me hope for Black Panther. Marvel can learn from DC Comics and realize that people, black or white, are kind of getting sick and tired of politics being put in everything, including their entertainment. They also have the huge opportunity that, like Wonder Woman, they can introduce a truly first original black superhero and NOT merely co-opt a white one, turning him black, which Marvel has a horrific track record of doing. Not only is co-opting insulting to comic book readers, fans of the original heroes, and their originators, but it should also be insulting to blacks (and other minorities) that Marvel (until Black Panther) didn't deem it appropriate to create a truly ORIGINAL black superhero. The issue is, is Marvel/Disney going to make a GOOD AND ENTERTAINING MOVIE, or are they going to sermon and lecture the audience about being evil racist people?
It's too early to tell since the movie doesn't come out until February 2018. The trailer introduces a hidden El Dorado civilization as the backdrop for Black Panther, begetting predictable accusations of "We-Waz-Kaaaangggzzzz!-ism," and resulting in a premature (and all too tiring) discussion about race (besides which, Black Panther NEEDS an origin and I think this fits wells). And the truth is the world's first original black super hero was going to have pointless racial discussions about it anyway. However, I wish for nothing more than Marvel to rise above this and just make a damn good movie, void of politics, for the entertainment of all. I, however, am not going to hold my breath and will wait until others see it first to ensure I don't pay to be lectured or sermoned at. Terribly sorry, I got enough of that in college.
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