In 1985, Sting released “If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free,” the first single off his debut solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, and immediately started take quantities of shit from the grammatically pedantic for using “them” as a singular pronoun. That was just lazy English, you see.
It’s now almost 2020, and in a society increasingly aware of and comfortable with the fluidity of gender, using “they” and “them” as singular pronouns is not only acceptable, it is often preferred.
I’m not ready to give Sting credit for being some kind of linguistic futurist, but what this evolution shows is quite simple. Artistry and creativity are more durable than pedantry.
In his 1980 cinematic debut, The Empire Strikes Back, the Jedi master and grammatically-challenged Fozzie Bear soundalike known as Yoda said that “anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the Dark Side.”
Sorry, your greenness, but I’m going to call bullshit. Fuzzy-headed, hippie bullshit. That’s right. I’m sticking up for anger.
Continue reading “In Defense of Anger”
In the last week, we’ve had two early trailers hit for next summer’s highly anticipated movies: Wonder Woman 1984 and Ghostbusters Afterlife. These films kind of sit adjacent to issues that prove the internet has the collective intelligence of a very primitive fungus.
Continue reading “The Stranger Thing About That New Ghostbusters Movie”
In my previous post, I considered what might happen if Donald Trump failed to concede defeat should he lose his bid for re-election in November of 2020. How likely is such a scenario?
Continue reading “Will The Thing Leave?”
On his HBO show, Real Time, comedian Bill Maher has repeatedly asked his interview guests about the possibility that, should he lose his bid for re-election in 2020, Donald Trump might refuse to step down as President. By and large, his guests have tended to pooh-pooh the idea as alarmist or paranoid. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr assured Maher that there are institutions that would take care of such an eventuality and forcibly usher the vanquished former president out of the building.
I have to say, and this isn’t often the case, but I’m with Maher on this one, in that I don’t find such reassurances to be, well, reassuring. There may be institutions with that purpose, but exactly how much exercise have they gotten in the last 200-plus years? Is there really a playbook in case a defeated president refuses to relinquish power?
Continue reading “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave?”
What responsibility does a filmmaker have when making a film that claims to be “based on a true story” or “inspired by actual events” (or whatever weasel words they use to warn us that they’re making some of this shit up)?
Continue reading “Based On A True? Story”
I’m willing to bet good money that most of the people who are aware that the Chargers NFL franchise plays their home games in Los Angeles do not reside in the City of Angels but in their former home of San Diego, where the heartbroken local football fans are painfully aware that they no longer have a home team.
Continue reading “Los Angeles’ Billion Dollar Orphans”
As a movie, Best Picture winner Green
Book was fine, I guess. It’s certainly worth seeing for the
performances of Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in the lead roles, but the
fact that Mortensen was considered the lead actor while Ali was the supporting
actor is a clue to why this movie is problematic.
Continue reading “Hollywood’s Green Book Problem”
I frequently hear, when someone feels they are being unfairly silenced, wholly specious claims that their First Amendment rights have been violated. A celebrated example was when, Phil Robertson, one of the guys from the reality show Duck Dynasty, made appalling remarks about LGBTQ+ people and atheists and the A&E network (very briefly) removed the show from their schedule. People who largely share Robertson’s homophobic views cried foul, claiming that A&E had violated his First Amendment rights. Many people pointed out that this was bullshit, but some for what I think are the wrong reasons.
Continue reading “A Non-Conforming Take on the First Amendment”
The #MAGA crowd has a nickname for what they see as the
irrational hatred liberals have for their Lord and Savior, Donald J. Trump.
They call it “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” In their eyes, the left is
inexplicably apoplectic because their Great Leader is somehow making America
great again by giving away trillions to billionaires, bankrupting the treasury,
and by not making Mexico pay for a wall.
Continue reading “Russia Derangement Syndrome”