Day 48. Word count suspended for the day.
Not a lot going on right now, might get some writing time while Toop is asleep but it depends if Mrs. Hatboy gets back from her farewell to the Jakomäki school she’s been teaching at this year, and has made a series of brilliant decisions in terms of its faculty for the up-coming year. Anyway. I’ll just get this down now.
I was also going to talk about the billboard poster thing (for the hopefully overwhelming majority of people who missed it, Fox put up a billboard advertising the new X-Men movie and a bunch of fucking morons cried because the bad guy was holding the good guy by the throat, and the good guy was a woman so HOLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NORMALISATION IN SOCIETY TRIGGER WARNING BATMAN).
And in this poster, Wolverine is clearly checking out Mystique’s boob. Fuck it. Fuck off, Internet. Just fuck the fuck off.
“I wonder if doing this will send a negative message? Maybe I should also change my name to Boundaries-Respectalypse.”
And … scene.
That was cathartic.
But this annoying, discouraging incident made me think of the furore going on about the new James Bond.
See, they’re almost certainly going with a white male, my hopes are on Hiddleston. Idris Elba was discussed, because he always is. He could have made a good Bond. But whatever. I’m fine with keeping his representation moderately consistent. Bond’s, that is. Not Elba’s. His consistency is already shot to Hell, and I love it.
But Gillian Anderson was suggested. Which is interesting, and I would certainly love to see her in more roles. Expand on her character in The Fall, or give her a backstory to Helen Mirren’s character in Red. Or, and this would be fucking amazing, a film / TV adaptation of Angelmaker, or a prequel thereof, with Anderson as Edie. Wow.
My point is, why not something new, something she can own rather than steal? Cultural appropriation isn’t just a thing when the majority does it to the minority, although of course it’s a less acceptable practice in that case. That’s just a matter of the difference between a poor villager stealing from a rich crook and a rich crook stealing from a poor villager. Not that all metaphorical rich people are crooks, but something something, benefit from the system.
I get that there are way fewer female heroes and characters than male omes, so I understand why there would be a bigger uproar if, say, the Black Panther was re-cast as a white guy or Ripley was re-cast as a man. We don’t need another hero, as Tina Turner once said.
But isn’t this a bit of a case of making new stuff to balance the books, rather than taking stuff from one area of culture and plonking it in another pile and saying “justice is served”? I know there are more positive ways to look at it than to assume there’s been a theft. It’s an enhancement that happens to include women. It would probably be fine (although would Anderson be allowed to be beaten up and tortured? Have her genitals mutilated like Craig did? Yeah, survey says Not Fucking Likely). Imagination and creation, despite what the Hollywood Sequel and Reboot Machine would have us believe, is not a limited resource. Instead of continuing, remaking or recasting an old thing, make whole new things!
I do sort of see how giving a switcheroo to a character, be it racial or gender or whatever, can inject life into something in dire need of modernisation and make it more interesting, even if it is a bit of a blow to continuity.
In some senses it undermines the character. In others, strengthens it.
Screw it, I don’t have the time or energy to give this proper treatment. I still have to think about why I was so annoyed by the whole billboard thing.
I think what annoyed me most was that some celebrity cried about it, saying “imagine the uproar if a black guy was being choked by a white guy”. Um, if it’s a bad guy doing something evil to the good guy, you’d better believe those posters exist. You think Amistad and 12 Years a Slave don’t have posters of terrible things being done to black guys?
Survey says “Fuck You, You Fucking Crybabies.” The survey’s got a bit of a potty mouth.
The only reasonable objection I’ve seen so far is from Cat, on the grounds that the poster shows something that doesn’t really happen in the movie (except, as you can see above, it sort of does), or isn’t central to the movie (but if that is a crime, just about every movie poster ever made needs to face sentencing).
So there you go.