Cautious optimism

One of my favourite sources of movie-related entertainment on YouTube and Twitter, Screen Junkies, have been going through some shit lately.

Apparently the usual shit, for Hollywood and probably the entire rest of the world, if we’re being honest.

So, fair play to them for the hiatus they took, the steps they’ve taken and are planning, and all the rest of it. It looks like they’ve owned this issue and really taken it to heart, so I guess all that remains is to see how things change from here on. It’s all very well to tut sadly and say this stuff is systemic in the “geek” community, and quite another to say “alright, looks like it is, so what are we going to do about it?”

I admit I don’t really have a horse in this race, it’s always jarring to see confirmation of the – to borrow a phrase from the 19th Century – beastly behaviour of some men, and this was a real community-poisoner. Just seeing how sad Hal looks in this video … I know, I know, he’s absolutely not the victim here, but still.

My admiration and respect for the victims who came forward, and of course my deepest sympathies that they had to experience something like this in the first place. I hope Screen Junkies move on past this to become stronger, better, and just as entertaining as they’ve always been.

Just a little note of support from me.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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1 Response to Cautious optimism

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Agreed, this is a good start and this channel has great content, so I do hope they pull through. The criminal leading it can’t be the only creative talent there, surely.

    I’m not sure it’s the geek community that’s the problem. I mean, maybe. But I really think this is a symptom of power. We see so many who are corrupted by power, in different ways. Although the more names I try to list, the more (at least with the men in power) sex does seem to be a part of it. Perhaps that’s due to the sexual dynamic between the two genders combined with the corruption of power.

    But if you look at it as a power issue, not a male issue, you can better explain the corruption of your Hillary Clintons and your Debbie Wasserman Schultzs and your Donna Braziles et al.

    The sex problem is almost exclusively a male power abuse, but I think focusing on gender is a mistake to some extent. We need the powerful to be good human beings, period.

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