Well doesn’t this just piss on the SJWs

Yet this fresh injection of XX chromosomes does not alter my eagerness to see the new Star Wars. Abrams’ assumption that in order for a movie to be female-friendly it has to have women in it is on the same spectrum as Wells’s claim that women won’t cope watching men clobber each other for a couple of hours.

Both are wrong.

So it’s not in fact necessary for Hollywood to have more leading female roles, it’s not necessary for older actresses to get the part and so on.

Because, women, just like men, do not need to see themselves up on screen in order to enjoy the fantasy of a story being told.

Rather pisses on all those squealing about race, transwhateveritis and so on too. Actors can just get on with the business of lying to us, that process called *acting*, and we can all go along with the suspension of belief that listening to a story requires.

Nice of The Guardian to put us straight really.

13 thoughts on “Well doesn’t this just piss on the SJWs”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    It is a shame about that bear thing. That sounded a little bit watchable.

    So they have SJWed Star Wars with the usual bullsh!t female kick ar$e characters. This is what lesbian feminists want to see. For political reasons. Not what people who actually buy tickets want to see. Did adding some laughable female role models to Lord of the Rings actually help? I don’t think so.

    What men and women want in films is different. Neither particularly want to see women on the big screen unless she is thin, gorgeous and ends up with the right man. It is not rocket science. But Hollywood, being run by people who hate us, would rather appease their lesbian feminist friends than their customers. See every film made about the war on terror.

  2. Neither particularly want to see women on the big screen unless she is thin, gorgeous and ends up with the right man.

    Not even the last one, necessarily. I think everyone loved to watch Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind and Rhett Buttler famously stormed out on her. But, as I was saying to my Dad the other day after watching the lame Spectre, nobody dares write in a morally ambiguous character any more – male or female – and the chances of having a character like Scarlett O’Hara in a modern story is practically nil. These days Gone with the Wind would have to be stuffed full of anti-slavery rhetoric and all the main “good” characters so unambiguously virtuous and the “bad” characters so cartoonishly bad that it would look, well, like a cartoon.

    You’d also not see Raymond Chandler’s femme fatales in a modern script, either.

  3. What Tim Newman said.

    Also, this is the idea that I found patronising as a child (and still do) that childrens’ stories should be about children “like me”. I read stories to read about people different to me, and that meant mostly adults in stories. I liked for instance mainstream science fiction, not the kind of contrived stories where a child saves the day.

    Neither does anyone else, if the Wesley Crusher reaction is anything to go by.

  4. “women won’t cope watching men clobber each other for a couple of hours”

    Did no-one ever watch the wrestling on World of Sport in the 70s? The audience consisted almost entirely of middle aged women shouting ‘Kill him, Crusher!!’ And WWE audiences today are one third female.

    A fair proportion of women are quite happy to watch big men smacking seven bells out of each other, whether staged or for real.

  5. I happened to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show last night.

    A straight white bloke playing a bisexual, transvestite, would never get made today, but I’d bet a few quid a lot of people complaining about Zoolander 2 absolutely looove TRHPS.

  6. My Granny loved the wrestling and watched it every Saturday. I watched it with her because combat–even faked combat–was much more enjoyable than the God-awful pseudo-sublimated combat that is the rest of the sports world. Grandsnore and the World of Boredom would have been better titles for ITV and the BBC to have used.

  7. Ian B,

    “Neither does anyone else, if the Wesley Crusher reaction is anything to go by.”

    I remember generally hating any films with kids as protagonists. There’s a few good films with kids as the lead characters: ET, Goonies, Super 8 and Son of Rambow. And they work because the characters are like real kids with their general horribleness, rather than the sort of Famous Five/Harry Potter kids.

  8. Yes there was a strong female character, but imagine the howls of outrage over the whole slave outfit scene now, even though she does use the chain to kill Jabba in the end

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    magnusw – “I happened to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show last night. A straight white bloke playing a bisexual, transvestite, would never get made today, but I’d bet a few quid a lot of people complaining about Zoolander 2 absolutely looove TRHPS.”

    Tim Curry is straight? Oh. My. God.

    It was his second role out of acting school. It must have defined his entire life. Some people get all the breaks. Well, breaks anyway. It probably also limited his entire career.

  10. We should go back to Shakespeare’s day when only men were allowed to act, and played all the female part.

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