Toxic Fandom, Politicization of Entertainment Is Killing My Enjoyment of Movies – Including the Star Wars Franchise

Toxic Fandom, Politicization of Entertainment Is Killing My Enjoyment of Movies – including the Star Wars Franchise

I’ve enjoyed watching movies since I was a kid.

I’ve also enjoyed reading professional movie reviews and critiques – and this was years before the advent of the internet.

In the last several years, though, things – especially online – have turned so negative that it’s been souring my excitement or enjoyment of movies (well, that, plus finding out that certain actors are not as nice in real life as they are in some of their movie roles).

Not only do average joe’s in comment boxes under professional movie reviews seem to have gotten bitter, hostile, and angry in the last few years, but professional movie reviewers have become extremely nit-picky.

At least one article I reference below contains quotes by someone who thinks fandom has always been negative, and had there been a Twitter in the 1980s and 1990s, that the fans would have been just as bad back then – I’m not sure I agree with that.

I do think social media has changed things (for the worse), but I also feel there’s been an overall shift in culture itself. I am not so sure that fans back in the ’80s and ’90s would have been as hateful as they have been behaving the last five to ten years.

Professional movie critics these days seem to have a personal vendetta against movies generally, or certain film franchises, genres, actors, or directors.

I don’t recall seeing that level of animosity from professional critics in the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Film critics back in the day seemed more detached, even-handed, and objective (which made their critiques easier and more enjoyable to read).

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The Cultural Vandalism of Celebrities – When The Real Life Actions of Celebrities Ruin Their Art for Fans and Viewers

The Cultural Vandalism of Celebrities – When The Real Life Actions of Celebrities Ruin Their Art for Fans and Viewers

This piece by Seitz had its impetus in Tambor, but really, it addresses the general concept of actors who are so disappointing or hideous in real life – perhaps a news story breaks that the actor is a child molester, or arrogant and rude to people in real life – and this knowledge makes it difficult for you to sit through the television shows or movies you once enjoyed that feature that particular actor.

I have experienced this very thing by way of actor Chris O’Dowd, who pretty much ruined the movie ‘Bridesmaids’ for me, and Sylvester Stallone, who managed to ruin the ‘Rocky’ movie franchise for me.

The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor By Matt Zoller Seitz

Excerpts:

… Tambor [the actor] is far from the first great popular artist something like this has happened to [received negative publicity for being abusive to people in real life]. He won’t be the last. And it’s not on us to either forgive him for it or try to factor it out as we watch his work.

That was never our job. It was part of his job. And he blew it.

I was thinking about all this en route to the interview. I love Arrested Development, but it’s yet another once-beloved work that I can no longer watch without cringing — not because of what happens within the fiction itself (cringe comedy of the highest order) but because one of the key people associated with it has been accused of heinous behavior.

….I had to stop after a couple of episodes [of Tambor’s TV show ‘Arrested Development’] because I kept looking at Tambor’s face and thinking of the abuse that three different people had publicly accused him of, on sets not unlike the one where creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz & Co. make Arrested Development.

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Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

I was looking up information about the Irish abortion referendum debates recently, which is how I came across actor Chris O’Dowd’s name in the news and on some of my social media accounts.

O’Dowd is somewhat hypocritical or inconsistent on a few different topics. This is yet another one.

Here is the link I came across:

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd brands disgraced Harvey Weinstein a ‘pig’ and wishes he could ‘time travel a head-butt’ after working with producer several years ago – The Sun, by 

Excerpts from that article, which is dated October 2017:

The comedic actor [O’Dowd] said he was completely unaware of the string of sexual harassment claims against the 65-year-old when he worked with him a number of years ago

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Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including Pop Band U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll no doubt have to say it again in the future, but celebrities really should keep their political views to themselves – and I’dd add they should keep their view on highly controversial, inflammatory topics, such as abortion, to themselves as well.

Before I address the annoying public celebrity commentary and support of a controversial issue, to get you up to date here is a link or to about what I’m discussing in this post:

Ireland abortion referendum – the key facts

On May 25 Irish people will vote on whether to relax the country’s strict abortion laws.

Irish abortion referendum: voters on both sides prepare to head home

Ireland divided ahead of abortion referendum

May 2018

Ireland’s strict anti-abortion law was enshrined in its constitution in 1983. No exceptions are made for rape, incest or foetal abnormality, but a later amendment does allow women to travel abroad for a termination.

The vote takes place on May 25th. If the current law is repealed, abortions will be allowed up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in most cases and up to 24 weeks if the women’s health is at risk.
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Which brings me to this:

Irish Celebrities Publicly Supporting Legalized Abortion

Irish celebrities have been turning up in the news to support the legalization of abortion in Ireland the last few weeks.

At first, I saw mentions of Irish pop band U2, but as of today, I’ve seen a few mentions of Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (who last I heard is residing in a Los Angeles home that he apparently paid around $870,000 in cash for, yet complaining at one time that some of the movie roles he’s accepted don’t pay enough!!), also publicly speaking out in support of abortion.

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From Vulture: Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked – O’Dowd Appears in Two on the List, and the Reviewer is Not Impressed with the Films

From Vulture: Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked – O’Dowd Appears in Two on the List, and the Reviewer is Not Impressed with the Films

Chris O’Dowd appeared in at least two of the movies on this list – and this is largely a negative list. The guy who put it together is not impressed with many of these Netflix movies.

The film “Cloverfield Paradox” makes it to Vulture’s list at number 96 – O’Dowd had a role in that. O’Dowd was also in the film “The Incredible Jessica James,” which appears on the list at number 62.

I’ve already mentioned on this blog a few times the issues I take with O’Dowd (such as here, here, here, here, and here – among other posts), and I also have a longer post where I’ve critiqued most of his movies to date.

O’Dowd said in an interview once that after his role in “Bridemaids’ – which was both a quality role and a pretty good film – that he was offered a selection of mediocre romantic comedy roles, which he turned down.

Big mistake.

O’Dowd went on to reject mediocre rom coms (movies which I, and many others, find okay to watch) for really hideous, awful, stupid or vulgar movies in which he plays completely unappealing, tacky, or vulgar characters.

O’Dowd should have skipped those Z-grade, poor quality movies and taken the rom com roles. A mediocre rom com beats a cruddy, poorly made Grade-Z horror or comedy film any day of the week.

In mathematical notation of sorts:

Second Grade Rom Com Movie > (greater than) Lousy Movie

Why would an actor make the horrible decision to reject appearing in mediocre, yet serviceable, enjoyable rom com movies, to appear in Grade-Z level dreck that nobody liked and/or that went straight to NetFlix?

O’Dowd had a built-in fan base with women such as myself at one point, who enjoyed the hell out of his Rhodes character in Bridesmaids, but totally blew that capital on choosing to appear in these awful movies, and by behaving like a crass or condescending jerk, in interviews or on social media. Totally blew it.

Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked

Excerpts:

This post was originally published in November 2017. We have updated it with Netflix’s recent offerings.

Netflix has spent the last few years and several billions of dollars on a crusade to be taken more seriously.

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‘Suicidal’ Mini Me actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49 after fight against depression became ‘too much’

‘Suicidal’ Mini Me actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49 after fight against depression became ‘too much’

By Rory Tingle

PUBLISHED:  21 April 2018

Mike Myers has paid tribute to his Austin Powers co-star Verne Troyer after he died aged 49 following a long battle with depression, saying he hoped his friend was ‘in a better place’.

‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,’ Myers said in a statement. ‘It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.’

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(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

By Matt Philbin | March 21, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

ESPN isn’t just dying the death of a thousand chord cuts. Ratings for the Oscars aren’t down simply because the Academy keeps nominating movies nobody has seen.

And it wasn’t just a disappointing U.S. medal haul or NBC’s amateurish broadcast that drove Winter Olympics viewership down 24% compared to Sochi among viewers aged 18-49.

 Sure, those all may be contributing factors in dismal ratings for once-thriving networks and broadcasts. But we have more evidence that the relentless politicization of entertainment media is alienating audiences.

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