Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Excerpts

Aug 15, 2019

[Editorial discusses how people negatively react towards a movie before it’s actually released]

…Sight unseen, the reviews were in [for these movies].

Make those “pre-views.”

Today, the forces of entertainment marketing, social media and grievance culture are increasingly colliding, with the casualty being the movies themselves.

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Toxic Fan Culture: Michael Jackson Fans

Toxic Fan Culture: Michael Jackson Fans

I have a post prior to this one about toxic fan culture, but after seeing the intense amount of insanity and denial among hordes of online Michael Jackson fans in the build up to the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” and their backlash against the Oprah-Winfrey hosted program “After Neverland,” I wanted to make a post devoted entirely to this particular fandom, rather than amend my previous post on the subject of insane, irrational, unhinged fans.

Some of the Michael Jackson stans are in denial of facts and of how child sexual abuse victims deal with the abuse as they grow older – all this in spite of the fact the MJ stans run about the internet screaming about ‘facts not lying but people do.’

Below are some links about the Toxic Michael Jackson Fan culture – all of this hideous behavior from Michael Jackson fans is so odd, considering Michael Jackson curated and cultivated a public persona of being sweet, decent, innocent,  polite, and lovable – but his fans sure do not follow his lead on any of that.

Many of the defenders of Michael Jackson do not understand abuse recovery dynamics – defenders of Brett Kavanaugh, R. Kelly,  and many of the other accused, also display a lot of ignorance of how abuse victims react to abuse, so I’ll link to an article or two about that below as well.

I will amend this post in the future as I come across more articles about the obnoxious behavior of Michael Jackson stans.

Why Child Sexual Abuse Survivors May Defend Their Abusers

How Did Michael Jackson Hide Alleged Abuse in ‘Leaving Neverland’ From the Boys’ Moms? Experts Explain

Did Michael Jackson Abuse Because He Was Abused?

Matt Lucas calls police after Michael Jackson fan sends death threat and brands him a ‘paedophile’ for saying he believed claims in Leaving Neverland documentary

Oprah Winfrey Target of Ruthless, Hateful  Messages from Michael Jackson Fans

Oprah: Attacked By Michael Jackson Fans Following Leaving Neverland Special

Michael Jackson’s Fans Unleash Hate-Filled Messages At Oprah After ‘Leaving Neverland’ 

Michael Jackson fans furious with Oprah following ‘After Neverland,’ urge people to #MuteOprah

Leaving Neverland director receiving abuse from Michael Jackson fans ‘as disgusting as you could possibly invent’ 

Excerpts:

by Jack Shepherd
February 2, 2019

“I’m getting horrible email messages from Michael Jackson fans,” Reed said. “Several thousand emails in the past three weeks. Absolutely as disgusting as you could possibly invent.

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Liberal Absurdity Over Acting Roles: ‘You’re Not X Enough For the Role’

Liberal Absurdity Over Acting Roles: ‘You’re Not X Enough For the Role’

this will be a post that I update any time I see new examples of this phenomenon

In the past few weeks, I’ve seen some bizarre news headlines go through my Twitter feed, involving a large percentage of liberals who are harassing actors on social media, or complaining on other platforms about movie casting.

I’m all for diversity in movie role casting, but I think liberals have gone too far. There is no pleasing them.

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Hollywood: Please Stop Marketing Some of Your Movies as Being “Feminist”

Hollywood: Please Stop Marketing Some of Your Movies as Being “Feminist”

I’m a conservative, but unlike many other conservatives, I don’t get upset by having more diversity in casting in movies – within reason and depending on how it’s handled, at least.

If Hollywood wants to include more women, black people, Asians, or Hispanics in movies, I have no problem with it, and I welcome it.

I do actually tire of seeing primarily white, 30 year old guys play the lead in most movies, and it’s been this way for decades now.

(Note: I do not hate white men. I’m just saying it gets tiresome seeing mostly nothing but white guys on screen constantly.)

My one area of exception: I do think, however, the Trans activists and LGBT crowd go way too far out though in their anger over LGBT diversity in movies – such as getting upset over a cis, hetero actress playing a transman in a movie. (See Amid Backlash, Scarlett Johansson Drops Transgender Role as an example.)

At any rate, I’m by no means opposed to having more women or black people in films – as a matter of fact, I think movies can look very strange if everyone is white and male, because I live in a world that has more types of people in it, one that is populated by more than 30-something white men.

While I believe it’s wonderful to include more women in movies, I think Hollywood should be careful about how they go about doing this, otherwise they end up shooting themselves in the foot and creating a sexist backlash – which is what happened in the case of the Paul Feig Ghostbusters.

Creating Backlash By Marketing a Movie as Being “Feminist”

If a studio wants to include more women in roles, and does in fact cast more women, especially in these gender swap movies, the best way to go about it is to not call attention to it, which may seem counter-intuitive, especially if you think advertising a movie as being “feminist” or “pro-woman” will attract more women audience members.

If that is what you assume, you would be wrong, and I don’t care how many focus groups you’ve run on this subject.

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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

(posted edited: new links added below) | Toxic Fan Culture: Michael Jackson Fans


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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