If Gen X was the generation of feigning apathy, this is the generation of…the opposite of that.
Guys….I think it’e safe for us to all stop pretending to care now.
After all, it’s obvious that Hollywood is just pretending to care. Has pretended. Will pretend. They abuse children, they abuse grown ups. They know about it, make jokes about it. Then get up on stage and speak passionately with tears about causes. As though they are all prophets who feel things on a deeper level than the rest of us.
But now there’s no more need to kowtow to their influence. They were just faking. I mean, they are actors after all.
You can stop pretending that kneeling means something more that it does, you can stop pretending that NOT kneeling means more than it does, we can all stop pretending the flag means more (or less) than it does. Just like none of us are probably going to stop watching or enjoying Miramax movies.
Miramax made some of my all time favorites. Good Will Hunting, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill, Talented Mr. Ripley, Gone Baby Gone. I don’t watch much of movies anymore, but I am fond of them. If and when they come one tv, I’m probably gonna watch them.
Now I could sit here and use plausible deniability. I could say that I can separate a film’s merit from how it was created or who financed it. Plausible but not the truth. The truth is somewhere along the lines of “I don’t care/it doesn’t matter.” It’s the same apathy that probably caused the environment in Hollywood to thrive like a bacteria. Bad? Lazy? Consumerist? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s innocuous. But it’s at least consistent. I care about as much about watching these movies as I do about watching their stars get up and tell me what I should think is important. Not saying it’s right but at least it’s truthful, as in rooted in reality and not hypocrisy. I at least understand that it is NOT humanly impossible to be BOTH so moved by a plight that you would be stirred to use a public platform to speak out against it, as soooooo many actors have done, AND also be cool with Harvey Weinstein’s nasty tail roaming free. Looks like quite a few people have been telling fibs.
Now it’s pretending to care that has gotten us so far into all this mess. I know why you do it, you don’t want to appear callous and unfeeling and let’s face it, just plain unpleasant in front of your fellow man. And I get it. But it’s not like while you sent your “thoughts and prayers” post out about Joe Blow So and so, that you secretly knew that he was a serial rapist that murdered his wife.
And yet, these people that are ceremonially lifted up for all of us to admire….that’s what THESE PEOPLE are doing. Quite a few of them have helped bury the bodies and received big paychecks for their cooperation. A mixture of tempting and dark incentives which keeps them willing and eager participants.
We can see how the system works, but still the question is “why?” This Harvey Weinstein scandal is merely a glimpse of what these people’s lives and careers actually are. It has very little to do with artistic merit and chutzpah and grit and determination… unless of course we’re talking about sex acts. Not only are these people not qualified to tell us what to care about, these people don’t even seem fit to be considered people who “care” about anything, particularly those who’ve been around long enough to calcify in their silence.
So the logical explanation for every suggestion that comes out of this place is that it is not a conviction but programming. Not organic but synthetic. Not created but assigned. Why? Well to influence culture, I imagine. It’s the one good thing it’s been good at. That’s not to say that wonderful, beautiful artistic expression can’t take place here, or that the feels you felt at that movie are somehow unjustified. But in ever human institution that thrives there is an underbelly. And sometimes that underbelly gets so overgrown that it becomes the overbelly.
On the bright side the knowledge that there’s very few things respectable things to admire about the people and goings on in Hollywood, it has inspired me to try my hand at some scripts I’ve only briefly imagined. Looks like they could really use the competition.