Toxic Entertainment and Creators

As I write this little bit of fluff, I’m listening to The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack and trying my hardest not to sing along with those catchy tunes. And as soon as I hit the period at the end of the sentence, I started singing. Failure! Can’t win ’em all.

When I tell people Rocky Horror is one of my all-time favorite movies, I tend to get funny looks. Maybe it’s because I’m otherwise not a fan of musicals. Perhaps it’s because the film itself is a cult classic and its plot is a bit strange. Maybe it’s because I’m just not the type of dude you’d expect to like a movie like this. If you don’t know me, you’d probably have a completely different picture of who I am in your mind. If you do know me, you most definitely wouldn’t think I would be a fan of this movie.

And no, it’s not a guilty pleasure either. I can assure you, I feel no guilt in liking it and if I hear a song in public, I’ll sing right along with it. Hell, I don’t think anyone should have “guilty pleasures.” You like what you like. If someone has a problem with it, politely tell them to sit on it “Happy Days” style. If you feel ashamed of your enjoyment, maybe you should take a moment to think about why you feel this way and reevaluate your perspective. Be happy and enjoy!

It’s called “Entertainment” for a reason. Its sole purpose is to provide amusement or enjoyment. Otherwise, why bother? If you are a fan of my writing, I’m happy to have you as a reader. Keep reading until you aren’t entertained or enjoying what I’m putting out. I won’t be mad, but I’ll certainly miss you. If you were never a fan or if you stopped liking what I’m putting out into the world, why the hell are you reading this? Why are you here? Why bother? Get out of here! Go out and find someone else’s work to read. I write reviews for other authors I enjoy so you can start there, or you can happily go along your merry way to the next book, movie, or television show.

Yes, if it sounds flippant, that’s because it is meant to be. There is too much toxicity online these days. Actors and actresses being hassled for roles in movies they’ve played. Any political opinion expressed is met with resentment. Everything is either Left or Right. Everyone is calling for blood to be spilled. It honestly makes me wonder how people actually have time in their lives to go out of their ways to do these things.

For example, the 2016 Ghostbusters trailer. Wait a minute. Did I write that right? Did you read that right? TRAILER. TRAILER! People online lost their fucking minds over a movie trailer. Immediately, people were complaining about how it was an all-female cast of characters. Other people didn’t like it because it wasn’t like the original Ghostbusters movies. There were even accusations of promoting negative black stereotypes.

Admittedly, I wasn’t won over by what I saw in the trailer. Why? I don’t know. It just didn’t appeal to me. Perhaps it wasn’t my type of humor. Maybe the CGI seemed a bit cartoonish to me. Whatever my reason, I’m entitled to make my decision to see it or not. Hell, I can go online and write a stupid blog post about why I didn’t want to see it. I can talk with friend and family and tell them I don’t think it’s going to be any good. I can stick to my guns and not pay for a movie ticket to see the movie. Money talks! Lack of money talks even more!

Most importantly, if it doesn’t appeal to me, if I have no interest in it, I forget about it and move on with my life. I search for entertainment which does appeal to me. We only have a limited amount of time for entertainment in our lives. It doesn’t make any sense to waste time on hating and bashing something. It’s not going to change the fact that it exists. It isn’t going to magically force the company who spent millions of dollars on this property to suddenly pull it from release, re-shoot the entire movie with YOUR EXACT VISION IN MIND, and release it to the public so you can be happy with it.

And to be fair, I eventually watched Ghostbusters on television at home. Just to see if all the controversy was overblown which it apparently was. I chuckled at a few parts. I thought Kate McKinnon was the standout in the movie. But was it good? No, I can’t say I enjoyed so much. Once again, I didn’t go on social media to blast the movie into oblivion. I didn’t complain about it not being the Ghostbusters of my childhood years. I didn’t do anything else but shrug my shoulders and delete it off my DVR never to be seen again.

We could talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi too. This one, I watched in theaters and walked out after the credits feeling a little disappointed. Truthfully, I felt as if the director and those responsible for the script were merely subverting expectations for the sake of subverting them. But once more, I didn’t go online to harass the actresses or the director of the movie because I felt disappointed. Poe and Rose’s story felt tacked on and pointless. A major plot point occurs and deflates the mystery and wonder of the newest antagonist. With one more movie left in the trilogy, I hope they address the issues in The Last Jedi.

Let’s take a moment to relax and chill out about our entertainment. Waging wars against creators isn’t going to force them into submission. It isn’t going to shape their vision somehow or alter their creativity. Yes, as a paying customer, you are entitled to an opinion. You can write a review. You can tell people how much you didn’t enjoy it. You have all the right in the world to express your feelings. However, there is a line which should not be crossed.

Have fun with your life. You’ve only got one. Make it count.

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