You can read all about it here in the LA Times entertainment section. Milo, for those who don’t know, is an outspoken gay conservative alt-right Brit, who is often out causing trouble around issues of free speech.
Did he deserve to be banned for harassment? Probably.
Although one thing about the internet is that you can always just click people away. So when we choose to engage with someone and then try to claim that our interaction with them is harassment, we’re entering some murky waters. Some personal responsibility is needed on the internet. IRL, we do not have a mouse to just click people away or to block them. Internet harassment enters some gray areas, because you do have the ability to completely disengage. We start to cross a line when we demand someone else be silenced instead of us simply clicking ourselves away and engaging elsewhere.
My interest here however, is not so much in internet harassment, Twitter, or Milo. My interest here is in social engineering, culture, political correctness, the way our thoughts and beliefs are being manipulated by what I call Mediated Reality, so I follow some of these guys and watch what they’re up to. You can call me a stalker if you like. However, I’m a stalker in demand and I do take request. Now if I could just figure out how to get paid for my stalking skills. 🙂
So the current fray is over Ghostbusters, the remake with an all female cast. It’s not the movie itself that interests me, but rather the behind the scenes social engineering around the movie. A great deal of money and time was invested in basically attempting to force people to like this movie, creating an environment of intimidation and political correctness around sexism and racism, so one is compelled to approve of the movie if one wants the accompanying social approval. To not support the remake of Ghostbusters is sexist or so they want people to think.
It’s really quite clever, because the script is not very good, the acting is not all that great, and the story has already been done. Movies cost millions to make and you must get a return on your investment, so enter public relations, advertising, and hype. It’s worked quite well too, the critics on places like Rotten Tomatoes have all given it rave reviews or at least reviews that are somewhat apologetic, as in “how fabulous we’ve now given little girls female role models.” Is the content, entertainment value, of any worth? Irrelvant! To not praise this movie is politically incorrect.
Woven throughout this debate are some concepts that are genuinely demeaning to women. First off there are numerous scripts, stories with strong female characters that could be made into movies. Women are awesome in our own right, we don’t need to rather parasitically capitalize off of another movie by simply regenderdizing the main characters. See, now girls can be Ghostbusters too…. The truth being, that’s a rather low standard for women. Our worth and value is only in our ability to imitate male comedians of long ago? Than we have the idea that women as female Ghostbusters cannot possible hold our own as our own, so positive reviews, critical acclaim, must be manipulated, mandated, and forced. We can call it a form of affirmative action.