The only place in America where you pay money for a lecture is on college campuses. Young adults are forced to sit in a room with teachers who attempt to mold their minds and send them out into the real world with a new progressive mindset. While this is an effective strategy for undergraduate students, the same cannot be said for moviegoers. The last thing normal people want to do with their free time is to sit down for 135 minutes and pay money for a lecture. This is a lesson that Hollywood is learning the hard way.
It was not that long ago when the likes of Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett, criticized men for critiquing films that were “not made for them”. Now the same feminist think tanks are complaining that men are not financially supporting films that they are not allowed to critique. According to capitalism, if you don’t provide a product that customers want, they won’t buy it. This does not sit well with the academics within the film industry who are discovering is that this rule applies to the movies with a feminist message.
When the 2019 remake of Little Women (The seventh incarnation of the film) failed to match the box office of Avengers: Endgame, media outlets The New York Times and The Washington Post wasted no time pointing fingers at moviegoers, especially men. Washington Post columnist Monica Hesse explains the reason men needed to see Little Women in theaters is that they need to learn to be better men. She explains:
Men need to be reassured, again and again, that there are all kinds of ways to be a man, and one kind involves watching Amy and Jo tearfully make up after Amy nearly drowns in the ice skating pond.
Open yourself to the idea that messages of devotion, kindness and caring are not the purview of women alone. See “Little Women.” Expand society’s narrow ideas about what constitutes a fulfilling emotional experience for men, one ticket at a time.
Hesse shares the progressive think tank view of cinema, that films are opportunities to teach their audiences rather than entertain them. Sophia Takal, director of the feminist remake of Black Christmas, shared this ideology when she decided to change her own movie to a PG-13 rating. A rating that would allow more young girls would go to theaters and be “indoctrinated by the genre”. Her message was not absorbed, as the film made only 10 million in the United States to mostly negative reviews.
In the current age of #MeToo (which was caused by Hollywood in the first place), writers and producers are treating their films like campus lectures in hopes that they can change society. When audiences reject Hollywood’s TED talk, they are met with finger-pointing by an industry claiming that they are at-best afraid of movies with strong women or at-worst too bigoted to support it. Instead of changing the world, they are making sure that audiences go out of their way to avoid their future work. Instead of embracing the idea that the customer is always right, Hollywood and their buddies in journalism embrace the idea that if the customer doesn’t support them, then it is the customer that must change.
This is why the media continue to blame Star Wars fans for the failures of the Disney owned franchise. Because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, Progressives believe that the majority of people agree with their worldview. The echo chamber of Hollywood and the news media do not understand the common man. They don’t understand that movies are a luxury, not a basic need. Echo chambers don’t understand that moviegoers do not want to pay their hard-earned money to see films from condescending Hollywood elites who are just going to attack them for not watching them in the first place.
With the early stages of 2020 in motion, there are a number of films coming out this year that Hollywood and the media will have a mission to protect. These films will include Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984, and The new feminist Bond film. If those films along with others don’t match the box office expectations of the studios, you can assure yourself that articles pointing the fingers at the paying customers will not be far behind. But if you want these films to make money and not lose money, the solution is simple. Give audiences want they want and don’t tell them what they need.
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8 thoughts on “Dear Hollywood: Audiences Will Not Pay For Feminist Lectures”
“According to capitalism, if you don’t provide a product that customers want, they won’t buy it.”
That’s true for small production companies who operate in something like “Free market capitalism”. OTOH, there’s Disney and Time Warner which operate in a type of crony or monopoly capitalism. If Disney Star Wars makes a billion or two less than it should have, a couple of underlings may lose their jobs but Iger, who is rich enough to care more about what Oprah says about him than money, doesn’t give a damn if Disney (mkt cap 264b) stock drops two percent.
not necessarily true. Solo actually LOST money, and led to the canceling of an entire pantheon of Star Wars films. big or small, if you make a garbage movie people won’t see it.
Ghostbusters girl power
and now Birds of Prey have shown us ULTRA progressive is NEVER the way to go if you want to earn a profit.
It’s the same in games. Mortal Kombat XI cost a LOT more than X to make, yet made half the money (after they surgically removed every trace of sexy from all female characters [including deleting Mileena altogether] while keeping the men sexy and baring flesh. Mass Effect Andromeda was a huge let down financially, and Borderlands the Pre-Sequel had only 10% the sales of Borderlands 2, which is one of the highest selling games ever at nearly 25 million.
All those games had in common ultra progressive anti-male, anti-sexuality (unless you’re gay) and pro girl power, while pandering precisely to an audience WHO WONT BUY THOSE GAMES ANYWAY.
The games industry has learned the hard way, Hollywood should too.
Once again, the bloggers within the media are acting like the dictators. Movie studios really need to stop listening to them.
I get what you are saying and I do agree. For me, I liked 2019’s Little Women. It was well-made, well-acted, and the story was heartfelt. Yes, it’s been before, but at least it was made with dignity and grace. I saw it becasue not becasue i was man, but because I loved the acting talent involved on the project. In terms of female empowerment, it was good as the movie didn’t overtly over bash male individuals like 2019’s Charlie’s Angels did.
The film itself wasn’t even that bad but its clear that some people had a bigger agenda with the movie and were upset it didn’t perform as well as they wanted it. However, shaming the audience into watching a film will work 0/10 times.
Oh, I agree with that. People should go to the movies to see a movie they like….not for shaming them. Sometimes a film’s release doesn’t “click” with today’s modern audience.
Get woke – go broke!
I agree with your overall post, but Wonder Woman 1984 is not going to have an issue at the box office. Plus, the rumors around that movie point to it being more in the realm of gay propaganda than feminist propaganda (I hope neither is true). The better example would have been Birds of Prey, which is being aggressively sold as feminist garbage by everyone involved in the film – not to mention they did the unforgivable by turning the iconic blonde comic babe Black Canary into a black girl who just happens to be the sister of hate crime hoaxer Juicy Smullet. I was once the biggest support and defender of DC, but I hope that film crashes and burns so hard that they never interject current-year woke propaganda into any of their projects again (Titans, Young Justice season 3, Harley Quinn animated series, and a number of their comics all contain insufferable wokeness). Leave the SJW pandering to Disney and Marvel.