A worrying trend I’ve noticed of late from the film and television industry is the appropriation of popular concepts but with an all female or more diverse cast. The most infamous example of this gender bending is in 2016’s Ghostbusters, which will probably go down as one of the worst social experiments of all time. Not only was the film received with lukewarm reception from even the most liberal film critics, but it also basically bankrupted Sony Studios by underperforming. Just recently, it was announced that Lord of the Flies will be rebooted with all women, and it makes a fact clear. No one in the industry actually cares about equality or telling good stories, they only care about appeasing progressive politics and online Twitter culture.
I think the greatest shame is that people keep equating hatred for bad reboots with sexism, racism, bigotry, etc. The fact of the matter is that most films these days double down on marketing their diversity in order to try to get critical covering for the obvious blockbuster failures that they know will come. I’ve been to plenty of film conferences and festivals where I’ve heard writers admit that they intentionally wrote scripts with extra diversity and liberal pandering in them just to stand out from the crowd, and that studios are eating it up these days in order to avoid public ire. The problem with this mentality is that the billions of dollars that Hollywood pulls in every year aren’t from small indie films about lesbians, nor is it from genderbent casts from third iterations of films. Most people who watch movies want escapism, and want just a good, fun story. When the quality of films are constantly sacrificed in order to promote social justice, you see the decline we’re seeing now.
Anyone who thinks that Hollywood is safe from bankrupting obviously doesn’t know film history. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Hollywood almost died because the creators of films lost touch with the people they made films for. They also had to compete with the new platform of television, which allowed people to get way more content for way cheaper, making films seem obsolete. We’re seeing a similar trend here in 2017, where out of touch filmmakers are failing to make anything people actually want to see, tentpole blockbusters are making less money after each iteration, and digital content like Netflix and YouTube render long form content almost obsolete. We’re gonna see the fall of Hollywood again if producers and executives don’t get their act together and stop making garbage for the sake of virtue signaling. Enjoy the movies while they last, they might be yet another piece of American culture that we lose in the upcoming years.