Yes, it’s come to this.
In the latest “Halloween” installment, 2021’s “Halloween Kills”—I cannot believe that they are still recycling this franchise, which was repetitions and boring decades ago, but such is the creativity of modern Hollywood—apparently immortal serial killer Michael Myers, aka “The Shape,” guts a gay couple inside their home and poses them tenderly at the scene. Now, I would think that Michael is displaying new found wokeness in his choice of victims, since his original targets were horny heterosexual teens, a habit later adopted by Michael’s lesser imitator (and his Mom), Jason Voorhees of the equally endless “Friday the Thirteenth” franchise. He should be celebrated, right?
Uh, no. On social media, Michael, still wearing his iconic Willim Shatner mask, is being accused of revealing a homophobic side. My favorite of the many anti-Michael tweets: “Michael Myers is a racist homophobic murderer. No respect for him now.”
No respect for him now? Maybe that tweet was a joke…or maybe it wasn’t. Maybe all of the indignation and claims of being offended are tongue in cheek…or not. Other tweets calling for the monster to be “cancelled” are so deep in Poe’s Law territory that clarification is impossible. Is complaining that “The Shape” is politically incorrect more ridiculous than other social media mob eruptions over “coded white supremacy signs and Dr. Seuss? Ethics Alarms is ill-equipped to draw such filament-thin lines.
Personally, I want to know why Michael hasn’t slaughtered any transgender individuals. He kills everybody: doesn’t he consider them human beings too? Does he think they don’t need killing because they’re already miserable and Michael would just be doing them a favor? Don’t trans people have a right to be stabbed like everyone else? And what about the franchise’s cutting off trans actors from possible roles by discriminating against them by pretending they don’t exist in Haddonfield?
I always thought Laurie was kind of androgynous, come to think of it.
My hope is that when it finally sinks in that social justice warriors are capable of finding any art, any performance, any story and any character offensive in order to prove they can extort apologies and exert cultural power, all artists will finally wise up, stop trembling and decide, “The hell with this! If it doesn’t matter what I do because someone’s going to want to cancel me anyway, I might as well do and say what I want.”
17 thoughts on “Reaching The Zenith Of “The Great Stupid”: Cancelling Michael Myers”
This is a new level of stupid. You would think people would be happy that the gay characters were killed because they were treated just like everyone else. To introduce a minority in a slasher film and then never have the minority die (especially when the minority is an obvious side character) would actually ruin the movie because then you can tell the filmmaker is ultra woke.
If you think slasher films are in bad taste, then that’s a legitimate argument, but this woke nonsense is stupid. I guess he should only kill white straight men from now on.
I think your last sentence hits the nail on the head.
Can you imagine what horror movies would be like if they became that predictable? I mean, they already are to a certain point (I still watch them as a guilty pleasure), but to predetermine who will die based on race or sexual orientation alone would be really boring.
Is it wrong that when I say the title, I assumed that Austin Powers had caught up with Mike Meyers?
Take off, eh?
This is analogous to canceling lawyers based on whom they represent.
FYI: There is no such thing as a zenith of stupid, there is ALWAYS a higher level of stupid that can be achieved. 😉
There is a limit to genius but stupid is unlimited!
Wouldn’t that be a LOWER level of stupid?
There is a certain someone who we are both familiar with (on another blogsite) that comes to mind.
“The hell with this! If it doesn’t matter what I do because someone’s going to want to cancel me anyway, I might as well do and say what I want.”
I stopped being incensed about the despicable juvenile cancel culture a while back and shifted my ire to the no-nad little pricks who capitulate without as much as a whimper. No doubt trans people are overdue for some creative carving by The Shape, but to really thrill conservative audiences there needs to be a movie devoted to some seriously gruesome blade work on the intolerable invertebrates who continually surrender their power to screaming stomping two year olds.
Everyone knows how to effectively neutralize bullies.
“I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”
How about a chain saw massacre at a local elite liberal arts college that wipes out the entire administration and the faculty? I’d pay to see that.
“The Hunt” is as close as we’re going to get to that
Yes; it is different from “Everyone knows how to neutralize bullies effectively”. The former means “Everyone knows how to do something that works out the same as neutralising bullies”, and the latter means “Everyone knows how to neutralise bullies in a way that really works”.
P.M., you are correct and good catch, will remember.
That reminds me of the old joke that goes:-
Masochist: “Hit me”.