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Look at this Eddie Murphy piece from 1983, that has the same joke:

I always see people in the comments of older videos complaining that these jokes wouldn’t fly now since people are too PC. Did they ever think that maybe these jokes don’t fly now because they’re just old and unoriginal now? The first time I was in a dark place with someone and they joked “Cadeem I can’t see you,” I might have laughed a bit. By the twentieth time I heard that joke I could only roll my eyes. Forget whether it is offensive or insensitive,HAOYUTOYS Green Single Sofa Furniture Model 1 6 Scale 3.0 Sofa Toy ZH18012 it just isn’t funny.

The Jussie Smollett story is a way better example of Chappelle taking on a sensitive topic, using creativity and wit to get laughs about something that some comedians might shy away from.

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That is real comedy. It is not funny just because it “owns the libs” it actually has creativity behind it. At this point, with people craving things that are “anti-PC” so badly, I think Chappelle’s next special could be him shouting slurs for a half-hour and people would praise it because it’s so edgy.

 

Note: Been slacking with the blogging again. Getting back to three posts a week.

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I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Amazon Video’s The Boys. I remember a few years back there was news of a potential film, but I didn’t pay too much attention since I’ve seen many films hit the “talks” stage before being cancelled or ending up in development hell (looking at you Halo).

I don’t read comics as much as I used to, but there was a period when I probably went through 100+ issues a month. I remember starting my binge with The Walking Dead, and then moving on to series like Kill or be Killed, Punisher: Max and Preacher. My interest in Garth Ennis’s work then led to The Boys. Ennis aimed to “outpreacher Preacher,” by portraying even more sex and violence than his previous work. The sex and violence were gratuitous as times but overall, ACTION MAN - MISSIONE SEGRETA - HASBRO GIG the series was a well-written and interesting look at what could happen if people really became superheroes. The same corruption, DAMTOYS 78042 FBI HRT AGENT (HOSTAGE RESCUE TEAM) 1 6 Male Action Figure Toylack of empathy etc. we see in some politicians and celebrities would only be magnified with people who are physically superior to us.

I generally avoid watching shows or films based on source material I’ve already read. There are so many shows out there and I want to prioritize the stories that are brand new to me. I looked up some clips of The Boys and the acting didn’t seem that great, outside of Homelander and Elisabeth Shue. Karl Urban sounds closer to Australian than British half the time. Jessie T. Usher is horrible as A-Train etc.DAMTOYS GK014 Gangsters Kingdom 1 6 Heart 3 Bartley action figure's Body only

The clips also made it clear that there were some pretty big chances from the comics e.g. Hughie and the team don’t know about Compound V at the start. Looking up a plot synopsis also revealed other changes, such as Butcher’s wife being alive. For me, this ruins the reason for Butcher’s crusade against the Supes. In the comics he is a Machiavellian figure willing to use anyone to get revenge for the murder of his wife at the hands of Homelander. Daredevil 12 2002 MARVEL STUDIOUS Collector's Edition Toy Biz MIB GVWhat direction will the show go in season two? Since Becca Butcher is looking after Homelander’s kid, will that fuel more conflict between Homelander and Butcher. Or will they become allies?

At this point, the show seems like a property inspired by the comic. It may not make sense, but I am actually less inclined to check out an adaptation when it makes glaring changes from the source material. Instead of getting a faithful adaptation, you end up with a Frankenstein monster of stories you love and others you’re lukewarm on or hate.

Additionally, adding in a bunch of subplots and twists that don’t exist in the comics (like Homelander’s son) just come across as filler. It’s as if the show is padding its length out in order to get more seasons before it reaches its conclusion.

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I think I can credit IMDB for nurturing my love of film and film discussion. I would go to the site to get an actor’s name, and then end up staying on four an hour discussing different films. Even if I disagreed with people on a film’s artistic merit,DC COMICS NEW 52 CATWOMAN ARTFX+ 1 10 SCALE STATUE By Kotobukiya BRAND NEW we could usually have a polite debate.

Yet I started noticing a pattern. Any film or TV show that had any significant minority inclusion would always have its boards flooded with criticism of “SJWs” or “political correctness.” A (relatively) recent example was backlash I saw over the inclusion of two gay characters in Fate Extella Museum Fate Xterra Gilgamesh Karuna Anonymous (Emiya) Mini Cf S, who kissed for all of five seconds before their sexuality wasn’t mentioned again. The post is now gone but I remember a user complaining about homosexuality being forced down his throat (his words, Dark Horse Deluxe Game of Thrones ..ROBB STARK.. NEVER OPENED .. MINT BOXno pun intended I guess).

For some people, any minority inclusion becomes too much. A black baby in I am Mother led one user to Funko Pop Vinyl - Peanuts Set to argue that racism is natural, which also touches on another issue.

There seems to be overlap between people who argue racism is dead, and those who argue it is natural. It almost seems like it is a defence born out of homophobia e.g. “If you say that they’re born that way, I can say I was born racist, Green Hornet & Kato EXCLUSIVE SDCC 2018 FUNKO Pop Vinyl Figure READY TO POSTso it’s not my fault.” Framing racism as natural just takes away responsibility for exercising any empathy or self-reflection.

IMDB said it shut down since the forums were “no longer providing a positive, useful experience.” The less diplomatic version: Too many trolls.DARK SOULS DESIGN WORKS book from Japan

Will moviechat and all the other copycats go down the same route?

Note: This is more of a thought that’s too long for a tweet, as opposed to a proper blog post.

Most of my free time this past weekend was dedicated to binging season 2 of Mindhunter. Like many people, I’ve always had a morbid fascination with serial killers and the show taps into that. While I liked the first season,Lili Ledy Biker Scout Short Mask Complete C8+ Replacement Weapon Star Wars the subplot with Holden’s girlfriend dragged the show down.

Debbie had her moments, but overall I find that her character and her relationship with Holden didn’t add much to the story. Yes, she encourages him to learn more about criminal psychology. After that, she is mainly just a sounding board for his issues.

The interactions bring out some of Holden’s narcissism, but interactions with other characters also make it clear by the end of the season.Darth Maul Collector's .45 Scale Lightsaber STAR WARS Master Replicas SW-400

What never made sense to me was that Debbie cheats on Holden, or is implied to be cheating. Holden then runs away from her, and we don’t see or hear about her character for a bit. Then Holden walks past her in the laundromat and they start things up again.MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HORDE FRIGHT ZONE PLAYSET 1985 MATTEL

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“It’s because the show literally spells it out to us that the guy has become so warped from his work and simultaneously obsessed with it that it becomes his life, he doesn’t care if his girlfriend cheats on him or breaks up with him, he’s too far gone and doesn’t know how to process it (leading to his stroke in the end when he realizes what he has become).” User: “Rose” of YouTube

Maybe I’m an idiot but I never picked up on that. The get-together scene was done without any dialogue. 6 Star Wars redS Cup & Figure Boba Fett,Han,Yoda,General Grievous,Clone TrooperWe see Holden walk over to her and then at some point later they’re together again.

Then (as of episode 7 in season two) Debbie is gone without any mention of her character. What was the point of the reconciliation? If she is not discussed again by the end of season two it will make it even clearer that her character was pointless.

Since I made the resolution not to make posts on the same political topics (racism, homophobia etc.) I find that the well of blog ideas has grown dry. However, I want to work on coming up, or focusing on, new topics.Beyond Good and Evil 2 The Knox Legendary Figure Statue BRAND NEW VERY RARE

I paused writing my sixth book, Darth Vader 15’’ Large Star Wars Kenner 1978 Great Condition, after the skewering that my third and fifth book got from fellow writers. I think the stab of my first real feedback cut very deep and left me more hesitant to get back to something I apparently needed a lot of work on.

However, after editing my first book again I feel like there is a talented (or decent) writer somewhere in me and I want to explore that again with Memory Catcher.

I’ve made the resolution to get back to writing on August 6 and finish a rough draft by the year’s end. I wrote myself into a hole, with my character trapped, but I am looking forward to the challenge of working that out.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes LUCA Gorilla NECA 2014 7 Figure LOOSE I find writing gives me more of a sense of purpose, working towards the goal of one page a day. I believe that purpose also transfers to other aspects of my life and can generate more productivity.

In the meantime, check out my second book on Wattpad.

Note: The below piece isn’t based on true events but is inspired by people I know. I was tempted to try to submit this to magazines but I have three other pieces I’m trying to submit at the moment, so I am okay with posting this one on the site instead of waiting for weeks or months to hear back from magazines.

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First, there was the craving. He could take care of it himself, but it would return by the end of the day. So he made the call.Dc Classic Batman Exclusive Dorbz xl There was always excitement and anxiety in the hour that followed. There was hope that she would look just like her pictures. Maybe she would treat him like a girl that knew him and wanted him.Eternal Coating version EX Model 1 1700 Toy Hobby Japan

Yet there was also the fear that regret would hit as soon as he opened the door. Acne scars, track marks, a jutting stomach. He’d been there before, and he still went through with it. Sometimes he could see the marks of someone else’s hand on their skin. Funko Pop Masters Of The Universe Faker + Free PredectorA fresh reminder of their busy schedule.

In the moment, he managed to tune out the bad and focus on the good. Once the moment passed, and once his money was gone, regret would set in again. It would only get worse as the day went on. His empty wallet was a reminder of his weakness. His phone showed him all of the girls he knew, all of whom wanted nothing to do with him.GO NAGAI ROBOT COLLECTION USCITA n. 85 TSUBETE FIGURE NEW VER ITALIAN GM4 55827 He’d scroll through pictures of his friends, in exotic countries with their arms draped over beautiful women.

He knew he was a failure. No one else would understand why he made the calls, or why he was struggling to stop. His parents would judge him. His friends would mock him.

The next day the craving would return. He would go to his computer and scroll through screenshots and videos, looking for the perfect one. He normally felt relief when he was done, knowing that his money remained untouched. Yet there was a pang of shame;Hot Toys 1 6 VGM11 Jill Valentine (B.S.A.A.) Figure - Soft Chest Muscular Body the knowledge that he had no one.

His debt wasn’t a result of the calls, but the calls made it worse. No matter how he felt afterwards, he still savoured the feel of someone else. He couldn’t count the amount of times he made a call, only to take care of himself first and then cancel his request.Japan KOTOBUKIYA Star Wars ARTFX+ R-3PO (LIMITED VER.) It was part of the cycle. He could usually hold out for a few weeks before he gave in.

Then another call. Every time the sessions ended, he had to grapple with the fact that he’d been with more attractive girls for free. Yet those high points felt like a lifetime ago and the future didn’t seem to hold much promise.Large VINTAGE rare GODZILLA 15 ACTION FIGURE DOR MEI 1986 dinosaur lizard 83R

There were pills in his drawer. He told the doctor he had chronic pain and the pills were the medicine. There was no pain. The pills were a last resort that became more appealing everyday. They could end the cycle.

Over the past year, most of the books I’ve read have been library loans. In order to save money, I figured it made sense to borrow fiction books that I likely wouldn’t reread. However, I made my first purchase in a while with David Neiwert’s Alt:America:DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Mad Hatter Action Figure The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

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