movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sat Mar 26 2016, 12:32pm | 8 comments
And the doc has now been pulled from the fest sked: http://jezebel.com/tribeca-film-festival-robert-de-niro-announce-theyre-p-1767288170
Zombie lies never seem to die, do they? Glad they came to their sense on this.
“You can’t kill an idea” isn’t always a good thing.
No. A few journalists have been blaming themselves for the rise of Donald Trump, and I keep thinking: How arrogant of you! “The Media” has to take some blame for giving him more publicity than he deserved, but I think a lot of his supporters have bought into an idea that won’t die, the idea that women and minorities are unfairly taking power away from white men, and that it’s somehow ruining the country.
My instinct is that better reporting won’t kill that idea. It will just cause a backlash effect, because Trump’s supporters think The Media lies. And, unfortunately, even if the Trump campaign fails, his ignorant, bigoted beliefs may show up in other places, because some ideas never die.
And the way to deal with the fact that ideas are unkillable is simply to make sure the good ideas ALSO stay in circulation. Speak louder. Argue better. The “neverending battle” isn’t just in superhero movies.
The odd thing for me is that this whole argument seems to have been a new concept to the Tribeca organisers; they don’t appear to have been aware of just how many times this nonsense has popped up and been knocked down.
And that is *really* disappointing when it comes to the people programming a film festival!
Or, really, anyone who votes. Even the suckers who fall for the anti-vax claptrap are better-informed than this.
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