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9.24.2014

Wordy Wednesday

Lena Dunham made the comment in the Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire that her modern-day heros are all of the Planned Parenthood workers across the country.

Once I attended a concert in Olympia where a musician performed a song he'd written called, "I hate Molly Ringwald".  My version of that song would be "I hate Lena Dunham"

With the exception that "Tiny Furniture" was very very good,
she comes across as the most over-hyped piece of talent to come across the screen since Judd Apatow (who, coincidentally, gave her the green light to create 'Girls'.  Or maybe it's not a coincidence; does mediocrity breeds mediocrity?)  And as the icing on the cake to the tremendous amount of cultural clout she's amassed (people were asking her what she thought about Joan Rivers following her death), she's an outspoken abortion advocate.

Is this the status-quo of pop-culture?  Since I noticed the same attitude in Jenny Slate's movie "Obvious Child".  To be more specific, this 'attitude' is one that actually lauds Planned Parenthood as though performing a social service, and that considers abortion as painless and harmless and as carefree as a pedicure.

Dunno what to say except that these women need to see documentaries like "Blood Money" and "Maafa 21", (which they probably wouldn't' be affected by since, for these women, what it comes down to is being able to have inconsequential sex with their boyfriends) and if our culture continue in this vein of validating persons of this ilk we won't have any culture left in oh, two to five decades down the pike.  (Except for, maybe, some fema camps chock-full of people and a residual population that's been chipped and wire-taped, if that counts as a culture.  k, so maybe I don't totally mean that...or maybe I do.)

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In a somewhat similar vein, in some blogs this week (here and here) I came across a squabble between two pro-life activists.  After having a heated theological debate after a pro-life talk, the two had some sort of a physical encounter (its debatable who did what), which escalated later that evening on their FB pages.  The most disconcerting comment I read on the FB pages was Abby Johnson, a Caucasian and (her claim, not his) victim of the 'attack' calling her aggressor a 'boy' (the man is black) and asking everyone to pray for him.

Why does the pro-life movement have a leadership with little-to-no sophistication (calling black men 'boys') and black and white i'm-right-you're-wrong theological views?  And why does the pop culture then do a 180 and extoll something as heinous as abortion and an insitution so flagrantly demonic as Planned Parenthood?

Can I please be the contrarian here and not be party to any of this?

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I watched up to season 3 of "My Life on the D-list" and it kind of fizzled out on me.  Maybe Kathy Griffin's just a little too much.  She started giving graphic and explicit recounts of her sexual encounters, and all of the overeating gets a little repetitive.....dunno.

These two seasons are probably the most I've watched of any reality show.  And it got me to wondering how these people clarify boundaries on their reality shows.  For someone even as out there as Griffin she's got to have some things she won't air on television.  For example, her relationship with her husband/ex-husband seemed to be perfectly healthy in the first 2 seasons, upon which they announced their divorce.  And as for the 'random filming'.....um, yeah, this camera crew probably doesn't show up all of the time, everyday.  That'd be too expensive; and so which parts of her life do they decide to film and which don't they, and why?

In short (sorry, bad phrase choice but whatever), I'm wondering how real these reality tv shows are.  I'm sensing that they are overly produced, making them not really real at all.  Add to that the characters (or some anyway) might not act like themselves in front of the camera, making it even more artificial.

And this begs the question, where in film do we see reality?  I do not think that heavily plot-dependant stories like Alfred Hitchcock movies are real; they are following a formula that creates suspense and keeps the audience interested.

I'm fascinated by Linklater and though I *still* have not seen it, his new movie Boyhood (that'll be nominated for some Oscars, and it'll win, too, I bet for best original screenplay) is supposed to *not* be heavily plot dependent.  I've heard that his film almost seems unnatural to watch, since the horrible things don't happen when they 'should' according to plot-structure we've been conditioned to seeing in movies.  He points out (in this interview with T. Gross) that real life doesn't follow plot-structure. 

And in a sense, who cares, I don't go to the movies to see 'reality' necessarily except that it seems a little disingenuous to call something reality television when it's probably a far cry from 'real'.  

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