The weather screwed up my plans for this week’s video so I made this.
This was a pain in the ass to film so I hope you all like it. Never work with primadonna cats.
I hope you guys enjoy this video because my floor is still sticky from fake blood. This was a lot of fun to film even though it was a bit messy.
During the whole Harvey Weinstein debacle I felt I had some kind of hazy responsibility to comment on it. So, I decided to wait until the dust had cleared and then comment, but, being the person that I am, another question arose within, after watching the response to the event. The question of “Should We Forgive Artists?” was probably derived from watching the art community cannibalistic-ally devouring its own.
I think writing about how you shouldn’t sexually assault people would be redundant and the moral of that essay is pretty self evident to begin with, but tackling the issue of art and forgiveness might spur us to much needed introspection.
Artists are people too. They are deeply flawed like all of us. The key difference between them and us is exposure. Whenever a public figure does something wrong, they are either ignored and ostracized, ignored and tolerated, or simply damned to Hell, seemingly on a random case-by-case basis. I believe that is what people struggle with. The arbitrary nature of accountability among public figures.
Artists are, for lack a better word, strange people. It is because of their unique way of being that we admire them. Should we forgive them? I think so, but that point stops when they transgress the law. The Law should not be arbitrary. Justice plays no favorites. However, when artists do repugnant things that do not break the law, we should forgive their faux pas. Another crucial detail to this constant mass hysteria is that we treat every tweet like it is anything other than a throw away thought. People say and do repungnant things. Status, wealth, and talent don’t protect artists from their own faults. As a general rule, you shouldn’t take anything at a face value, especially when confronted with creative types. They clothe themselves in irony, jest, and shock for effect. It is better to assume ignorance (and classlessness) than malevolence.
I would also note that it is possible to like the art without liking the artist. Art is a transcendent feat of humanity, but sometimes part of that task is to see the flaws its creator and accept them.
We must keep in mind the humanity of artists, as well as the other captains of industry, and judge ourselves by the same principles that we judge them by. Why does it matter if a movie producer transgresses the law if a truck driver can get away with it?
I made a weird, uncomfortable video for Christmas. I liked the idea of a half-hearted Christmas special. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more garbage.
*This probably going to come off as a rant.*
Why do I have to drive over an hour to see any films made by actual humans? I like corporations making feature length advertisements as much as the next guy, but some self restraint would be nice.
Last film I’m exerting effort for this year:
When you have Phases of films to release, like the 10 Plagues wreaking destruction on the Egyptians, it is a tad overwhelming. Disney mass produces films so fast that it is disturbing. From watching them, I can tell that no significant thought was put into them, but it is impressive nonetheless.
The absolute worse part the MCU, SWU, FU, etc. is how other studios are trying to adapt to Disney’s business model. Remember when you could watch a Warner Brothers or Universal film without having to be prescribed anti-depressants? I have vague memories of it. I am genuinely surprised that we didn’t have a Paul Blart Cinematic Universe from Sony.
Disney is even threatening the very existence of movie theaters. Apparently Star Wars need more than a $1,000,000,000 per film to rehash old story lines. Perhaps, every individual Porg is $1,000,000 to render for the final film. Who knows?
If Disney took a slight risk with any of their franchises, maybe I wouldn’t be so annoyed. However, if you have one Marvel film, you have basically seen them all. It is the same for Star Wars.
They do make baffling decisions with their own properties, like The Jungle Book (2016), where King Louie is doing an impression of Marlon Brando from Apocalypse Now for some unknown reason.
The only entertainment I get out of their “original” films is by heckling it. The use of CGI is embarrassing for a major release by a major studio. It appears that they stripped out any material from the animated versions that would make the film progress in any coherent way. It baffles me that anyone would look at the classic, animated Disney films and think, “We should make this live-action!” The whole charm comes from the animation. How do you not understand this about your own properties?
I don’t have a problem with people enjoying these films. To each their own. The problem for me, lies in the overabundance of them. Like I said before, I have to travel over an hour to see a different kind of film. It’s okay to like Taco Bell, there is nothing wrong with that, but wouldn’t nice occasionally to eat something else? There in lies the problem of Disney.
I think I’m done now.
Constructive criticism is an important part of growing as an artist, but when you post things online you have to sift through a lot of… interesting comments to find useful criticisms.
Here are my favorite comments.
Criterion has been making videos of directors, actors, writers, etc., looking thorugh their closet of classic films and it is awesome!
They all have unique stories about different films that are interesting and often have influences that are surprising.
Check it out!
YouTube has been “cleaning” up the site for advertisers. If content is deemed as offensive it can be demonetized, locked as private, or even get you banned from the site. A lot of content creators, but especially politically conservative and independent channels have been effected.
I didn’t think I would be affected because I don’t make political content and I am a tiny channel.
I was wrong! A video that I had posted on my main channel about being afraid of Tumblr was deemed too EXTREME for advertisers.
NOTE: This video was private for a like month because I was transitioning the main channel to more serious content. I did upload it to CutesyDoodle.
The video in question:
The joke is that this guy has an unpopular opinion, but is so afraid of the backlash he goes into hiding. That’s it. What I am saying doesn’t matter. I could say, “Kitty face” repeatedly and it would have the same effect.
The unpopular opinion was that we should judge a movie by its own merits, not by who made it. I know this is really fringe stuff, but I digress.
I do find it amusing that Google would go out of there way to bother a video with 35 views. They truly are the people’s champion.