WASHINGTON, March 6, 2018. – If fewer Americans are going to movie theaters these days, that number will continue to dwindle. At least they will if Academy Award Oscar winner for Best Actress, Frances McDormand, gets her way in Hollywood.
An Oscar-worthy endless stream of virtue-signaling billboards
Few Americans knew what the star of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was talking about when she reached the climax of her acceptance speech:
“Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.
“Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.
“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion riders.”
When PC Casting overtakes the Hollywood story
It’s bad enough celluloid thespians make a point of improvising their lines rather than use the well-crafted words of professional screenwriters. Now they want to populate the silver screen with cronies if not close relatives.
They say the purpose of inclusion riders is to populate every movie scene with representations of the fringe in American society. But it’s hard to see how that will do anything but overshadow every film.
We get it, Hollywood, you’re better and wiser than us
Virtue-signaling, political correctness has killed award ceremonies like the 90th Academy Awards telecast, which Nielsen data indicates had the worst ratings ever, with viewership dropping to 26.5 million. After Dunkirk, the story of the men stranded in the path of German troops, A Marie Claire columnist wrote about the film:
“But the packaging of the film, the general vibe, and the tenor of the people applauding it just screams “men-only”—and specifically seems to cater to a certain type of very pretentious man who would love nothing more than to explain to me why I’m wrong about not liking it. If this movie were a dating profile pic, it would be a swole guy at the gym who also goes to Harvard.”
PC inclusion riders will only serve to drive away movie attendees, already at a 25-year low.
Indiana Jones and the Temple to PC Casting
It’s hard to imagine throngs desperate for entertainment waiting in long lines to see an Indiana Jones film weighted down with an immense cast of gender fluid souls. Or a plethora of female characters – with expansive speaking rolls that do not advance the plot.
And a well-represented cadre of the disabled, all getting in the way of the adventure, the action, and, of course, the story.
It’s PC form over substance. And besides, Hollywood hasn’t seen a “cast of thousands” film since the 1956 release of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”
But thanks to advances in technology, computer-generated imagery (CGI) can generate the politically correct “inclusion” casts of Frances McDormand’s fertile imagination.