Huge week for Stuff, they cancelled They Are Us and they almost permanently cancelled Martin Devlin.
This is who we are now, we pre-censor art before we see it because our middle class woke identity politics goals are so noble and lofty. Centering the story on Jacinda was a racist hate crime and as Golriz pointed out, the Producer was a white supremacist in that he was a white heteronormative cis male who disagreed with her.
Which immediately equates to white supremacy doncha know.
Our threshold for white supremacy is now so low most Woke would decry milk as a hate crime.
Watching so many on the Left celebrating this book burning for a book none of them had read is bad enough, that they all want a pat on the head for burning the book is the truly galling part.
This is what we is now. A rolling social media lynch mob scrum competing in a never ending middle class outrage olympics where a thousand fangs glint in anticipation for the kill.
Look, This was an American movie for an American audience using the cultural currents in America, it’s a story about America, not NZ.
This wasn’t ‘They are us’ this was ‘They are U.S’
Consider the impact of this movie in America. The Gun control script alone would get an Academy Award nomination. What if this movie speaks to Americans in a way argument and debate can’t?
What if this movie about a young white female Prime Minister is the catalyst for Americans to propel some culture change on guns?
What if it does? What if this art inspires something momentous in America?
Am I really having to defend the philosophical and intellectual arguments for creative freedom? No one else sees some enormous issues over censoring art?
You know what we should do?
Allow this piece of art to do what it’s going to do and then with taxpayer money make our own movie, call it ‘They Are Us: The Real Story’.
Make it victim centred, with all the necessary sign off and agreement of the community and get a diverse inclusive crew to make it and get Taika Waititi to direct it.
I do agree that we need to tell this story in our own voice with our own people but I disagree with stopping others from using it to resonate with the cultural currents that flow in their own country.
Are we really going to stomp and scream because the dramatization isn’t completely right?
Really? We now tell artists what to make led by censors who tell us what to think and regardless of the positive impact this story could create in the real world, we hate it anyway?
When the fuck did we become this book burning art hating censor state?
Chalk this up as an enormous win for the woke culture warriors and remember, if they gain the Hate Speech powers, this will be but the beginning of a woke purge of everything that triggers them.
Be afraid be very afraid.
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