Josh Tyler’s sexist, illogical, rambling, shrill screed over why we don’t need more female superheroes is getting all the disdain it deserves, but a little link blogging has revealed that this is the same guy who kind of went mental over any critic who didn’t think THE DARK KNIGHT was the greatest piece of art ever created by humankind:
Alarmed by what he deems insufficient obeisance to director Christopher Nolan’s movie in annual honors announced so far , Josh Tyler at CinemaBlend has been moved to issue movie critics an ultimatum: “Ignore ‘The Dark Knight’ at your peril.” Actually, he issues several ultimata, in various forms, including this one, vague but menacing: In any year, but especially in this, a particularly weak year, there’s nothing out there which compares to “The Dark Knight.” It must transcend your petty big box office biases since it has already changed the way we think about movies forever. It’s more than the best movie of the year, it’s one of the best movies ever made. Snub it and there will be consequences.
So, the guy clearly has…strongly felt opinions. He also thought WALL*E was stupid:
I liked WALL-E, but the movie gets more credit than it deserves. It’s almost overly simplistic, a lot of the stuff on the human ship didn’t do much for me, and it’s too preachy in a really clumsy way. It’s like science fiction for dummies.
Although Tyler is the editor-in-chief at Cinemablend, the movie-based site apparently doesn’t have such a great reputation:
I’ve had my problems with the hack site Cinema Blend for quite some time now. They use to be a website I would visit regularly but over the past 18 months, well, their actions have been despicable. I have never seen a website be so desperate for hits that it takes EVERY single rumor e-mail they receive as a legit bit of movie news. That’s even if they receive the e-mails they claim. Outrageous casting after outrageous casting they told us about over 2008, none of them ever came true.
I remember at the height of the JUSTICE LEAGUE fan frenzy, they would continue to post on a daily basis another piece of bullshit news. All to generate traffic. That site has absolutely no credibility with me, I have stopped visiting it for a long time now. I hate sites that post anything (the recent Batman rumors) just to capitalise on what is popular to bring more clicks to their page.
Clearly, Tyler’s pigtail-tugging piece piece (and his slapstick attempts to back up his views in the comments section) is just another traffic boosting ploy. It has drawn much interesting response, like this from Kate Willaert:Cootie-Free Zone, No Girls Allowed:
But what really is hilarious is the comments section, how he keeps continually moving the bar anytime a female commenter tries to argue that he’s wrong. He’s only talking about general movie audiences, female comic fans don’t count. Buffy doesn’t count because it wasn’t hugely successful (how many shows starring *male* action heroes can you name that lasted as long as seven seasons?), and because she’s not really a superhero anyways (because she doesn’t wear a costume?). Similarly, Sarah Connor and Kim Possible don’t count because he was talking about superheroes, not action heroes (nevermind that he *was* saying that only boys fantasize being action heroes).
Sure, women went to Spider-Man and The Dark Knight, but did you notice only one in five people were women at the midnight showing? Wait, you mean it ended up being more 50/50 on days after the midnight showing? Er, well…I don’t think TDK was really a superhero movie anyways, just a great movie. And women only went to Spider-man because it had romance. So there.
Willaert makes a good point, in that a lot of people engaging in this debate need to read up on the meaning of “socialization” and to back up her point, she links to this truly mind-boggling piece on historical sex-assigned colors:
“There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” [Ladies Home Journal, June, 1918] http://histclo.hispeed.com/gender/color.html – “Gender Specific Colors”
Which begs the question….what if EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IS WRONG?????????