Over the past few months, I've overcome my fear of admitting my counter-cultural beliefs about how the online "creative" world conducts itself. I also have a problem with people telling me what to do, and you should too.
We live in a world of political correctness, and the bubble has gotten so big, everyone on podcasts, television, etc is constantly having to apologize or add an aside to anything they say. We live in fear that we will be attacked for offending an individual or a group of individuals. Ironic comments are taken for truth and used to start arguments. South Park has dedicated its latest season to commenting on this problem, because it's reached an insane level, and it should not be tolerated. (Because tolerance is total garbage)
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me sounding off about James Bond today. Why is James Bond important, you ask? To be honest, I don't know, but since Spectre comes out next week, media outlets have all released the same article: James Bond is a misogynist. My thought is: duh. That's the "thing" about Bond, and it's a movie, he's fictional.
I don't care if the character or world of James Bond is misogynist; freedom means we can have movies about whatever, even if that goes against cultural opinion. An argument could be that the Bond movies are bad influencers for children, and sure, there's definitely some sense to that. That's what parents are for though, to filter what a child takes in. There's a reason the movies aren't rated "G".
It is OUR responsibility to discern what is in accordance with our values, not anyone else's. We cannot force the world to conform to our views. Padding the world to our delicate sensibilities and beliefs is a dangerous path, one that promotes censorship and annihilates freedom of speech.
The Bond movies are great, some of my favorites. If I were to pick a fight about misogyny or violence or any other problem however, it would not be my first choice of movie. You can sit here and demand that the Bond franchise change, or you can create another franchise or movie that illustrates your own beliefs! Satire exists for this very reason!
You think the world would be better without this awesome franchise? Don't watch it! It exists and will make a pile of money with or without you. Just because our cultural sensitivity has changed since the birth of the franchise doesn't mean that we should write it off or attempt to erase the past.
We are so concerned with trying to get everyone to believe the same thing, and it bothers me. It's a dangerous concept for a free country that continues to become less free by the day. James Bond isn't a big deal, but it's the continuing trend I've seen through critique of this franchise and others spells out dangerous things for the future. It doesn't just begin and end with movies, it affects the way we speak to each other, the way our government runs, and persecution that inevitably follows for those who don't have beliefs that are in line with the culture.
Changing art or movies for the sake of cultural sensitivity is a slippery slope. I'm not a misogynist, and I don't think misogyny is good in the slightest. I'm not excusing it either. But if you're going to have a problem with Bond, then you need to have a problem with Walter White, Don Draper, Rick Grimes, and almost any other iconic character today, because guess what? They do horrible things too. We all do, the only difference is: THEY ARE FICTIONAL.