It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Salon’s resident feminist hack (and given that this is Salon we’re talking about, that is saying something), Amanda Marcotte. But it appears that she is back in the spotlight with a vengeance. Just in the first two days of 2017, she’s already made me roll my eyes nearly out of my head.
First with this idiotic meme on her Facebook page –
Oh please. If you’re going to compare Hillary to any Star Wars character, let’s not insult ourselves by comparing her to the princess leading the rebellion of her people against government dictators and violent tyrants. This comparison is more apt –
When it comes to pop culture, progressive feminists fail at EVERYTHING.
Which brings me to Amanda’s next round of stupidity (true, it was written a few weeks ago, but I found it today). This Salon column wherein she proclaims feminism had a brilliant year in pop culture, but then they were punished for defying the patriarchy with President Donald Trump. And that’s just MEEEEEEAN –
There is no possible way to make a parody of Marcotte that would not be mistaken for the real thing. pic.twitter.com/k9C3RgliOD
— Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) January 1, 2017
Her column reads, in part –
Women in entertainment have historically struggled to attain creator roles. On screen, women are often relegated to the background; they’re there to look pretty but not given speaking roles — much less top billing. Behind the scenes, things are even worse, with the vast majority of directing chairs and writing rooms being filled by men. In the music world, women get to be singers (they’re there to look and sound good performing other people’s work) but they aren’t as well-represented as among the musicians, writers or producers — that is, the people perceived as creators.
But in recent years, there’s been a perceptible move in pop culture toward elevating more women into these creator roles. Keys is an excellent example of that in pop music. She’s not Katy Perry, standing there looking pretty while channeling someone else’s music. Keys is a songwriter and piano player, occupying creative space that used to be more predominantly male. And that can be read as threatening.
For those who prefer women in the movies to keep their mouths shut and their tits out, 2016 was a rough year. Things kicked off at the tail end of 2015, when the new “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” was released and the star of the rebooted franchise was not be a man, as it always had been before, but a woman: Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.
Does it ever enter in Amanda’s thick feminist skull that people are TIRED of feminists (and, by extension, the left) pushing their narrative into every stupid thing that comes along?
Making a reboot of Ghostbusters? Let’s cast a gaggle of women with no chemistry and give them a crappy script and call it amazing because Hollywood’s FINALLY learned how to hire actresses in starring roles!
Pop artists like Beyonce and Katy Perry? Parade them across the stage in glorified bra and panties, but they endorsed Hillary Clinton, so that makes it TOTES OKAY!
(Nobody ever accused Hollywood of having high standards.)
One thing is for certain – feminists (along with the rest of the perpetually aggrieved left) overplayed their hands this go-round. All of the constant shrieking about the made-up patriarchy and forcing feminism’s stupid message fic onto the popular culture – people got tired of it. All this political correctness and policing speech and telling people what they can and can’t like (all because someone has a column at Salon or The Mary Sue) – it got really old, really fast.
And – like I’ve said countless times in the last two months (and I will no doubt say many more times in the future) – someone came along who told the Cult of Social Justice to stuff it, and that made people stand up and cheer. Men, women, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, religious, atheist – all kinds of people.
Note to Amanda: Your embarrassing defeat has nothing to do with being a woman and everything to do with being a pompous asshat all the freaking time.