Why can't Hollywood make female films without bastardizing male characters?



By now you've probably heard about the upcoming "Ocean's 8"--and it's starring all girls, playing thieves! How hysterical is that?

Sandra Bullock and seven other girl-thieves plot to steal some jewelry from someone. This is an appropriation of Ocean's 11, of course, which starred mostly men (George Clooney fits into that category anatomically, if not psychologically.)

Ocean's 11 itself was a remake of a 1960 version of the film, but that also starred men. What Warner Brother's is doing is taking a franchise where the main characters were played by men, and substituting them with women. It's as if Warner Brothers doesn't feel that an original film starring women will attract audiences, so they have to remake a film that became popular when it was played by men.

This is the most patronizing strategy that Hollywood can follow. If movie studios really feel that people want to see action films starring women, they should make films featuring original characters, not ones that have been historically played by men. To do as they are doing makes it seem that women films need to use characters made popular by men in previous films as an impetus to get people into theaters. That's an entirely unfeminist perspective and seems to indicate that the studios feel that women aren't popular enough to be leads in action films.

This is the same strategy Hollywood used in making it's all-female version of Ghostbusters. That filmed glommed off the popularity of the original Ghostbusters films, which starred men.

This strategy has also been used with Star Wars, where, in the latest Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker's character has been replaced with a girl named Rey.

You can find this theme in television too. The lead in the latest Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery, is a black woman named Michael Burnham with a big Federation afro. Yes, a woman named Michael. Skinny Michael beats up Klingons twice her size on a routine basis, with the help of the openly gay engineer Lt. Stamets and the Arab security chief with the super-WASPY name of Ash Tyler.

Once again, by using the name Michael, we are meant to think that women are replacing men.

There is nothing wrong with women leads in film, or television. Wonder Woman, for example, was a pretty good film. But having women stand on the shoulders of men by remaking films and switching genders is pure cowardice on the part of Hollywood, and shows they don't truly believe what they preach.

The fact is that not only most men but most women want to see leading men, not women, in action roles, and so Hollywood, caught between its PC instincts and its urge to make money, makes these absurd remakes.

What's next, a female Captain Kirk?

A female James Bond?

A female Doctor Who? Oh wait, they've done that.

This is part of the larger liberal agenda to turn men into women and women into men. But I have a feeling that despite the brainwashing, audiences are not going to turn out to watch a movie where Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and someone named Awkwafina play cat burglars.

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