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The Racist Content Warnings On Disney+ Are Weak AF Compared To Warner Bros.

Interesting case of two steps forward, one step back.

Disney is arguably Hollywood‘s dominant force right now in almost every pie it has its fingers in. But despite all its wins, there’s one aspect the entertainment giant is lacking compared to one of its big rivals, Warner Bros.: racist content warnings.

A heap of Disney’s older movies are getting a second life on Disney plus and some of the more problematic films now include disclaimers in its description box about how certain scenes may be culturally inappropriate or outright racist today.

Case in point.

While it’s great that Disney is acknowledging the racist and prejudiced elements of its older Disney+ content using disclaimers, which is better than no acknowledgement at all, the studio could’ve done way more.

At the time of writing, the Disney+ disclaimers for films and shows containing problematic content only briefly touch on the issue with a simple “It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

By contrast, Warner Bros. has not only been issuing out racist content warnings for years, it proactively calls out racial prejudice by deeming certain depictions to be “wrong then and are wrong today” before stating that these depictions will be “presented as they were originally created” despite not representing “today’s society” because “to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.”

When the disclaimers from Disney and Warner Bros. are put side-by-side, the contrast in intent and language is pretty wild.

While there’s no denying that Disney are winning quite a lot right now, this is one area where learning a few lessons from Warner Bros. isn’t a bad thing.

This is certainly quite an interesting pickle Disney finds itself in, but it is ultimately a case of two steps forward, one step back.

Yes Disney could do better when it comes to acknowledging and calling out its older racist content, but it also deserves some props for acknowledging the issue in the first place rather than just outright ignoring it.

Whoever Cast Mark Wahlberg In Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Film Needs To Be Fired

Clearly the casting director has never played an 'Uncharted' game before.

There was a point in time when Mark Wahlberg was being considered for the role of Nathan Drake in Hollywood‘s big-screen adaptation of Uncharted. Thankfully that never panned out and the filmmakers found a far better option for the role in Tom Holland.

But it seems like forces beyond our control are hellbent on having Mark Wahlberg be part of Uncharted in some capacity, no matter how unsuited he is.

According to Variety, Marky Mark is in “final talks” to play Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Nathan Drake’s mentor in Uncharted. There’s only one reaction to this news: yikes.

Yeah, we’re confused too.

No disrespect to Marky Mark’s acting ability, but whoever thought to cast him as Sully in Uncharted has clearly never played any of the original games that are informing the movie and they deserve to be immediately fired.

For those who are unaware of why this is such a terrible casting choice, Victor Sullivan is a man in his 60’s who is a grey-haired thief with a love of cigars, charisma that could solve world peace, and a well-oiled silver tongue. In other words, the character is everything Mark Wahlberg isn’t.

Even taking into account how this adaptation will focus on a younger Nathan Drake, Marky Mark certainly isn’t the first actor – or even the 10th actor – who comes to mind to play Victor Sullivan of any age.

Just the thought of Tom Holland and him exchanging banter is throwing up some worrying red flags, but what’s done is done and we have to accept it.

Okay, I’m probably being quite pessimistic here. Mark is a good actor and there’s every chance he could surprise us all with his own spin on Sully. He is an Oscar-nominated actor after all so that’s got to count for something.

Fans are going to be watching this like a hawk, which is probably for the best that Uncharted isn’t coming out for at least a few years. That gives Marky Mark plenty of time to get greyer and to grow a great moustache worthy to play Victor Sullivan.

Ricky Gervais Hosting The Golden Globes For A Fifth Time Is A Step Backwards

Please let this genuinely be the "last time."

If the reception of the Golden Globes over the last few years are anything to go by, it seems like fewer people are giving a crap when it comes to celebrities patting themselves on the back under the guise of an awards show. In an attempt to revive interest, Hollywood is using one of its oldest tricks: dusting off something that worked in the past and hoping it’ll work again.

For the 2020 Golden Globes ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has decided to ask Ricky Gervais to host. Again. For a fifth freaking time. As for why he decided to take the job, he said:

“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse. But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”

Yes. Fun.

Of all the hosts they could’ve picked – and that includes the option of going hostless – why on earth did Ricky Gervais get the nod (again)? Were Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were too busy or something? Couldn’t they find someone funny and witty who isn’t a white man?

If you track the progression of his hosting efforts from the first time in 2010 to his most recent attempt in 2016, you can clearly see how Ricky gradually goes from witty and edgy to just saying things to push people’s buttons.

No shade on Ricky’s talents but bringing him back to host the Golden Globes again feels like a step backwards. 2016 was a much different time compared to today and it’s hard to see how Ricky Gervais’ brand of “edgy” humour will go down with folks today.

This all feel very similar to Billy Crystal’s Oscar hosting stint: it started off well but his schtick got tiresome by the fifth time. Feels like the Golden Globes missed out on an opportunity to get some fresh faces to host and it’s hard to honestly believe that the talent pool in Hollywood for award show hosts is so shallow that Ricky is the top choice.

Perhaps Ricky Gervais will surprise us this time around and the time away from the Golden Globes stage will help the quality of the material.

Hell, maybe ol’ mate will dust off his inner pop star and perform some of his old 80’s new wave tunes. Now that’ll be something worth watching the 2020 Golden Globes for.

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