Time To Admit Martin Scorsese Is One Of The Puffy Chested Bros

Just stop talking, Marty.

Oh Martin Scorsese, I just wanted to watch your new critically-acclaimed flick, The Irishman, and admire it like all your other movies. What I didn’t want is your hot takes about things like Marvel films and female characters.

After initially causing a hell of a fustercluck by loudly proclaiming how Marvel films are killing cinema (they’re not), which resulted in an outpouring of rebukes and weak defences from fellow old Hollywood directors, he’s now turned his attention to how female characters can detract from a story.

When presenting The Irishman at the Rome Film Fest, Scorsese was asked (via The Hollywood Reporter) about why his films’ protagonists are almost only dudes, he tersely shot down the question:

“No. That’s not even a valid point. That’s not valid. I can’t…. That goes back to 1970. That’s a question that I’ve had for so many years. Am I supposed to?

If the story doesn’t call for it…. It’s a waste of everybody’s time. If the story calls for a female character lead, why not?

Scorsese then rattled off films like Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Age of Innocence, and Casino as examples where there are great female characters, almost as to say “see, I totally did the female character thing!”

Interesting take there, Marty. Say, of all the films you’ve made over your long career, is there one featuring a female protagonist whose story doesn’t involve her being a function in the men’s stories?

Scorsese’s comment about female characters and stories isn’t wrong per se, but it’s a pretty hard to take from a man whose filmography is almost entirely filled with stories about men.

When you take into account all the memorable female characters you can remember from his films compared to male characters, the wide discrepancy shows how Scorsese actively chooses to tell stories about men rather than women.

That’s his decision and its fine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also call him out on said decisions, especially when he makes comments about female characters detracting from stories. Sure Martin Scorsese is a legendary director but you can be that and also a puffy chested bro at the same time.

As an extra hot take cherry on top of this fustercluck, Marty then decided to have a go at all the youths these days and how their knowledge of history is all messed up because they’re too busy on their phones rather than, uh, watching his historically-accurate movies.

“How are they going to know about WWII? How are they going to know about Vietnam? What do they think of Afghanistan? What do they think of all of this? They’re perceiving it in bits and pieces. There seems to be no continuity of history.”

Umm, okay then.

Just an FYI, Marty, we get our history lessons about WWII, Vietnam and Afghanistan from classes and stuff on those phones. We certainly don’t get them through fictionalised – and often inaccurate – recreations of historical events such as those in The Irishman and many of your other movies.

But then again, should we be surprised that Martin Scorsese is having a go at technology, Marvel and young people?

He’s a 76-year-old man who’s had it pretty easy for most of his career so we shouldn’t be too shocked that he’s going through a pretty big case of “old man yells at cloud” right now.

Today I Learned: Jennifer Lopez Caused An Uproar For Saying The N-Word

When keeping it real goes wrong.

Gina Rodriguez caused a bit of a stir when she dropped the N-word on Instagram when rapping along to the Fugees song ‘Ready or Not’ before following it up bit a pretty tone-deaf apology. Now it wasn’t the best moment for Gina but something similar has happened before in the past involving an even more famous Latina star: Jennifer Lopez.

In 2001, J-Lo released a remix of ‘I’m Real’ featuring Ja Rule which included the lyric: “I tell them n****s, mind they biz, but they don’t hear me, though.”

Unsurprisingly, this caused a pretty big uproar at the time, not unlike the whole Gina Rodriguez saga. Having said that, it didn’t have anywhere near the traction as social media was not yet a thing so J-Lo was spared the awful glare that is pissed off internet folk.

Still, this was a pretty damn big deal back in 2001 as the singer was huge at the time and anything she said or did carried a lot of weight. In response to the controversy, J-Lo said:

“For anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me. The use of the word in the song — it was actually written by Ja Rule — it was not meant to be hurtful to anybody.”

Ja Rule later went out of his way to defend J-Lo (via MTV) and the use of the N-word in ‘I’m Real’, saying:

“I think it’s silly. I think the whole thing, like everything else, is being blown out of proportion. She’s not the first Latino to use that word on a record, and it’s never been an issue before. I think it’s just that she’s a very high-profile star and it’s something to let people get a chance to poke at her.”

This whole controversy eventually died down (as most things in Hollywood do) but it’s started getting dug back up following the Gina Rodriguez thing. There’s been a vocal contingent on the internet trying to point out how Jennifer Lopez got away with singing the N-word while Gina Rodriguez got slammed.

Well sorry to burst your bubble but J-Lo didn’t get away with it and had Twitter and Instagram existed at the time, she would’ve got the same social media storm Gina got.

Thank George Clooney For South Park Becoming The Important Cultural Phenomenon It Is Today

Of all the things he's done, this may go down as his most important contribution to pop-culture.

You wouldn’t think a TV show like South Park would still be dominating headlines some two decades after it initially premiered and yet it is proving to be more important than ever. The fact that it became and remains a cultural phenomenon is astounding, not only because of its “rags to riches” origin story but because it all happened thanks to a massive helping hand from George Clooney.

South Park began in the early 90s when the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, made a hand-animated short film called Jesus vs. Frosty. The short was crude and rough but it had all the elements that would eventually become South Park, right down to the deliberately crappy-looking animation.

Parker and Stone were later asked to create a second short film, titled Jesus vs. Santa, as a Christmas card for a friend who was a Fox Network executive. Their friend ended up liking it so much he began sharing VHS copies of the two shorts (both packaged under the title The Spirit of Christmas) to his pals.

Now this was when the internet was barely a thing and getting things to go viral was infinitely more difficult, but when there’s a will there’s a way.

The Spirit of Christmas became one of the very first viral videos, so much so people were falsely claiming credit for it and getting jobs as a result. For Trey and Matt though, the turning point came in the form of George Clooney.

The future Mr. Amal Alamuddin came across The Spirit of Christmas and thought it was so funny he apparently (via Fortune Magazine) made 300 VHS copies of the tapes and gave it to all his Hollywood pals.

One of these tapes found its ways into the hands of Comedy Central executive Doug Herzog, who thought was hilarious and gave Trey and Matt the greenlight to turn The Spirit of Christmas into a TV series and rest has since become history.

So how did Trey Parker and Matt Stone show their gratitude to George Clooney for essentially launching their now-successful career? By getting him to voice Stan’s gay dog.

So there you have it, if it weren’t for George Clooney pissing himself over a crude, hand-animated cartoon short about four foul-mouthed kids, we may not have gotten one of the most culturally important shows in recent memory. George has done many things in his career but helping to get South Park made is almost certainly his greatest achievement.

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