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Watchmen Is Getting Review Bombed By Fans Who Hate How, Uh, 'Woke' It Is

And the "politically correct" narrative rears its ugly head again.

Despite some initial skepticism over HBO’s decision to make its own TV adaptation of Watchmen, aka the greatest comic book of all time, the show has been nothing short of a revelation, garnering acclaim from fans and the all-important critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the show functions as a sequel/remix of sorts following the events of the Watchmen comic, this adaptation honours the source material while still managing to be its own beast as a searing and unsubtle take on racial conflict.

Now with so much emphasis on racial tensions and politics in a show that’s literally based on a comic book, you’d expect there to be some backlash from the puffy-chested bros who loudly (and often unironically) shout “keep the wokeness outta mah comics!”

And you’d be right actually.

While Watchmen has a glowing 96 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is a less-than-stellar 46 percent (at the time of writing) following a bout of review bombing from folks who are complaining about the show’s, uh, “wokeness,” its left-wing political stance, and for turning one of the comic’s major characters and fan favourite, Rorschach, into a symbol for white supremacy.

It really is.

Look, Watchmen is an excellent adaptation that isn’t without its flaws, but it appears once again that the internet had a knee-jerk reaction to something they clearly have no clue about while parading around and thinking they do.

Fans, particularly those of the original comic by Alan Moore, who are decrying HBO’s TV adaptation for being “woke” and left-leaning seem to conveniently forget how political and left-leaning the source material was. Moore was about as subtle about his political stance when writing the comic as a punch to the face from Nite Owl.

Even more than that, the Rorschach fans kicking up a stink about the show also seem to forget (or just not realise) that the character was extremely *checks notes* racist, homophobic, sexist, and a fascist in the comics.

In short, Watchmen fans are upset with HBO for making a woke comic book too “woke” and for making the problematic Rorschach into a problematic symbol. Make of that what you will.

But we should’ve expected this sort of response given how Watchmen is an adaptation of a beloved comic with a rabid fanbase, some of whom who don’t seem to really understand its underlying subtext.

Without digging too much into spoiler territory, the examination of race and white supremacists by HBO’s Watchmen is a perfect and logical sense continuation from the events of the comics, which honours Moore’s aim of examining the natural conclusion of how the existence of actual superheroes will coincide with real historical events.

After all the recent talk about “woke culture” (not a thing), Watchmen is another example of how the show is merely a reflection of the current culture and those deriding it are the ones who are being left behind or are refusing to accept that times have changed.

And besides, we’re allowed to watch what we want to watch without people review bombing it on Rotten Tomatoes as an act of bad faith. If Watchmen isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other content out there.

Is It Cute Or Creepy When Celebs Hook-up With Their Childhood Crush?

It's a fine line between stalker and sweet.

In case you haven’t heard, Miley Cyrus has been hooking up with Cody Simpson ever since she broke up with Liam Hemsworth, which is something of a dream come true of ol’ Cody as he’s been crushing on her since he was a young 9-year-old lad.

It’s been public, excessively gratuitous, occasionally problematic, and has kicked up this very interesting question among the GOAT team: is it cute or creepy when a celebrity like Miley Cyrus hooks up with their childhood crush?

Miley and Cody’s fast and furious hook-up is far from the first time a celeb has hooked up with their childhood crush and it is generally been okay for the most part. They’re both young, good-looking, and are in the same industry so it’s not too overly surprising, even if it reeks of textbook post-breakup behaviour.

The same can be said of couples like Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (who owned posters of The Jonas Brothers back in the day), and Justin and Hailey Bieber (who apparently crushed on him pretty hard back in the day).

They’re all young people who are just going through the rollercoaster that is love and life. We’ve all done stupid stuff when it comes to getting the attention of the person we’re crushing on, it just so happens all the aforementioned celebs are doing it in the public eye.

It’s when we get to childhood crush couples who have a large age difference where things start to tick over from cute to creepy.

There’s no denying that Jason Momoa really loves his wife (and childhood crush) Lisa Bonet, but things get slightly weird when you take into account their 12-year age difference and his quite intense declarations of love and being a bit of a “stalker.” It’s roughly the same story for Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole, both of whom have a kid together and hooked up after she judged him on The X-Factor.

By the time we get to a 40-something Leonardo DiCaprio and his multitude of 25-or-younger supermodel girlfriends, and whatever went on between Katie Holmes and her childhood crush Tom Cruise, things are firmly in weird and creepy territory.

Besides the big age difference, it’s hard not to think that the older celebrity is taking advantage of the younger person’s childhood crush on them in order to get them into something resembling a relationship.

Okay, we get it Tom Cruise, you’re in love with Katie Holmes.

Maybe I’m being a bit cynical about this whole thing about celebrities hooking up with their childhood crush. Maybe the excitement people get from seeing something like this happen is because it’s literally a dream come true.

99.9 percent of the time, hooking up with some celebrity you’ve had the hots for since you were a teen is nothing more than a fantasy you carry (sometimes obsessively) in your head. When it actually does happen, it’s just wild because it’s something no one expected.

But hey, love (or lust) can begin from the most unexpected places. Sometimes it’s at first sight and other times it can be in the form of someone staring at the many posters of their crush for hours every day.

At the end of the day, Cody Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Jason Momoa, Katie Holmes and all the aforementioned celebrities are adults who can make their own choices. If they’re happy with their decisions, then who are we to judge?

Chris Pratt Just Confirmed That Anna Faris And Anna Faris Only Kept His Crap In Check

What a prat.

It’s no secret that Chris Pratt has dramatically bottomed out on the “Best Chris” list over the last couple of years because of his douchy behaviour, which have gotten even worse since he married Katherine Schwarzenegger.

Based on his latest Instagram post, it seems like not only is he still breaking the douche-o-meter, we’ve underestimated how much his ex-wife, Anna Faris, kept him and his crap in check.

Pratt posted a photo of a burnt bagel bite cooked by Katherine and accompanied the pic with a pretty crappy caption.

The bar for fun spousal ribbing has risen dramatically thanks to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds but this is just plain condescending.

Firstly, cook your own damn dinner, Pratt. This isn’t the 1950s and it’s not like you can’t afford a cook or something with all that Marvel and Jurassic World money you’ve raked in.

Secondly, it’s hard not to view Pratt’s attempts at ribbing Katherine as a mean-spirited “aww honey, you’ve lived a sheltered and privileged life so I get why you can’t operate a microwave but I’m going to laugh at you anyway.”

Ugh.

Having said all that though, our respect for Anna Faris has also increased exponentially because not only is she awesome, she had to put up with Chris and all his Chris Pratt-ness for all those years they were married. Having to keep his behaviour in line must’ve been exhausting.

Ever since they divorced, Anna’s leash has been taken off and Chris has been free to run around parroting all his religious thoughts and other problematic views to the detriment of us all.

So really, we owe Anna a great deal of gratitude for keeping a lid on Chris for as long as she did.

Without Anna Faris, Chris Pratt’s true self is running free and it doesn’t look like Katherine Schwarzenegger will be the one to keep his crap in check this time.

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