Woke By Numbers
Another reboot for our delightful young friends
I realise using the Woke trope reveals me as an ageing right-winger, and the source of this link may do too. (I've never seen the site before, in fact, and picked up the story in *ZeroHedge*. It felt like the honourable thing to do to cite the original not the reprint.)
Once the writer has put the boot into Mao, olden days Bad Guy, the focus shifts to another of those reboots of popular culture, in this case Lord Of The Rings. Personally I thought LoTR was the greatest book ever ever ever when I was 15. I borrowed the three volumes one at a time from Hillbrow Library and then got my own copy of the (Ralph Bakshi) film tie-in paperback and read it again, all in the same three weeks (ish). I may have read it once more but it was A Very Long Time Ago. So I guess what I'm saying is that I grew out of it 40 years ago <= snobby bitch alert.
The author speculates on how the new series might be scripted and acted, the casting quotas, etc, and this may well prove accurate. (I won't be watching.) There are some good points made about how a fluffed-up rainbow-bedecked world of Stronk Wahmen (really Young-Girls with jujitsu skills), plus photogenic folks of every possible sexuality, help to restructure how we see the Fogey Old World as past its Use By Date. Only the tired and depressed still care about the Before Times when Men Were Men (etc).
Now that the Equalitarianistas have taken over (well, they’re hegemonic in the culture industries anyway) even muscly warriors with axes and Toxic Masculinity issues have a sensitive side, and a nice kitchen with a Shiny New Object that produces chai latte. Only a horrid reactionary spoilsport would not want to join in the fun.