Don’t Watch Exodus: Gods and Kings, Sorry About No Real Post, Please Comment About the Relative Effectiveness of This Song Parody

I guess first thing’s first, apologies about having no real post for today. The second thing is way more important than the first, because I need to remind you all that you should not see Exodus: Gods and Kings. I one hundred percent realize that the title of the last post [and its very contents] refer to Christians and their responsibility to be generally good people, but isn’t that the way we should all live? Just be good people, don’t support this:

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And honestly, if that wasn’t a good enough reason not to watch it there’s also the fact that apparently it’s terrible. And I quote, from the very beginning of that review:

“This is one of those moments when a movie comes along that is so repugnant, and so bland, and so pretentious, that it’s almost impossible to believe. And yet, like a voice from a burning bush, Exodus is an unbelievable event that will nevertheless lead thousands of people on a terrifying quest — to movie theaters.”

To go back to my original point, however, the main reason I don’t have a new post up today is that life has gotten very busy with my leaving the country this upcoming Wednesday. All that being said, I will have a post next Friday, a special one that will share a certain theme with those of my co-writers.

I’m actually pretty excited for it. Should be good.

In other news, a friend of mine linked to this parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, which you can listen to here:

Gordon wrote a post very early in the year about “Ban Bossy”, a movement that sought to put an end to a certain term when used to describe females. The song I just linked to is an obvious extension of that, with the word “bitch” being leveled against women in [and out of] positions of authority, and makes some very good points. There is a wage gap, there is a certain amount of sexism in many a workplace, and on the whole we tend to have a vicious double standard when it comes to viewing men and women who essentially behave in a similar fashion.

The reason my friend disliked it was because “It starts out as a celebration of a move toward equality and then descends into non-satirical gender flipping.” I respectfully disagreed, citing the tendency of such parodies to rely heavily on hyperbole to make their points without actually supporting such extremist views, but I guess it’s up in the air. Feel free to chip in with your own opinions, and look forward to next week, which will contain [basically] our last updates of 2014!

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5 responses to “Don’t Watch Exodus: Gods and Kings, Sorry About No Real Post, Please Comment About the Relative Effectiveness of This Song Parody

  1. It looks like I’m going to watch Exodus even less than I was going to originally. Besides, I can’t do Biblical adaptations without animated musical numbers anymore. It’s a condition of mine.

    Well Ridley, at least we’ll always have Alien.

    • He’s really not doing much with the goodwill he garnered from that franchise, is he?

      • I think the creative equivalent of the American dream might be coasting off of one work for the rest of your career. Scott’s not the best example since Gladiator and Black Hawk Down are on this side of the 21st century cutoff, but it’s all over the place in film and comics. In terms of politically regressive material, at least Scott hasn’t put out Holy Terror.

        Come to think of it, a film adaptation of that would be comedic dynamite. If it was self-aware it could have a Team America/Robocop edge, and if it weren’t it’d be a hilarious failure. Going back to Black Hawk Down, Scott clearly has at least the seed of jingoistic lunacy in him.

        • Gladiator is actually the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Scott’s films, so you’re right, there is that.

          The seed of jingoistic lunacy aside, I just think it’s hilarious that he referred to a hypothetical actor as “Muhammad so-and-so from such-and such.” It’s not like his film wasn’t getting all this flak for being perceived as incredibly racist or anything-

  2. But, rather than being a case of direct borrowing, they demythologize the Egyptian concepts and form a polemic
    against the Egyptian gods.

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