In regards to that Bound 3 “parody” video:
I refuse to watch it because I object to it on several points.
- It’s lazy. Just like Jimmy Kimmel taking Kanye’s words and having children say them in order to get a cheap laugh is lazy, reshooting the video shot for shot isn’t doing anything creative,…
You basically sprinted right past the point here.
You might want to look up the definition of “parody”. The greatest comedians of all-time have used this technique for centuries to bring new insight to serious works. Franco & Rogen are merely imitating the original clip to point out the humor in how ridiculously seriously West & Kardashian take themselves.
Here I will quote EB White to summarize my point: “Prejudice is a great time saver you can form opinions without having get facts”.>
As I said above, making a parody of a parody is lazy and not useful. Everything was played straight in the original video precisely because it is so ridiculous. It’s supposed to be funny! White men having to constantly put a Black man in his place is racist. Because that’s what it comes down to, Kanye is taking himself too seriously, we better knock him down a peg or two.
Also your quote doesn’t relate to anything else you said so idk how that’s supposed to summarize your point. Relatedly, idk where I was being prejudiced unless you mean I’m being prejudiced against straight white dudes but really it’s more like I’m just bored of their antics.
I think you took my comments the wrong way but I’m happy to elaborate on my point. Your inference is an opinion, an opinion which mine simply counters and vice versa. For instance, I don’t believe Kanye’s version is a parody. I believe he thinks his music and subsequent videos are true art. Therefore the parody is a true parody - in my opinion.
As for your racial reading of the video, I also can’t agree either. It may be your opinion, but I could also go and take a strong feminist stance and say that Franco/Rogen’s parody highlights the inherent acceptance of the overt sexualisation and debasement of the feminine form, by showing it’s absurdity when exactly translated by two straight men - but that would be a subjective reading. I personally don’t believe that Franco/Rogen set out to make a race or sexuality based statement.
We as an audience bring inferences to a text, meanings are not inherent. Sassure’s theory of semiotics in action right there. Our own lives and experiences shape our responses. You said you couldn’t bring yourself to watch it. You should watch and it and see how it informs your opinion.
I find your thoughts on the matter interesting, even though they don’t parallel mine. And after all, if Tumblr isn’t for debating pop culture, what’s it for?