In politics, there is a pervasive idea that the middle ground is always the correct answer. Meeting halfway produces the best results. Said results from decades of this mentality are now fully on display throughout the West where we have some permissible rape and assault in order to be progressive and tolerant. These same people — when they’re not dabbling in politics — turn to entertainment where they claim you are insane for pointing out how Hollywood is intentionally trying to brainwash, condition, or provoke certain reactions in people. That we are like Jones the Wise, complete crackpots who should be ignored and more importantly deplatformed for our “lies” are that dangerous.
In a recent article Bounding into Comics goes into detail about what Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan says in a New York Times editorial were her motivations and intentions with her directorial debut. As her only previous work was a small-time documentary that garnered so little interest it renders her employment purely a diversity hire for PR.
Let’s be real, the only thing more absurd than Warner Bros., thinking that having a Chinese female director produce a male-bashing flick when the Chinese government forbids such derision was going to work, is how the New York Times thinks the garbled mess of an article is worth charging for. A combination of a factual reporting and narrated article come together to be a near incoherent mess that appears to be a first draft rather than the final product. Below is the direct excerpt without any edits where Cathy Yan describes her intention to smash the patriarchy by bringing out the worse in women.
“I put together a sizzle reel,” Yan recalled the other day, sipping a matcha oat-milk latte in a coffee shop near her apartment, in SoHo. “But it was not your typical sizzle reel.” To a homemade remix of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” Yan set a collage of clips that embodied the worst of modern womanhood: “Like, scenes from ‘Bachelor’ proposals, the De Beers diamond commercial, Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial, Fox anchors talking about women, Trump saying ‘Grab ’em by the pussy’ ”—stuff that might make a girl want to smash the patriarchy. “After I showed the video, there was just silence.”
In an interview with Collider, who has an editorial department that does their job, Yan previously iterates the same sentiment that her intention was to produce a propaganda flick intent on smashing the patriarchy. I think it was truly lost on her that the fact a female director with virtually no connections or reputation to speak of was handed such a major title demonstrates there is no patriarchy.
Sure. I mean, frankly, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. And I’d put together I think this is public now, so I put together like a little pitch deck that just had all my thoughts about the aesthetics of the film and the world. And then I also kind of created a sizzle reel, but it wasn’t like a sizzle reel where it just was like here’s a reference and here’s another reference and here’s another reference.
But to me the story’s super compelling and personal to me because it is about emancipation, about women sort of like almost being competitive with one another and bringing each other down, but also because of our own inabilities I think to feel so powerless and like the stranglehold that is the patriarchy. And so I feel like I very much have gone through that arc myself, so and I’ve seen it with especially I think set against the backdrop of like #MeToo and what has been happening in our industry in the last few years. So that definitely infiltrated its way into my pitch as well. So that for me this film was so much more than a superhero film about like and the first girl gang film or any of that. But it really has a compelling narrative and theme to it that is very, very personal to me.
I hope this trend of Freudian slips with the word “infiltration” continues to happen because it makes highlighting and drawing attention to these matters all the easier. What is clear is at every stage of this project Warner Brothers should have begun to imagine pushing an identitarian anti-male agenda was not going to sell movies.
Sadly Hollywood has forgotten their main business isn’t propaganda production, something they’ve been very adept at for quite some time. Their primary business is the production of entertainment that produces more money than it costs to make. Some are starting to remember this, that they are trained monkeys that dance for our amusement, just as we journalists are rattling away at keyboards for yours.