The cover this week is about the return of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. The cover photo is of the four main male characters. The main female character is absent. I can’t help but think why this is and who will be fired for leaving her off the cover.

Ah! The answer is provided inside the magazine. My cover is one of three alternate covers for this edition, including one where she gets the cover all to herself. The third cover features the adult characters. Apparently, some people actually buy all three alternate covers. I can not comprehend this. Such people must comprise the group that keeps voting for people I can’t stand. I fail to comprehend them, as well.

Stranger Things centers around a group of middle school friends in the ‘80s. In the first season, one of them disappeared and scariness ensued. Winona Ryder played the very distraught mother of the missing boy.1

Notwithstanding the unflattering picture of her in character inside the edition, I have always thought she was hot. And, since she’s age appropriate, it’s not creepy. At all. Selena Gomez does nothing for me. Seriously. That would be creepy.

The Mayor
There is a full page ad for a new ABC show called The Mayor. Apparently it is about a young struggling African-American rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt. Guess what? He wins! Wackiness ensues.

EW says: “Imagine this: A self-promoter with no political experience runs for office just for the attention … and wins. The Mayor reads like a liberal-fantasy retelling of the Donald Trump story. What if the outsider politician were actually a cool, young black man who really did want to help the community?” Methinks the negative connotation toward the real-life self-promoter in the White House is not hidden.

American Made
Government corruption alert! Tom Cruise plays a “grimy CIA operative-turned-drug-smuggler” in the new movie American Made. If only these Hollywood types could figure out that more government equals more corruption. And oppression. They make plenty of movies about it.

“Hollywood Takes a Knee”
In what EW clearly labels a “News Story,” the magazine spends two pages 2on the national anthem protests that started with Colin Kaepernick a year ago.

EW rightly, in my estimation, points out that the movement was fading out and likely to disappear. Until, of course, the president called the NFL players “sons of bitches” and suggested they should be fired.

“Now it’s exploded into a major celebrity movement thanks to a man who excels at making divisive controversies more divisive and controversial.”

The article concludes with a statement by noted political scientist Chelsea Handler, who says “Every responsible American citizen needs to stand up and talk about how wrong this is.”

Unfortunately, what “this” is was not made clear.

“Been Fooled by Fake Content?”
An ad for a news site declares “75% of us fall for fake headlines. We all deserve better.” This ad, methinks, points out the connection between pop culture and news: They are both driven by ratings. Or clicks. If it makes money, its primary goal, with rare exception, is to maximize that money. It is not to spread truth.

The CBS TV show “Madam Secretary” will also address “fake news.” Executive Producer Barbara Hall says, “it’s becoming such a confusing issue, so we decided, let’s just break it all down and do a story.”

Perhaps that story will be completely objective….. Ha, ha, ha. I kid.

The Avatar sequels
James Cameron, who used to make kickass action movies like The Terminator and Aliens, now has committed the rest of his life to making Avatar movies. Four (four!) sequels are in the works. The original Avatar, of course, was about evil humans destroying the habitat on another planet. For money, of course.

Progressives certainly have a very low opinion of humans, don’t they? Hey, perhaps we have earned it. But their answer is always to give government more power over humanity. The problem is readily apparent, since humanity runs the government just like it runs corporations. The difference being that the takes money by force and corporations have to get you to buy something voluntarily.3

Battle of the Sexes

EW is just a bit overly effusive in its description of the movie about the 1973 made for television event between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King4, called Battle of the Sexes:

“The symbolic power of what happened here – one small step, one giant leap for womankind – is the movie’s truest ace.”

It was a significant cultural event. But let’s not overdo it. Riggs was the original troll, long before the internet made it a national pastime. He said outrageous things to get attention and make it money. It worked.

… and that’s all, folks!

 

==Footnotes==

  1. As a quick aside, I loved Winona Ryder as a kid. I fell in love with her and Christian Slater in the 1988 movie Heathers. The movie nailed ‘80s high school drama well before Mean Girls did the same in 2004.

    A sample exchange from Heathers:

    Dumb jock, in the school cafeteria, to the new kid played by Slater: “I didn’t know they let fags in here.”

    Slater: “Looks like they have an open door policy on assholes.”

  2. Two pages in EW is equivalent to a lengthy academic treatise in real life. And that is notwithstanding that  pictures take up up about half the pages.
  3. Except when the corporate humans are connected to the government humans. Then the corporate humans can lobby for some of the money the government humans forcibly took from other people, thereby obviating the need to actually sell anything.
  4. My admiration for Emma Stone, who played King in the movie, is well-documented. This time, however, I have refrained from using her picture on the pretense that her name has appeared in this post. I’m maturing.