The use of all caps to tell everyone to calm down? That’s a little thing we call irony, kids. Ask your English teacher about it.
Ben Affleck is Batman. Hanna Montana was naughty on MTV. You know what else? The government of Syria may be poisoning their own people.
Oh… You didn’t notice?
I’m all for trivial stuff. I’m Phoenix’s Geek Examiner. I cover pop culture (when I get around to it). I do improv 2-5 days a week. I have a BA in Theatre. I make short films with puppets. Apart from spending 40-60 hours a week in a classroom, my whole life revolves around trivia (okay, my personal life isn’t trivial to me, but it should be to the world).
Manufactured outraged is just that: manufactured. You’re not really angry that Ben Affleck is going to play Batman. You’re just pissed that it isn’t the guy you picked… or, more to the point, that it isn’t you. I’m not even sure who I’m addressing this to. I’m certain none of the people who overreacted to the Affleck casting will actually read this. I’m guessing at least 90% of my readers reacted with, “Oh. Him? Whatever.” Do we really know how good or bad a movie will be before we see it? Before it’s been released? Before a single frame has been shot? No. And I’m throwing myself under the bus with this notion, because I’ve been guilty of the preemptive venom. After seeing Michael Bay’s first entry into the Transformers franchise, I was certain every other film to follow would be terrible. I wasn’t incorrect in my prediction, but I had no business assuming so without seeing it for myself. If we judged every sequel by its predecessor, we would never know that Wrath of Kahn would be a far superior film to STAR TREK: The Motion Picture. Even some of the articles I’ve written here have been guilty of knee-jerk rage (I’m looking at you, my article about the TMNT reboot). So you didn’t like DareDevil. I thought it was okay. So you don’t think he and Matt Damon actually earned their screen writing Oscars for Good Will Hunting. Me neither; but I do think he earned his awards for Argo. We won’t talk about Gili or Jersey Girl. We’ll just wait for the movie. (See my previous article on why I think it’s a bad idea… Also: Guy Pierce should have been Green Lantern 10 years ago… missed opportunity.)
As for the MTV VMAs: Talking about it (good or bad) is exactly what MTV wants. Your anger will not change anything. MTV was relevant for its first ten years of existence. Then, it started to fade. Then, MTV Unplugged happened (most notably with the Nirvana episode). Then it was relevant for a few more years, gradually fading into the cable/reality show tapestry, its music video library rolling over to YouTube. The VMAs serve as an annual reminder that MTV still exists. Their child station, Comedy Central, has far more impact and influence on the culture than they’ve had since the early 90s. A stunt like this is all they have left.
I’ll be happy to continue covering dumb crap. Just relax. Movies, music and comics are supposed to be fun.