Some people are good people; through and through they are good people. However, no matter how good of a person they are, sometimes things just don’t go their way. And if that doesn’t sound like the tagline of a 90s knock about comedy starring Adam Sandler I don’t know what will.
The reason such a stereotypical tagline is allowed to exist, is primarily because Hollywood knows no other reality than stereotypes. Despite worldwide internet access landing in the late 1990s, Hollywood writers’ only form of research is to vaguely imagine what something might have been like 50 years ago.
Then theres me, stereotyping Hollywood writers, but which also happens to exactly mirror reality in this case.
The writers, for their big movies though, often fall into common writing pitfalls. Whether that is the classics of cultural appropriation, condescending attitudes to disability, latent homophobia as a substitute for humour or the thoroughbred of lazy writing; ‘The White Mighty.’
The whitey mighty connotation is an old writing faux pas, where by the white lead character, who is white, goes into an unknown land as a white man, and infiltrates an unknown ethnic enclave. He, a white man, then proceeds to instantaneously learn their ways – but much better than them, because, well.. he is a white man. Then, the white man with his new skills, and new perspective, that he learned from the inferior race then proceeds to save them from some mess that he has caused. He then has sex with their most beautiful woman, because cultural and social dominance is not enough, he must be sexually superior than their race too.
Now, I am sure
Eric Ryder* James Cameron was a well-meaning guy when he stole wrote the movie ‘Avatar’. I do suspect however, when he finished writing the screenplay, he got so excited he ran, screenplay in hand, down the hall and bumped into a beautiful lady carrying a stack of ‘Beware of the Whitey Mighty’ memos. In the love drunk confusion James Cameron proceeded to pick up the wrong paper! Can you believe it.
All I can say is that my well-meaning day was less denigrating and preposterous than James Cameron writing Avatar, and then bumping into a beautiful lady – that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen though.
I woke up with it all laid out. My whole day in front of me, no distractions, no plans and no mental issues, all I had to do was write and blog*. I’m not a statistician but I would put the days tasks at around a 30% completion rate right now. And for the mathematically challenged that is a 70% deficit, which is not an insignificant sum. As bad as the story of my day is though, it can only pale in comparison to the Avatar storyline, and I hope I did as good a job as James Cameron in convincing you that this was in fact a good blog post.
*James Cameron didn’t steal the screenplay from Eric Ryder (He did). He thought of the whole idea up himself, without any help from anyone (he didn’t).
*Because those two things are not the same I have realised.