Social justice activists, aka SJWs, latch onto specific adjectives like they’re attached to them with super glue. When one SJW utters an adjective such as “toxic,” the rest of the drones are then required to recite it over and over again. At least until it begins to lose its oomf. Then a new adjective must be found, and the cycle begins anew.
And so the adjective “entitled” seems to be replacing the adjective “toxic” for the uneducated SJW.
Stephen Kelly writes at the BBC, in regards to the production crew improving the Sonic character in response to fan criticism:
Yet the unprecedented decision to redesign Sonic the Hedgehog – to surrender so transparently to audience wishes – represents something of a landmark moment in the modern relationship between artist and fan. The latter of whom – thanks to the connective power of the internet, and a changing media landscape – has never been so influential, so vocal, and some would argue, so entitled. Should fans have this much of a say in the pop culture they consume? And if so, what does it mean for art itself?
Except that it’s not unprecedented at all. In response to the strange look of the Yoda puppet in Episode I, George Lucas utilized a CG Yoda in Episode II and III that looked more like the puppet from Episode V. And he would later change the Episode I puppet out for the CG Yoda entirely.
That’s what businesses that sell products like movies do; they cater to the demands of customers. Just ask Harrison Ford. This is how capitalism works.
Fans have always had this power even long before the internet as we know it today. It’s why we never saw sequels to Battlefield Earth or Waterworld. Fans said, no thanks. And its why we’ll never see a sequel to the misandrist Ghostbusters 2016. Fans said, shove it.
On the other hand, the production crew listened to the criticism from the fans, and the box office numbers show it was a wise move to do so.
If you want an oppressive Ministry of Culture that imposes culture from top-down with no opportunity for changes or improvements from fan feedback and criticism, then you can always move to communist China.
No one is saying that artists can’t create anything they want. They can. But artists shouldn’t expect people to dole out money for something that they outright say they don’t like. They won’t, nor should they.
If you’re interested in genuine entitlement, then discuss those who demand the “right” to see a representation of themselves on screen for 2 hours.
Originally published here.