Female Horror Anthology “XX” Announced. Inevitable White Male Outrage And Panic Ensues

Who is going to represent the downtrodden white male in cinema? Who will tell their story?



First the good news.


Todd Brown from the must read movie news site Twitch took a look at the multitude of horror anthology films springing up and asked “Hey, why aren’t more lady filmmakers asked to contribute?” Rather than just write a strongly worded editorial asking this question, Todd launched the forthcoming anthology film XX. Not only that, he assembled a kick ass band of women to work on the film including The Soska Twins (American Mary), Jennifer Lynch (Chained), Mary Harron (American -fucking- Psycho), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) and  Jovanka Vuckovic (The Guest).


I’m loathe to use the phrase “passing the baton” here because it suggests that talent like Ms. Harron are giving way to a younger generation that includes the Soskas and Vuckovic. Perhaps a better term would be welcoming the newer filmmakers to the club.


Anyhow, this film is a welcome development in a genre that increasingly feels like a singular voice-quarter life crisis white guys-are the only ones getting a shot at having their visions play out on screen.


That’s the good news.


The bad news is if you read the comment section of many sites reporting this news, you’ll want to take your face and smash it repeatedly against a brick wall as a reminder that reading the comment section of most news sites is one of the last bastions of contrived outrage for backwards thinking neanderthals that think being white and male is akin to putting a bullseye on one’s chest and asking for oppression from those pesky “special interest groups”.


Some of the comments roll up in the Trojan horse masked as a seemingly innocuous question such as “Why does the gender of the filmmaker matter? Why can’t we just celebrate the best films rather than have gender enter the equation?


Which, if we lived in a vacuum where opportunities presented themselves in equal fashion with race, gender and class having no impact, then this would be a perfectly reasonable inquiry. However to pretend otherwise is to simply bury one’s head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge that the deck is stacked in favor of a select handful of people at the expense of a great many others. To dig in one’s heels and make shameful and ignorant comments such as:


[–]geengaweenCenobite -4 points 3 days ago
Men are biologically more ambitious and thus more likely to aggressively pursue careers in dangerous, demanding, or cut-throat industries. It may not be PC to say that but it’s what the science tells us. The film industry is very competitive and cut-throat.


and:


At least when they inevitably get lost driving somewhere they won’t be able to blame their husbands.


and


If they really want to make this a kind of feminist circle jerk, shouldn’t Streisand direct a segment? With Jane Fonda acting? The can roast their victims over a pyre of burning bras while reading Ms. magazine.
and this DELIGHTFUL and well thought out exchange between surely two leading members of the MENSA society:
Fistacuffs Kind of sexist, no?

Ronnie James Dio  Fistacuffs Damn straight. Imagine all white male directors. Meltdown

The examples above are some of the nicer, calmer more rational ones you’ll find before said commentators melted down as their straw man arguments came crashing around their ankles. Of course,

If you ever wanted the argument made that as a species, we’re better of smothering our young with pillows and allowing nature to let us go instinct, just spend fifteen minutes reading the “Talkback” section of Ain’t It Cool News.

Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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