So I never did an #introduction but I probably should, so...
Which isn't to say I didn't think PARASITE wasn't a good film! I think it is. I just think some of the social commentary aspects were, uh. Massively over-hyped, especially from American commentators.
(Then again, see also SNOWPIERCER and TRAIN TO BUSAN, about which I have similar thoughts.)
Like, WOLF OF WALL STREET was a more threatening/uncomfortable film for a lot of rich people, which is a fact I know because I am indeed a person who knows Rich People.
(Hint: Don't take your upper-class British fiancée's parents to see this to "show them how your job works" before, at minimum, reading the plot summary on Wikipedia first.)
Like it's to the point where I've seen people all like "rich people who like this film are missing the point!" and it's like, uh. Sorry, but. Like. Rich people like this film because, a) it doesn't tell them anything about themselves or the world they don't already know, and b) doesn't actually provide any sort of threatening counter-ideology or structural critique.
The Unnatural Order print proofs arrived and… yes. Yes, that’ll do nicely. (Now if only Ingram wasn’t loading at a snail’s pace for some reason I could start shipping these babies out…)
The year is 2021 and Tumblr is still great because where else can you enjoy takes like:
- "We need new words for people you love but, like. Platonically. No not friends I mean people you actually care about, not just hate a little bit less."
- "Why do rich people love minimalist furniture if I was rich my entire house would be full of stuff!" from teenagers who've obviously never had to dust or vacuum ever.
- Weekly reinvention of queer assimilationist discourse from first principles.
And I do mean EVERY rich person. Every single one.
Most of it is “legal” (rich people write the tax code) in the sense that it’s a combination of knowing what the most beneficial instruments there are to avoid paying less tax (holding companies, trusts, etc.) coupled with creative use of “before tax” expenditures. But it is absolutely universal and ubiquitous and the more you notice it the more “welfare fraud” hand-wringing feels like massive we-do-it-so-they-must-too projection…
Maybe not the most original insight but it did just kind of occur to me that maybe one of the reasons rich people are so hysterical about “welfare fraud” is because every single rich person I know diddles their taxes, and they assume “welfare fraud” is the same thing but for, like. Poor people.
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