"As a writer and consumer of entertainment, I really hate clichés and stereotypes. They’re only useful for misdirection, making readers believe the story is going a certain way so you can fool them. But Hollywood keeps trotting out the following lame tropes over and over again. It’s about time they were called on the carpet for this stupidity. These stereotypes are not only offensive; they’re overused to the point where they must be retired for good. If you really care about not offending people, Hollywood, stop offending me and the legions of people who are sick of this drivel.
1. The Crazed Vet/Soldier:
2. The Professional Bitch:
3. The Evil Christian:
4. The Stupid Dad/Male: —
5. The Magical Minority (aka “Magic Negro”):
6. The Pedophile Priest:
7. The Traditionalist Hypocrite:
8. Evil Republicans:
9: Wise Trashy People:
10. Flyover Losers:"
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While I don't agree with him entirely (Republicans are fracking evil. All of them.) he makes good points.
I watched The Apostle - about a preacher who goes on the run after killing someone - on Sky Movies yesterday, reluctantly at first as I am very anti-religion.
On the surface the central character was a "stupid dad/male", "traditionalist hypocrite", "evil Christian" and a "flyover loser" but the screenplay was without judgement, we understood the character and we even sympathised with his later difficulties and when he realised what he had lost due to a moment of madness.
Rather than focus the story on religious hypocrisy, as I might have, the writer-director, Robert Duvall, had real preachers and gospel singers in the film and he showed how faith can create and unify a community which can do good in the world. It's the truth and authenticity that made the film. It also allowed the audience to think for themselves a little which is the main thing.
Even films which have political viewpoints I agree with are boring if they don't challenge my beliefs in some way and give the, for example, "evil Republican" character, the best lines and most convincing justifications.
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