Why the critics of woke storytelling get it wrong
In analogy with a black mass, it isn't the symbolic inversion that makes it satanic, which is mere symbolism after all. It's that the spiritual essence of the ritual is the desecration of the sacred.
And what they did to Star Wars.... especially to Luke Skywalker.
You can say the same thing regarding the push by the usual suspects for "female space marines" in 40k.
You're 100% correct about this. The people using/inserting minority characters don't care about minorites.
It's just like tearing down the statues with Civil War generals atop. Most people don't even know who those people are -- until someone comes around and demands to have them torn down.
It isn't even about the Civil War, or the generals either -- the idea is to erase history. Make younger generations forget that there was a Civil War, and that people fought to free the slaves. That goes against the America is evil narrative. And the people trying to demoralize the US populace can't have reality effing up their goals.
Those productions bombed for the exact reason you listed. Because it's obvious what they are trying to do, and it's insulting to people who understand what the stories are about.
It's the same with comics now, where they make the characters gay. Or, damn near every Netflix production where there MUST be at least one or two gay characters -- especially if the original story excluded such things.
How long will it be before we see a major production where they cast Jesus as a woman?
I rarely if ever watch a re-make of anything, especially not of a beloved original. Justice is rarely done. Most mainstream entertainment after the 80's is unmitigated propaganda over-seasoned with tripe, drivel and cliches. Wastes of time and money. I'd like to see Hollywood become a ghost town and all its inhabitants reduced to joining their brethren on the city streets of San Francisco.
Yup. The foundations of western civilization are being attacked from more than just political angles. People severely underestimate the long-term effectiveness of this type of ideological subversion. As Mike from Redlettermedia would put it; "You may not have noticed it, but your brain did".
Really well-put. It's not about the small changes; it's all about whether they loved the original novels. I did not watch Rings of Profit past the trailer but after reading a summary it seems like they did everything to purposely subvert Professor Tolkien's book. Making classic European characters African and kind characters cruel is not an accident of bad casting and bad writing; it's a choice.
I think a useful contrast might be drawn between Jackson's LotR series and the HBO Game of Thrones adaptation that would help prove your point quite well. In both cases, the source material was adapted to a different medium, and in both cases, the adapters were generally faithful to the spirit of the material. The changes that were made were, for the most part, changes necessary to make the transition from print to film effectively. The Council of Elrond makes for rather compelling reading, but it would be dreadfully dull on film. It's basically just a dozen guys talking for, what, an hour? More? Works in a romance, not in a movie. Etc. Likewise, the guys who made Game of Thrones cut out a lot of material, combined and modified characters, etc., but largely to good effect. They cared about the source material, and it showed.
The consensus is that Game of Thrones tanked in its last few seasons, particularly the last one. I never finished the show, but I think that's well established. But the reason it tanked doesn't have anything to do with "wokeness," "diversity casting," or anything like that. It's just that the showrunners ran out of source material--finished the damned books, GRRM!--and didn't have the chops to land the thing successfully. I'm confident that GRRM will do a better job of it, assuming he ever gets around to finishing it, one can already see various plot points being foreshadowed, twists being loaded, etc., in ways that have the potential to pay off quite well. But the showrunners, lacking the benefit of that talent, had to make do with only a high-level plot arc. Couldn't pull it off.
But the consensus is that GoT only tanked in its last few seasons! The first few seasons are still widely regarded as satisfactory. It really was just a failure of storytelling. Contrast this with Amazon's RoP, which was conceived in genuine hate for the source material and dedicated to the proposition of GFY.
It really does make a difference.
So true king, the best way to understand modern media
I actually like The Witcher...a lot. Of all the post-Game of Thrones fantasy adaptations, The Witcher is easily the best (minus Blood Origin, which I got about 10 seconds into before I said, "Aw, Hell no!").