I get to listen to a program on Philadelphia’s WIP, 94.1. On the program, at six at night on weekdays, a personality, Josh Innis, who proclaims himself the King of Morons and Derelicts, talks about Philadelphia sports , but also adds a new flavor, and sometimes fun, to Philadelphia sports talk. He goes into his usual talk about sports, but mixes in his experiences, thus far, in Philadelphia. He goes into an experience where he listens to another Philadelphia station, known for Hip-hop, and Rhythm and Blues, and how they abuse a horn sound effect for the benefit of the listener; really, it is just as lame as their selection of repetitive music.
The bit brought something out of me. It is something that bothered me for a while. I like Josh as a radio host, and hope he stays in Philadelphia, but is more careful of the audience in this diverse city. Josh provides not only an expanse knowledge of sports in this town, but also a perspective based on his personal experiences. While it may be common for him to talk about a horn sound from another radio station, in some other city, in another part of Philadelphia, people just do not care. If you tell people about it, they will hold a bias against it, and you.
The article’s title starts with the name Seth MacFarlane. I truly like the work MacFarlane tries to do, at times. In some cases, in his work, he highlights hilarious topics. The content also takes a turn for the worst. The show Family Guy is a dumb, but fun, program. Family Guy delivers both content that is taboo, funny and topical, but with an opinion. The Cleveland Show is wrong on all levels. It is also part of an opinion. In both Innis and MacFarlane, I think what I am trying to say, those with an opinion, and given a media voice, deliver their content in the way they feel is best.
Sometimes, though, when they deliver that opinion, it is just their opinion, but the platform they deliver it on could, and should, be a place to deliver their content with kid gloves. I think kid glove is an understatement. The more extreme of kid gloves is what you can use to deliver your good news. It is not right. It should not be but it is. Any other way puts you in a place for criticism, threats, etc. I recall the movie Django Unchained. I will not watch the movie. It can be said Django Unchained and 12 Years A Slave counterbalance one another.
I just believe, though, an African American director should deliver a African American action hero, in oppression, in their opinion, to the silver screen in the same light as Django Unchained. If it has been done, it has not been done with the same glory found in Quentin Tarantino’s films. When that happens, I can watch Django Unchained and feel good about it.
If Tarantino, is left to deliver the film, in his opinion, it is just his opinion, on topics, and experiences he knows, from his perspective, a magnified, personal, perspective. But, it gets the same press as any other box office action film, which will be what remains in the mind of the viewer. A more wholesome, magnified, opinion, from various perspectives, that speaks to all sides of a greater topic, in any media, would be better.
Seth MacFarlane plans a film for this summer, A Millions Ways to Die in the West. In the comedic western, where the main character fears the West but learns to change, his ways, in the end, the film takes, or took, risks in the content it presents.
In the film’s exclusive screening, on December 20, 2013, a shooting gallery, with slaves, exists in the film, whether it be in the theater, part of some of the film’s extras for Blu-Ray, DVD, or on the cutting room floor. This scene could be in the movie because there are no African Americans in the film. This can be taken, as someone’s attempt to highlight what he, or she, thinks is funny. It is an opinion, of a greater topic, in a film from only one perspective.
In the end, it is the creator’s right to choose what they put in their media, that is either their radio show, television program or film, but the hope is a more wholesome opinion, on greater topics, gets presented.
Before there was The Grandmaster, a film supported by Martin Scorsese, but directed by Wong Kar Wai, there was a movie called Ip Man, directed by Wilson Yip. While both films talk about Yip Man, they present it in different ways.