Are you looking for explosive information that will ruin your life? Do you want to sleep even less? Are you interested in more worries and stress? Well, you’re in luck!
In my latest article for Superb’s blog, I dissected a piece by the New York Times investigative journalism team titled “Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy”. They analyzed the shady underbelly of the location data industry and commerce, and I analyzed them doing it. That’s the only funny bit I have about this, the rest is scarier than “Rosemary’s Baby”, and equally as truthful.
It’s hard for me to talk about Boots Riley. On one hand, I’ve been supporting and promoting his band The Coup for decades and was one of the first persons to predict “Sorry to Bother You” was going to be a one-of-a-kind movie. On the other, he’d recently been talking reckless about Venezuela and ignored every message polite and serious people sent him challenging his ridiculous views. And then, he deleted his Twitter account like a coward.
But that’s neither here nor there.
The point is I noticed something no one has talked about in “Sorry to Bother You”, the real message, a hidden layer of meaning.
So, SPOILER ALERT: Don’t advance if you haven’t watched “Sorry to Bother You”, mayor SPOILERS ahead.
The correct interpretation of that great movie, after the jump:
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Instead of dumbing it down for clicks and likes, I decided to go the other way and repel all possible audiences with my cheap super nerdy philosophy. I’m 100% right though, don’t get me wrong. In my mind it’s also a comedy video, although a complicated one.
Are you familiar with the Jar-Jar-Binks-was-going-to-be-a-Sith-Lord theory?
After watching the video above, as far as I’m concerned it’s case closed: Jar Jar WAS The Phantom Menace. And the intense hate that the character generated in the public’s eye was such that George Lucas didn’t have the guts to follow trough with his vision and changed the whole thing. Diluted the whole thing. Another case of marketing studies destroying a work of art.
I remember how excited I was for a new Star Wars and the level of disappointment I left the theater with after that first prequel. And Jar Jar was a big part of it. This movies are for kids, I thought, as opposed to the for-the-whole-family affair that the original trilogy was. Looking back, admittedly from a vantage point, I can’t help but think that a Darth Jar Jar would have made everything worthwhile. Even the horrible CGI effects, the pod racing, and Hayden Christensen talking about sand. A reveal so huge that it would have shaken the planet out of its axis.
Nowadays they’re the butt of all the jokes, but the reputation of those three movies would be another thing entirely if you all haven’t broken George Lucas. It would have been beautiful. The joke would have been on us.