No One Wants to Pay for a Lecture at the Movies

Who would want to go see a gay romantic comedy at the movie theater? Not many people apparently—which shocked many woke leftists (who also probably didn’t go see it). 

Billy Eichner’s gay rom-com, “Bros” was a complete flop at the box office this past weekend, bringing in just $4.8 million and coming in an abysmal fourth. In classic woke fashion Eichner took to Twitter to screech that the film bombed because of “homophobia”: 

That’s just the world we live in, unfortunately. Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros. And that’s disappointing but it is what it is. 

Everyone who ISN’T a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight! You will have a blast! And it *is* special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don’t get this opportunity often. I love this movie so much. GO BROS!!! 

Perhaps leftists, before blaming everyone else and making “-ist” and “-phobia” excuses for their own failures, should take a look at our current culture and ask themselves if the product they’re pushing would actually be appealing to audiences. Maybe, just maybe, a marketing strategy based on demographic guilt won’t get people to buy your product. 

Hollywood has been attempting this strategy for a few years now. The first extraordinarily prominent example of it was the 2016 reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise. The film, with an awful plot, bad writing, and scolding lectures about how men are bad was destined to fail—but the curious aspect of the marketing behind it was that we were told not seeing it and enjoying it meant you were simply a misogynist. 

Clearly, if you don’t like something that is presented to you, it’s your fault. It couldn’t be the failure of the person who produced it to create a desirable project.  

Imagine if you went on a first date with someone where you showed up after not bathing for a week, in the same clothes you had worn that entire week, and constantly insulted your date. Anyone with common sense would say that you, showing up in that condition and behaving in that manner were the issue—leftist logic would blame your date. As much as I wish this were just hyperbole, it really isn’t—leftists have indeed taken this exact approach to dating. 

Over the past four years, there have been multiple viral videos and social media posts where a transgender person whines that it’s transphobic for people not to want to sleep with transexuals. They argue it’s not their fault for being completely unappealing, unattractive and in some cases, extraordinarily weird—it’s the world’s fault for being too “-phobic” and preferring not to have sex with someone who is unappealing, unattractive, and in some cases, extraordinarily weird. 

And this is not even an isolated occurrence—it is easy to locate videos of every commonly unappealing type of person claiming that it is you with your “-phobias,” and not their peculiarities that makes them undateable. The lack of personal responsibility and reflection is astounding—and the mental gymnastics involved would qualify these individuals for the most deranged Olympic games. 

If Americans were so homophobic that this explains why they didn’t want to see a gay rom-com, then Eichner would need to explain why every major corporation can’t change its logo to a rainbow fast enough for Pride month—or why American cities even regularly celebrate a Pride month or have Pride festivals and parades. Surely, there should be enough people participating in those activities to bring in more than $4.8 million dollars for his film—unless maybe, just maybe it’s something else. 

Americans are tired of being lectured to by leftists; tired of being told they’re bad because of their demographics; and tired of being told they’re “literally Hitler” because they don’t want their very young children taught about sexuality in public schools. After all of the wearisome hectoring in today’s politics, why would Americans use their hard-earned money to pay for yet another lecture and scolding about who they are in a nearly two hour film? 

When people seek entertainment, they want to escape the current issues and heated politics of the world, they don’t want to enter a different venue with overpriced snacks to get a hyper-focused dose of more of the same. 

What’s wrong with the concept of making a fun movie that doesn’t have a preachy lesson attached? What happened to simply producing something fun? And above all of this, what happened to taking personal responsibility instead of blaming others for your own failures? 

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Tim Young is the media and culture critic for American Greatness.

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