April 3, 2008
Great NPR Commentary on "Horton" and gender
Living in Canada, I listen to NPR online when I can. Almost every show is available online and you can listen at any hour. I love NPR. And I love Peter Segal, host of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” their weekly news quiz show with a panel of known comedians (such as PJ O’Rourke, Mo Rocca, and Paula Poundstone) where you get rewarded for your current events geekdom (which used to be called “civic engagement”) with being able to laugh at the jokes.
So check out this great (and quick!) commentary from Peter Segal on how the revised plotline of “Horton Hears a Who” is just the same-old Hollywood gender shaping. Nothing better than a father (of girls) genuinely pissed off at the flat representations of them in movies.
My favorite part:
Have the clowns who made this movie ever met a daughter? Have they dated one? If they did, did they meet the daughter’s father? Did they then ask that daughter’s father if there was anything more dramatic, interesting, arresting, and moving to him than his relationship with his daughter? Did they ask him if he might find that a close relationship with said daughter might be something he would care about? What do they imagine that we do — sit around, and watch our daughters grow and change and suffer and fail and triumph — and idly wish for something more INTERESTING?
And while you’re at it, check out Dads and Daughters.