For as long as I can remember, I looked at Rotten Tomatoes to see what they thought about a movie I wanted to go see. As I grew up, I came to realize that their opinions are just that, opinions from someone who probably was taught that a great film is some exotic french film that no one has ever heard of. That may be a low blow for some readers since Rotten Tomatoes is their go to site for reviews like it was for me, but let me tell you why I stopped paying attention to it.
The most recent example of the Rotten Tomato bias is with the newest Dave Chapelle Netflix special, Sticks & Stones. It's was initially rated at 0%. If I was a preteen, I would have thought, "Well if they say it sucks, then it must suck. So I won't watch it". Now that I'm an adult, I look for myself and find out why it sucks. Luckily, there are people out there that think the same way I do. All of a sudden, people watched it and rated it around 80%-90%. When you think of a comedy special, you know that these comedians aren't going to hold back with their comments. It's going to be in your face and unapologetic. According to the Rotten Tomatoes staff, there were enough triggers mentioned in the special that made them feel as if the whole production needed to be boycotted.
For me, that's no surprise since they hired 600 new critics that focus on "Diversity" and supporting those in the TV and film business that aren't taken into consideration. When in fact, they are just following a trend that businesses are jumping on, which is that they need to be more "insert politically correct term here" and accepting of it. Long story short, they hired bias people with an agenda. I know, everyone has an agenda these days, but when a business or group of people try to force me to think a different way, I stop paying attention to them and start doing a mental grocery list of what I need at the house. Now, I'm not the only one that sees the bias coming from Rotten Tomatoes, a quick Twitter search will show you that everyone else sees through the veil too.
At the same time, Dave Chapelle did exactly what he set out to do. He stood up, told a few jokes and had enough buzz about it to get people to watch it. Personally, I think he did it on purpose because he knew that people will get offended by certain topics and it would cause a domino effect for his show to get talked about. Like that old saying in show business goes, bad press is good press. That's one way to use those kind of people to your advantage, you play off of their emotions and use it against them. They're all predictable, so why not exploit their ignorance? This leads me to my final thoughts on this subject.
I don't know what is going on with people these days. They can't just sit there and enjoy a show anymore. They have to stop whoever is talking and lecture them on whatever is said and it kills the whole vibe. It kills the whole vibe before I'm able to watch it because all I hear is "Boycott this" and "Defund that". Let's take a second, stop drinking the Kool-Aid and live life to be happy again. Not everything is going to be peachy and friendly in this world. If something offends you, don't associate with it and move on with your life. Don't rally all your friends in support of a movement to make the life of someone else a living hell. All your doing is making yourself look stupid and annoying the hell out of the rest of us. We all have problems in our lives and we don't need a bunch of idiots screaming at us for whatever reason and making everything worse. Be nice to each other and live your own life instead of forcing me to accept whatever the flavor of the month is.