Never mind the quality, feel the ‘woke’ Green Book, The New Negro and white guilt

The best picture Oscar and the Pulitzer for biography have been bestowed on problematic and inferior works on race Art highlighting the marginalized, blacks, gays and others, is more fashionable than ever. For the gatekeepers of culture, however, it is not authenticity but stories that celebrate a superficial idea of progressiveness which exert the greatest appeal. Narratives exhibiting how woke we are resonate most. As long as a work captures how accepting whites are of blacks, how understanding straights are when encountering queerness, success is assured. Some blacks and empathetic whites get it. Seeking reparation for racist inequality by any means necessary, they reason, makes it time for diversity, any diversity. If the best and brightest black candidates are unavailable, …

Forrest Gump 2: a sequel berserk enough to suit our hellish times?

Screenwriter Eric Roth says his sequel to the Tom Hanks Oscar magnet was scuppered by 9/11, but Forrest would be entirely at home in the Trump and Brexit era On paper, revealing everything that would have happened in the films aborted sequel and, well, its a much harder sell. Forrest Gump 2 would have been absolutely berserk, which means it would have probably won even more Oscars. How berserk was it? Well, it would have put Gump in the back of Princess Diana. It would have put him right in the middle of the 1995 Haley Joel Osment character whom Gump meets right at the end? The film would have opened with him being diagnosed with Aids and losing all …