Humanitarian Effort for the Rich: Hollywood’s Humanizing Project

When I watch movies, I tend to watch independents.  Sometimes I’ll watch the Hollywood independents, if it looks like they’re only going to modestly apply structuralism.  I like to think I’m savvy.  I don’t want to feel like I’m a monkey watching for bananas, which Hollywood has turned into a science.  If you don’t know how structuralism has put your brain on repeat for the last five decades, hit me up on the comments below and I’ll explain.  This post is for Hollywood’s newest charity:  Save the Rich!

I’ve noticed this trend for quite some time.  Hollywood likes to showcase the uber-wealthy as their protagonists.

San Andres

So my sons came back from Wal-Mart with the movie San Andreas.  It stars Dewayne Johnson, otherwise known as The Roc.  I’m not prone to watching these big Hollywood productions, but my sons were excited to watch the movie and it was entertaining enough.  I watched to the end.  I thought I was going to predict a few things and it was nice to find out I was wrong.  I’m so overly focused on structuralism that sometimes I miss the connections.

Then there was the hyper masculine motif that could not be balanced by vain attempts to masculinize one female character.  Ultimately, it was a damsel in distress production.  Nothing new there.

San Andres MovieWhat stood out to me most was all the poor people running around the collapsing cities, and for some reason none of those impoverished people could lead in this storyline.  They had to make the main characters uber-wealthy, with jet setting and mansion living.  They dined in high rise buildings and took first class airplane trips to volleyball games.  These were seven figure folks.  And as they ran past all those poor people in the cities (the ones who got crushed by buildings and water), I kept trying my hardest to empathize for these uppity rich people as they tried to escape with their lives.  Because somehow their lives were so much more important than the lives of the average people who were trying to escape the same natural disaster.  So much more important than our lives that the cameras were trained on them.

So Hollywood wants you to feel sorry for the rich.  Why would they be humanizing a small group of people who exploits everyone else on the planet?  I’m sorry.  I’m not trying to be callous.  But why do the rich get this privileged treatment, while impoverished people are constantly demonized and dehumanized by news and popular media.

Lucky, for my sons, they have a father who can teach them how to see through the veil.  Is it just me?  Or have you also noticed all the hyper wealthy characters on these movies?  It seems like every movie has some type of rich person as the lead or emotionally connected to the lead person.  It is so blatant it makes me wonder why Hollywood is working so hard to humanize this select group of people.

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17 thoughts on “Humanitarian Effort for the Rich: Hollywood’s Humanizing Project

  1. Thank you, and I could not agree with you more. We are all important and I think Hollywood would do better in the box offices if they had more protagonists who were working/middle class. It’s the working class who are buying the tickets. I think once consumers shart to pay better attention then they’ll stop going to movies that dismiss their existence.


  2. Yes, lucky for your sons:) Bless the teachers. What you talk about is something my husband and I often discuss and keep in check. There is not one soul on this planet more important than another. Sorry, Hollywood.

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  3. As usual you’ve hit a resonant chord with me. I think our culture hit a peak of egalitarian existence about forty years ago when stories routinely featured the Everyman rising to battle an extraordinary threat. Now protagonists are more likely to be Beautiful People – if Star Wars: A New Hope were presented today Luke Skywalker would have been a prince instead of a farm boy.

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  4. True, and we love to imagine our own destruction. What privilege to be able to enjoy the entertainment of your own downfall. It’s a symptom of gluttony, I suppose. I couldn’t agree with you more. We can be ridiculous in supporting this type of Hollywood entertainment. If Hollywood truly wanted a unique storyline they would at minimum spend more time in the cyber sphere, where there is a multitude of difference. We all seem to get along and interact with each other in an engaging and intellectual way. This repetition that’s been happening in Hollywood movies for half a century has to have some people worried. At some point, people are going to wake up and say, “I’m not going to pay for another movie on the same topic again.” Then people will go into cyber space and find people like us, who are engaging in difference and newness and find something that will stimulate their spirit so they can better understand themselves.

    Okay, I rambled way to long. I’ll stop here. But thank you, purrsiantea, for getting me to ramble. I always enjoy the stimulation.

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  5. Absolutely. I feel like Hollywood’s mantra tends to be “what if these terrible things that happen in THOSE parts of the world, or, to THOSE kinds of people, were to happen to…us?!” For some reason they believe it makes for a more attractive story, I guess.

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  6. Yes, and New Orleans was a real world tragedy with similar outcomes. Poverty often means being left behind. It’s a cruel way to manage a population.


  7. Thank you, Petru. Sorry for the late reply on this. I’ve been under the words of story. I like how you point out the anti-feminism in the movie. I couldn’t agree with your more. I also thought it a vain attempt and equalization. More of an insult than anything. But I supposed Hollywood assumes we’re not going to make those connections.


  8. Thank you. I agree. For some reason the average person doesn’t seem to matter to the same degree. As if their existence is more valuable. And Hollywood thinks we’re too stupid to figure that out.

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  9. Kind of reminds me what happened in New Orleans during that big, watery hurricane. It was the forgotten that couldn’t escape the waters, or even plead for help while clustered together in that large sports stadium. I was only a spectator to that real life tragedy, but who thought of the regular ‘Joe’ anyway?

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  10. When I was still in the city I’d go see the odd alternative movie but ditched the TV a long time ago for the same reason. Now that I’m living in the countryside, really far from the closest movie house, I don’t even miss it. What you call structuralism I call the old and tried recipe. Beware: that you got a few predictions wrong is because Hollywood has cottoned on and am jazzing up their recipes or structures to fool us. As you said, the few beautiful rich were romanticised while the poor were the usual fodder, providing a backdrop, mere incidental extras, according to the usual pattern. That the female was masculinized is anti-feminist or anti woman. Still, as usual.

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  11. I can always count on your posts to be super thought-provoking! Thank you! I will look at movies through a new eye now.

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