Thursday, August 11, 2016
Sausage Party 
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
Sausage Party  (directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, screenplay by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill) is a film that I could not bring myself to spend money to see.
First, I'm honestly getting tired of the crudity. I don't think of myself as a snob and have _generally_ enjoyed the Simpsons and even South Park over the years. But I find myself getting tired of these after a while: Seriously, there's "more to this world" than puke, farts and dumb sexual jokes...
Then, I _don't like_ confusing _people_ with _things_. I _don't mind_ personifying animals or even plants. But I do find it _much more problematic_ when we start personifying cars, planes, and yes even _unduly_ personifying _toys_ (even though as kids we do use (play with) dolls / "action figures" as stand-ins for people). But a car is _not_ a person. A hotdog / hotdog bun _aren't_ people ...
And I am concerned that when we start thinking of "a car" as "a person just like you and me" we can start treating _people_ like _things_ as well.
Last week, I wrote exactly about this ... there was a scene in the DC Comics inspired film Suicide Squad  where in preparation for evacuation a "tough as nails intelligence officer" ordered her four assistants to "wipe their hard drives (on their computers)" and as soon as they initiated that task, she proceeded _to shoot_ her four assistants each in the head (to presumably "wipe" _their_ own internal "hard drives" (brains as well).
PEOPLE ARE NOT THINGS. And when we start thinking of a _sausage_ / _sausage bun_ as "a person" we can start thinking of PEOPLE as mere "sausages" / "sausage buns" (to be consumed or even disposed of if we don't particularly like them...)
So even the film's crudity aside ... I DID NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION THAT THIS FILM WAS TAKING US. We are OBJECTIFIED / COMMODIFIED ENOUGH AS IT IS ... we really _don't_ need to go further with that direction.
WE ARE NOT THINGS (and THINGS are not "just like us")
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