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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Miss Melissa Harris-Perry's #Nerdland? Tribeca Film Festival Has Another NERDLAND For You (With White Guys)

I can't even make this s**t up. So, you may be aware of the hubbub surrounding the departure of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and subsequent cancellation of the wildly popular show "Melissa Harris-Perry," which--among other things--discussed the intersection of pop culture and politics. Harris-Perry, an African-American woman,who's cultivated a devoted following on social media and beyond, often encouraged her digital audience to engage with the conversation using the hashtag #Nerdland. Naturally, her uber popular TV show also birthed the uber popular trending topic and movement, igniting an international discussion that created a safe haven for nerds--particularly people of color--to come outside the margins of society and talk about things that matter to them. In other words, it was pretty groundbreaking.

Despite the show being yanked from the airwaves, fans have taken ownership of #Nerdland to advance the existing conversations online. So, it's basically unofficially branded. Which makes it that much more awkward to learn yesterday that there's a new film showing at Tribeca Film Festival called NERDLAND, featuring a whole bunch of white guys. Yep, this is real life.

It's an animated film, so I guess that means it should matter less. And to be honest, I've never watched a single episode of "Melissa Harris-Perry," but most of my Twitter feed did, so I understand its importance. And I am aggravated that white Hollywood has yet again appropriated an already established culture as their own--and didn't even bother to have the decency to cast a single person of color in the film. Seriously, it's Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd playing almost 30-year-olds (yeah, right) trying to come up with get-rich-quick schemes. Pretty much the opposite of what #Nerdland ever was. A little more about the film:

NERDLAND is the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) and aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd), whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. With their 30th birthdays looming and their desperation growing, John and Elliot decide that in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel-gazing, there are more ways to become famous – or infamous - than ever before. So, why not become famous TODAY? NERDLAND is that day.

Making up for what they lack in brains and talent with abundant, witless enthusiasm, John and Elliot troll Los Angeles on a fame-seeking journey, encountering and abusing friends both new and old. Navigating their hyper-stimulating landscape of consumerism gone wild, our two consumers want desperately to be consumed – and they will have their FAME, at any cost.

I'll leave this with y'all to attack as you see fit. I have nothing else to say about this. 


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