Now I see why it tanked at the box office.
It’s not a popular story. It’s not a pretty story. It’s not even a “story.”
It’s a mirror.
A mirror that shows us the ugliest parts of ourselves. The parts that we try so desperately to hide with the makeshift makeup of modernism.
But modernism can’t make up for past injustices. It can’t make up for the present ones either. Modernism can only mask the ugliness that lay beneath it. The ugliness that has been manifested as “racism,” “discrimination” and “hatred.” The ugliness that is fear.
Fear can lead some people to do some ugly things. Say some ugly words. Think some ugly thoughts. In fact, fear led to the ugliness depicted in “Selma.” And for many of us, it is fear that has deterred us from seeing “Selma” in the first place.
Fear of seeing ourselves beaten. Fear of seeing ourselves beating. Fear of seeing ourselves being seen by others as less than. Fear of seeing ourselves being seen by others as monsters.
But there is no movement without facing fear. And there is no movement beyond fear without courage.
It takes courage to look into the mirror. It takes courage to admit to seeing the ugliness. It takes courage to see “Selma.”
That’s why it tanked at the box office. We exchanged our courage for modernism…and “The Wedding Ringer.”
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