Also in the news: More bad bunny behavior in “Peter Rabbit,” and Peter McKellen sleeps through the middle of King Lear. It’s your Daily Blunt!
We now know the Gamergate scandal wasn’t a fluke — the 2016 election and uptick in white supremacist activity have more than proven that. Comicsgate has been a pot that’s slower to boil over, but the advent of “Black Panther” and other developments in the mainstream comics publishing world have created the perfect conditions for a full-scale war in fandom communities. Inverse’s article offers a timeline of this movement, described as “the latest irate gasp of fading white hegemony in geek culture.” Note they didn’t describe it as the last gasp — these culture wars are likely to persist for longer than we care to imagine.
In other book battles, Fox News Jeanine Pirro is prepping a Trump-sanctioned rebuttal to Michael Wolff’s runaway hit, which has already been nicknamed No Fire, No Fury. Even though the book technically doesn’t exist yet, it’s already being spoofed: New York Magazine pretended to find an early draft “under a Domino’s box in a trash can two blocks from the White House,” and then proceeds to share a caps-lock-loaded excerpt. No word yet whether our “HIGHLY LITERATE, 6’3” leader” will cooperate with Pirro’s effort.
At 78 years old, Sir Ian McKellen has earned the right to take a nap pretty much whenever he wants — even during a production of King Lear that he happens to be starring in. In an interview with The Evening Standard, the star expressed gratitude to William Shakespeare for giving the character a 45-minute break between appearances, which is just enough time for him to catch forty winks backstage. “I can snuggle down on the floor with a cushion and catnap anywhere,” says McKellen. “It’s a talent of mine and that’s what I often do — although it can be a little difficult if you’re sharing a dressing room.”
Note to makers of kids’ films: using someone’s food allergy as a weapon against them is not a great strategy to impart children. The “Peter Rabbit” team is learning this the hard way, with families and allergy advocates up in arms over what they see as a reckless and insensitive treatment of these issues, as the titular rabbit and friends capitalize on irate farmer Mr. McGregor’s blackberry allergy. Kids imitating this behavior without understanding the actual risk could seriously injure or kill someone. The studio and filmmakers have released an apology, saying they”Sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.”