5 Upcoming Movies and Shows (With Weird Real-World Controversies)

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Captain America 3 introduces a new superhero (racist Mossad agent)

For those of you longing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, good news: the next Captain America the film will apparently do just that. The film reportedly caused a major backlash after Marvel announced it would introduce the character of Sabra to the MCU, a “a mutant Israeli policeman turned Mossad agent”, Keep in mind; the people were already passionately arguing about Marvel movies online prior to this press stunt, which sparked the “#CaptainApartheid” trend on social media.

First appearing in 1989, Sabra was originally a “Deliberate and Conscious Israeli Echo of Captain America” but is perhaps best known for the comic in which the Hulk yells at her not to care about a Palestinian child literally dead.

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If that doesn’t sound like a political third rail enough, the movie’s full title has raised more than a few eyebrows; Captain America: New World Ordera reference to the infamous conspiracy theory of how a shadowy group of globalists controlling the world – and historically, “Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists have placed Jews at the center of this cabal.” So really, almost everybody has a reason to be worried about this movie…and it’s not like the MCU doesn’t have a weird story when it comes to tackling conspiracy theories.

by Darren Aronofsky The whale is accused of grossophobia

Director Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to controversy, as evidenced by the fact that his latest film was an environmentally-themed biblical allegory featuring childhood cannibalism. Now his new movie, The whalestarring Brendan Fraser as a “reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity” is the subject of criticism from people who have seen the film – and probably also from anyone who has noticed that ‘It is literally called the whale.

Critic Katie Rife did securities for his reaction to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, saying it “reinforces the idea that fat people are objects of pity who have brought their suffering upon themselves.”

Well acclaimed by somemany other critics were not only less critical of the film’s potentially harmful stereotypes, but themselves extremely insensitive – like this one in Variety which compares Fraser’s character to Jabba the Hutt (as one review in The Guardian).

Even before its creation, The whale was the subject of controversy once it became known that Fraser would be wear a big suita long-standing practice which has naturally been the subject heightened surveillance in recent years, with some urging Hollywood to stop using them altogether – which would probably be best, not least because it would preemptively stop any attempts at reboots Norbit.

by Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans Takes heat to use a real monkey

In case you can’t tell how every Steven Spielberg movie features a character with big daddy issues, the famed director’s parents divorced when he was a kid. Today, Spielberg made an autobiographical film about his own troubled childhood: The Fabelmans. Although he changed some details, giving himself and his family aliases, at least he resisted the urge to add a bunch of goofy aliens.

At some point in the film, Spielb– Sorry, by Sam Fableman mother brings home a monkey as a new pet because she “needed a laugh,” a sign of her declining mental well-being (just like Ross in Friends). Apparently this, too, was based on an actual incident from Spielberg’s youth – much like HEY if ET regularly in his poo around the house.

But the scene has raised the ire of animal rights group PETA, unhappy that the director used a real monkey, not a CGI, and are now asking Spielberg to remove said scenes, which…seems highly unlikely. But, to be fair, other pundits have called on filmmakers to Stop using real primates in movies, and prevent potential animal abuse. And digital technology (to which Spielberg is no stranger) has advanced to the point where animals no longer need to be walked on film sets. Really, so old grumpy Harrison Ford was ready to pretend a dude in a leotard crawling on all fours was his faithful canine companionsurely anyone can do it.

Andor Features a blaster that’s just an AK-47

star wars fans are obviously thrilled to Andor, the new prequel series about the early adventures of A thug Cassian Andor heroes – hope they don’t pull a Solo and reveal that it got its name from, say, a grammar and punctuation guide. But when the show’s trailer hit the internet, viewers noticed that one of the characters was directly carrying an AK-47.

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While some were would have been upset see a weapon that was used in actual mass shootings appear in a star wars series, other interviewees: “Why would a Star Wars blaster need a magazine if it fires lasers instead of physical ammo?” Others suggested that using a real gun was “just lazy” – and they might be right. At the very least, they could have turned the gun into some sort of funky drink dispenser, or perhaps the noble leader of a planet of gun-faced aliens.

The little Mermaid – Racists are so pissed off they use AI technology to make characters white

We’re not here to defend Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animated films; The Lion King was scary, Dumbo was unpleasant, and the recent Pinocchio would surely have been the most shitty Pinocchio movie of the year, if not for this CGI abomination starring 54-year-old Pauly Shore as the puppet:

But the remake not yet out of The little Mermaid takes a lot of heat for the worst possible reason, receiving a barrage of attacks from fanatics who are pissed that Ariel’s character is played by black actress and singer Halle Bailey, not a 35-year-old man Alyssa Milano doodle.

After the first trailer for the film went online, racist Disney fans took to social media, “use hashtag #notmyariel to complain about Bailey’s casting” and “Disney being too ‘woke’.” Others tried to justify their prejudices by claiming that the cast was not faithful to the original Danish story, which, incidentally, does not contain any songs about chilling under the sea, and Is characteristic attempted murder and John McClane-levels of bleeding feet.

Sure, this kind of intolerant internet crisis seems to happen every time a person of color appears in a major movie franchise, but this time it’s been taken to a whole new level of creepiness, when someone on Twitter used The “AI technology” to turn Ariel into a white girlclaiming that they had “fixed” the film.

The only way to fix this movie with computers is to fill Ariel’s father’s underwater kingdom with his traditional CGI dildo castles.

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