Entertainment sites are facing a serious problem: There's a limited number of things that happen every day, but their readers will click on an infinite amount of articles, as long as someone or something vaguely famous is involved. The solution? Follow the grand Internet tradition of making shit up. Print a headline saying "Bill Murray killed and ate Miley Cyrus!" and watch as it gets 100,000 shares before either of their publicists can deny it.
Now, all of us have fallen for stories like these in the past, but there are some particularly egregious types of bullshit articles that should really be setting off our hogwash alarms by now. Starting with ...
5Stop Saying The Simpsons Predicted Stuff
The Internet is 80 percent porn, 70 percent fanfic on Tumblr, and 90 percent inaccurate statistics. Whatever's left is made out of bullshit listicles about how some old Simpsons episode predicted today's events. Apparently, they foresaw Donald Trump: Angry Half-Chewed Orange Starburst For President 15 years before it happened:
But before you go proclaiming Matt Groening "King of the Psychics," consider this: That episode aired in 2000. Guess what lying, hypocritical moron announced he'd be running for President in 2000? No no, the other one. Yes, Trump said he'd run for President under the Reform Party in 2000 (and had been talking about it since 1987), meaning The Simpsons predicted precisely squat. And as far as them "predicting" that President Trump would destroy the country ... duhhhh. That's like predicting grass will be green, or that a diaper will be loaded with shit.
Can anthropomorphic loaded diapers even legally run for president?
And we do this all. The. Fucking. Time. Unless some fat yellow dude destroys an entire city by pressing the wrong button at the power plant, it's no big deal if real life imitates The Simpsons. It's a topical show with damn near 600 episodes under its quarter-century-old belt. Of course there's going to be overlap with reality -- which hasn't stopped sites like BuzzFeed from marveling over the matter. Let's review their mind-blowing discoveries:
So the Simpsons made an irradiated food joke, and now Japan's got irradiated fruit? That's not a new idea. If anything, the vegetation around Chernobyl predicted The Simpsons. Oh, and the deformed Japanese veggies were bullshit anyway. Off to a good start, BuzzFeed!
OK. So. In 2004, a bunch of Ohio voting machines glitched and accidentally gave George W. Bush 4,000 extra votes. In 2008, the Simpsons satirized that incident. In 2012, it happened again for real. And that's supposed to be a score for Homer and friends how? Just because your memory was crippled by all those '90s nostalgia GIF parades doesn't mean that the past suddenly didn't happen, BuzzFeed.
This is probably the closest one: They successfully predicted that somebody who works with wild animals would eventually get attacked by one. Impressive. What's next, claiming that The Simpsons predicted baseball players playing softball?
Arrrrghhh! Too late!
4People Need To Chill About Idris Elba Playing James Bond
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Eventually, Daniel Craig will stop being James Bond. And despite the fact that he's a totally outdated character, tradition dictates that we'll need a new one. One of the top names being bandied about is Idris Elba, who deviates from the Bond norm in one glaringly obvious way ...
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"The world isn't ready for a Bond with facial hair. Sorry."
OK, there's also the race thing, an issue which Bond novelist Anthony Horowitz dealt with in the worst possible way. In an interview with The Daily Mail, he claimed that Elba would suck as Bond because he's "too street." The Internet responded by figuratively painting Horowitz's naked body gold and leaving him to asphyxiate.
Most were only scandalized to find out there are still Bond books, though (or books in general).
First off, this quote came from The Daily Mail, so rage-sharing it is like raging over something the bad guy said at WrestleMania. Even worse, all these headlines conveniently ignore where he named other black actors he'd prefer play Bond. Everybody's focused on "too rough" and "too street," while see-no-eviling the part where he recommended Hustle's Adrian Lester instead.
There's still a race issue at play here, of course -- but not in the overt, simplistic way that everybody seeing red took it as. It's deciding that black actors, who have proven their ability to play both suave and rough with equal tenacity, should only be one thing. Horowitz is typecasting Elba as a rough, street black man, and Lester as a suave, classy black man, and won't let them sit at each other's table. And nobody's talking about this except ... The Huffington Post? Really? Dear Internet: When BuzzFeed-Minus-Cat-GIFs is the voice of reason, it might be time to pay attention and rethink things.
Both because they're right on the money, and because it'll probably never happen again.
Ex-Bond Roger Moore got in similar hot water recently, accused of opposing Elba Bond over blackness. Moore himself had to clarify that he only said Bond should be 100 percent "English-English" -- his interviewer later edited it so it seemed like he was talking about Elba. But you know what? When Elba finally becomes Bond and blows everyone out of their seats, all this ridiculous talk of race, class, and who's street and who's not will disappear. Because it's the performance that matters, not the-
Wait ... it was all a rumor? He's NOT going to be Bond? There were never even talks of him being Bond, nothing but Daniel Craig dream-casting off the top of his head? We got all worked up over that? FUCK.