Zoolander 2 Shall Go to Theaters
December 3, 2015
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“Zoolander 2”, a comedy about the fashion industry was scheduled for release in February of 2016. However, due to recent boycotts over the portrayal of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, a man who dresses and acts a transgender women, the movie could be put on hold.
In the world we live in today, where we are trying to accept the transgender culture, more than 8,000 people have slammed the movie as “endorsing harmful and dangerous perceptions of the queer community at large” according to The Daily Beast. One short scene in the movie does poke fun at the transgender culture giving it a bad wrap, however it does not reflect the overall comedic message of this movie. If you have a problem with these jokes, simply don’t watch it. After all, this movie is meant to be a comedy; laugh.
With 96% of Rotten Tomato’s visitors wishing to view the movie, this movie has every right to be published and watched by the entire population. Along with the popularity this movie has, it is also protected by the First Amendment under the Constitution of the United State of America, freedom of the speech and press.
Zoolander 1 and 2 poke fun at many stereotypes in society, especially in the fashion industry. This series is about Derek Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller, and Hansel, played by Owen Wilson. These two men depict the the stereotypes of models who are poorly educated and are only judged and respected by their looks.
If this movie happens to get shut down by the now 14,000+ signatures on a written boycott petition, then in the future, other movies will not be able to make jokes about transgenders, or sexism, racism, and religion since it can offend a select population of the 319 million people who live in America. This movie should be in theaters and watched by those who accept comedic jokes as jokes and not attacks against humanity.