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June 9th, 2015

I'm not really that bothered by spoilers, generally. They don't really ruin anything for me, they just change the experience. It's kind of interesting to watch things happen with a little knowledge of how things will turn out. It's like a weird hybrid of watching something for the first time and re-watching it.

But lately, there's one sort of spoiler that is starting to bother me that seems to happen with any movie or TV show I'm really interested in watching. Before I have a chance to see it, I see someone talking about why they think it's sexist, or racist, or homophobic, or ableist, or something (or, sometimes, arguing why they think it's NOT despite evidence to the contrary).

Now most things that come out of Hollywood do unfortunately have some imperfections in one or more of these areas. And it is important to analyze and discuss these imperfections. And if a movie has a problem so bad that it would really ruin it for me, I want to know so I don't rush out and spend $20 to see it in 3D IMAX.

But a lot of the time it's pretty minor or debatable problems that I'd love to hear and talk about after I've seen the show, but really don't want to know in advance. I'd like to form my own opinions first. If it's something so minor as to be easily missed, I'd rather enjoy the show and THEN hear about it's flaw instead of go into it watching for the flaw I've heard is there.

I stop looking forward to the show, and instead start thinking, "well, I should probably see that sometime, but I'll probably be disappointed in it" though I have no idea whether or not that is true, since there's often a lot more to a show than that one issue.

I'm not sure what the solution is to this. I can't avoid such spoilers entirely, though I can try to limit the level of information I take in, and try not to take the simple statements I see too seriously. I should not click on links that look like this: https://www.reddit.com/r/TumblrInAction/comments/36223y/mad_max_fury_road_is_fatshaming_and_ableist/ and instead trust the recommendations of friends. But I really WANT to click the link and find out how Fury Road supposedly fatshames! I am the sort of person who generally wants to know things, even if I know that the knowledge won't make me happy.

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