Wednesday, August 6, 2014

After Happily Ever After

Turns out Disney is making a movie out of Into the Woods, which is one of those musicals from my high school days that I memorized backwards and forwards. I had all the parts memorized and would sing them with great enthusiasm.

It's the story of what happened AFTER some of our favorite fairy tales ended; Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood.

I've seen the show on stage a couple of times, and I recall that there are a lot of funny moments, especially in the first act. The second act tends to bog down and get ponderous after a while, so I hope the revisions made for the screen can lighten the tone a little.

Anyway, I saw the first trailer the other day:

So what, you may ask, does this have to do with politics? Well, let me tell you.
Remember back in 2008, when "Hope and Change" was the catchphrase of the new millennium, and if we just elected a black man to the presidency, all racism in America would suddenly be gone, a new era would dawn and we would all live Happily Ever After?

Didn't exactly turn out that way, did it?

Turns out people were so enamored of the color of his skin that, never mind the content of his character, they didn't even bother to try to find out if he was remotely qualified. So now, after our Happily Ever After, the people are finally finding out what some of us have known all along: The guy isn't qualified to run a lemonade stand.

The Happily Ever After we were promised really kind of sucks.

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