There is a PSA now floating around showing another set of comfortable sports luminaries caught in a Hong Kong cinema Kung Fu scenario where the back to back duo kick some serious butt. Of course, it is all staged so that stand-in stunt men perform the action with digitally painted celebrity faces ham it up. The amalgam of all the elements providing an impression of superhuman ability in two distinct classes of physical potential. Not that this sort of television foolery is exceptional as it is seen everyday outside the confines of big budget feature films. The notion of ‘heroes’ is impacted of course, as no single human stunt man or not could perform such miracles of continuous performance. But because of ever advancing CGI post-production techniques such extraordinary feats become mundane in the short attention span of popular consciousness.
The left shoe of the exercise is of course that favored victim groups are media enhanced in such a manner to give them a false sense of invincible aura. There is a particular role play where some women dressed in Karate drag take on a man that is almost three times their size composed of solid muscle. The scripted contest that involves a little wrist twisting leads one to begin the sort of gender reversal mythos of modern trash feature presentations like. “Sucker Punch”, where diminutive Valkyries can whip anything big white and muscular with the flick of a finger and a good Karate yell. Given the rate of assault and a growing aggressiveness in the general behavior of young women, it can only lead to unexpected mayhem. The proclivity of violent excess that comes standard in almost every Hollywood film causing the upsurge in the misuse of weapons like guns and cars to inflict damage upon untypical social segments. If you take the SFX magic out of the equation, these myths evaporate back down to human proportions and so does the balance of frivolous aggression. So before one of these cinematic Valhalla archetype wanta-be’s starts kicking sand in someone twice or more their size, they might consider the distinction between fantasy and reality.