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Harry Potter and the Snobs of Culture

12 Jul

Today I read what was possibly the most pretentious, culture-snob hackery I have ever come across. It was a “review” (in Swedish) of the latest Harry Potter movie, a movie I am very much looking forward to. But also a review made by a mental midget who should have his title as “culture reporter” revoked, rolled up tightly and inserted into his bottom.

Culture snobs? Where?

This guy is clearly from the snob school of culture. These are people who only regard some things as culture, fine things that they themselves once did a fucking paper on in culture-wank academy. You see these people everywhere, and they are almost always being snide about “lesser” cultural things. Things like science fiction, fantasy, or anything they don’t see as “clever” and can’t be bothered to look into because it might somehow demean them to read a book without a pompous “The” at the beginning of its self-important fucking title.

These people irritate the crap out of me. Well let me inform them – culture isn’t what a group of MacBook-owning (and come on, of course they all have MacBooks) and big black glasses-wearing idiots deem it to be. Culture, my snobby mate, is what people actually consume. I would even go as far to say that ballet and opera aren’t culture. They are museum pieces with very limited appeal, only kept alive by huge chunks of tax-payer’s money. Football is more culture than opera (and I don’t even like football). And Star Trek (despite being rather crap) is hugely more culturally relevant than some Nobel prize-winning tosser with his angsty shite that people will only buy because the slab-head won a Nobel prize with it.

Where does this reviewer get off saying that it isn’t important that he’s not seen the other movies? In what other movie review would this be okay? Perhaps reviewing the Kieślowski movies while only having seen the Red one? Or slashing “The Godfather” based on part 3? My arse it would be okay. And so why is it just fine with Harry Potter?

And then he belittles the book’s plot with his “Oh you all know how it goes” bullshit. Because he couldn’t be arsed to read the books or even see the other movies, it’s fine for us to be just as ignorant as he is. And his other point seems to be that you put enough ack-thors in a movie and throw a swanky enough director at it, then even mediocre second-rate shite like, oh, Harry fucking POTTER can look like a “real” movie.

Screw this guy, and the rest of the pretentious self-satisfied culture snobs who decide it’s okay to look down on things because they happen not to know anything about them. And a tip – next time, if you’re going to review a movie then put the fucking work in. If you don’t, then at least don’t bloody tell us in a “I didn’t bother and that’s okay because I don’t need to” kind of way.

And keep in mind that nobody gives a shit who you stood beside at some football game. Yeah?

/ paddy

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Culture, Ranting

 

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27 responses to “Harry Potter and the Snobs of Culture

  1. Kaia

    July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I do love it when you get a good rant on. The more swearing the better and all that.

    That review is the kind of bullshitting high school students do when they’ve only read the first two chapters of a book. It’s just WORDS. None of them mean anything whatsoever.

    PS. I have hipster glasses and own a MacBook. Although I *would* have more than just blah blah blah to say about the movie in question…

     
    • paddyK

      July 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I also own a MacBook and I like it. But for guys like him, a MacBook is part of his identity. And all personal attacks aside, it was a shit review.

       
      • Glen Gordon

        August 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        Beware of the MacBook. I’ve seen how it mercilessly “reprograms” all but the most iconoclastic of users. First you buy a MacBook and then all of a sudden, you’re drinking organically grown Starbucks coffee and talking about the virtues of Marxism. BEWARE!!! :O

         
  2. Mark Baxter

    July 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Popular culture is a subset of culture. You seem to think there is an bijection between the elements of both. Schoolboy error.

     
    • paddyK

      July 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I really don’t see that there is a distinction. What defines popular culture?What is a Nobel prize winner who sells a million books if not “popular”? Who decides what is popular and what isn’t? Maybe stuff that turns a profit is popular and stuff we have to support isn’t?

       
      • Mark Baxter

        July 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Popularity is what defines it. Popular culture is culture that is popular. Hence the name.

        No one gets to define exactly what popular is in exactly the same way that no one (apart from, apparently, you) gets to decide what culture is. Culture, like art, is about how one perceives something. One man’s art is another man’s trash.

         
  3. Random_asshole

    July 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    So, let me get this straight. This “pillock” writes a movie review, a very positive one even, and happen to admit that he has not read *all* the books or seen *all* the movies – and is somehow able to thoroughly enjoy it anyway. And because of this he is a “pretentious self-satisfied culture snob”? Oh gee, guess there are a lot of such people in the world then. Say it ain’t so! No wait, scratch that. There is only one such person here, and that is *you*. Go fuck yourself. And the horse you rode in on.

     
    • paddyK

      July 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Precisely. Reviewing the last movie in a series is a half-assed review if you haven’t seen the others. And yes, he would not dare to do the same to a “proper” movie series. Would he? Because he is a snob and sees Harry Potter as “not serious culture” and therefore not worthy of the same attention.

      I do love your wonderful critique of me, by the way. Very stylish and elegant. Are you a writer? And do you have a MacBook too?

       
      • Glen Gordon

        August 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

        Everybody, please! Let’s stop this bitterness. Let’s chuck our MacBooks our the window. Apple® is clearly what’s destroying culture. MacBooks are making us fight against each other by making us all pretentious and bitchy. Lol.

         
  4. KP

    July 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    When you say MacBook, I assume you mean MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Not the peasant version that is simply called a MacBook.

     
    • MrB

      July 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      That’ll be the working class MacBook then. Which probably makes it the “correct” version in Sweden.

       
  5. KP

    July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    That make sense, they gave me a MacBook at work. I assume they do this for all workers in Sweden.

     
    • paddyK

      July 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      A working class MacBook is indeed something to be.

       
  6. Bellis

    July 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

    But Paddy, your put-down of opera and ballet and Noble Prize-winners seems equally as snobbish to me, just in reverse. And probably as ignorant. Or do you know anything about ballet and opera? Read many Nobel Prize-winners lately? Don’t fall in the trap yourself. The mistake both you and the snob do is drawing boundaries where there are none.

    Drive a hard,
    Bellis

     
  7. Kartläggartrion

    July 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I think you are over-reacting a bit. That “cultural snob” gave that movie four out of five points. Apparently he liked it very much.

    Have a nice day! :)

     
    • Bellis

      July 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      I must admit I didn’t read the review at first, but come on – it is *extremely* favourable! Ah, yes, Paddy, this rant seems to be a case of overreacting quite a bit. Hm. The reason he mentions he hasn’t seen the earlier films is that he wants to tell his readers that this one is so good you can follow it without having done so!

      All the best,
      Bellis
      (who by they has spotted the irritating mistake he *made* in his previous comment and grrrs himself for typing fast and not proofreading)

       
  8. typotrix

    July 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I totally agree with you, culture snobbism is disgusting. I like the Potter books and the films as well. It is true entertainment. Over to another thing: is the Macbook really worth the money? I remember reading your blog a few years ago and then you thought they were over-rated. I am soon in need of a new computer and would like to own a Macbook but my husband keeps telling me they are over-prized and not bettet than othet computers. Your opinion please?

     
  9. Steve Bontrager

    July 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Your blog is one big cry for help.

     
  10. Jim

    July 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

    In principle I would agree that you don’t review a series based on one episode. However the so called culture snob simply states right up front that he hasn’t seen or read them all -and goes on to give one of the best reviews I’ve seen of the film. Based on that films merits’ alone. His opening lines include the description beautiful, he praises the director and most of the actors. Where is the snobbery?
    I have to ask whether you read and understood the whole review? How well do you read Swedish?

     
  11. John

    July 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Look, the fact is, Harry Potter is shit unless you’re under 12-years old. The books are banal and immature, and the films are fucking boring. Defending Harry Potter as an adult takes the biscuit. Grow up!

     
  12. Bellis

    July 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    “Takes the biscuit”! I never saw that expression before, but I love it! So obviously British usage, as well, and I must admit to being very partial to British English, as opposed to some other varietes.

    All the best,
    Bellis

     
  13. John

    July 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    @Bellis

    Poppycock. It’s an Irish expression, surely?

     
  14. Bellis

    July 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Fine with me! I should have made myself clearer. I didn’t actually mean what one usually means by “British usage”, I meant “any form of English spoken somewhere on the British Isles” as opposed to “English as spoken anywhere else in the world”.

    All the best,
    Bellis

     
  15. Wynn

    July 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I hate snobs. I’ve studied in those environments where the odd should be considered as the stuff. There are things a designer SHOULD like, and there’s things one should like in order to be a real designer-ish person. Without them, you are merely sheep that does not know well enough to be worthy.

    Blech. And diminishing a movie like he does, have to mean that he doesn’t like but only enjoys the pictures. There’s a difference. Step off your high horse, would you, culture priss.

     
  16. Jag

    July 18, 2011 at 4:03 am

    If you’re like this now (bitter, irrationally stubborn and proudly ignorant) I just can’t imagine how you’ll be like when you’re 75. So you spam the article’s comments with your preposterous rantings and link to your blog to get some more visits here? But hey… wouldn’t it be better if you said something interesting rather than all this bullshit? Insulting a journalist because he hasn’t read all of HP books… wow, terrible!

    Ever thought of getting a life and some education before it’s too late? If it’s not too late.

     
    • paddyK

      July 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      You clearly haven’t my article. I don’t care about if he read the books or not. I even say that several times. So YOU haven’t read all the comments. Have you? I think a movie reviewer should have seen all the movies. So you disagree? Then explain why, and don’t insult ME out of your own laziness and ignorance. Off you go then.

       
      • Bellis

        July 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        Although I do take your point, Paddy, I think it might be a tad more complicated than that. For example, when reviewing a remake, must one also have seen the original (in order to make the relevant comparisons)? When reviewing a movie about a specific character … Tarzan, let’s say … must one then have seen all the other Tarzan movies (in order to make the relevant comparisons)?

        And so forth, and so on.

        All the best,
        Bellis

         

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