Spoilers unavoidable in this one.
Bradley Cooper’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful hit A Star is Born has been hit with a warning at the beginning of the movie for showings in New Zealand, effectively ruining the movie’s ending.
After a pair of teenagers complained they were “severely triggered” by the movie’s tragic ending in which Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine, commits suicide after a long bout with addiction. It’s a new variation of the two previous versions of the movie in which the male leads also die. Kris Kristofferson died in a car accident in the 1976 version and James Mason’s version from 1954 walks into the ocean and drowns himself.
The new warning basically gives away the ending, during which Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine dies by suicide in his garage. Viewers only learn of Maine’s history of suicidal tendencies close to the end of the movie, which adds crucial context to his narrative but also feels a bit out of the blue. You don’t see the actual death (it happens off-screen), but it is broadly gestured towards, and there are some pretty sad and heart-wrenching shots.
This change to the New Zealand showings of the movie happened after police received complaints from two “vulnerable young people,” according to The Guardian. According to the authorities’ report, they were “severely triggered” from watching the scene. The Office of Film and Literature Classification also received similar complaints.
This isn’t a sign that the movie is too dramatically “trigger-worthy.” It’s a sign of the delicate nature of today’s youths in western society. There are countless movies with more emotionally disturbing scenes than the ending of A Star is Born, including suicides and murders that would “trigger” more than a couple of teens in New Zealand.
Some would say this is a good thing. Teens are now either better in touch with their feelings or simply more willing to express how they feel. Allowing for such triggers to be discussed and to get action as a result can be a positive thing that prevents worse things from happening.
Unfortunately, I’m not buying any of it. That’s not to say I don’t think people can get triggered. I just don’t think an entire nation must deal with the consequences of two teens not properly prepared by their parents or guardians to handle the emotional stress of a movie.
Instead of a warning that ruins the ending for everyone else, perhaps these two teens should stop going to movies.
Our overly sensitive, politically correct society seems bent on ruining anything that could possibly cause distress to anyone. Guess what. That’s everything. People need to learn how to wear emotional helmets and knee pads instead of trying to eliminate any potential trigger that could damage their precious psyches.
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
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