This week, Scottscope will tackle…romance and relationships?! That’s right; Scottscope will be looking at male/female relations through the exaggerated lens of modern pop culture!
First up, we’ll be taking a look at modern genre films. Superhero movies in particular, are often nerd empowerment fantasies in which a social outcast is blessed with great power. This enables him to land the girl of his dreams, who is often shown to be otherwise wildly out of his league. In a film like True Romance, the girl in question is the proverbial “whore with a heart of gold.” Do these of films foster unrealistic and unhealthy fantasies in the minds of "nerds" and "nice guys"?
Next, we tackle Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop offers any number of rags-to-riches in which paupers become ballers. To hear them tell it, they achieve this transformation by hustling and exhibiting a certain swagger. This gives them access to women that so-called squares can only dream about. Has the alpha male posturing in Hip-Hop created an entire generation of wannabe players who don’t believe in monogamy/marriage? Does it make regular guys feel inadequate? Does it give young women an unrealistic idea of what a man should be?
Frequent roundtable member Lahmi, aka “Mr. Straight Face,” will be offering his unique perspective throughout. Lahmi has a huge problem with what he sees as a rapidly growing epidemic among young American males: Simping!
We'll also be celebrating the 72nd birthday anniversary of Bruce Lee! A lot has changed since his passing, but his legacy is alive and well. Would action cinema be any different today had he lived? Why does he continue to hold such a fascination for the African American community? What is the best Bruce Lee movie?
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