Are movies not woke enough for you? Was it not enough to see Disney turn the Star Wars franchise into an ode to female empowerment? Are you hungry for today’s films to cast aside the needs of the plot in favor of the almighty SJW agenda? Well, we have awesome news for you! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Company (which now seems to own, well, just about all of the movie industry) is rolling out something called “GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias,” which is an AI program meant to review movie scripts and make sure they’re appropriately balanced, gender-wise.
Oh, we are truly entering a new Hollywood golden age, are we not?
“I’m very proud to announce we have a brand new partnership with Walt Disney Studios using Spell Check for Bias,” actress Geena Davis said at the Power of Inclusion Summit in New Zealand. “They are our pilot partners and we’re going to collaborate with Disney over the next year using this tool to help their decision-making, identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion in the manuscripts that they receive. We’re very excited about the possibilities with this new technology and we encourage everybody to get in touch with us and give it a try.”
But…why? Is it more profitable? Because that’s the only sensible reason we could see why a company like Disney would want to go monkeying around with this script machine. And we fail to understand how a perfect balance of men and women in movies is going to make one damn difference to anyone other than rabid feminists who spend too much time on Twitter to have any left over for the movies.
You’ll be happy to know that the tool doesn’t stop with just making sure things are “fair” for women.
“Named ‘GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias,’ the new tool leverages patented machine learning technology developed at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering to rapidly analyze the text of a script to determine its number of male and female characters and whether they are representative of the real population at large. The technology also can discern the numbers of characters who are people of color, LGBTQI, possess disabilities or belong to other groups typically underrepresented and failed by Hollywood storytelling,” writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Look, there’s nothing inherently wrong with telling stories that empower women, include a diverse cast, or show people from different walks of life in a positive light. But these stories should come about organically, not through some wildly-pathetic attempt to pacify the “woke” hordes on social media. We’re used to Hollywood liberals using their fame as a soap box. But if the movies themselves are now just going to be thinly-disguised attempts to “change the culture,” then count us out.