I occasionally come across references to the documentary “The Red Pill”. It’s not so much that people in the various manosphere/men’s rights/mgtow/red pill communities speak very highly of it. Instead, it is praised as an attempt to bring awareness of contemporary men’s issues into the mainstream. I recently watched that documentary. In a nutshell, if you’re halfway tuned in, it will be very hard to find justification for spending two hours of your time and a few bucks for digitally borrowing the movie.
Various relevant themes are covered, such as the myth of the gender pay gap, the hugely lop-sided family court system that takes your kids and wrecks your life financially, turning you into little more than a slave for the system. It also highlights the opposition MRA’s have been facing. It’s pretty cringe-worthy when men who had their kids taken away and are on the hook for maintaining their former spouse’s standard of living get accosted by a bunch of lesbians and soyboys with effeminate mannerism who, in their high-pitched voices, denounce men, whites, or the patriarchy. I think this is an interesting generational conflict: The older MRA’s had their lives destroyed, while those simps largely grew up in fatherless homes altogether.
I disliked that the director and narrator of the movie, Cassie Jaye, who also steps in front of the camera for interviews, hardly ever challenges any of her interlocutors. Some of the interviews, which include prominent figures like AVfM founder Paul Elam or early men’s rights activist Warren Farrell, could have been more interested with probing questions. This is even worse when she interviews leading academic man-haters. She essentially just lets them drone on, nodding her head.
The weakest part of the movie is that the woman who directed it, Cassie Jaye, made it too much about herself. Heck, we even learn that she couldn’t make it in Hollywood because other women had cuter faces, slimmer bodies, and perkier tits. She gets a tremendous amount of screen time. Even in the interviews she is featured prominently, nodding, when it would have been perfectly fine to just see the person she’s interviewing on the screen. The worst parts, though, are when she turns the movie into some kind of personal narrative according to which she, roughly, initially wanted to discredit the kind of activism she covers, and then partly changed her mind. Also, I really don’t need to a see a crying woman on screen. (No, this won’t make me like you any better or look past your flawed documentary. Grow the fuck up.) That kind of manipulation is seriously annoying in real life. On the screen it’s downright laughable.
Overall, “The Red Pill” is a decent documentary, even though it does not focus on the proper ‘red pill’ community per se and instead casts a wide net, wanting to cover seemingly every group that objects gynocentrism. A big omission is that she does not discuss where a lot of ‘red pilling’ happens. Sure, the books of Warren Farrell or a site like A Voice for Men play an important role, but there are some very active websites, forums, YouTube channels, Reddit groups that arguably much more important than any of the people she interviewed. I don’t think that AVfM and Warren Farrell reach young men. However, various reddit forums and YouTube personalities like Turd-Flinging Monkey, Sandman, and Terrence Pop most certainly do.
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