Variety Magazine Blames Trump for Poor Movie Ratings

Looks like “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is no longer for politicians and pundits…
Now, the disease has found its way into entertainment magazines.
Variety magazine blamed the poor turnout and ratings for this summer’s movies on, you guessed it, Trump.
Good grief.
The aforementioned movies drew some withering reviews, and audiences saw those aggregated reviews on the movie site and acted accordingly.
That certainly played a role. Then, Variety tees up the following rationale.
But why aren’t critics and audiences pleased?
Another point that’s been raised is that many of the scripts produced and released this summer were sold in a pre-Trump era.
The definition of what makes a good comedy has changed quickly and dramatically in the past year.
Saturday Night Live and late-night television have captured much of the comedy zeitgeist during and especially since the election — how are movies supposed to compete?
Unlike a daily or weekly television show with a team of writers reacting to that day’s trending story, most movies spend years in development before hitting the big screen.

Studios can only hope that the next big idea for what comedy means today is already in the works.
Who knew that comedy changed forever on Nov. 8, 2016? No longer can we enjoy classic romps like Fletch, Blazing Saddles and Caddyshack.
We’re living in a new age, and the old comedy rules are out the door.
Sorry, Buster Keaton, Rodney Dangerfield and Gilda Radner.
We’re now under the collective sway of Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, men whose idea of humor is making oral sex jokes about the president.
How could a Baywatch or House compete with that brilliance?

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