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Last Friday night a meteor swept across the skies of the East Coast, spawning sightings from Boston all the way down to Florida and leaving many folks pondering in what ways was this President Barack Obama’s fault.
Just last month in Russia, a meteor crossed the threshold into the atmosphere and landed in the city of Chelyabinsk. While nobody was killed, the impact of the meteor created powerful shock waves, which caused over one thousand injuries and millions in property damage. And just last Tuesday – three days before the East Coast meteor – NASA’s chief Charles Bolden made an appearance on the Hill before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and told lawmakers that they need to make “priority” adequate funding for detecting and characterizing near-Earth objects. And according to the Washington Post, at a House Committee meeting on asteroids, when NASA administrator Charles Bolden was asked if there was anything we could do if a meteor were to hit New York City in three weeks, he said, “Pray.” Clearly, this is just a sign of what is to come. We had our warnings about the type of calamity, which was bound to happen upon the election of the black guy as president of the United States including the GOP, who told us two years ago that the passage of Obamacare would bring the fire and brimstone down on our asses.
But who was listening outside of the Tea Party, the Republicans and those with memberships to Alex Jones radio? Hollywood, that’s who. According to Shadow and Act:
“You saw the first poster this morning; now here’s the first trailer for Roland Emmerich’s thriller “White House Down,” which stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. In the film, Tatum stars as a Secret Service agent who tries to save the president when the White House is attacked. Jamie Foxx plays the President of the USA. Garcelle Beauvais, who co-starred with Jamie Foxx on his hit TV sitcom in the late 1990s (The Jamie Foxx Show), reunites with him here, playing his wife, the First Lady. Lance Reddick, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Joey King round out the cast for “White House Down,” a film that Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment company is executive producing.
If you recall, Emmerich is also the man behind other disaster films such as Independence Day, 2012 and the Day After Tomorrow. This will make his second disaster film starring a black president; the first being Danny Glover as president Thomas Wilson in 2012 – coincidentally is the same year Obama won his second term as president. Sure that is just one director and there are plenty of films starring white presidents, which end in some sort cataclysm. However, a quick and mostly unscientific review of all the Hollywood productions starring a black POTUS reveals an unequal ratio of black presidents in films where the world is experiencing some major, sometimes intergalactic disaster and black presidents in films where the world, while pretty much jacked up, isn’t expected to end in some global doom.
Think I am exaggerating? Let’s consider the plots to the films The Fifth Element, 2012 and Deep Impact. Now let’s think about who was presiding at the helm as commander-in-Chief? That’s right a black man. Even when the world isn’t physically ending in a film, humanity as we know usually devolves into social ruin, perhaps even into slight retardation, when the black guy is in charge, as with the case of Terry Crews, who starred as President Camacho in the early-2000 cult classic Idiocracy.
And maybe Hollywood has a point: There certainly has been lots of suspicious stuff happening in the world since the reelection of Obama: Venezuela president Hugo Chavez passes away after a long battle with cancer; The pope quit his job, which is the first time this has happened in six centuries; coded reports of the dead rising back to life overseas began showing up on news stations across the Southwest; North Korea missile test and threats against the U.S.; the acceleration of global warming and its impact on the melting of the polar ice caps; and Showtime has announced that they are canceling “Dexter.” That’s my damn show! Whether it is coincidental or an intentioned prophecy, we can’t deny that they have been pretty consistent about what will ultimately befall the world for our disobedience of the natural order by letting people of color assume roles of political power. Or it could just be that Steve Harvey – for once in his life – had a point and Hollywood is pretty racist. And all of this catastrophic doom and gloom we see in movies could be just another example of how the industry refuses to take the idea of black leadership seriously.
Every few years, without fail, some doomsday cult or religious group starts hoopin’ and hollerin’ about the end times. Usually people disregard their scary admonitions and keep keepin’ on with day to day life – and why shouldn’t they? The world hasn’t ended yet, and every claim of a specific date and time of the apocalypse – Y2k, Harold Camping’s Failed 2012 End of the World prediction – has ended with nothing happening, to the slight disappoint of ‘true believers.’ However, with all the wild and crazy news circulating in the headlines the first three months of 2013 I might be inclined to drink the Doomsday Kool-Aid and scram to a bomb shelter ASAP.
Though the day’s not quite over yet, I would guess that the world is probably not going to end today. So all of that bottled water, the “in case anything happens, I love you phone calls,” and the incessant surveillance of the weather were all for nothing. (Except for those “I love you” calls, those are always a good idea.) We’re still here. And while this is a good thing for most of us, I’m sure some Mayans and all those who believed their calendar, are feeling more salty than a little bit right now.
We’re not here to laugh at their pain but we will admit that the doomsdayers are probably having something like the worst week ever. Running around claiming that the world was going to cease to exist is a huge thing to be wrong about, even though these claims are made like every other year. We just hope that no one made any rash decisions, like not showing up for work the past week, or refusing to pay their bills. Yikes!
And through their pain, we find pleasure. The end of the world was a trending topic on Twitter and memes like the one above were reposted on Instagram. Apparently, Jesus wants us to take care of some things before we’re wiped away.
Did you think the world was ending today? Did you know anybody who did?
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So the world may or may not end on Dec. 21. We’d like to be optimistic and assume that we’ll all see 2013 … but on the off chance that we don’t, Madame Noire has put together 15 must-listen-to tracks before the world potentially comes to an abrupt, cataclysmic, apocalyptic, meeting it’s maker end. You ready?