The linking of nuclear holocaust to summer entertainment is backfiring spectacularly here
Point taken, Matt. I appreciate your follow-up, but I recommend amending the original post's title by removing the word "scandal.' I just don't see the "scandal" here and it is a very operative word in this context.
I am in complete agreement with your comments on the shallowness and callousness of the "Barbeneheimer" meme. I am a former US Navy officer and am vehemently against nuclear weapons and any trivialization of their use.
I remain a fan of your work and I hope you don't take my criticism of this post's title personally.
Of the two July 21st releases, I didn’t think “Barbie” would be the more controversial in Japan. I was wondering if “Oppenheimer” was getting a release in Japan and how the movie would sell there. Not sure if you’ve seen it yet or not, Matt, but it handles Oppenheimer’s disgust in the aftermath and his regret of using it on civilian population well. I’m glad it also steers away from actually showing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which I feel would cheapen the movie experience. Interested to see what Japanese audiences think of “Oppenheimer” once it’s available somehow there.
This was an informative post. Since leaving social media for the most part, I hadn't heard about a backlash to the Barbenheimer phenomenon in Japan, but it does make sense, and I can see why the lack of critical thought from the movie's corporate backers would be met with anger.
I’ve read your book, and listened to your podcast, and I guess I’m reading your Substack, and I do it for the observations, not the analysis. Your analysis always seems really verklempt (your discussion about population decline was... “lightly informed.” Maybe even read one article before you sound off on it).
I always enjoy your writing and posts, but I have to disagree with you on this. I have lived in Japan for 35 years. My first eight years were in Nagasaki where my ex-wife, son, and grandson still live. Each August 9, we acknowledged the bombing and the reasons for it.
There is not a negative backlash to the Oppenheimer film by anyone that I know in the city. There is no need to exploit the feelings of Nagasaki citizens or your overseas audience in this way.