I don’t have the time or energy to answer this question again.
what’s funny about that john green quote about it being ‘brave’ to release a female led film is that he is a history major and has hundreds of history videos online which he stars in so you’d think he’d remember the highest grossing movie in us film history or just generally world film history is gone with the wind which was released 76 years ago and has a female lead. like get your shit together john.
Showing that donations “work”?? What do you mean?
I hope John DOES raise awareness about some of the issues people face.
Like so far: oh great, he’s raised awareness of his personal anxieties about mosquito-born illnesses. Which is like. Does he understand that as a person who’s middle-aged, who’s been vaccinated, who’s spending a limited amount of time in these areas, who has access to every preventative tool (mosquito nets, whatever else), and who will receive excellent medical care if indeed he DOES get sick, he is among the population LEAST likely to die of a mosquito-born illness in… Africa? (I still don’t know WHERE he’s going. Just THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA.)
Does he know that babies die of malaria ALL THE TIME? This is actually a SERIOUS threat for many people?
I’m not thrilled that JOHN of all people is going on this trip. I just feel like he’s gonna be Walter Whiting it 90% of the time (“This is all about ME.”)
Cause if we’re gonna talk about a savior complex, yes. John is absolutely the type. This is the guy who said “IT TAKES GUTS TO RELEASE A MOVIE WITH A FEMALE LEAD IN SUMMER” like what, a month ago? Honestly. If he were a super hero he’d be Savior Complex Man.
But you know what, I HOPE he proves me wrong. I hope he suddenly develops a sense of perspective and humility right before he leaves on this trip.
… Right. I’m not saying that IDEALISTICALLY John’s ideas are flawed. He just doesn’t seem to realize that there’s this little thing called REALITY that makes them impossible to implement.
Ha. That was terrible. So was their conversation about PENNIES, which was like:
JOHN: GET RID OF PENNIES ITS SO SIMPLE.
OBAMA: Uh… actually, it’s NOT that simple.
(This happens to be the case with EVERYTHING John thinks he’s found the solution to.)
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
And Hazel, who is diametrically opposed to this philosophy, accepts and then starts promoting Augustus’s metaphor.
John’s not a sloppy writer at all.
John taking pictures of himself in Africa is going to decrease global poverty? I can’t wait.
Well that sucks.
I don’t know. How is he going to push it onto the best-seller list if he doesn’t make like 50 videos instructing his fans to pre-order it?