The world of social media is a crazy and wondrous place isn’t it?
It is a world where you can articulate an idea, no matter how asinine, poorly thought out or mind-numbingly stupid it may be, and people will still pick it up and run with it as if it were etched on a tablet by god on top of Mount Sanai.
Where else can masses of stupid people congregate together and say so much while accomplishing so little? Well, where else besides Washington D.C. that is…
Normally my list consist of “The Top…” but in this case, the potential suggestions were so numerous, I just can’t say these are the “top” ones.
Here is a list of Geeky Daddy’s 6 Dumbest Petitions Currently On Social Media:
6 Petition To Put Scooby Doo’s Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11
What did Shaggy do to piss off over 300,000 of the Scooby Doo fanbase to the point that they want to see Sub-Zero rip him in half!?!
Last I checked, over 1/3 of a million people want to see our favorite stoner…oops… I mean Scooby Snack devourer, get slaughtered!
The Mortal Kombat video game series has a long history of utilizing characters licensed from other franchises, including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and the Predator. And since Scooby Doo and Mortal Kombat are both under the Warner Bros umbrella of properties, I guess it is not outside the realm of possibility.
5 Petition To Make The Joker Gay
I am all for inclusion and diversity in the world of comic books. It creates venues for new dramatic storylines and forces writers to be creative by not simply re-hashing the same tired old tropes we read all too often.
But I am not in favor of revising a character to be gay simply for the sake trying to exploit a target minority and sell a few more issues.
Changing the sexual orientation of an established character with a decades long history simply for the sake of “inclusion” or because you feel that a minority is lacking representation in a certain medium is not the way to go about it.
Especially with a character as popular and iconic as The Joker, whose history dates all the way back to Batman #1 in the Spring of 1940!
Anyone who wants to read a LGBT comic book character done well should check out J. H. Williams’ run on Batwoman!
In the series, Kate Kane was drummed out of the United States Marine Corps for being a lesbian and refusing to narc out another female soldier with whom she was in a relationship.
She later finds herself in Gotham City where Batman rescues her from an attempted rape outside a night club. She uses that event as an epiphany of sorts and decides: If she can’t protect the weak on a battlefield as a United States Marine, then she will do it as a vigilante on the streets!
Her sexual orientation is tied directly into the development of her character’s origin and has been since her character’s inception.
4 Petition To Erase Star Wars Last Jedi From the Canon
Let me be clear: I look at Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi with the same disdain an authentic Italian chef would look at a can Chef Boyardee:
Yes, it is pasta in tomato sauce, but no it is not an “Italian meal”.
If The Last Jedi were a stand alone sci-fi movie and not part of the Star Wars universe, it would have been an alright film. The plot still would have had lots of problems and the ‘romance’ between Rose and Finn would still have felt extremely forced and out of left field, but alright.
However, in my opinion, in the Star Wars mythos, all the film succeeded in doing was undoing so much of what the previous film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, did so well (create new interesting characters, build up a new powerful villain, build a mysterious history for a new hero,…)!
The film still grossed $620 million domestically and over $1.3 billion (with a “B”) worldwide! Those numbers mean that many people saw it multiple times, so some people somewhere must have liked it.
I am not one of them and I am entitled to my opinion, however I am NOT entitled to force that opinion upon others. I am simply not that important. My negative opinion of the film doesn’t make me right or wrong. And even if it did, why should Disney (Star Wars owner) care?
Why would any movie studio remove the eighth highest grossing domestic movie of all time from its canon? From a logistical point of view, how would they even do it? Have Thanos show up and create an alternate timeline? Come on people! Let this pipe dream go.
3 Petition To Cast Kristen Stewart As Catwoman In Robert Pattinson’s Batman Movie
The internet done lost its damn mind the other week when Warner Bros confirmed Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in their new upcoming Batman movie. As I said previously in my post about the casting, I am willing to take a ‘wait and see’ approach with this news.
I have never seen the Twilight films (if I am going to watch a vampire movie, it will only be with Wesley Snipes hunting them while be hunted himself by the IRS), but I would hate it if this young man’s career was ruined because he was forced to read horrible, uninspired dialogue that he had zero control over. (Looking at you Hayden Christensen)
My lack of first-hand Twilight knowledge aside, nothing I have read about the series leads me to believe that there was any kind of incredible on-screen chemistry between Pattinson and love interest Kristen Stewart. So why would audiences want to see the same pairing again?
And for that matter, what producer/director would let an online petition influence, much less directly affect, their casting choice for a lead role in a film that the studio is already going to have under a microscope anyway (thanks to the polarization of Zack Snyder’s previous films)? Not happening.
2 Petition For Danny DeVito to play Wolverine
This is by far the most humorous of all the petitions on the list!
My only question: Why have only 42,000 people signed this amazing change.org petition!
While the 74-year-old (He looks like he has been in his 70’s since the mid 1980’s, doesn’t he?) veteran movie and television actor Danny DeVito may not have the voice, build, screen presence, good looks or box office draw of the departing Hugh Jackman, he does have the height of Wolverine according to the original comic book source material.
If Marvel Studios were to some day branch off into “parody” films, then who knows, this possible casting could potentially grow legs! Maybe an Old Man Logan from an alternate Earth?
1 Petition For Netflix To Cancel A Show That Isn’t Even Theirs.
More than 20,000 petitioners can’t be wrong, right?
Well actually, they can be …
More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for streaming service Netflix to cancel the program Good Omens, the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 fantasy novel. The biblical inspired story centers around an unlikely team-up of an angel and a demon who attempt to prevent the coming of the anti-christ and Armageddon (not the Bruce Willis movie, although that should have been prevented as well).
The only problem being that Good Omens is not carried by Netflix, it was developed, produced and streamed exclusively by Netflix‘s prime competitor, Amazon Prime! (See what I did there?)
Just to show what good sports the team over at Amazon Prime were about the whole situation however, they did offer to cancel the upcoming season of Netflix‘s popular show Stranger Things.
Well, that is my list.
What are some other petitions you have seen online that blow your mind?
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