the betchel test is one of those things that's always seemed more interesting in aggregate than for understanding individual films. like BMI for how unhealthy a population is.
I actually really like that article. I just think that having applied the "But a lot of that behavior serves to situate the show in its time period", and noted that its not going "hurr durr historically accurate", (more "historically accurate, ask your mum what it was like and how her and her friends dealt with the bullshit"), it fails to apply that to the bullies- for one thing they're not presented as being particularly complex 3D characters, because the bullies in ET weren't either.
neither jonathan nor steve do much worse/better than what you'd expect of teenagers. what i liked about the first "jerkass steve" scene when he breaks jon's camera is that he's not really totally in the wrong. jon's not some perfect misunderstood nice guy, he's a peeping tom. maybe breaking his camera wasn't the right thing to do but steve has a legitimate concern there. it's not just arbitrary cruelty. so they are both realistically flawed but both basically good in some way or at least have that potential
Quote from: Pavlovs Dog on August 30, 2016, 01:02:42 PMhttp://www.xojane.com/entertainment/stranger-things-fails-the-bechdel-test-but-does-it-fail-feminists"the bullies gay-shame Will and slut-shame Nancy;"shit, we wouldn't want people to get the wrong idea about bullieseta: this article isn't bad overall, so maybe these are shit examples being quoted more than endorsed.