Now that Snark Week is over, I want to talk about snark.
I was recently told that a Frock Flicks post I wanted to share to a Facebook group was deleted by mods because of the word “snark.” I’m not really bothered by that because their sandbox, their rules. However, I realized that somewhere along the line I’ve become a defender of responsibly directed snark. What I mean by “responsibly directed” is that it’s not just a bitchy feeding frenzy designed to make someone feel like shit about themselves, but targeting things, like, well, film and television, media which has for decades made it no secret that they think their audience is a bunch of drooling idiots.
What we do with Frock Flicks is try to push back against this notion that actual history is too boring to be relatable in modern entertainment, that researching something means not allowing for creativity, and of course, that period clothing is stuffy and boring unless it’s been carved up, modernized, and made “sexier.”
I do think about the costumers and designers involved in the films and shows we feature, and most of the time they are the misguided target of the things that irritate people. The vast majority of the issues that ruffle our collective feathers are the result of decisions by the director and/or producers, not the people tasked with creating the clothes the actors wear.
That said, criticism is part of show biz. In an industry as big as Hollywood, it’s highly unlikely that anything we say here or on the podcast will ever reach the ears/eyes of the powers that be (though if it does, we are available for consultation). We should still be allowed to talk about the dumbing down of history as entertainment, and I argue that we should also be ok with the fact that as a predominately female demographic, discussion is going to be at times sardonically witty, scathing, and even outright bitchy. And I’m not so sure that that’s a bad thing.
Anyway, I welcome your thoughts on this… Is snark always bad? Should we be ashamed of ourselves? Are we setting a bad example?