Daily Archives: 12/28/2011

BBC’s ‘Women of the Year’ list – WTF?

Meet the twelfth most significant woman of 2011...

It’s enough to make you wonder if the BBC are engaging in license fee funded trolling.

Not content with presiding over the recent Sports Personality of the Year debacle, which saw a grand total of no women being deemed worthy of nomination for the award, the dear old Beeb have now presented us with a list of the twelve most significant women of the 2011, which somehow includes Tian Tian, a giant Panda.

As I said, trolling.

If we’re now nominating female animals for this award, how about nominating fictional characters, too?  Kelly from “Misfits” – she’s a great role model for young women  (she’s a bloody rocket scientist, after all).

Okay, let’s not go with fictional women – and give the BBC ideas for next year’s list.  If we’re going to talk about young British women succeeding on the global stage, why not talk about the likes of Jessie J.?  I can personally take or leave her music, but she’s doing big things, writing and producing her own music, and somehow become a fashion icon into the bargain.

The Guardian are predictably pissed off at this apparent face-palm moment on the BBC’s website but there seems to be some question as to who actually signed off on this list – a writer is credited but denies responsibility for the content of the list, stating that he merely wrote up the selections of editors.

It just seems like the kind of avoidable, faintly stupid idea that should have been culled long before it ever saw publication – is everybody at the BBC’s web editorial department hibernating at the moment?

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A movie pirate’s top ten.

Over at Gawker, they’re reporting on upstanding, reputable news site Torrent Freak’s list of the top ten most downloaded movies of the year and there’s a few surprises to be had.

There’s no place for titles like “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2”, no “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, no “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – the top three titles are “Fast Five”, “The Hangover Part 2” and “Thor” – a selection of sequels and a comic book movie leading the chart.

A movie pirate, yesterday...

Such snarking aside, it’s intriguing to see that outlaw heist hit, “Fast Five” topped the list and still managed to be the highest grossing entry in the series by some distance (easily a quarter-mile or so).  It doesn’t appear to follow that the most torrented movies of the year are ones which experience torrid times at the global box office, as the top three were all sizeable hits.

Further down the list, though, we’ve got a franchise wannabe in the form of “I Am Number Four” – that film ended up grossing a middling $55 million at the US box office and a further $89 million worldwide.  Not exactly numbers to be sniffed at but not the sort of figures which justify an ongoing franchise – and I’m sure that the producers of the movie must look at the presence of their film on this list and wonder if some of those downloading the film might have liked to drop a couple of pounds, dollars, euros or the like on a rental to pay them back a bit?

I know, I know – the deranged logic of a clueless blogger.  My bad.

 

 

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