No Seriously, About That George Michael Joke in LA LA LAND
Jason Coffman
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I had just read Nathan Smith’s article about the George Michael joke in “La La Land” and disagreed with his premise so strongly that I Googled other articles about it and then came upon yours. Thank you for so beautifully articulating what was so wrong with Smith’s essay, his lack of distinction between the message of the characters in a film and the message of the film itself being the most egregious. As a professional musician myself (pianist) who appreciates great music within a wide variety of styles, I found Smith’s tone to be condescending and offensive, to the point where I was about to write a blog critical of his entire essay. Happily, you have already done so brilliantly, so thank you for that!

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