The Box Office Film ‘Split’ Connects Multiple Personality Disorder to Pedophilia

 

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Dennis and Casey in the movie ‘Split’ (photo credit: Rollingstone)

 

 

(Warning: Spoilers ahead)

There are multiple films that use the condition of dissociative identity disorder to tell the story like ‘Shutter Island’ or ‘Me, Myself, and Irene’. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film ‘Split’ follows Kevin, played by James McAvoy, as he deals with the other 22 personalities as he abducts three teens who would be used as a sacrifice for another personality looming in his mind.

The film started with promise but became weird fast as we begin to learn about each of the personalities with one of them, Dennis, having a thing for watching under aged girls dance naked for him. With this character, his obsession with cleanliness leads to the undressing of the teens into their underwear.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more uncomfortable, the scenes following five-year-old Casey, played by Izzie Coffey, takes it to another level. the flashback scenes follow her, her father, and her uncle as they teach her how to hunt, which helps her deal with Kevin’s disorder. In the middle of the film, while the father sleeps in the tent, the uncle, played by Brad William Henke, is half naked in the middle of the forest telling the five-year-old “This is our game” and tells her to take off her clothes like animals. With the death of her father, the uncle then takes guardianship of Casey as it explains why she is standoffish to her peers.

When Hedwig takes the spotlight and asked to kiss Casey, Ana Taylor-Joy, it continues to get weird even though it is a film and they’re both of age. But what does this film say about the connection between D.I.D. and pedophilia?

Studies show that people who experience abuse as a child, as Dennis tells us Kevin has suffered when he was younger, develops these tendencies for children. Maybe the film can be used to explain the behaviors of molesters or people suffering from the disorder but with 23 personalities, the Dennis character could’ve been one kept in the shadows.

With the film stressing the idea multiple personalities, we’re introduced to the same four; Hedwig, a 9 year old; Barry, the fashionista; Patrica, the mother-like character, and Dennis, the neat freak. The abductees in the film only met three of the personalities with the exception of Casey who spoke to Kevin.

Nonetheless, ‘Split’ is a thriller with a build up that explains why each personality is preparing for what’s to come next. Overlooking the idea of pedophilia in the film, it is still one worth seeing.

What Have We Learned Since President Trump’s Inauguration?

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President Donald Trump during his inaugural speech. Credit Google

It’s been a full three days since we’ve witnessed the inauguration of now-President Trump. Since then, there has been marches and riots within the short time. As he enjoys his last day off before going to work tomorrow, there is much that people have learned since he was sworn into office. Below are just a few of the things that the media has shown that can set the tone for the next 97 days.

Melania Loves To Channel Former First Ladies

The first lady’s role is just as important as the president. All eyes are following her since her rip-off of Michelle Obama’s speech and her version of Jackie Kennedy’s dress from 1961’s inauguration. This can be a sign of things to come from the First Lady Trump. Hopefully, she can channel their ideas to continue the legacy of the duties of the first wives.

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Trump Is The New Baine 

One of the headlines over the weekend is Trump’s speech that is partially identical to the villain Baine from the film “The Dark Knight Rises”. The line “And we give it back to you…the people” was said in the film before the city of Gotham broke out into chaos. It’s if it solidifies people’s thoughts of him being the villain they assumed he would be.

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Declined Attendance Count

Compared to the 1.8 million who showed up to Obama’s first inauguration, the estimated count for this inauguration was 900,000. a handful of those who weren’t in attendance were the democratic party who boycotted the ceremony including State Rep. John Lewis whom Trump had a war of words with on Twitter.

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Women Fight Against Trump

The Women’s March that took place the day after the ceremony took place all over the word including Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco just to name a few. They expressed their disapproval with signs boycotting his presidency, most in rebuttal to his 2005 bus interview where he talks about how being a celebrity gives him perks including grabbing a woman’s genitalia.

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Taking the Weekend Off

As mentioned earlier. he took this weekend off before he actually did anything the job entails. When he mentioned doing so, the thought of “He can do that?” probably echoed in the minds of Americans. With only 100 days to show the nation what you can do, wasting two of them is not the best way to get the ball rolling.

What is there to learn from just three days with the new president? His disapproval rating falls to 54 percent even hours before he took the oath. The inauguration itself was a showcase of who Mr. and Mrs. Trump inspire to be, going back to the Baine and Jackie-O reference. With the boycotting of the democratic party, this means that there will be a more divided congress. The attendance, Women’s March, and the approval rating make it obvious the support that he hoped for will remain a fantasy until he proves himself otherwise.

How Can He Turn It All Around

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for the president to get more people on his side. Eliminating talks of the wall will bring more people on his side. Instead of trying to eliminate illegal immigrants, he can simply make them legal and tax them on their earnings, seeing that’s what it boils down to anyway. Also, open the revolving door between America and Mexico.

For women, issuing a sincere public apology about what he said in 2005 and owning up to his tweets will make him more of an honest person; better late than never.

Although many Americans already made up their minds about their feelings towards the new president, everyone must step out of their box, including the president and members of congress, to come together with less hate and more open minded. Most importantly, we must not damage our own land like the rioters in Washington. If not, the next four years will be the same result as we’ve seen within three days.

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Games, Configurations, and More During Nintendo’s Switch Presentation

 

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Since its introduction in October of 2016, gaming fans have been awaiting more information involving Nintendo’s next generation console ‘The Nintendo Switch’. Answers to some of the questions surrounding the console were answered during its live presentation January 12.

The switch is said to be a combination of all the consoles before by combining the comfort of a home console with the luxury of a handheld as you can take it with you by attaching the new joy-con controllers to the screen display.

During the presentation, fans got a glimpse of the new games that will be featured on the switch including ARMS (a hand to hand combat game), The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and 1 2 Switch, which allows players to play physical games without even looking the screen as the motions are detected through the joy-con controllers (which will come in two colors, neon red and blue). All of these titles will be available upon the release of the system.

 

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Mario Explores the busy streets in his latest title.

Some games are still in development including the newest Mario game ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ that will be released around the holiday season later this year. In addition, more titles are making the crossover to the console including FIFA, Skyrim, Sonic, and more titles that are yet to be announced.

 

The hour-long presentation provided insight into what is expected from the console but there are still some unanswered questions based on the rumors that have circulated surrounding the system. They didn’t mention anything about backwards compatibility and if Wii and Wii U games will be available through the store; if it will possibly feature VR capability, or if current accessories like the pro-controller and the game cube controller will be functional with the system. Stores in Tokyo as of today will be able to test out the console and some stores in the U.S. will feature display kiosk before it goes on sale.

The switch will be a competing console against the latest versions of the Playstation (Pro) and the Xbox One (s). But Nintendo won’t break the bank as it’s price in the U.S. will be $299.99. Pre-orders are available today for Tokyo and the U.S.

The Nintendo Switch will be available March 3, 2017. In the meantime, show that Wii U some love because it knows that it will be in a box in your closet soon enough.

Obama Says Farewell In Chicago As He Nears The End Of His Presidency

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Chants of four more years filled the McCormick Place in Chicago as President Barack Obama Delivers his final address to the nation as the 44th president of the United States.

The speech was Obama’s way in returning the thank you to those who volunteered, supported, and voted for him in the 2008 elections. It didn’t take long however before the crowd booed in reference to President-elect Trump’s upcoming inauguration on January 20th.  He promises a smooth transition for Trump the same way George Bush had done for him.

He jokes about him still not believing they were able to pull off his presidency, but reminded the people of his list of accomplishments including Cuba relations, shutting down Iran’s nuclear program without firing a shot, and killing the mastermind behind 9/11 Osama Bin Ladin.

It was an emotional night as the President began tearing while thanking his wife in full name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, and his daughters Malia and Sasha. “For the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” he said.

With ten days left in office, he wanted to remind citizens that he will be alongside them once his stay is over and believes America is changing for the better.

“I believe as a result, the future is in good hands. It has been the honor of my life to serve you. I will be right there with you as a citizen for all of my remaining days,” said Obama.

Before he left the podium, he had one final request as president; to keep believing, and he finished the same way he started with the phrase “Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can.”

The speech was a farewell but seemed like a message to the president-elect as he talked about education, factory workers, and how the issue of race, takes everyone’s involvement but is better than the past 30 years.

Following tonight’s speech, President-elect Trump will give his first news conference January 11.