I do this thing while watching movies and TV. I predict the ending, the bad guy or girl, the plot, sometimes the twists and all sorts of things, within the first 15 minutes of the show. This irritates my family, most notably my oldest daughter.
I do this because of 2 things.
- Shows usually follow a standard formula. Once you determine the type of show you are watching, you can generally infer some of the formula they’re going to use for the remainder of the show. You can see misdirection, twists in plotlines and other common themes. They’re all very similar, and since I’m so old, and have seen so many of these shows (don’t judge me, I watch TV when I crochet – I crochet A LOT) I’m able to anticipate the show.
- Actors are recycled. Often who you’ve seen as a bad guy in one show will generally be a similar bad guy in the next show because he’s been typecast. Hollywood has determined his acting career based upon previous performances and now, that’s what he’s going to do for the rest of his career. So, when one of these “generic actors” show up in a show, I remember them from another show and immediately can determine how the course of the show is going to go because I too have typecast them.
Recently I was watching a new TV show all by my lonesome, while crocheting, and I spotted one of these “generic actors” on the periphery. I thought, hey – I know him – he’s usually a nerd and a good guy. Strange… At the very end of the episode it’s determined he’s a drug kingpin and a murderer. I wasn’t really thrown off, but it did make me pause and consider how we ALL typecast those around us in this world based upon past experiences and encounters with similar people.
You may look at someone in a suit and think they’ve got their entire life together, but deep down inside they’re struggling for purpose. You may see someone that cracks jokes as happy go lucky and determine that they’re life must be hunky dory, but in reality they’re using humor to mask their pain. You may see a moderately overweight woman in her mid forties with purple hair and think, man – she’s a mess, look how she’s trying to be someone else. She must be going through a midlife crisis. You may see someone with a Mohawk and tattoos and decide you need to cross to the other side of the street, but what you don’t know is that they’re in a gang of bikers that protect children who have been sexually assaulted.
We all typecast every single person around us based upon their outward appearance. We straight away decide if they’re depressed, overly unique, angry, happy, judgmental, gay, hateful, bigoted, and so on and so on. And often, we keep those people at arms length so that we won’t get hurt, or challenged, or changed. And we are missing out!
I am almost 47 years old. I have purple hair and 4 tattoos. I have 3 piercings in one ear and 2 in the other. I am overweight. I am a devout Christian and wear a butterfly cross necklace around my neck every day. I draw in my bible. I am quirky. I’m funny sometimes. I’m a little socially awkward and I hate to cry in public. These are all the things you can see from the outside or through social media. But this is not WHO I am.
The only One that will ever be able to know me is my Lord, because humans look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).
Let me challenge each and every one of you 25 people that read my posts, it’s time we stop typecasting everyone around us based upon what we SEE from the outside, and get to know the people around us by interaction and investment into WHO they are on the inside.
Here is the only thing you need to know about me above all else – Jesus Loves You, and so do I! I don’t care if you have tats, purple hair, an atheist, vegan, gay, or straight, whatever. I love you! Sometimes an outward appearance may intimidate me and make me pause, but I refuse to let this world tell me that it’s okay to typecast everyone around me. I done with that life.