Earlier today, an interview Simon Pegg gave the Radio Times was making the rounds, and some were interpreting the interview to mean Pegg was bashing nerds in some way. I didn’t take it that way, and I was actually more interested in another part of the interview which I’ll circle around to later, but first… KERFUFFLE!
Simon Pegg posted a long, fascinating followup on his blog, with the title “Big Mouth Strikes Again”. You can read the whole thing over there; he makes a great case for everything he said (and name-checked Baudrillard, ooo la la).
He starts out by admitting he may have been a bit trollish, or a “Contrary Mary,” after doing so many interviews, but he still stands behind what he said, adding, “the idea of our prolonged youth is something I’ve been interested in for a very long time. It’s essentially what Spaced was about, at least in part.” (We revisited Spaced recently, by the way.)
Pegg continues (and I’m chopping the full quote down quite a bit but you can see the unedited version here):
In the 18 years since we wrote Spaced, this extended adolescence has been cannily co-opted by market forces […].
[Ed.- He then summarizes something Jean Baudrillard wrote, saying] We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in, inequality, corruption, economic injustice etc. […]
The ‘dumbing down’ comment came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn. I did not mean that science fiction or fantasy are dumb, far from it. How could I say that? In the words of Han Solo, “Hey, it’s me!”
He then made a shout out to Star Trek TOS fans and mentioned he should get back to writing Star Trek Beyond.
He also summarizes the long blog post, making a joke at the end about that tiny spoiler he may have accidentally given away about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.