Latham. Ah, Latham. Why is it that his arrant stupidity produces such strong reactions, when the worse venom of Piers et al can be easily ignored? The answer of course is that he makes an appeal to some idea of progressivism or social justice reasoning in his batty denunciations, so he makes a claim not only to reason, but to shared territory. Prior to making some additional points to those made by Helen Razer about what he’s got wrong (and the very little he got right), let’s start with the ridicule. Latham, now famously, took his fam to see a movie, went to Birdman and didn’t like it much, concluding it was propaganda about mental illness by the elites to try to make us believe we’re all headcases.
Rundle: Latham’s twisted fantasy echoes Labor’s disconnect
A film about a high-flying ego brought down by delusions of omnipotence? No wonder Birdman has Latham feeling anxious.