Every day we are bombarded with news some urgent, some disparaging and some downright irrelevant. Sex scandals inevitably push disasters to the background, crotch shots out last images of war and injustice and endless babble overwhelms and drowns out the sounds of those in need. I mentioned in a recent article I hoped 2012 would be a year of voices raised and voices heard; Ron Butler is one such voice. His You Tube Videos are causing a sensation; funny, biting, and politically poignant they are not to be missed and his voice is hard to ignore.
It’s a new year; tell me something you’ve learned about yourself in 2011 and a goal for 2012. I learned that I love producing, directing, and writing.
My plan for 2012 is to complete either a feature script or TV pilot, and try to get one sold or shot. I also want to do at least one political parody this year in anticipation of the election.
What propelled you to make The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!) ?
A few things. The catalyst for the piece was the Anthony Weiner scandal. To me that scandal, and the many that surrounded it, demonstrated the new intersection between social media, our shrinking privacy, the profit driven tabloid press, and the danger of being distracted too long from things that could/should matter.
The humor in both The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!), and Obama! A Modern U.S. President (musical spoof) is witty with a bite. Where does your sense of humor come from?
Many sources: first and foremost, from my mom’s side of the family – very dry sense of humor. 2) Being raised in the Bahamas on British sitcoms; and 3) the social satire of the shows of Norman Lear.
On your website, The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!) is described as “our obsession with perhaps what’s least important in the world today,” where do you think this obsession comes from?
From the profit driven media entities that cater to, and inflate our natural desire to escape.
Why are we so willing to be distracted from what is important/urgent?
It’s a tough world. It’s unrealistic, and probably impossible to deal with the tough stuff at every turn. And most of the time what’s important/urgent from a social justice standpoint is someone else, or something else – not ourselves.
What is something that frustrates/angers you politically?
The lack of truth-telling. And the willingness to place the desire for sustained power and control (the longevity of personal careers/ambition) over true service.
How would you explain “Social Justice” in 2012?
Telling the unvarnished truth about social evils, and then fixing them.
What does being brave mean to you?
Telling the truth, and accepting the truth, about myself, others, and every situation: it is what it is.
What’s next for you in 2012?
Writing and producing one or more scripts(webisode, sketches, feature and pilot), and booking another regular TV job).
Where can my readers find you online?
Easy. www.ronniebutler.com. www.youtube.com/ronniebutler, and @ronniebutler (twitter)