Oct. 4 started out like any normal day. Chase Johnson woke up, packed his bags and headed to his film lab. During a casual conversation about DSLRs vs. mirrorless cameras, the boys around him began discussing recent “quintessential films.”
“We all agreed ‘Citizen Kane’ was a masterpiece,” comments Brice Robinson, a sophomore production major. “Then we moved on to “Whiplash”, “Schindler’s List”, “Inception.” Just the basics.”
“The best ... ‘Pulp Fiction’,” commented sophmore Max Berger. “Oh yeah, man, that is truly the greatest film of all time. It has it all. Sex. Drugs. Quentin Tarantino playing a dramatized version of himself. What more could you need?”
But something didn’t seem quite right. As the crowd “ooh” and “aah” with approval, a lone student—Johnson—sat stone-faced and replied with a “meh.”
The students turned with astonishment to Johnson.
It was at that moment that Johnson knew he had made a grave mistake. “I knew it when I said it. That was it for me,” he later told the Bluff. “If I kept living this lie, they would keep making ‘Pulp Fiction’ references in front of me. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t dress as Vincent for one more Halloween. And quite frankly, spending too much time looking at John Travolta gets to you,” he admitted.
Some students gasped. Some screamed. One didn’t make a sound; he just pulled out his phone as a single tear streamed down his cheek. Johnson knew what he had to do. He packed his things and accepted his fate.
“It was easier to just give in than to fight it. I was no longer one of them,” he said.
Public Safety met Johnson at the door to escort him out.
This isn’t the first occurrence of a student being exiled for their unpopular film opinions. In 2013, a sophomore was caught watching “Transformers” in his dorm and was never seen or heard from again. “I mean… yeah, I guess that’s fair,” the student’s mother responded.
“Was it worth it? I don’t know. But I’m kind of free now. I can watch ‘Entourage’ in public,” Johnson said.
Johnson will continue his film studies at UC Santa Cruz.
SFTV has not responded to our request for a comment.
The Bluff is a humorous and satirical section published in the Loyolan. All quotes attributed to real figures are completely fabricated; persons otherwise mentioned are completely fictional.