It doesn’t matter how many times a certain person or event turns up in pop culture, as long as each new movie, TV show, song, video game, fashion line, etc. has some kind of artistic (or at least entertainment) value. At least, that’s what we thought until we heard the news that there’s a 100th-anniversary Titanic miniseries in the works and something just snapped in us. No, damn it, we don’t care how good it turns out to be. There is no way we’re watching that ship sink again. And while we’re at it, there are a few other historical figures and events we’re pretty sure pop culture has exhausted. Check them out after the jump, and add your own suggestions and complaints in the comments.
It’s easy to see why the RMS Titanic has held the popular imagination for nearly one hundred years since it sunk in 1912. Not only was its maiden voyage one of the 20th century’s greatest tragedies, but it’s also a stunningly apt metaphor for the dangers of unchecked capitalism and technological progress. Accommodating three classes of passengers that roughly translate to rich, middle-class, and poor, the Titanic also serves as a handy microcosm for society at the time.
So we understand the impulse to commemorate its 100th anniversary with a four-hour miniseries penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. But is there really anything to be said about the Titanic that hasn’t been covered in the 21 movies that have already been made about it? (There’s also been no shortage of books, fiction and non-fiction, on the subject.) And let’s be honest: Haven’t we all seen so much of James Cameron’s weepy Oscar honoree Titanic that the mere sight of that colossal ship is bound to have us running for the hills?