It looks like we have officially gone from the crazy to the absurd.
The so-called “cancel culture” has already cost Cops and LivePD, had a 30-year-old episode of “The Golden Girls” removed because two of the characters were wearing mud masks, and went after a children’s television program called Paw Patrol.
Now, some people at Time Magazine, referred to as the “Woke Taliban” by John Nolte at Breitbart News says that make-believe superheroes, such as Batman and Superman have to go.
We are in the middle of a pandemic, with millions of people unemployed, we have criminal thugs destroying our cities, and shootings, murder and mayhem are running rampant, yet Time Magazine is concerned about superheroes. You cannot make this stuff up.
Time of course doesn’t want to eliminate ALL superheroes.
Only those who do not fit the agenda. Breitbart notes that such characters as Black Panther, Blade, and the Spider-Man stories, as long as they feature the black kid instead of Peter Parker are fine. It’s the white ones that are the issue.
We're re-examining how we portray cops onscreen. Now it's time to talk about superheroes https://t.co/JnmqagUBQG
— TIME (@TIME) June 30, 2020
Time made the following observations:
“In the past several weeks, as calls to defund the police have gone mainstream, pop culture critics and fans have been reconsidering how Hollywood heroizes cops.
Legal procedurals and shoot-em-up action movies have long presented a skewed perception of the justice system in America, in which the police are almost always positioned as the good guys.
These “good cop” narratives are rarely balanced out with stories of systemic racism in the criminal justice system. The “bad guys they pursue are often people of color, their characters undeveloped beyond their criminality.”
“With a few notable exceptions (more on those later), most superhero stories start straight, white men who either function as an extension of a broken U.S. justice system or as vigilantes without any checks on their posers.
Usually, they have some sort of tentative relationship with the government: The Avengers work for the secretive agency S.H.I.E.L.D.; Batman takes orders from Gotham police commissioner Gordon; even the villainous members of the Suicide Squad execute government orders in exchange for commuted prison sentences.
And even when superheroes function outside the justice system, they’re sometimes idolized by police because they are able to skirt the law to “get the job done.”
The entire idea behind the article is that white superheroes who work within the criminal justice system with the police is bad! Time also says, not so subtly that those superheroes who don’t portray the left-wing version of the criminal justice system as racist is racism in itself.
Time uses cherry-picked statistics to justify the narrative that the criminal justice system is racist, and that police officers target black Americans, when the fact simply do not back that up. Breitbart says:
Police shootings of unarmed people (including blacks) have dropped dramatically over the past few years, black and white deaths at the hands of police officers are almost perfectly representative of the country’s racial make-up involving police interactions, the black imprisonment rate has been dramatically shrinking since 2006, and blacks and whites are equally satisfied with their local police…
Yet, the left is demanding that a particular narrative, one that demonizes police and in fact aggrandizes criminals be put forth.
Let’s face it, the time for going to the movies or watching television programs for entertainment is over. We can expect to watch shows or movies that lecture us on how racist police officers have been subjecting minorities to systemic racism, how the American system was built on the backs of that racism, how our founding fathers were all slave holders and how the American dream is only available for only a few.
This is of course false. But get ready for it. You are going to be lectured, and you will like it.
As Nolte says, this narrative will go all across “entertainment,” from movies to music, television to video games. It is going to get suffocating. It already is. You can’t open an app on your iPhone without getting all kinds of woke messages from companies afraid not so say how woke they are.
lol x's 2.
“What are superheroes except cops with capes who enact justice with their powers? Most superhero stories star straight, white men who function as an extension of a broken U.S. justice system or as vigilantes without any checks on their powers." https://t.co/QHUFg86aoE
— Zyler (@Zylermusic) July 2, 2020
Same with television. You can’t get through a ½ hour of television without being bombarded with public service messages about Black Lives Matter, which the sheep only know as a “movement,” but don’t realize the organization is a front for far left, Marxist ideology.
The time for opposing opinions doesn’t apply anymore. People are losing their jobs for saying “all lives matter” instead of the alternative. For God’s sake, JK Rowling, who wrote the popular Harry Potter series of books has been excoriated for expressing a personal opinion about an issue related to gender identity.
If all of this sounds familiar, and not trying to be dramatic but honestly, does this not resemble Germany circa 1939? Conform, or be shunned. Zero middle ground. Eliminate opposing viewpoints. Eliminate the opposition.
As Nolte notes, we’ve been through something similar to this before , when Sen. Joseph McCarthy was trying to out communists and put numerous Hollywood and other well-known people through the ringer.
McCarthy was excoriated for his zeal in going after so-called communists. What McCarthy did pales in comparison to what is now going on in Hollywood, and throughout the country.
As he said, even though “some topics were off limits, [but] no one was telling you how to tell your stories no one was telling you what your stories must say and how they must say it.”
Right now, books that do not meet a particular narrative are being banned by Amazon. This is basically electronic book burning. The time will come when there is one story being told and anyone who tries to tell the other side of the story will be shut down. It is already happening in Hollywood. It will keep happening in all facets of our culture unless we stop it.
This is not the country we grew up in. God only knows where this will end.
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