Most of us probably have a Facebook account but the degree to which you use your account says a lot about you as a person. I very rarely look at my feed and use it solely as a way to keep in touch with distant friends. There are better ways but we’re somewhat set in our ways as we’ve been doing it for years. Therefor one can be assured that I’m a fairly intelligent and motivated person in general!
The average Boomer, however, lives in a triggered rage as he furiously reposts bitter, objectively insane content for all of his “friends” (actually people he resents). With every glass of Jim Beam, his antics grow more frenzied and nonsensical. He starts to send direct messages to people, hoping to find somebody to argue with at 3AM on a Wednesday. Life’s been pretty boring since he retired from the paint chip manufactory.
People like this paint the world in a pretty dismal picture but I am ever optimistic. I maintain that Facebook Boomers and Twitter Fascists still represent a tiny, tiny minority of the world’s population. Most of the people I know are incredibly intelligent and open minded about contrary opinions, it’s just that the bad interactions we have stick out more in our memories.
For example I watched a movie on Netflix called The Outsider a couple of days ago. I’m behind the times; it came out in 2018 so I missed all of the controversy surrounding it by a little bit. I rather enjoyed it so I went online to look up more information about the film. If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically about a former American soldier who winds up in prison in postwar Japan and joins the Yakuza when he gets out.
Obviously the far left were going to object to this film. In their circles, discovering racism is a contest not an actual pursuit of truth. I only saw one line of tweets before I closed my browser but it was enough to make me roll my eyes hard. Something about “obvious whitewashing”… a bizarre claim. In a story about a white man joining a Japanese crime family and all of the trouble that comes with that, how could it make sense if he were anything other than white? People were complaining that an Asian man wasn’t cast in the role and I have to assume that they didn’t even see the movie because that is such an incomprehensible thing to argue about this plot. Like I said, they just found out that a movie about Japan was being released so they had to find a reason that it was racist.
Take The Last Samurai as another example (and one frequently cited as a case of whitewashing). The central focus of the entire plot is how western intervention in the 19th century disrupted Japan’s society and government. How could this movie not have white actors playing leading roles? It strikes me that the people who complain about things like this often do so before movies are even released and thus don’t actually have any clue what they’re talking about. They see “China” and “Matt Damon” and figure “holy shit they cast Matt Damon to play Emperor Yang, those racists.”
Perhaps white people should only make romantic comedies about how much money we have and how we all stand around the office water cooler laughing about the extent to which we’re fucking over all of the black people in the warehouse. Then Bradley Cooper can have an epiphany in the films 3rd act where he falls in love with a black truck driver and realizes, yes, it (because assigning a gender would be sexist) is actually a human being!
It would just fix everything.