The fact is that we’ve been “celebritized”. The apparent flattening of social relations online actually means that a person having “problematic” politics (which can be as simple as not liking Bernie Sanders, or even Stalin!) is treated as tantamount to a high profile person in showbiz being revealed as an abuser. Because, ultimately, we’re basically all high profile people in showbiz now.
… This is a false hope straight out of why the Democratic Party lost the 2016 election to a fascist. Possum Springs, and towns like it that form the massive red areas that the President of the United States is so proud of having electorally secured, are not just economically depressed. They are filled with people, a majority of people, who are primarily motivated by destroying rights for women, queers, immigrants, mentally ill people — basically, the protagonists of Night in the Woods. But the town in the game is portrayed as welcoming to these people and only concerned about economic issues. This is a lie told by the left to itself. We want to believe no one could be so cruel and irrational as to be motivated simply by hate, but p…
at I’m being “educ… ever want to talk to me, because I didn’t like an “empathic” game that just won a bunch of awards. The co-creator of the game, Scott Benson, has continued to make jokes and meme posts about my “bad take”. Meanwhile I’m receiving threats of violence, comments that simply say things like “stupid bitch,” and repeated explanations I apologize for my article with an assumption that I’m being “educated” about something I didn’t understand. How is that “empathic”? Why do I, a queer woman living in a small town and facing oppression, not deserve the empathy that people afford to the people inflicting oppression upon me?
mpaign and he talked about “sm…the main character’s, it sure felt like asking me to feel bad for the people who are oppressing me. More than that, the constant focus on economic issues throughout the game seemed disingenous to me, as someone who grew up in a place like Possum Springs and rarely if ever heard economics mentioned as a reason to vote. (George W. Bush visited my high school to campaign and he talked about “small town” and “family values” but downpedaled his economic policies.)
What I’m asking you to do is to recognize that people who go online while marginalized are incurring many of the risks rich showbiz celebrities do in terms of publicity, but get none of the perks. People like to complain about “e-begging” from online content creators, but consider that PayPal and Patreon are what we have instead of, you know, actual media contracts. And yes, those are links where you can donate to mine.
And this hurts people who are minorities far more than it hurts anyone else. The cost of a controversial blog post is much higher for me than for a heterosexual man who isn’t trans and doesn’t have any neuroatypicalities or disabilities. It’s higher for people who aren’t lucky enough to have very secure jobs.
These days, we’re supposed to be accepting of sand and the social deviance it causes. But quietly, if you talk to most liberals behind their back, they’ll admit that sand gets everywhere and it messes up everything.
You don’t see these kind of fights over on Film Twitter, because almost no movies with a significant budget have ever been made about any gay people. High budget franchises like Marvel don’t even allow canonically gay background characters to admit it on screen. Video games have, for the past 15 years, consistently included some level of same-sex couple related content at an increasing rate in big tentpole franchises. Mass Effect was, in its heydey, one of the blockbuster games. The Last of Us: Part II will in all likelihood be the most expensive project with a gay main character in film or games.