A contrived bar for a commercial where extreme opposites try to have a civil conversation is a far cry from the real world where both “sides” of issues rarely, if ever, come in contact with each other in the course of a normal day/week/month/year.
As a progressive, I admit I eschew interacting with those who demonstrate blatant racism/sexism/transphobia and all the rest of the ignorance-based hatreds because, frankly, I intuit that those beliefs color everything they say, do, or think.
Case in point: rightly or wrongly, as I drove through Alabama last week on the way back to Arizona, I couldn’t help but presume that every vehicle I saw sporting the confederate flag was a right wing nut job. Same with those who display their pride in being members of the NRA (and threats of violence should anyone try to take their guns). Call me intolerant, but there you have it.
I’m not inclined to want to share a beer with such folks and I’m sure they feel the same way about me. Will they change? Very unlikely. Will I change? Hell no. I’d love to live in a world where tolerance of opposing points of view can co-exist, but opinions that defy logic or espouse hatred aren’t opinions I wish accept as the norm.