Everything is political.
It’s hard to walk around these days, and not see a Trump sticker or a #Resist sign. In that respect, I can actually understand the people saying “keep your politics out of my entertainment!” If you know me, and you’ve read my content, good chance you know where I stand on the subject.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
I’m here to talk about something that’s been eating away at me for the last little bit: everything is political. Everything. Everything makes some kind of statement. From Infinity War to Ocean’s 8, everything says something, whether it means to or not.
Roseanne, the person, might be an actual Nazi (listen, she’s taken pictures dressed up like Hitler. I don’t make the rules, but there ya go.), but the show did make an interesting point: why don’t we listen to Trump supporters? I’m not saying it’s a good point, but it’s a political point that show was obviously pushing.
Far Cry 5 was a game about actual religious cultists. The game could have been something special, but it didn’t push it’s narrative to the point where it ever took sides. This lead the game feeling somewhat dry, to both sides of the table. In my opinion, this is what happens when you take a message and water it down so it’s digestible to everyone. I believe it was trying to call out both sides, both liberals and conservatives, but ultimately comes down to an actual nuclear explosion that means nothing.
I kinda hate Far Cry 5.
Things were always political. Captain Planet aired in the 90s, and was pretty much popaganda. Do you remember FernGully? Think about things in the contest of the message the author is sending, even back then, and you’ll see the point I’m trying to make.
I’m not saying that putting political messages in content is bad. I’m saying it’s unavoidable. The person who writes the movie or episode is a human with feelings and opinions, and you’re giving them a platform to speak.
So, dear reader, what I suggest is this: if you don’t like the message of something, don’t give it your time or money. Don’t talk about it, don’t spend money on it, and more importantly don’t let it make you angry. It isn’t worth it.
And please, PLEASE, stop tweeting at actors and other figures telling them to stop talking about politics. They’re people with opinions. If you don’t like what they have to say, simply unfollow them.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.