Pop Goes The Political Culture, November 3
Hello, hello MPU-universe! We are officially in the last weekend before the election and if you’re like me, you’re busy doing some sort of Get Out The Vote action! Whether you are phonebanking, canvassing, texting, or planning to provide rides to the polls, you are AWESOME! Let’s make this election go down in history as having truly epic participation!
I’m also working with Greg, DJ, and Kevin on the rundown for the podcast which includes discussions about whether or not a president can alter the constitution via executive order (spoiler: no), what it means that the Pentagon is refusing the request to send troops to the border (spoiler: Mattis is better at his job than Trump is), and discussing if Trump has been secretly subpoenaed by Robert Mueller (spoiler: there have been no spoilers leaked).
For now, let’s dive into all the news that’s not fit to ‘cast!
HalloWTF: We just wrapped Halloween, and, as much as we could wish it were otherwise, that holiday cannot go by without an example of costumes of appallingly bad taste. This year is was a bunch of teachers (!?!!??!) who dressed as the border wall and the most racist depiction of Mexicans since Speedy Gonzalez. Their district superintendent is now looking into the matter.
Costumes like that serve only to make other people feel bad or afraid. If I were Latino or Hispanic, I would feel distinctly unsafe sending my kids school with teachers who did that. It’s not just insensitive, it’s outright hostile.
For anyone saying “What? It’s a joke.” Yeah. It was a bad. mean joke. I’m not saying Halloween has to be serious and overly PC. I’m just saying Halloween shouldn’t be about being an asshole.
It is actually very easy to dress up for Halloween and NOT being wildly inappropriate. You just need to follow these simple rules:
- You may dress as a fictional character.
- You may dress as an animal or plant.
- You may only alter the color of your skin if you are altering it to a color that does not occur in humans (i.e. You may paint yourself green to look like Gamora in Infinity War. You may NOT paint yourself brown to look like T’Challa in Infinity War).
- Vintage Nixon masks are always funny.
If you follow those rules, you too can have all the fun on Halloween without making anyone else feel bad.
Deterrent Fail: Remember when some Republican flack was on tv in 2016 and said if we let immigration from South and Central America increase we’d have taco trucks on every corner? And all of Liberal Twitter was like “Taco truck? Tell me more.”
Well, former FoxNews personality and current Don Jr gal-pal Kimberly Guilfoyle has the latest not very threatening threat:
I can’t say the Star Wars cantina is my favorite sci-fi/fantasy hangout option – I’m more of a Leaky Caldron kind of girl – but it’s by no means a place I would shun. It definitely seems better than the cafe in Berlin where the young Nazi started belting out “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” in Cabaret, which seems to be what far-right America is after.
Countdown: As of this writing, there are only 13 days until the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. That is not political or even controversial. I’m just really excited to see this movie.
By the time I sit down to write next week’s column the election will be over and most of the results will be certified. Remember to vote. And please vote for candidates who stand against racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. Thank you.