It can be cute when the old guard tries to wade into the waters of what is currently culturally relevant. It is understandable; you see the ”hip and with-it” crowds all talking about the same thing because that item is ”hot”, so you try to use that same item to reach out and make a point.
And it frequently ends in disaster. Case in point: Lauren Michele Jackson, a professor at Northwestern University who writes on cultural appropriation, tries to deliver a learned and lengthy treatise on one of the biggest features in our culture at the moment. As we see, there is no ”try”, only fail.
Perspective: Baby Yoda is what capitalism would look like if an economic system were cute https://t.co/FhSz45NyI9
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 20, 2019
The reactions have not been those of people overcome with the intellectual heft of the concept. Most seem to have come to the conclusion that intellectual impairment of some sort may be at play.
How drunk are y’all over there right now
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) December 20, 2019
A day in the life of a Washington Post writer:
*takes bong hit*
*starts typing on keyboard*
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) December 20, 2019
Things I say after doing lines of cocaine off of a hookers ass. https://t.co/ZvwKVdk5jn
— Baby It's Ordy Outside. (@OrdyPackard) December 20, 2019
Was this perspective developed while on mushrooms
— disky (@disky00) December 20, 2019
It seems evident that Ms. Jackson felt she had tapped into the cutting edge of the pop culture, but she really seems to have stepped on a rake, with ivy wrapped around its shaft. Most wanted to wave away her column with some finger waggles.
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) December 20, 2019
I appreciate the attempt to create a novel and witty metaphor for capitalism’s more insidious features it’s just this attempt…well, the article makes no sense you see
— Jordan Hughes (@Jdhughes099) December 20, 2019
"White Power Magazine Talks About Memes The Way Your Dad Does."
— Dr. Trent Baker, Headline Maker Phd. (@lamarls) December 20, 2019
What a load of drivel. Paragraphs of nothingness. It's as if the writer had a bucket of words and, thoughts they hadn't used yet this year and were expecting them to expire at year's end.
— Calico Jack (@JackDowd65) December 20, 2019
Assignment: Write an anti-Capitalism screed that makes no sense referencing Star Wars somehow on the day the new Star Wars movie is released
— Unleashed BryGrinch (@BryGuy59er) December 20, 2019
Adding to the obliviousness, Ms. Jackson was surely paid for this piece…
Perspective: Baby Yoda is going to be eaten with all the other pets & zoo animals & perhaps small children if that galaxy far far away goes Socialist.
— 🎄Attila the Honeybun.🎄 (@TimMansplainsIt) December 20, 2019
Now THERE is a plot twist!
Must be a bad hangover from last nights Impeachmas
— Preston White (@PrestonWhite12) December 20, 2019
They made it an all nighter. pic.twitter.com/H3Zj7xjEib
— El Jefe (@ElJefeTulum) December 20, 2019
NOW it makes sense! Well, not the article — a pile of bantha-droppings, it was — but the origination of the piece comes to light.