Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US. It's the day when we celebrate a great man. It's also the day when white people all across the nation share memes--a lot of which are bullshit. No. King wasn't a Republican. He also wasn't a Feminist. He was a human being and human beings have flaws.
That is a great video right there. I've always loved the Jedi because I saw them as samurai/monks. I like samurai movies. So, I basically ignored all the "don't have any feelings" crap because Obi Wan does say, "Search out with your feelings." You can't do that if you don't have any. Anyway, this video explains the confusing conversation I had at Best Buy over the holidays with a couple of young male geeks. They said they were all about the Sith. I said fuck that. I'm for the jedi. And they came back with "We want to have feels. So, fuck Jedi." And I said, "Temper tantrums are feels, sure. But they're not useful adult feels or useful adult means of handling feels." And we were at a standoff. Heh. Anyway, it's a great video about toxic masculinity within Star Wars. Here's more on that discussion.
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