totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”
Just went through the wiki page of dystopian films
A Scanner Darkly - policing of drug use, criminalization of populations, existential problems of addiction
Children of Men - fear of sterilization/nonreproduction and the collapse of civilization. Bonus points for the reinscription of the “fertile African woman”/Hottentot Venus/caring African mother being saved by the white man.
District 9 - the politics of excluding people from the “human” or “nation,” xenophobia
Farenheit 451 - the destruction of indigenous/traditional knowledges
Gattaca - medicalized social hierarchies
Judge Dredd - policing those who are not afforded full rights
The Matrix - genocide
Total Recall - assumptions of guilt based on the production of knowledge and surveillance
Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes. You will say that Mandela was not about race. You will say that Mandela was not about politics. You will say that Mandela was about nothing but one love, you will try to reduce him to a lilting reggae tune. ‘Let’s get together, and feel alright.’ Yes, you will do that. You will make out that apartheid was just some sort of evil mystical space disease that suddenly fell from the heavens and settled on all of us, had us all, black or white, in its thrall, until Mandela appeared from the ether to redeem us. You will try to make Mandela a Magic Negro and you will fail. You will say that Mandela stood above all for forgiveness whilst scuttling swiftly over the details of the perversity that he had the grace to forgive.
Nelson Mandela was not a god, floating elegantly above us and saving us. He was utterly, thoroughly human, and he did all he did in spite of people like you. There is no need to name you because you know who you are, we know who you are, and you know we know that too. You didn’t break him in life, and you won’t shape him in death.
Excerpts from his brilliant essay Mandela Will Never, Ever Be Your Minstrel. I love that he included Bob Marley’s lyrics, because he too like so many very much so human yet very much so remarkable people have been turned into memes and reframed to serve White supremacy and make the status quo and the State comfortable, literally what these people were fighting or singing or marching or writing or speaking etc. against.
When sentiment doesn’t allow for complexity and seeks to serve White supremacy, it cannot respect Mandela’s legacy. It cannot respect Black lives. It cannot be truthful in relation to justice—the justice still needed today for the racism and oppression that still thrives today.
Nelson Mandela was a human being and a complex one who fought with people, not alone, for a justice that cannot be separated from both the desire for peace and the necessity of self-defense from the State, both unity and the reality of racism so virulent and so pungent that we still smell and experience that stench today. His enemies—people who wanted him imprisoned or dead—are the same ones (literally, by name, in some cases) who are desperate and thirsty to reframe his life and legacy in a way where “peaceful” means “sought White approval; didn’t believe in self-defense.” Let’s remember him for who he actually was and what he did, with all of its complicated, difficult, radical and glorious complexity.
Again, the drunken man believes that it is from the free decision of the mind that he says what he later, when sober, wishes he had not said. So too, the delirious man, the gossiper, the child, and many more of this sort think that they speak from free mental decision, when in fact they are unable to restrain their torrent of words. So experience tells us no less clearly than reason that it is on this account only that men believe themselves to be free, that they are conscious of their actions and ignorant of the causes by which they are determined; and it tells us too that mental decisions are nothing more than the appetites themselves, varying therefore according to the varying disposition of the body.
Why you ask? Because in this brave new world, warped by sex-pozzie, porn, hyper-feminine, lesbians-need-not-apply-especially-if-you’re-butch, “choice-feminism”, a Wonder Woman will be absolutely atrocious. If it’s not Xena-esque, don’t support whatever shit-taco Hollywood serves up. And NO, I don’t want that ass Joss— “the feminist label is stupid”—- Whedon to write the script or direct it. “Male feminist” my ass! Let’s see…what would be the plot to a Wonder Woman movie or reboot? Oh I know; Diana would actually have a biological father— like a Spartan, Roman, Trojan or a god like Zeus or even Ares for a “Luke, I am your father” Darth Vader-esque set-up later on in the film— because it would be “misandrist” and “reverse sexist” for sperm not to be involve in her birth, and we wouldn’t want to alienate the hetero [white] male audience, the only people Hollywood gives a shit about. So Diana— who will be portrayed by a white, hetero, feminine actress with zero musculature or athletic ability because a muscular Diana would alienate the hetero [white] male audience— grows up on Themiscyra which might as well be a sexy, white sorority house; no Amazons of Color, no butch Amazons, no Amazons with muscles because muscles on women are totes unfeminine and unsexy and we’re all about appealing to the hetero [white] male audience and promoting “sexy feminism”, and any lesbians in the film are femme and their sex scenes are again geared toward pleasing the hetero male audience. Diana is portrayed as being thirsty for some dick and has a school-girl crush on Steve Trevor right from the beginning. Insert a couple of fight scenes, explosions and a gratuitous amount of CGI, and oh, don’t forget some tits and ass-shots. Oh and a pornified sex-scene with Diana and Trevor where she tells him “I’ve always wanted a man to dominate me”. Diana is all about being a “girly-girl” and heterosexual. She’ll sputter a few half-assed feminist lines here and there, but she’s all about being guy-friendly. Some time during the film Diana will say “men can be the victims of sexism too” and “I’m not a feminist, I’m for equality”, and she reprimands feminists for being “man-haters”. She goes back to Themiscyra to demand that her mother, Queen Hippolyta, open Themiscyra up to Patriarch’s world because it’s “sexist” to exclude men from their world. And she ends the “battle of the sexes” by again getting fucked hard by Trevor in a porntastic sex-scene. It will make millions, critics and fans will herald it as “totes feminist” and “empowerful”. Men and boys especially will praise it for providing masturbation fodder and good times were had by all.
This is it. This is one of my ultimate nightmares.
Sadly accurate of the industry’s ability to destroy all things amazing, creative, or potentially different
This has sadly already been done by the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons by Warner Brothers. Not only are the Amazonians classically feminine, all the women in the show are. Diana’s father is Hades, a typically absent father with non-white skin but suave (read: “Latino”) demeanor. She exhibits all the attitudes of lean in feminism which passes for critical commentary on gender roles these days. She desires a relationship with sociopathic Bruce Wayne/Batman, a guy who is fascist and violent. And in one episode she actually does go all reverse-sexism and tell Hippolyta that they have misjudged the world of man. Blah.