The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985. The miniseries has been out since 2017. Already, it’s the new basic bitch pop culture talking point, supplanting for the time being Star Wars or Harry Potter.
And it works. It’s effective. Abortion-lovers actually take it seriously. More seriously than any “serious” think piece or scholarly argument. Seriously enough to dress as fictional characters from a fictional and, I’m going to say it, impossible dystopian future and protest new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the bench.
This is why pop culture is so powerful and so important. This is why entertainment and those who provide it are a chief–if not the chief–stormtroopers of any political revolution. Because the cultural revolution has to come first.
The masses have to be softened up.
And boycott all you want, because money is all people understand.
America is no longer a nation. It is many nations held together by the threat of military force. And in the absence of a unifying religion or identity or culture or set of values, politics has regretfully become the best indicator of what large swaths of society stand for.
And just under that, acting as the Trojan horse for the delivery of these values, is pop culture.
Are you a Handmaid’s, or are you a free man of Gondor? Are you Tay Tay or are you Ye?
It sounds lame and crazy because it is lame and crazy. These are lame and crazy times. And in the absence of serious, intelligent, and moral people having serious discussions about serious things in a serious manner while constantly seeking an objective and knowable capital-T Truth, we’re left with considerations like these.
We’re just working with the tools we’ve got in the world we live in under the rules as they are.
This is why it matters, and will continue to matter, into the foreseeable future.
So mock the Handmaid’s or those fighting to preserve video games and even tabletop role-playing games of all things from the shrieking SJW hordes at your peril. This matters as much as, or even more than, Supreme Court nominations, because pop culture drives what people think about the highest court of the land and it’s core function.