In this case, if Kemp is telling the truth, it’s the most charitable explanation. Somewhat more likely is that he is not an abject moron and knew perfectly well that not implementing social distancing policies was going to get lots of Georgians killed and just didn’t care, but figures it’s better to say he’s completely incompetent than that he’s a monster. It hangs on him fully either way.
I’m not going to quote any of this because it is pretty sociopathic, but this article is about people arguing that it’s just not worth the economic and social sacrifice to save a couple of million Americans from dying. At the same time I think it taps straight into a very American way of thinking. This is nation built upon people not sacrificing for anyone. So social distancing is going to be hard enough, but then you add on the complete collapse of a service based economy, the crumbling of people’s retirement, a 25% unemployment rate, and I guess I do wonder when Americans will just say that grandma isn’t worth it. Personally, I think that point will probably be when there are significant disruptions in the food and medicine supply chains but there are a number of points where people may be likely to revolt. I’d like to say that I don’t think it will happen, but I won’t at all be surprised if it does and that could be by June or so. Keep in mind that no one has actually sacrificed anything yet other than a vacation (excluding people actually suffering from the disease or their families suffering) and things like that. But that will change very rapidly as unemployment skyrockets and Republicans don’t really care.
The exception of course is if this actually works and the infections decline in a relatively timely manner. Alas, we don’t live in South Korea. If it doesn’t work (I saw my doctor today for an unrelated issue and she was not confident) and we hit a rapid peak by May anyway, what will happen?
Whatever happens, this will truly demonstrate the American character.
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In an exclusive interview with THR, Blum and screenwriter Damon Lindelof — who shares credit on The Hunt with Lindelof’s Watchmencollaborator Nick Cuse — defend the pic as an over-the-top, satirical take on the divided state of the union that is even-handed in its sendup of the opposing factions. “None of us were interested in taking sides with this movie,” Blum says.
This seems bad, as you should absolutely want to “take sides” against an administration that imprisons and murders refugees. But also:
If you make liberal “wealthy elites” the hunters you have 100% “taken a side.”
President Flaming Turd, of course, had a take:
“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
While Lindelof says he was told that other studios were interested, he and Cuse wanted to make the film with Blum because their inspiration was Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which Blum produced.
GET JORDAN PEELE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.
Adds Lindelof: “We think that people who see it are going to enjoy it and this may be a way to shine a light on a very serious problem in the country, which is that we’re divided. And we think the movie may actually, ironically, bring people together.”
Bring people together in agreeing this movie is trash, I’m sure!
But, listen, the worst thing about the makers’ characterization of this shitshow is that they obviously don’t have even a rudimentary handle on the subject matter, since many of Trump’s supporters are wealthy elites and it’s about 1 bajillion times more likely that Team Deplorable is itching to hunt people for sport. I mean, with their constant threats of civil war, they haven’t made that exactly secret.