SEMI-OFF-TOPIC: “Anti-Establishment”

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Well… Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.  A 70 year-old game show host with no political experience will be sworn into office in January 2017.  Much has been made about how Donald Trump ran an “anti-establishment” campaign that balked at the Republican elite and appealed to so much of the base that voted for him.  I have quite a bit to say about this term “anti-establishment”…

So what does that term mean?  According to Google, it’s very simple; “against the establishment or established authority”.  This term has been used to describe a lot of various people and things over the decades.

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“A Product of Its Time”

Considering we went from the idealism and post-racial narratives of 2008 to what just happened, I think this is appropriate to share again. Where’s Susan Faludi when you need her?

Cartoon Essays

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Among the most infamous of the theatrical shorts released by Warner Bros. in the mid 20th Century are what have become known as “The Censored Eleven”.  When old theatrical cartoon series like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, or Popeye were syndicated for television, many of those cartoons censored lines or gags that had since fallen out of favor in a post-Civil Rights atmosphere.  For example:

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“A Product of Its Time”

Homer & Trump

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One of the more unusual episodes of The Simpsons is the season eight episode “Homer’s Enemy”.  It’s an unusual episode in the sense that its tone is surprisingly darker than most Simpsons episodes.  For those that aren’t aware of “Homer’s Enemy”, the episode is about (I don’t feel bad for spoiling an episode that’s 20 years old) a new co-worker named Frank Grimes who quickly grows to resent Homer.  Frank Grimes is a man whose life is rife with tragedy and adversity.  He miraculously overcame his hurdles in life, but has nothing to show for it.  In contrast, Homer has coasted through his adulthood through laziness, reactionary ignorance, and antisocial behavior and he made out quite well for himself in the end.  Homer’s continuous failure upward and society’s acceptance of his ineptitude eventually drives Grimes to have a mental breakdown, during which he accidentally kills himself.  The episode ends with Homer snoring loudly at Grimes’ funeral service and muttering “Change the channel, Marge” in his sleep.  The rest of the attendees laugh and Lenny exclaims “That’s our Homer!”.

It was quite an unsympathetic treatment of this long suffering character Frank Grimes.  His hatred of Homer was not unjustified, but in the end he never found any relief or even catharsis in the hand he was dealt in life.  He died just as miserably as he was born and he couldn’t even get any respect at his funeral.  Why would the staff at The Simpsons choose to go in this direction, especially when the series is better know for this?

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Homer & Trump