Mac vs PC Parody: The Unspoken Message
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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2007
From http://maddox.xmission.com ***Note: This video was originally uploaded in 2007, and all context has been lost. I wrote a satirical piece for my 2006 book, "The Alphabet of Manliness." The piece is a satire written about how "Straight Is the New Gay:"
It was a parody of the "metrosexual" phrase that became popular in the early to mid 2000s, about how cool it was for men to be androgynous or even gay in film and television. "Cool, gay!" It was a time when some of the highest-grossing films and television had gay leads, after the success of sitcoms like "Will & Grace," and films such as "Brokeback Mountain." Hollywood, being famously bankrupt of ideas, made a rush to put a token gay character in movies and TV shows to capitalize on this newfound success. Even Marvel got in on the action with their first openly gay character, "The Rawhide Kid." The token homosexual had replaced the token black person in many instances. Gay was the new black. It was now seen cool to be gay (despite the very real struggles and difficulties gay people face every day with the fear of coming out, and still not being able to marry--a right I support). I suggested in my satirical piece that being straight was making a comeback in a new trend called "hetro-sexual" (not to be confused as "heterosexual").
So by calling Macs "gay," I'm saying that they're "cool," hip and trendy--just like being gay was for a while (it still is, but Hollywood has milked the teat of gay shock-appeal dry). That's why the original caption for this video read: "I feel like I have to be gay to own one." It was embedded in an article on my website where I complain about how Mac users feel cool and hip, and that I'm not hip enough to be a part of the cult:
Context matters. In age of Google, I didn't think I'd have to write this explanation, but in the age of Google, apparently idiots are still procreating. So here we are and there you go. If you're one of the aforementioned idiots, please pledge to not have a child. Thank you in advance.
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