Bill Whittle predicts political change due to the failure of the woke agenda in pop culture

When people showed their disinterest in the woke values ​​embodied in popular film series such as Star Wars and Star Trek to the point that it began to take a toll on their production companies financially, commentator Bill Whittle predicted it would. would affect changes in American policy.

Judging by trends in popular culture, one can predict the future political direction, Whittle said on EpochTV’s “Crossroads.”

A decade ago, Whittle tried to predict America’s political future and he found the country would be “in trouble” and now it really is, he said.

However, as he now tries to look ten years ahead, he instead predicts it will be “awesome”.

Whittle, host of The Bill Whittle Show, said he fully agreed with Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart’s comment that “politics is downstream of culture”.

One of the main reasons for this is that “culture changes much faster than politics because you can make the decision to go see a movie today,” he said.

“The choices people make, in terms of the music they listen to, the TV shows they watch, and the movies they watch, are kind of a real-time indication of what they’re buying, in terms of philosophy and culture, and everything else, and then they vote on that later.

Attempts to insert woke values ​​into entertainment will not end well, he felt.

Whittle gave the example of Star Wars, the mythological-space franchise created by George Lucas in the 1970s and made up of films, novels, comics, video games and television series.

About 10 to 7 years ago, the image of Luke Skywalker, the main character and protagonist of Star Wars, was destroyed, he said.

Stephen Colbert, left to right, JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Naomi Ackie attend the ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ panel on day one of Star Wars Celebration at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on April 12, 2019. (Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

“Luke Skywalker was a straight white man. … They didn’t just make him a villain, they deconstructed him … they basically took this hero form, turned him into a grumpy old man and inserted this young woman who does everything perfectly.

A similar change was made to Star Trek, another popular franchise, Whittle said.

However, public reaction to these new films has been so negative that executives realized it would have a financial impact on their production companies and so they might have to start producing what people want again, he said. -he declares.

What people want is “everything that isn’t awake,” he added.

“The way to change things [in society] is by changing the culture,” Whittle said. “Culture expresses itself in its values ​​through stories.”

Star Wars with its cast of good characters, the afterlife, and some religious elements became an example of such a story, Whittle said. “If you want to know why America is different, it’s different because they hear different stories.”

One of countless examples explaining the changes that took place in America in the 1960s was the movie Bonnie and Clyde, he said.

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 crime film based on the true story of Great Depression-era robbers who are portrayed as expressing righteous anger and fighting injustice when they commit bank robbery and murder.

The film features the world’s most handsome man and one of the world’s most beautiful women, and the characters they portray are likable but they’re also killers, Whittle explained.

“It’s sort of the rise of the anti-hero. And when the heroes in your society are people who hate the society they’re in, you have a real problem.

The 1960s saw an unprecedented counterculture movement sweeping America and other Western societies that marked the breakdown of traditional morality and order in Hollywood productions. In 1968, Hollywood abandoned the Hays Code, which set moral standards for film production, replacing it with the modern film rating system.

When Star Wars started to morph into something, its lifelong fans “got away from Star Wars rather than gobble up this garbage that nobody wants,” Whittle explained.

“If it turned out that people were buying the stuff and paying a lot of money to go and see it, I would say we have real problems, but that’s not the case.”

Video games

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Students play video games on public computers at the newly renovated Washington Heights Public Library in Manhattan on Dec. 10, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Whittle said “the reason young people spend so much time playing video games is because when you play a video game, you have the opportunity to act like a curator.”

“They can drive fast, they can blow things up, shoot Nazis, jump out of planes, chase women. They can do all the things that young men are wired to do, but they can’t do it in the real world because the social consequences are so high,” Whittle explained in a previous interview on the program’s “Crossroads.” ‘Epoch Times in 2019. .

If someone says now on a college campus that they are in favor of capitalism, their life can be trashed, Whittle said. So, instead of starting their own business, young people are immersing themselves in video games, he continued.

“Almost all computer games are about doing two things to earn money and buy weapons.”

In video games “they can collect gold coins and the more gold coins they collect the better weapons they can buy, better weapon means you can take out higher level monster which means you get even more gold,” Whittle said.

“It’s actually doing a repetitive, unpleasant task in order to get some money – in the real world, we call that going to work. It told me you can’t beat people’s biology.

This whole younger generation has left the college world where young men, especially young straight Christian white men, more than anyone, are supposed to be the bad guys automatically, they’re supposed to feel bad about slavery and that they are all privileged, and apologize for it, Whittle said.

Rather than deal with that kind of peer pressure, they indulge in video games where all the characters are big, strong men with square jaws, beards, and scars, he explained.

A Western adventure video game called Red Dead Redemption 2 released in October 2018 grossed $725 million in sales in its first three days.

The game is set in the American Wild West and focuses on the life of an outlaw and a declining gang member pursued by lawmen and others. The player controls the protagonist and plays the game from a third person view.

Whittle attributes the game’s financial success to giving millennials the opportunity to play cowboys and Indians.

“[During] In recent years, the left has had every loudspeaker and every outlet telling us that we are supposed to mean something. And it didn’t work, because I don’t think you can beat people’s biology. And that gives me a lot of hope.

Ella Kietlinska

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Ella Kietlinska is a reporter for The Epoch Times and focuses on US and world politics.

Joshua Philip

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Joshua Philipp is an award-winning Epoch Times investigative reporter and host of EpochTV’s “Crossroads.” He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetric hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His more than 10 years of research and investigation into the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.

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