Jenn and Aaron knock back some Jameson while discussing the ever-popular topic of outrage culture in both the pop-culture and social spheres. In the first half, Jean and Aaron discuss two popular topics of outrage, the new music video put out by German band Rammstein and the so-called “controversial” opinion of Jordan Peele that he doesn’t want to cast caucasians as the leads in his stories about the African American experience. After being interrupted by our lovely commercial break (now in the middle!), they also talk about the recent hubbub surrounding Chick Fil A, as well as the appropriation of Holocaust imagery by members of the Anti-Vaccine movement to protest their “persecution” by having their kids excluded from attending school due to the risk of a measles outbreak. Jenn talks about how art and expression can’t flourish if we’re going to constantly be offended by everything, but how important it is to also remember the lines of common decency, and how intent matters. Aaron talks about why, psychologically, we should call “virtue signaling” “value signaling” instead, as well as how outrage culture plays right into what is known as the peripheral route of persuasion, and how it’ll change nobody’s mind in the end.
Christopher Dwyer on Value Signaling: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/thoughts-thinking/201710/virtues-values-and-moral-bullying
Pete Buttigieg’s response to the Chick Fil A fiasco: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/26/politics/buttigieg-chick-fil-a/index.html
An article on the Anti-Vaccine Movement’s use of Holocaust Stars: https://www.rt.com/news/455243-auschwitz-museum-slams-antivax-stars/
Rammstein’s “Deutschland” music video that caused all the controversy (content warning: violent imagery): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeQM1c-XCDc
Some reactions to Rammstein’s video: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47745071
The Daily Wire on Jordan Peele (read the comments if you want to see “not racism”): https://www.dailywire.com/news/45141/jordan-peele-i-dont-see-myself-casting-white-dude-paul-bois
Proof that Aaron is pronouncing Pete Buttigieg’s name correctly: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/politics/how-to-pronounce-pete-buttigieg/index.html