Wait . . . ‘Blueface’ Is a Thing Now?

An interesting and growing trend is that when leftists live a comfortable and easy life, they have to create occasions for outrage. I believe this is the root of most “Karen” culture—people who don’t really have a reason to complain, do. You can see it accentuated the most at Starbucks, where, in one out of at least every dozen visits, one will observe someone who could easily be described as a Karen freaking out about his or her drink order.  

This common example of someone whining about a drink order—something easily correctable and that has no effect on society as a whole—is on par with something else I’ve noticed recently: people outraged by the treatment of a fictional character. 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen growing outrage over the “cultural appropriation” of which the blue characters in Avatar are apparently guilty. Yue Begay, the co-chairman of Indigenous Pride L.A., tweeted: “Do NOT watch Avatar: The Way of Water. Join Natives & other Indigenous groups around the world in boycotting this horrible & racist film.” Before locking her account, she added, “Our cultures were appropriated in a harmful manner to satisfy some [white] man’s saviour [sic] complex. No more Blueface! Lakota people are powerful!” 

That’s right, blueface is apparently a thing now. 

I could possibly see why someone would be offended if a white person were portraying a minority in a goofy way in a film, but this doesn’t even come close to it. Blue, animated characters under attack and having to fight off goofy bad guys isn’t quite the same as a minstrel show, unless you’re specifically looking to draw conclusions and be offended. 

First of all, who determines what culture the blue animated characters are supposed to be emulating? Similar to when “monkeypox” was deemed to be a racist term by some on the Left—why did no one stop and ask why those leftists personally concluded that the term was racist when no one else did? To make the obvious if crude comparison, it’s a “he who smelt it, dealt it” type scenario. 

If you’re the first person to claim something inane is racist, perhaps you yourself are the racist. Neither my logical multicultural pals nor I found “Avatar” or the term monkeypox to be racist. We didn’t equate either thing with race to begin with!  

The real issue here is that, even though America is suffering through record inflation and recession, some people still have it so good that they need to create things to find offensive—some people even make a living out of it. Yue Begay for instance refers to herself as an “social media influencer,” whose brand and job appears to be completely based on being a trans native American—which means she’s probably a blast to go to the movies with.

In order to make a living and remain relevant, leftists like her have to constantly find things that are wrong with the world—even if it makes little to no sense or impact. In this instance, it was the animated blue people in Avatar, but I’m sure it could extend to just about every person, place or thing in modern society. 

In case you think I’m engaged in hyperbole, search the internet using the following phrase and plug in absolutely any noun: “Why (insert noun) is racist.” 

I searched “Why pencils are racist,” and discovered stories about the creation of “racism-free pencils” and crayons being responsible for “structural racism.” 

Try other nouns. Each and every one will come back with at least a few articles on how that noun is racist. 

Anyone can be offended by anything if they try hard enough. Today, it’s blue animated characters in a terrible movie. Tomorrow, it will be the painting of the field at the Super Bowl. Imagine how different America and the world would be if instead of focusing on this nonsense, Karens and their leftist influencer ilk put their energy into something more positive.  

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Tim Young is the media and culture critic for American Greatness.

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