Scoot: Should Mardi Gras include political satire?
by Scoot,posted Feb 24 2017 12:23PM
Entertainment reflects society. That statement is as complicated as it is simple.
Media, movies, TV shows, music, talk radio, social media and every medium represent trends in society. There is little doubt that we are currently living in the most turbulent political times in modern history and that, in and of itself, is a statement about American society. So, we should not be surprised that the political satire of Mardi Gras 2017 reflects the divisiveness of America and is attracting controversy.
Political satire is part of Mardi Gras and even if there isn’t more of it this year, the fact that Americans are so sensitive about their political views in 2017 means that any satire will attract more attention and open any political wounds.
Mardi Gras 2001 could have had 5 satirical floats about President George W. Bush and they would not have attracted the attention of 1 satirical float about President Trump would today. That’s the result of the great American divide.
There have always been contentious presidential elections, but the tension in the country today is created by the political territorialism that exists. Holding different political views is as old as America, but the lack of acceptance of differing political views has never been as great as it is today.
From social to political issues, the protective attitude many Americans have toward their political territory has created an atmosphere that can best be described as “un-American.” The lack of respect for differing opinions and ideologies defies the spirit of America.
Whether it’s a costume on Mardi Gras Day, or a float or marching group in a parade, that insults your political views, remember that this is Mardi Gras time and it’s not necessary to protect your political territory.
If you can’t have fun and a sense of humor during Mardi Gras in New Orleans – stay home! Or at least, shut up! (Even though you are entitled to your opinions!)