What’s that, my fellow Americans? In this time of economic turbulence, global ecological turmoil, increased military activity, and political WTF-ery, your greatest fear is….
Not, say, increased military spending, the decrease in funding for public schools, the rising cost of food, the unsustainability of American standards of living, or even the political and active assault on women’s lives and bodies? The consolidation of economic, political, and military power in the hands of the less than benign?
There’s a lot to pull out here, so here are my initial thoughts:
1. Conquest is explicitly racialized — this Red Scare commercial is really focused on the bogeyman of a yellow peril — where hordes of Chinese men are trying to bring down the US. This “yellow menace” is lurking just outside US borders, waiting for an opportunity to strike.
3. Fearmongering is distracting from the roots of other problems like the mis-steps on Wall Street and the assault on women’s bodily sovereignty.
What say you, Hathorians? There’s a lot to unpack from this commercial — to be honest I’m flummoxed at where to start.