Nowadays, there’s a lot to be mad about, but what can we do about it? Literally nothing.
In the internet era of slacktivism, the solution to everybody’s outrage seems to be boycotting something. Mad about Donald Trump? Boycott “Saturday Night Live.” Mad about harrassment? Boycott SXSW. Mad about diversity? Boycott “Star Wars.”
Why do something when you can do nothing? That seems to be the motto as boycotts — perhaps the least productive use of mob mentality — becomes the protest method du jour among the frequently outraged.
Quentin Tarantino and his upcoming movie “The Hateful Eight” recently became a target when the director called cops responsible for killing unarmed citizens “murderers” at an anti-police brutality rally over the weekend. The Philadelphia police union is just the latest group to vow to bow out of the movie, joining New York and Los Angeles police officers who previously called for a boycott.
So are boycotts a useful outrage outlet, or should we all just boycott boycotts? Watch the latest Wrap Trends for more!
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