Saturday Night Live has given us liberals the fake product we desperately need.
Their new sketch advertises “The Bubble,” a safe place for liberals to go who don’t want to live in Donald Trump’s America but also won’t actually go and move to Canada. In the video, Sasheer Zamata says it’s “a planned community of like-minded free thinkers… and no one else.”
In “The Bubble” you can go to a bar and loudly agree with like-minded people or use the Internet but only watch Netflix documentaries about rice.
As someone who cried on Election Night (don’t judge me), I wish this was real. Not really. But kind of. The idea has a lot of draws.
Part of me wants to engage with Trump supporters, honestly. I want to listen to these people and engage with them even if I don’t agree with them. There is a large group of people who feel like they haven’t been heard, and to their credit, we haven’t been listening. We’ve been labeling them as racist and privileged, and we’ve been ignoring them. If we want our country to be united and benefit all of us –all of us- we need to communicate and work together. And that’s great.
BUT PART OF ME WANTS TO RUN AWAY AND IGNORE ALL THESE RACIST JERKS.
As you can tell, I’m conflicted. I know the good thing to do is sympathize and engage but the idea of hiding away is so appealing. All of us liberals will have to come to terms with this in the coming months, and overcome the prejudice we have for Trump supporters.
I also love that the video is quick to point out that most of these devastated liberals are rich, snooty, white kids that live in Brooklyn (example A: me). We love to demonize one group while ignoring our own group’s problems.
As Kyle Mooney says in the video: “If you’re an open minded person, come here and close yourself in.”
We’d love to have a perfect little world full of hipster crap like cats in sweaters and money with Bernie on it. But it would be a world for just us, and honestly I don’t want that. I genuinely want to include everyone in the United States, including Trump supporters. I want to listen and know why they feel disenfranchised. We all need to be on the same page before we can make positive change. I’m happy to work toward this.
However, sometimes I need to run back to Brooklyn and take a breather.