Will 2017 be remembered as the year “fake” and “real” lost all meaning? We’re certainly on the right track. In a delightfully post-factual turn of events, some supporters of President Donald Trump have misinterpreted an Amazon marketing attempt as a political tool advancing the liberal agenda.
Let me explain.
Amazon Studios’ “Man in the High Castle” is a fictionalized historical drama that imagines the Axis Powers won World War II and divided the United States into oppressed colonies of Germany and Japan. Betwixt the two, is a “neutral zone” with a brewing resistance movement. To promote season two of the series, Amazon launched Resistance Radio, a fictionalized renegade radio station run by these TV rebel fighters.
Amazon bought the promoted hashtag #ResistanceRadio on Twitter and the rest was, sadly, nonfictional history.
Getting tired of "the resistance". What are they resisting? They would rather USA fail then admit Trump does anything good. #ResistanceRadio
— ?? Mary Anne ♥️ (@maryannemercog) March 10, 2017
Which do u "resist"? pic.twitter.com/hgX5EBe5ff
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) March 10, 2017
Some Trump supporters expressed outrage over the hashtag, appearing to interpret it as a rallying cry for the left. But did they actually listen to the radio station? One theory says probably not.
On #ResistanceRadio the rebels often talk about fighting the fascist regime that has gripped the United States. It’s possible that some conservatives interpreted the radio station as an attack on the Trump administration.
— ?FLeW?? (@Flewbys) March 11, 2017
— SocialCommentary?? (@611601717_) March 10, 2017
The confusion is a perfect product of our time, as any check of social media seems to illustrate that facts and politics don’t seem to mix so well these days.
Amazon was either crazy or brilliant for dragging its TV series into the real and imagined fire. Some things are too good to #resist.