This is something that has been frustrating me for a while. And it will continue to frustrate me for years to come. It’s kind of a gift and a curse, being woke and aware of social conditioning. It’s liberating, taking the red pill. Then, you start realizing the things you have to get rid of, and it kinda sucks. The movies, shows, music you have to stop indulging in because you find it problematic. It can suck. The things you start noticing. And I’ve made peace with that.
What I have a problem with is people who don’t understand just how complex art actually is. And our interpretations of it. It’s not as black and white as people make it out to be. There are basically four different ways you can interpret art. At least, these four are the ones I notice most frequently. The artist’s intent; the art itself; the audience interpretation; the subtext hidden in the unconscious.
Those who are woke tend to focus on the last one. Because that’s what they’ve been doing outside of art, with society. Focusing on the unconscious bias, the unconscious isms and so on. Then they hyper focus on that element when watching a movie or TV show, or listening to music. And that’s okay, if that’s what you want to do. If that’s your interpretation, that’s fine.
My problem is when you try and act like those other three modes of interpretation are invalid. They’re not. Whether you want to admit it or not, they’re always simultaneously true. We talk about artist intent. We talk about just the art itself and its surface-level qualities. We talk about our interpretations, and we talk about stuff hidden away sub/unconsciously.
They’re all true, at all times. Always. To try and use one to disprove the other three is disingenuous and flat out incorrect. That’s not how this works. That’s not how art works. I know it may make things a little muddier, it makes it less black and white. But that’s it. Just accept the fact that these other interpretations can be valid. Get off your woke high horse and accept the fact that your view isn’t the only correct one. As difficult as that might be.