The Prom location, Indiana, is unfortunately on point

A local review of The Prom (2020) which action takes place in Indiana tried to make the case the state isn’t that backwards about accepting gay people by resorting to a nasty racist trope.

I recently watched The Prom (2020) with my partner, a musical about four Broadway stars on the decline flying for the wrong reasons to the help of a gay Indiana high-schooler as the PTA decides to cancel prom if she was allowed to attend.

The movie is what it is, others have talked at better length than I could ever do, but I was wondering if the movie and the Broadway musical it’s an adaptation from were based on a real event. It turns out they aren’t, but during my search I ended up reading a review published by the Indy Star, a local newspaper. I was interested to see how the homophobic Indiana depicted in the beginning of the movie was resonating with local folks.

Most of the article deplores the actual lack of Montana-specific references, but then there is this infamous quote:

“It is also hard to nail down a community that would be so fiercely opposed to even the smallest of LGBTQ+ rights while also having a Black woman as head of the PTA and a Black man as the high school principal.”

Justin L. Mack

Now, I’m familiar with this very racist trope reducing black people to obligatory progressives, but I was surprised to see it so casually used in a text essentially saying “we’re not that homophobic”.

In retrospect, it totally validates the writers’ choice to set this movie in Indiana, and while I’m not usually inclined to share every racist bit I encounter on Internet, this particular egregious example stuck with me long enough that I felt like it deserved this article.

Review of the LEGO Creator 10265 Ford Mustang set

I’m 36 and I like to describe myself as a life-long LEGO fan but there has been a long stretch of my life after I moved out of my parent’s house when I barely had any LEGO where I lived. Until this Ford Mustang set.

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Love letter to Euro Truck Simulator 2 from confinement

Euro Truck Simulator 2 hides a real game under a deceivingly austere look. I fell for it for contextual reasons, but I stayed with it for its qualities.

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Project Hospital: 20 years later, finally a worthy successor to Theme Hospital

Project Hospital, released in 2018, finally tackles the herculean task to succeed to Theme Hospital in the niche genre of video game hospital management simulation. The secret? Going their own way instead of copying the original.

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Fate of the Elder Gods board game review

In a role reversal, Fate of the Elder Gods offer players the chance to play in a Lovecraftian universe as a cult leader instead of the traditional investigators. Unfortunately, keeping the traditional serious tone of the genre even after the role reversal makes it a little tone-deaf for me.

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“The Devil’s Advocate” is a movie conservative as Hell

The Devil’s Advocate uses Christian mythological images to convey very conservative opinions that must have been way less conspicuous when it was released 21 years ago in 1997.

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The Master of Orion reboot has all the classic flaws of recent 4X games

I bought Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars (2016) in a recent deal that included the 3 original games in the franchise started in 1993. After pulling an all-nighter on it, it feels like an old game: unreadable fights, tedious planet management with a stupid autobuild feature.

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