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Look, metaphors can be unintended and a lot of my reviews contain observations that I'm positive in no way informed by authorial intent but rather what happens outside of it. Two critics can have completely counter views and the nature of criticism is that they can both be "correct" interpretations.We watched this episode in my art history class and my instructor tried real hard to make a case for Jasper Johns stealing lightbulbs being a metaphor for his work repurposing ideas from the cultural hivemind and like... Nah dude.
In fairness, Jason Bateman looks like a video game protagonist with every slider set to the exact middle. He is the white man who all other white men somewhat resemble.Chuck Garabedian just looks like Jason Bateman.
JAPAN IS WEIRD AND EVEN WEIRDER IS THEIR TAKES ON THE WEST
And that's what I always think of on this topic. Like, we immediately assume people are seeing "our" culture as some whacky, foreign "other", but a lot of the time, they know exactly what they're doing. "They" are a lot more familiar than anyone wants to admit, and making the whole joke that they are out of touch with a culture is actually the complete reverse of the reality.
Here in Canada, we have a restaurant chain named Boston Pizza.Anecdote from my own life: my wife is from Poland, and her sister still lives there. We went to visit Poland in the Before Times, and my sister-in-law's partner was bragging about this great "American Pizza Place" that we had to try, because we could properly judge it as Americans. Its name? Colorado Pizza.