28 day bubblegum crisis challenge, day 17: in which I discuss the relevance of bgc to the modern world …

You know, I don’t think you’re ever prepared to see Saturn’s return. Every 25 years or so, everything sort of returns to its default setting, and you have to deal with the shit you hadn’t or have been avoiding or didn’t even realize you were struggling with. My 25th year of life was 2009, but y’all, 2008 was rouuuggghhhhh for this bitch. I won’t go into too much detail, but we shall say that I was dealing with the aftermath of literally catching on fire.

Now, technically, BGC‘s return was back in 2012, but although we are pretty solidly nostalgic for the 90s now, the issues we are dealing with now are very reminiscent of the 80s. We’ve got corporate greed, deregulation of like everything, Russia is a Big Bad, a weird cult-like dedication to a Republican (now thankfully former) president, and technology that is progressing faster than it ever has. All of that is barely scratching the surface of the similarities, but you get my point.

But this just makes shows like BGC – and Blade Runner, Robocop, and Wall Street – all that more relevant. Like I mentioned before, the world of BGC was so incredibly gritty, dirty, and grimy, a continuation of what the artists saw of then modern Tokyo. We see what happens when a corporation is just allowed to do whatever the hell they damn well please: they seek to take more power, more money, more … everything, leaving those who won’t or can’t do the same to suffer under them. I know I gave “Blow Up” a lot of shit for being derivative of “Born to Kill,” and I stand by my critique, but seeing someone lose their home (and their life) because of corporate greed really just grates my every nerve. Nashville is going through a lot of changes right now, to where it is almost impossible to live here if you’re not obscenely wealthy; people are being pushed out of their homes due to increases in living expenses, and a flipper or a giant apartment company comes in, buys their land, then tears the house down to put up shitty homes for over $400k (and that’s even on the low end). I am sure this is happening everywhere, but it just hits so close to my actual home.

Naturally, we can’t necessarily go don hardsuits and fight a big corporation like the Knight Sabers do – and not just because they don’t make Boomers – but we can fight against this in other ways: by taking our measly dollars elsewhere like we are doing with Spotify, or by refusing to be silent when someone in power does something wrong, like when Martin Shkreli jacked up the price of medicine. There is power in the “little people;” we just need to wield it.

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