Slumgullion and Ratched

Cover of Planet of the Blind....man and dog....

The last few days have been a nauseating slumgullion and there’s no way around it. From a barbarous faux debate to super spreader GOP events to the medical emergency affecting Trump–every bit of national news has been dreadful. Worse is the full knowledge that there’s no decency in the Executive Branch or the GOP portion of the US Senate. We’re forced to watch a dystopian cartoon about “the Donald’ while millions of Americans are struggling without money to pay the rent, buy food, or obtain medical care. We’re drinking from a vomitorium of Trump’s design, a Romanesque tankard filled with scabs and excretions unseen since the Middle Ages.

In the midst of all this I made the mistake of watching “Ratched” the Netflix “prequel” to Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which is ableist pornography of a high order and just stir in homophobia, racism, eugenics, and you’ve got something even Kesey would disdain.

All I could think after watching several episodes of “Ratched” is this is the kind of thing a nation of self-contempt ridden cynics will watch without judgment. “It is what it is.”

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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