- Jun 10, 2019
I never saw that movie but I remember when it came out, though it released in 2014 it was filmed in 2013, so it's got to be one of the earliest examples of modern "Woke" ever made.
And like I said, I think Woke is a kissing cousin of good old fashioned cynicism, in the 2000s the equivalent to Woke was that really bitter, bone deep cynicism I remember some people had, which I never liked even at the time, it's no surprise Maddox went Woke to me because he epitomizes the attitude I'm talking about.
That "haha, everyone is an idiot except me" style narcissism evolved into "haha, everyone is racist and sexist except me" style narcissism.
It's also related to things like emo culture I think, I noticed a lot of former emos went Woke as well, what the emos and the cynics of the 2000s have in common with the Woke of today is they're all fundamentally miserable people who love to make others as miserable as they are, they just switched from bad poetry or snark to endless identity politics.
Except Emo's weren't race obsessed. Emo culture was predominately a high school culture and a fashion statement.
I'm not so sure they became "woke" either. These peoples (2000's teens) are in their 30's. Modern woke seems very Gen Z despite it being started (including black lives matter) by mostly black millennials from 2012-2014. Gen Z seems to be. Owning the "woke" these days.