Conservative MP, Craig Kelly has been wilding out on Twitter over Woke Culture, Dr Seuss, and Cyberpunk 2077.
Australian parliamentarian Craig Kelly took to Twitter to express his disdain for “woke wholesome values” and the four Cyberpunk 2077 damage types. The Independent seat holder for Hughes attempted to point out the hypocrisy of the left’s values.
Although we are still scratching our heads over the MP’s comments, it seems as though he is arguing that the left’s belief that racist imagery shouldn’t appearing be in children’s books is incongruous with their penchant for violent video games.
What type of world do we live in today, when the woke try & "cancel" Dr. Seuss, while ‘CyberPunk 2077’ is all the rage where "4 types of damage can be inflicted & resisted-Physical, Thermal, EMP & Chemical"
— Craig Kelly MP (@CraigKellyMP) April 24, 2021
Firstly, Craig Kelly falsely asserts that ‘Woke Culture’ is attempting to cancel Dr Seuss. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What actually happened was his estate decided to stop publishing six of his books because they felt the books contained offensive and racist imagery. So unfortunately for Craig, the woke mob can’t claim responsibility for this one.
Secondly, it seems that Craig Kelly believes that the ‘Woke Mob’ loves Cyberpunk 2077, which is also false. In fact, members of the ‘Woke Mob’ took issue with how trans people were represented in the game, citing offensive advertisements that depicted a grotesque view of trans individuals, as well as the inability to make one’s character non-binary.
After reading the Tweet several times, slowly, our going theory is that Kelly was attempting to be sarcastic, insinuating the hypocrisy of children’s books being banned (even though they weren’t) while violent games like Cyberpunk 2077 exist.
Ignoring the fact that “vIdEo GaMeS cAuSe ViOlEnCe” is one of the oldest deflections in the political toolbox, games like Cyberpunk 2077 are hidden behind R18+ ratings in Australia, meaning they’re on a different plane of accessibility altogether from children’s books at the local library. Hell, sometimes the Australian ratings board flat-out bans games, but I guess mentioning Disco Elysium didn’t fit Craig Kelly’s argument. Whatever it is.
To summarise, a conservative MP posted factually inaccurate information on Twitter in hopes of riling up his supporters. This has never happened in the history of politics.
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On the lighter side of things, Twitter had an absolute field day. Kelly, believing he had cast a light on some serious hypocrisy, may have been surprised when he received a virtual tsunami of sarcastic clap backs.
Others praised Craig Kelly for his comments. One user stated that he and his family “Live in constant fear of the four damage types, especially EMP. My wife has knife blades in her forearms and that would devastate us if she could no longer use them”. Maybe Kelly really is politicking in the year 2077 while we’re all stuck in 2021.
We’ve reached out to Craig Kelly, asking whether if he’d be able to elaborate on how he’s linked a children’s book to elemental damage types in an mature rated game. We are yet to hear a response.