Amazon Prime’s The Boys aired its season finale on October 9, and a few folks weren’t comfortable. Not as a result of the present is over, thoughts you, because the sequence was already renewed for a 3rd season, however as a result of it dared to indicate that liberal politicians might be evil. Appears like you may’t please everybody.
The episode “What I Know” ended with our title Boys efficiently taking down each the corrupt Vought Worldwide company and the Nazi supervillain-in-disguise Stormfront (Aya Money). By exposing her roots as a literal Nazi from the Forties, the Boys tarnish the corporate, forcing Vought to halt its plot to provide the Compound V drug to create extra government-sponsored superheroes.
However The A.V. Club’s Roxana Hadadi did not assume Stormfront’s response to being outed was reasonable as a result of, in her thoughts, a sizeable chunk of contemporary America loves Hitler’s Nazis:
Stormfront could be very clearly a real believer. So why then [does she] panic and freak out concerning the reveal of her true origin [as a Nazi]? There’s, very clearly, a portion of this nation that may love her extra for this! We live that actuality proper now!
Yeah, and in that actuality Antifa is merely an idea.
The ultimate minutes of the episode surprisingly revealed one other supervillain within the combine. Apparently, our AOC-representative, Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), has secretly been utilizing her powers to explode heads and trigger a panic about supervillains. Then she led her anti-Supe campaign to take down the Vought company on the facet and achieve energy in a plot that’s sure to proceed in season three.
Making a liberal politician a blatant unhealthy man for as soon as, particularly one primarily based on AOC, is an attention-grabbing twist which suggests liberals had been positive to hate it.
Kaila Hale-Stern wrote in The Mary Sue, “Though I often adore the way in which that The Boys so artfully skewers our present political divides, I additionally need to pause at the truth that the stand-in for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is revealed to be a ruthless villain.”
Rebecca Onion of Slate did not just like the heel flip of the AOC character, both:
Why did this shock retain the facility to jar and upset me, since I’m usually an enormous fan of what Slate’s Matthew Dessem has described because the present’s “deep and abiding misanthropy”? As a result of Neuman is clearly an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez analog.
So devastated was she that AOC was handled this fashion that Onion stated, “this twist of the story makes me look twice on the present’s nihilism, and wonder if I need to be alongside for this explicit journey.” Yeah, it is all enjoyable and video games till considered one of your idols is taken down.
She additional discovered upsetting parallels to how Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is supposedly attacked in actual life by the precise:
It’s simply too harking back to on-line right-wingers making up fables about AOC’s secret nature (Snopes.com has debunked conspiracy theories from “AOC is an actress taking part in a congresswoman” to “AOC needs to ban bikes.”) Clearly jealous of her youth and wonder, these real-life conspiracists insist she’s too good to be true. I want this present hadn’t executed the identical.
The A.V. Club‘s Hadadi chimed in, writing of her outrage on the twist:
…I feel it’s a very lame, very “each side are unhealthy,” faux-edgy ideology for The Boys to modify from having a neo-Nazi as a villain to now having a progressive politician as a villain. For this reason I don’t watch South Park, I don’t have time for these lazy false equivalences!
Hadadi, a liberal who declared “well being care is a human proper” in the identical evaluation, additionally begged for “[f]ewer makes an attempt to make progressive politics look like an artifice for evil,” as if it’s some type of epidemic on TV these days.
It is really conservative and Republican characters who’re predominantly made evil in leisure, with President Trump an especially popular target, however liberals can’t even deal with one less-than-noble progressive politician. Now they understand how conservatives have felt for many years.