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* In "RENT - Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible," Lindsay states throughout the essay that one of the biggest reasons why she hates ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' is because of how much it mitigated a legitimate grievance within America regarding the government's reaction to the AIDS crisis into [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy some]] [[DesignatedHero unlikable]] [[EightDeadlyWords dreck]] [[CluelessAesop that ultimately misses the point, trying to sanitize a dark historical truth and replacing it with "hip," vague attempts of "sticking it to the man."]] To illustrate exactly how horrible this is, she begins the first 3-and-a-half minutes of the video discussing the terrible real-world AIDS/HIV crisis of the 1980s in full [[SincerityMode with no jokes]], describing the nation-wide shunning of the LGBT community, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the failure of the Reagan administration in treating the massive HIV spread]] - being told [[TitleDrop "To look pretty and do as little as possible"]] - then [[NeverMyFault telling people there was nothing they could've done about it]] after it had already claimed thousands of victims they blamed as their own fault.

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* In "RENT - Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible," Lindsay states throughout the essay that one of the biggest reasons why she hates ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' is because of how much it mitigated a legitimate grievance within America regarding the government's reaction to the AIDS crisis into [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy some]] [[DesignatedHero unlikable]] [[EightDeadlyWords some unlikable dreck]] that [[CluelessAesop that ultimately misses the point, trying to sanitize a dark historical truth and replacing it with "hip," vague attempts of "sticking it to the man."]] To illustrate exactly how horrible this is, she begins the first 3-and-a-half minutes of the video discussing the terrible real-world AIDS/HIV crisis of the 1980s in full [[SincerityMode with no jokes]], describing the nation-wide shunning of the LGBT community, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the failure of the Reagan administration in treating the massive HIV spread]] - being told [[TitleDrop "To look pretty and do as little as possible"]] - then [[NeverMyFault telling people there was nothing they could've done about it]] after it had already claimed thousands of victims they blamed as their own fault.

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** A particularly charged sequence in the video has her saying that her Tweet, the one that caused her to leave Twitter and experience harassment, was not only not racist, it ''had nothing to do with race'', but with the character archetype of Zuko and the HeelFaceTurn becoming more prevalent in fantasy. While she doesn't say it outright, the clear implication is that the suffering she endured was AllForNothing.

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-->'''Lindsay''': "You... know this is just ''entertainment'' to you, right?"


** She begins the last chapter of the video by reading a casually racist and transphobic tweet from Mike Huckabee, and she sounds like she's close to tears as she acknowledges that she can only imagine people of color having to endure stuff like that every day.

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** She begins the last closing chapter of the video by reading acknowledging anti-Asian racism, showing a casually racist and transphobic tweet from Mike Huckabee, and she appended with a statement from a friend who asked for white people to imagine having to endure that kind of abuse every day (as people of color do). Lindsay sounds like she's close to tears as she acknowledges that she can only imagine people of color having to endure stuff like that every day.

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* The latter half of "Mask Off" goes full raw SincerityMode (with little to no jokes) especially since it involves her having to resurface some really painful, personal trauma especially involving her being sexually assaulted in the past. She especially gives a major TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to those who actively participate in (for lack of a better word) cancel culture for the purposes of power-play rather than any activism that seeks to change actively the world.

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* The latter half of "Mask Off" goes full raw SincerityMode (with little to no jokes) especially since it involves her having feeling compelled to resurface some really painful, personal trauma especially involving her being sexually assaulted in the past.past in order to explain the creation of a video people were condemning for making light of the topic...which, she reveals, was ''published without her consent''. She especially gives a major TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to those who actively participate in (for lack of a better word) cancel culture for the purposes of power-play rather than any activism that seeks to change actively the world.


** She begins the last chapter of the video by reading a casually racist tweet from Mike Huckabee, and she sounds like she's close to tears as she acknowledges that she can only imagine people of color having to endure stuff like that every day.

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** She begins the last chapter of the video by reading a casually racist and transphobic tweet from Mike Huckabee, and she sounds like she's close to tears as she acknowledges that she can only imagine people of color having to endure stuff like that every day.



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** She begins the last chapter of the video by reading a casually racist tweet from Mike Huckabee, and she sounds like she's close to tears as she acknowledges that she can only imagine people of color having to endure stuff like that every day.



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** She gets very emotional defending her friends WebVideo/JennyNicholson and WebVideo/SarahZ, who had also received a substantial portion of the mob's ire, pointing out how patently unfair it is to target them for the perceived slight of them remaining friends with Lindsay and supporting her. Lindsay also acknowledges that she received a lot of her current ire from defending her friend [[WebVideo/ContraPoints Natalie]] when a similar situation had happened the previous year, and just about breaks down when pointing out how insane it is to be attacked for wanting to support her friend (which, as she mentions, she'd do again in a heartbeat).



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* The latter half of "Mask Off" goes full raw SincerityMode (with little to no jokes) especially since it involves her having to resurface some really painful, personal trauma especially involving her being sexually assaulted in the past. She especially gives a major TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to those who actively participate in (for lack of a better word) cancel culture for the purposes of power-play rather than any activism that seeks to change actively the world.

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* In the episode of her podcast "Musical Slpaining" about the ''Theatre/{{Beetlejuice}}'' musical adaptation, Lindsay tears up while talking about the grief process that Lydia's character goes through, and how it's an internal process but that needs external validation, remembering her own grief at her father's passing.


-->'''Lindsay:''' A light, user-friendly sort of anarchy does not work in a narrative about the AIDS crisis, because there is nothing noble in extolling the virtues of quietly giving into your disease when there is a system ''right there'' that CAN help, and is actively even aggressively ''failing'' you but you rejected it because "fuck the man!" [[Music/TheLonelyIsland I'm not a part of your system!]] I don't need your protease inhibitors! And that is what "RENT The Movie" ends up being: Sympathetic to an underclass that was violently screwed by the system, but ultimately the embodiment of the voice of the ruling class. That is why a story about homelessness and the AIDS crisis ends up being about "not selling out". It advocates for no revolution, other than the revolution that makes ''you''--as an individual--feel good. It reinforces a worldview that in which the only way to rebel against the system is to reject it, and it might feel good to throw it on the ground, and throw the rest of the cake too. It gives you a sense of power in a world that makes you feel powerless, but in reality the only thing it fosters is ''actual'' powerlessness, because in rejecting the system, you are not only failing to take it down, you are also forfeiting any voice within it. ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' [[CluelessAesop takes an inherently political issue]] [[ThemeParkVersion and depoliticizes it to create something comforting and consumable.]] ''[[{{Irony}} RENT]]'' [[{{Irony}} looks pretty,]] [[TitleDrop and does as little as possible.]]

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-->'''Lindsay:''' --->'''Lindsay:''' A light, user-friendly sort of anarchy does not work in a narrative about the AIDS crisis, because there is nothing noble in extolling the virtues of quietly giving into your disease when there is a system ''right there'' that CAN help, and is actively even aggressively ''failing'' you but you rejected it because "fuck the man!" [[Music/TheLonelyIsland I'm not a part of your system!]] I don't need your protease inhibitors! And that is what "RENT The Movie" ends up being: Sympathetic to an underclass that was violently screwed by the system, but ultimately the embodiment of the voice of the ruling class. That is why a story about homelessness and the AIDS crisis ends up being about "not selling out". It advocates for no revolution, other than the revolution that makes ''you''--as an individual--feel good. It reinforces a worldview that in which the only way to rebel against the system is to reject it, and it might feel good to throw it on the ground, and throw the rest of the cake too. It gives you a sense of power in a world that makes you feel powerless, but in reality the only thing it fosters is ''actual'' powerlessness, because in rejecting the system, you are not only failing to take it down, you are also forfeiting any voice within it. ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' [[CluelessAesop takes an inherently political issue]] [[ThemeParkVersion and depoliticizes it to create something comforting and consumable.]] ''[[{{Irony}} RENT]]'' [[{{Irony}} looks pretty,]] [[TitleDrop and does as little as possible.]]


* In "RENT - Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible," Lindsay states throughout the essay that one of the biggest reasons why she hates ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' is because of how much it mitigated a legitimate grievance within America regarding the government's reaction to the AIDS crisis into [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy some]] [[DesignatedHero unlikable]] [[EightDeadlyWords dreck]] [[CluelessAesop that ultimately misses the point, trying to sanitize a dark historical truth and replacing it with "hip," vague attempts of "sticking it to the man."]] To illustrate exactly how horrible this is, she begins the first 3-and-a-half minutes of the video discussing the terrible real-world AIDS/HIV crisis of the 1980's in full [[SincerityMode with no jokes]], describing the nation-wide shunning of the LGBT community, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the failure of the Reagan administration in treating the massive HIV spread]] - being told [[TitleDrop "To look pretty and do as little as possible"]] - then [[NeverMyFault telling people there was nothing they could've done about it]] after it had already claimed thousands of victims they blamed as their own fault.

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* In "RENT - Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible," Lindsay states throughout the essay that one of the biggest reasons why she hates ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' is because of how much it mitigated a legitimate grievance within America regarding the government's reaction to the AIDS crisis into [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy some]] [[DesignatedHero unlikable]] [[EightDeadlyWords dreck]] [[CluelessAesop that ultimately misses the point, trying to sanitize a dark historical truth and replacing it with "hip," vague attempts of "sticking it to the man."]] To illustrate exactly how horrible this is, she begins the first 3-and-a-half minutes of the video discussing the terrible real-world AIDS/HIV crisis of the 1980's 1980s in full [[SincerityMode with no jokes]], describing the nation-wide shunning of the LGBT community, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the failure of the Reagan administration in treating the massive HIV spread]] - being told [[TitleDrop "To look pretty and do as little as possible"]] - then [[NeverMyFault telling people there was nothing they could've done about it]] after it had already claimed thousands of victims they blamed as their own fault.


* Her impassioned speech at the end of her Cats video about how live theatre is going through a golden age becomes ''much'' [[HarsherInHindsight less optimistic]] in light of the global pandemic not only closing theatre every where, but crippling it for years to come.

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* Her impassioned speech at the end of her Cats video about [[TemptingFate how live theatre is going through a golden age age]] becomes ''much'' [[HarsherInHindsight less optimistic]] in light of the global pandemic not only closing theatre every where, everywhere, but crippling it for years to come.

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* Her impassioned speech at the end of her Cats video about how live theatre is going through a golden age becomes ''much'' [[HarsherInHindsight less optimistic]] in light of the global pandemic not only closing theatre every where, but crippling it for years to come.


* The ending of "How WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Creator/RobinWilliams)" serves as a tribute to the man and the pure heart, not the money or the bankability, that went into his role as the Genie.

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* The ending of "How WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Creator/RobinWilliams)" serves as a tribute to the man and the pure heart, not the money or the bankability, that went into his role as the Genie.

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