Too political
They could be such a funny, clever group, but I just can’t enjoy it anymore because there is too much politics. I made it about halfway through their chapter by chapter discussions of book 2 before I decided to look for a less prejudiced podcast. HP and the First Time Readers is a better podcast because there isn’t so much prejudice and villainizing of people with different ideologies. At least so far. I’ve only listened up to about book 3, but they are much more light-hearted and welcoming than this group, even though they also lean more liberal, politically. This group can be entertaining, but the politics they try to bring into the discussions are very divisive. One of the reasons why stories like HP are so captivating is because they give us a chance to escape our real world problems and divisions. It’s ok that we have different beliefs, but taking such a universally beloved story and twisting it into “these evil characters are just like real world conservatives who want to purge the population blah blah blah” is very unjustified and just worsens the divide that we already have between people. When we were kids, HP was something we could all unite over, regardless of politics, culture, wealth, etc. But today in our world, people can’t escape the messages of “you are an evil, hateful person if you believe differently than me,” and this podcast definitely seems to be onboard with that belief. It’s such a cynical viewpoint to think that half of the country is racist sexist homophobic xenophobic etc when probably 90% of the US agrees that those are bad things to be. Instead of trying to villainize half the population, I think the podcast should drop the self-righteous woke agenda and try to bring some levity and unity into the discussions, and not just for people who agree with them politically. Despite all that, they all seem like fun people and have great chemistry together. They are all very talented, entertaining individuals, but I personally think they could have a better podcast (and do more good for the world) if they tried to be more unifying instead of warping what they THINK other people believe. Big businesses, the government, and mainstream media are all preaching your politics already. The woke movement will be fine without you, so maybe just focus on HP.
ConJS555 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/29/23
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