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“Christians today have become the most vitriolic tribe,” said Ritchson, who himself identifies as a follower of Jesus. “It is so antithetical to what Jesus was calling us to be and to do.”

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[–] solomon42069 81 points 2 months ago (5 children)

If right wingers can watch two seasons of Reacher and be fans until this moment then they're just too dumb for life.

Literally both seasons baddies were stereotypical right wing criminals.

[–] [email protected] 41 points 2 months ago (1 children)

You don't end up in the right wing thanks to your political awareness

[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago

or intelligence, or thoughtfullness

[–] ours 30 points 2 months ago (1 children)

But they are so happy the show is "anti-woke" with its lead being a yoked-up hobo manly Mary Sue male fantasy.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it for the light entertainment but I find it hilarious that conservatives get mad when a slender woman beats up a whole bunch of strong men but find it perfectly normal for a guy who never works out, eats exclusively fast food to have a bodybuilder's body, be more or less unbeatable, get the ladies and know all the things he needs.

[–] tym 29 points 2 months ago (2 children)

damn - you just connected some obvious dots for me. The reacher character is their gravy seals fantasy personified.

[–] ours 24 points 2 months ago (1 children)

He's the ultimate "lone wolf"/"alpha male". Zero attachments, no daily grind, on the road, yoked, badass, solves all the cases, never afraid, no fucks given, plays by his own rules.

I find it highly entertaining but he's as realistic as the Black Widow character from Marvel. Lee Childs was in talks to write James Bond books and when the deal fell through, he made his own ultra-macho superhero fantasy.

Ritchson should totally play the lead in a Wolfenstein adaptation. Have him smash Nazis and make closet-Nazi conservatives angry.

[–] Dozzi92 7 points 2 months ago (2 children)

Yes, of all the books of that ilk, Reacher just never resonated with me, and I feel like you may have helped me come to realize why. Jack Ryan (amongst others in Clancy books), Mitch Rapp, they all kind of gave a background on how the character got there, and even took time to show them training in some fashion. Jack Reacher just did.

They're all smut for men though. And that's okay.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Ive read two reacher books and they're fucking hysterical. I cant believe how god damned dumb they are (first one was a gift from a client and I felt obliged to read it. second my wife got me as a joke).

Two bad dudes, thick as oak trees squared up to me. Bad choice. One made a move to see if I'd flinch. I didn't. His friend's eyelid flickered just a tiny but when his fake-out plan failed. Fear. I span around and swept my leg through both of their legs. All four of their kneecaps exploded into red mist and sent pressure shockwaves up their vascular systems with enough force to blow their eyeballs out of their sockets. Four peach pit sized occular orbs with red ribbons arced across the parking lot. Your move. Checkmate. I went back inside the bar and finished my beer looking like I'd been airbrushed with crimson. The beer was warm.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Lol. Is that an actual quote? It is hilariously bad. Reminds me of the Remo pulp fiction series I used to read as a kid when there was nothing else to read. That was even more over the top, but by much less than I would've thought from watching the Tom Cruise Jack Reacher movie. Might have to read one just for shits and giggles.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

its not, I was riffing, its not that exaggerated but its like that.

Its like: Two guys square up to me. Big mistake. I swing wide with a right hand hay maker and he crumples like wet newspaper. His friend steps back. Too late. I gave him his chance. My fist fire out and collapse his solar plexus. He's gasping for air as I stand over him. "Whos's paying Franly to follow me?", I demand. etc etc

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Too bad. I would've enjoyed reading your version of it. 😆

[–] ours 2 points 2 months ago

Yes, simple fantasy/escapism is fine for entertainment. Speaking of Jack Ryan, the current TV series pretty much turned him into a Mary Sue character but very seriously and drily.

I do savor the irony of conservatives preaching Reacher as their "anti-woke" hero while crying when a fantasy features people not fitting their archetype doing the same things (notably women).

[–] [email protected] 24 points 2 months ago (1 children)

But the hero also engages in vigilante behavior in order to get the bad guys, and they're all for that, so I can see the confusion.

Almost nothing Reacher does is laudable in real life, no more than Bauer in 24. It would be a poor morality play...if that's what you thought it was.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

You've never booted a bumper to set off an airbag?

How do you say hello?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Well, there's a neighborhood handshake where I live. It starts with a knife and ends in the other person's guts, so I guess there's that. 🤷‍♂️

[–] [email protected] 12 points 2 months ago

I'm surprised they didn't realize he wasn't right wing, when neither season baddie was a migrant caravan.

[–] SpiceDealer 7 points 2 months ago

Their ilk aren't receptive to subtlety. Everything has to spelled out for them like little children.