The thing is that claiming to be gender balanced while showing on screen that you're not and touting ethnic diversity by showing your three non-human characters in a bunch of stereotyped outfits is like, the definition of lip service.

This feels like more than it is. A theory...
While I give no credence to the concept of "virtue signaling" as a thing that people actually do in the way the right-wing culture warriors think happens, I feel like the lyric rewrites in the theme song are there to send a signal, but it's not to us. It's to the culture warriors
They're saying up front to the sliver of the original fanbase and potential new audience who would be scrutinizing the reboot for any signs of "agenda", any "ruining" of their childhood... keep walking. This is not for you. We're not here for you. We won't coddle you.
I'm not about to give them any props for being gender balanced or ethnically diverse on the strength of a theme song that says it, but I will give them props for saying "We don't care if nerds get mad about it, we've always been like this."

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My guess? When she started promoting Collins over Loeffler, that was a bridge too far for the GOP because dividing the base going into the Georgia runoff risks the Republican Senate majority.
But I suspect they're going to have a hard time reining her in because her Dominion/Venezuela/Kraken nonsense radiates with the people they're trying to fire up and keep engaged.
It's going to be the latest case of the far right dying by the flaming sword they lived by. Like how Fox created the right-wing media ecosystem in which Breitbart and OAN and NewsMax can outflank them just by being more unhinged and farther to the right.
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I'm pretty sure this is a trope that's shown up in other shows, delaying death or the delivery of bad news in order to not just not ruin *this* Christmas but to avoid staining it forever with death.
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I'll bet when you were young, your mother and/or father had to have words with you about not just blurting out whatever crossed your mind when it came to things like the mole on your great aunt's face, or whatever.

Am I right?
I'll further bet your father and/or your mother had rules about the way you spoke to them -- including both topic and tone -- under their roof. Am I right again?
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On paper I'm going to love just about any sandbox survivalcraft game with a fully mutable environment. Any game where I can build a house? Sure. But 7 Days has just enough grinding required for construction and crafting...
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If I were the Supreme Court -- and I'm not -- and I had the option of not touching this mess with a ten foot pole -- and they do have that option -- then that would be the option I would take.
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