So Love Simon has been getting some shit for being about a "white man that lives a perfect, privileged life" and therefore can't be interesting. The left leaning radio I usually love had such a sarcastic review of this film it enraged me. These people can get fucked, and here's why with no spoilers.
A massive amount of the population is middle class, (across the anglosphere) and while Simons family is a bit too perfect, them being perfect is literally the whole point. Simon's whole problem is basically something he's created in his head, he fears coming out as gay when he couldn't have a better opportunity to do so. As a young person Simons relationships and decisions are all so incredibly real, believable, and awkward, i relate a lot to the social scenes in the film. I saw this film with a bunch of blokes who all found something to relate to, despite us all being straight.
This movie tells a story of privileged problems, but that's a scary reality we face in today's society. A lot of well off people create colossal struggles in our minds and are dismissed as being priviliged. This isn't me pushing an "all lives matter" idea, because that is a reactionary movement that doesn't understand black lives matter. This is me saying that white people still have stories worth telling, even if other people won't appreciate it, just like black panther is a story worth telling and a figurehead that's lovely for an otherwise unappreciated community to have. The existence of love Simon and the struggles he faces does nothing to diminish the existence of other people's struggles, it's a movie with a largely light hearted tone that tells a beautiful story of a young man coming of age.
This is nothing to say of how fantastic the script, actors, and direction of this film are and how Simons privilige is a literal plot device (even if it goes too far). Even if you don't understand the modern plight that this film delves in to, there is plenty to appreciate from an outsiders view. This kind of politics is something I see the left fail at a lot, I used to disregard it as the far left but I'm increasingly being annoyed at these attitudes, and on a larger scale annoyed at how the left pushes away centrists with such hypocritical aggressive attitudes that would otherwise be considered racist.
Edit: added note, depression and suicide is often rampant in otherwise priviliged communities because our minds create adversaries that we don't know how to face. Needing food and then finding food is a cycle that rewards the mind and body, and mentally we struggle without proper adversity and thus create it ourselves.
The Alt Right is a left wing political movement. I’ve heard Alt Righters argue extensively for things otherwise exclusive to the left such as socialism, abortion, legalized weed, and perhaps most famously, trap porn. The only thing right wing about the alt right is their endorsement of white nationalism, but even that is rooted in liberalism. The reason they support white nationalism is because liberal policies can’t work for a society unless everyone in that society agrees to them; you can’t really have a bunch of people from other cultures coming in with opposing beliefs.
“Homosexuality is the last implicit stand of white identity.” – Richard Spencer