Friday, June 9, 2017

On the Origins of "Snowflake"

Spoilers for those who have not read or seen Fight Club

So you know that denigrating usage of "snowflake," which some parts of the Right and nihilist trolls seem so fond of? It comes from Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk. I recently read these words about it and it makes me think of the people who thought Steven Colbert was actually conservative, or the ones who found Archie Bunker heroic:

When people call you a "snowflake," just remember they're quoting Fight Club, a satire written by a gay man about how male fragility causes men to destroy themselves, resent society, and become radicalized, and that Tyler Durden isn't the hero but a personification of the main character's mental illness, and that his "snowflake" speech is a dig at how fascists use dehumanizing language to breed loyalty from insecure people.

So basically, people who say "snowflake" as an insult are quoting a domestic terrorist who blows up skyscrapers because he's insecure about how good he is in bed.
Which seems appropriate, I guess, in the world where we have to live with the Turnip's constant projection.

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