Over the past four years, there have been numerous comparisons between the Trump administration and that of Gilead, the totalitarian state dominated by religion from the original Hulu series. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
Now it looks like the United States has not become Gilead – no, we live in Panem, the totalitarian state of The hunger Games series – at least that was among the comparisons that were noted on social media after President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. It’s actually nothing President Biden did or said, but rather the attire of singer / actress Lady Gaga for her typically unusual wardrobe choice when she arrived to sing the national anthem. .
With a golden microphone that suggested American nobility, her outfit was accessorized with gloves and jewelry that included a large golden dove-shaped brooch – meant to symbolize peace and unity, but as many on social media have it Quickly pointed out, it looked like the symbol seen in the popular film version of The hunger Games.
One user, @KassyDillon, noted: “Lady Gaga… giving off Hunger Games vibes.”
@BaileyCarlin endorsed “The Huge Energy of Lady Gaga’s Hunger Games” by sharing a photo from the opening and one from the movie.
@ d0ngc0pter found a bit of humor at the time, tweeting: “The 46th Annual Hunger Games are underway! May the odds always be in your favor”
@_Book_Of_Eli offered a sarcastic reply, “Keep tweeting like that and Lady Gaga could get your name for The Hunger Games”
It was a bit of humor, but even here there seems to be only a hint of bias in all of this. There was no real review, and in all fairness, Oscar and Emmy winner Lady Gaga has remained largely a class act – despite the unnecessary golden microphone.
However, when the US Space Force unveiled its new flag just under a year ago, it was former President Donald Trump who was called into question for his apparent resemblance to television’s Star Fleet Command symbol. . Star Trek.
Many users have taken to social media to mock the president with Star Trek was George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) among them, “Ahem. We’re expecting royalties from that …”
It might be a good thing that Takei didn’t boldly go all the way to a soundstage, as other users quickly noticed that the United States Air Force Space Command had been using the delta wing symbol since its inception in 2005, long before Trump took office.
“Used since 2005,” @jack_veritas tweeted
And yet, even at the unveiling, the very false connection to the TV show was noted. @EmpTigerstar tweeted: “Now we’re going to see a star trek style Space Force logo at every big political speech. It’s always weird.”
@Kbeninato even called out the symbol in a tweet earlier this month when it was announced that the Biden administration would be removing “Operation Warp Speed” and noted, “Should never have plagiarized Star Trek in the first place. Maybe Space Force can flip its logo, too. “
Science journalist Hank Lacey (@COScienceWriter) happily stepped in to set the record straight: “In reality, however, the Space Force logo is inspired by the delta design that is part of the space controls of the Air Force since the early 1960s. “
In addition, it has been recognized that the designers of Star Trek copied the Air Force space designs!
Yet even though the symbol had introduced a year ago, it was not President Trump who designed it. Did people think Trump was even more involved than the Saturday Night Live cartoon of President Jimmy Carter who was involved in every detail of government?
There are actually military offices that design official symbols and these are all but stamped by the time they reach the office in the Oval Office.
Apart from fun, this latest example shows how the political divide we face has managed to get into the smallest details of life and make a big deal out of it. When it is Lady Gaga who signs with President Biden with the golden microphone, there is no indication that it was needlessly garish or an indulgence of wealth when so many people are suffering.
There have also been no disturbing warnings that we are going to lose our democracy even as POTUS’s new sworn in has said he will spend the day issuing decrees.
And yet, when a symbol was just a little close to something from an oddly beloved TV show, President Trump was mocked, just as his administration was compared to fictional Gilead. It is difficult to accept that there can be healing when the playing field is not level, even for a simple mockery.