Stab at wokeness

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Stab at wokeness

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:18 pm

A: The Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House features what is believed to be Disney’s first bisexual lead character. Show creator Dana Terrace revealed that Disney executives initially didn’t want a bisexual or gay character on the channel, but said they later changed their minds.

B: This is disgusting. This movie isn’t appropriate for little kids. Why do we have to confuse them at this age? Shame on Disney for doing it. I sincerely hope that parents will boycott this movie. Don’t pay a penny for it and let their revenue sank. Protect your kids of this so called “new culture”

C: Don't worry, it will bomb like every other stab at wokeness.

- Hi guys! I couldn’t find the meaning of “stab at wokeness”. What does it mean in this context?

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Re: Stab at wokeness

Post by Phil White » Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:33 pm

"To have a stab at something" means to try something or to have an attempt at something, and that is the meaning of "stab" here.

The term "woke" has been around for a few years now, and "wokeness" has developed from it. The brief Merriam Webster article gives a short history of the term and some insight into its meaning: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... ing-origin

Put as simply as possible, to be "woke" is to be aware of social injustice, and particularly social injustice arising from racial tension.

"Woke" has become a very emotionally charged word. For some people it is a call to action ("stay woke"), for others it is a compliment, and for others it is an insult. Particularly for people with conservative attitudes to society, the use of the term triggers a deep sense of alarm that the status quo is being challenged by liberal thinkers who want to enforce their views on everyone. This is very much the tone of C's response in your post, which means something like: "Don't worry, because it will fail in the same way that all other attempts to force woke attitudes on us have failed."
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Re: Stab at wokeness

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:47 am

Phil White : Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. It is really helpful. Have a good day.

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Re: Stab at wokeness

Post by Shelley » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:15 pm

We called it "raising one's consciousness" back in the day. Among other things . . .
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