What would you do?
Hold on. Are you trying to tell me that you “win” if you are able to sit amongst these “bad boys?”
That this is “just” an ad for beer is irrelevant, it exists because it knows we want it to be true that tolerant people are, well, awesome. Hmm. Tolerant people also appear to be oppressed minorities. What’s up with that?
This is a meta-setup. You are told the theatre is full of “bad boys,” so you, the viewer, know that they are NOT “bad boys, and you are thus already prejudiced against anyone NOT willing to sit with them. Note the “winners” clearly brand themselves, are advertising themselves as distinct from the “bad boys:” pink shirt couple; black couple; “nerds.” So the point is not that those people were liberally minded heroes who embrace all their human brothers; the point is that those minorities are better than the dumb white couples who were too stupid to sit with, gee, I don’t know: thugs? Is that wrong to say? They did smuggle beer into a movie theater. “The pink shirt couple is hetero!” Sure they are.
I know the world wants to pretend racism and sexism and homophobia is “bad”, which it is, but it’s disingenuous to pretend it is “wrong.”
At what point is it not ok to sit in a crowd because you fear for your life? Ok, it’s a movie theater, maybe not a high lethality scenario, but what if the black couple refused to stay? Is that some weird reverse racism, or merely a practical understanding that in George Bush’s America (I said it right) bald white guys with goatees are always 100% a problem, except the few times they’re not, but why stick around to find out? Yes, I know this is Belgium, but doesn’t that make it worse? Ok, so if a black couple gets a pass in this scenario, why don’t whites? Why can’t it just be a simple case of, “I saw Sons Of Anarchy, and I don’t want to know if that was actually a reality show”?
And here’s a superbly sexist thing to say: they were couples. i.e there’s a woman there. I’m not saying their individual behavior would be different, but when a guy is with a woman there is/should be an entirely different calculus. Yeah. I may love to get drunk to the point I can’t see blue or yellow but when you’re “responsible” to another person even I switch to decaf.