Well, this happened.
Last night, Disney hosted a party in Hollywood where celebrities, reporters, and potential Oscar nominees (though no actual filmmakers…) all gathered for a private viewing of the first Presidential Debate. The theme? Zootopia. Which is actually rather fitting, considering how on-the-nose Zootopia is when it comes to all sorts of messy socio-political issues.
Several news sources covered this event, including Yahoo! Movies and Deadline.com. The most interesting in my opinion is GoldDerby.com’s coverage of the “Top 5 outbursts and reactions” at the party. Mostly because it mentions they had Campaign stickers that said “Vote Zootopia”.
I really want one of those stickers…
I may do another article here or there about the election, but this blog is about Zootopia and it’s going to stay that way. Maybe a “top 5 things Zootopia teaches us about politics” or some other editorial like that.
But since this opens up the conversation, I have included my own personal views on the 2016 election below. It is a completely opinion-based editorial, and does not reflect the views of ZNN as a whole. I just felt that I needed to speak, and you’ve all proven to be a wonderfully civil and non-aggressive audience. Hopefully I don’t ruin that with this. Unless Disney does something else election-related, this is the last time ZNN does anything political.
You can find that after the break. Don’t worry, I do tie Zootopia into it.
I do not support either major political party in this current election. I believe that right now, it is a choice between two evils. One may be a lesser evil, depending on your viewpoint, but evil is still evil. I will not be voting for either of the two candidates presented.
Instead, I would just like to remind you that there are other options. The Johnson/Weld campaign, while definitely the underdog in this race, is still on the ballot in all 50 states, so it may still have a shot. After all, the last time America chose a third-party president, it was this lawyer from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. You might have heard of him. Turned out to be a really great choice.
But if voting Johnson is not your style (which is entirely your prerogative), there are other candidates in the running. Or you can choose to write in the name of whoever you feel would be better, even if they are fictional. If you really don’t like any politicians, that’s the route I’d recommend you take. After all…
But if there’s one takeaway I would like to stress, it is this: VOTE. Doing so gives you a voice in the decision, even if it is a small one. If you do not, you forfeit all right to complain that your voice is not being heard in the halls of government, for when presented the chance to speak, you stayed silent. And that is exactly what the Bellwethers of the world are counting on.
We are Zootopians. We are better than that.
We will follow the example of Judy Hopps. We won’t just sit there and complain about how the world is a mess.
We’re going to make the world a better place.
We’re going to try everything.
Stand for what you believe to be right. Not for what you believe to be “not as bad”.