i am always amazed by the extent to which bigots will go to avoid seeing things from someone else’s perspective. my dad refuses to watch the handmaid’s tale because he thinks it’s sexist. that could never happen, he says, it’s too unrealistic and he doesn’t like science fiction anyway, but bladerunner is one of his favourite films and he’ll talk about brave new world for hours if you let him. my uncle hates top of the lake because he says all the men in it are terrible and he can’t relate to any of them, but if i complain that i don’t like a film because it has an all-male cast i’m being “oversensitive” and “politically correct”. my cousin hated get out because it’s absurd, it’s black propaganda, it fuels the illusion that all white people are racist, and how can you enjoy a film when watching it makes you feel like a bad person? bigots are so wrapped up in how they feel, how they are treated, that they cannot even imagine what it must be like to experience the world differently. for them, their experience is not just the only one that matters. their experience is the only one that exists.