Tumblr Users Declare Oscar Isaac Problematic for His 2009 Ayn Rand T-Shirt
oscar isaac has an atlas shrugged tshirt and i feel deeply betrayed! pic.twitter.com/h0BR0YW4Gd
— fiona (@presscolour) January 3, 2016
So … okay. Let’s unpack this one slowly. Apparently, a photo of Oscar Isaac has surfaced wherein he’s wearing one of those book cover t-shirts featuring Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. This represents a problem because of Rand’s strong Objectivist philosophy, which is nearly parallel with libertarian ideals combined with capitalist leanings—something that Tumblr (as well as many people in general) find distasteful.
The reactions from various people on Tumblr have really run the gamut, encompassing every feeling from, “It’s okay, just focus on Poe,” to complete betrayal. Perhaps most interesting are the Tumblr users who don’t quite get why others might find Atlas Shrugged problematic. Typically assumed to be from a younger subset, they’re reblogging the photo asking just what exactly is wrong with the t-shirt.
The Daily Dot has rounded up the best reactions and threads, and you should definitely head on over there to check them out. Take note of the tags on the photos, where a lot of the reactions reside.
This isn’t just confined to Tumblr, mind you. Twitter has caught wind of the photo and, more importantly, Tumblr’s reaction to said photo, which they find kind of funny.
i’m still thinking about how tumblr is acting like they would not smash oscar isaac just bc of ayn rand. YOU’RE ALL LIARS
— arabelle sicardi (@arabellesicardi) January 5, 2016
in the space of less than 24 hours, the Oscar Isaac/Ayn Rand discourse has gotten OUTTA CONTROL. tumblr, i salute u.
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 4, 2016
The real winner, though?
— Challenger (@bakedinapie) January 5, 2016
Damn it, BB-8. We trusted you.
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