Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's the late Jack Chick up to?

As you may remember if you're a long-time reader, I used to be sort of obsessed with Chick tracts, but it's been a long time. I guess that sort of irony stopped appealing to me, more or less. And yet, I'm still subscribed to the site, so I get notifications about new tracts, so I figured, okay, fine, let's see what they're up to lately. The site's been redesigned since I was last there, but you'll be glad to know that they still have most if not all of the old classics available. So let's take a look at "Tell Me About It!"

Well, we have these middle-aged women, who it turns out, are middle schoolers. Seriously, they're suppose to be kids. Obviously you don't believe it at first, but it's true.

And one of these putative thirteen-year-olds is having a torrid affair, supposedly? What?

Ooh, ChickCo gettin' all fancy with the social media lingo! Hashtags, even! Granted, that would look more realistic as #twotimingjudy, but baby steps.  Well done on "trending."

The thing is, in a tract like this the narrative ought to in some way contribute to the evangelical message, but it really truly doesn't here. They only get to the Jesus talk because Judy says "God knows," upon which phrase the evangelist pounces.

...the terrifying-looking evangelist.

Also, in spite of what her "coach" (?) told her, this tract has NOTHING to do with gender identity. That's just a thing that got shoehorned in for no reason that I can determine.

It turns out the man she was "seeing" was her father. But in that case, why didn't she say something earlier, rather than letting people assume the worst?

Yeah well that's about it. How do they come up with ideas for these things, anyway? Do freelancers pitch them ideas, or is it all in-house? It's not exactly good; still, even with the bizarre character work, it could be a lot worse. There's nothing about Hell. It's basically not mean-spirited (I mean okay the gender essentialism isn't GREAT, but if that's the worst thing you can point to, it's not that bad by Chick standards).  Shine on you crazy diamond.


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