Ted Cruz Isn’t Really Mad About Your Xbox (He’s Full Of Crap)

Ted Cruz looks directly at the camera while he holds his head with his right hand.

There was a time, not that way back if you happen to can consider it, when Microsoft might publish a information weblog speaking about its plans to make Xbox extra environmentally pleasant and no person would actually bat an eye fixed. The world would transfer on, maybe slightly bit much less polluted, and that will be that. However these days are gone. Now, it looks like each modest try to enhance the world or assist higher the lives of the folks residing in it will get changed into yet one more battle in conservatives’ infinite battle of rhetoric in opposition to “wokeism.”

When you’ve been following the information just lately, you’ve seemingly seen precise members of congress—together with failed presidential candidate, mobile gaming whale, and Texas Canadian Ted Cruz—bloviating online about how Xbox is going “woke” or how liberals need to take away your gas-burning range. That is, after all, all bullshit meant to distract the gullible and distractible from the myriad precise issues society faces.

The latest blow-up started earlier this month, when the federal Client Product Security Fee, a gaggle unbiased from the White Home or congress, pointed to the potential well being dangers attributable to fuel stoves and steered it might ban or restrict fuel range manufacturing sooner or later, as a result of these well being points. Republicans like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis jumped on this non-issue, turning it right into a full-on “War Against Gas Stoves” suggesting President Biden, liberals, and whoever else he was mad at that week have been making an attempt to take Individuals’ treasured stoves. (It’s interesting to notice that much less than 10% of Florida residents even use fuel stoves…)


Because the range fear-mongering started to expire of…properly, fuel, the Republican tradition battle machine wanted extra gas. One thing that might broaden the battle and assist unfold their message in opposition to “wokeism” whereas serving to distract from the truth that most of them don’t have any actual plans or substantive concepts past hate and worry. So in comes Ted Cruz earlier this week, with a warning: They’re coming to take not simply your fuel range, however your Xbox, too!


Why did he think this? Well, you can blame it on right-wing media website The Blaze, which printed a fear-mongering story on the already two-week-old Xbox replace.

Right here’s what Microsoft’s Xbox replace really does: It is going to minimize down on energy utilization by as much as an element of 20 by altering the default setting of Xbox consoles from “sleep” to “shut down.” Microsoft promises this update won’t affect performance or gameplay, nor the flexibility to replace the Xbox in a single day. The principle facet impact is it’s going to take a bit longer for the console in addition. The new firmware will also be “carbon aware” and attempt to time its downloads and updates for durations when it’s going to have the least influence on {the electrical} grid. And if for some motive you don’t like these adjustments, all the pieces will be switched again to the way it was beforehand.


Innocuous. Good, even. However after Cruz’s tweet picked up The Blaze’s narrative it set off a wave of stories from Fox News and the like. Based on them, not solely was Xbox “going woke” by making these environmentally pleasant adjustments, however Fox and Pals hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Jimmy Failla steered Microsoft was “making an attempt to recruit your youngsters into local weather politics.”

“However once more, what’s the purpose of video video games? It’s for youths to be youngsters,” Faila steered in a Tuesday Fox and Friends segment about Microsoft’s Xbox plans. “Now you sit down and decide up a controller they usually’re like ‘by the way in which, the world is on hearth, AHH.’ You understand what I imply? You simply need to play the sport!”


Ignoring that children aren’t the one individuals who play video video games, that the majority Xbox consoles are purchased and owned by adults, and that the Xbox replace in query is one thing most individuals received’t even discover, it’s foolish that conservatives are so freaked out by youngsters turning into conscious of climate change. Partially as a result of there’s little “hazard” of a fuel range ban or some esoteric Xbox firmware replace—or no matter trifling prevalence evokes the following tempest in a teapot from terminally on-line conservatives—will try this. But additionally as a result of Ted Cruz, Jim Jordan, Donald Trump, and the remainder of them are simply afraid of going through actuality.

Realities similar to gun violence being an issue or gender not being as binary as they as soon as thought is one thing conservatives like Cruz are determined to disregard. Not solely that, they want you to disregard it too; to get distracted by tweets about Xbox going “woke” or the perils of all-female M&Ms. And never simply because it makes a lot of them cash as they soullessly grift by means of the top of the world. However by getting extra folks to affix in on the endless tradition wars they spark, they will distract themselves from actuality, craft a story they will management and perceive, and extra importantly, distract their followers to allow them to keep away from really having to reply powerful questions or present actual plans to repair what’s damaged and make the world a greater place. And having to face actuality, greater than Xbox going woke or trans folks merely present, scares these grifters shitless.


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