" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 4, 2018

Draw Your Weapons: A BLO to Hasbro for the Toys That Made US?

G.I. Joe started out as an Artists' Mannequin
 before becoming a doll "action figure"
I just love a good synchronistic M*A*S*H up when it comes to the pop culture that made me the couch potato that I am today.
Dolph Lundgren is King Nereus in the movie 'Aquaman'
I've been watching the excellent Netflix series 'The Toys That Made Us' while at the same time reading through a book called 'Draw Your Weapons'.
I found a paragraph in 'Draw Your Weapons' about the Barbie Liberation Organization or BLO, a group sponsored by RTMark, who are a group of artists and activists involved in culture jamming.
"The Barbie Liberation Organization - an activist group of feminists, parents, artists, and veterans - switched the voice boxes for talking Barbies and G.I. Joes.
Then they put the doctored toys in their original boxes and placed them back on store shelves.
Dead men tell no tales, Barbie says.
I love to shop with you, G.I. Joe says, will we ever have enough clothes?
Vengeance is mine, Barbie says.
Math class is hard, G.I. Joe says
Eat lead, Cobra, Barbie says.
The beach is the place for summer, G.I. Joe says, let's plan our dream wedding.
From 'Draw Your Weapons'.
Coming soon to a toy store near you
I attended this talk earlier this year in the podcast link below, which is worth a listen to -
Sarah Sentilles 'Draw Your Weapons'
I love the story of how the villain for 'He-Man' came about, very freaky and Jungian to boot I thought.
And the Barbie episode will leave you mouthing WTF(?) to yourself, I think.
What I find ironic in a synchromystic sense was that the last episode of 'The Toys That Made Us' was about the Japanese toy sensation 'Hello Kitty' which aired May 25th, 2018, which was the day that the Disney/Lucas Star Wars movie 'Solo' came out, as I wrote about in my last post -
Bean There, Done That and May the 4th be with You?
Director: Ron Howard
And the main story in 'Draw Your Weapons' is of a Japanese internment camp and the story of Howard, a conscientious objector during World War II, and Miles, a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, and in the process Sarah challenges conventional thinking about how war is waged, witnessed, and resisted.
The pacifist and the soldier both create art in response to war: Howard builds a violin; Miles paints portraits of detainees.
I also find 'Draw Your Weapons' eerily synchronistic in that Howard recalls his activism starting the day he watched his father drown in the Sacramento River when he and his family did nothing to save him because he was a good swimmer and they all thought he was just kidding.
Why does that theme sound so familiar to me?
The Siren, the Lady Bird and Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day?
Hmm ... the Sacramento River and the siren?
God, war and weapons of peace
Something sure seems to be swimming about, or synching in archetypal terms lately, I think.
Oh yeah, and the LEGO episode of 'The Toys That Made Us' also aired May 25th, 2018.
Just sayin'
May the Force be with you?

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