by Ruby Samuels
Donald Trump is waging a war against political correctness and so is Cards Against Humanity. The game may have eliminated the “transphobic” card (passable transvestite) but it still has the goal to shock. The very millennials who use trigger warnings in feminist blog posts play this game on Friday nights with friends who have Bernie Sanders’ hair and glasses tattooed to their ribs. What is the difference between Cards Against Humanity and Donald Trump? Well, one is a game with rules, meant to provoke alcohol-fueled shenanigans; the other is a real life election with policy-backed consequences.
After a year of Hunger Games-esque debates and late night talk show jokes about candidates, it is far too easy for Americans to mistake the political stage for one of entertainment. The danger of this theatrical presidential election is that the American electorate might conflate voting day with the voting that drunken college students do while playing Card Against Humanity. The hangover from playing with the vote for leader of the free world will be much more difficult to get over.
If you aren’t familiar with Cards Against Humanity, the rules are simple. The dealer is literally called the card czar. Just take a moment to think about the multitude of opinion pieces in the liberal media comparing Donald Trump to a fascist dictator. Or to the flattery that Donald Trump has heaped onto Putin, modern czar of Russia, which prompted one Huffington Post blogger to title his article “Tsar Trump.”
The card czar draws a black card, which contains either question or a fill in the blank phrase. Everyone else has ten white cards, which contain potential answers for the czar. Each player chooses among their white hand for the most appropriate card, the czar votes on that round’s winner and thus the next czar is chosen.
Cards Against Humanity recently released two clever, limited edition “PACs” of cards. One is dedicated to Hillary, the other to the Donald. Cards Against Humanity hopes that players might see the ridiculousness of their cards in a more realistic light. Max Tempkin, creator of CAH and former Democratic campaign worker said, “Making jokes and doing funny things for attention is kind of our superpower, our team is really, really good at that.” That superpower is shared with the Donald and has many political pundits saying that Trump is actually a secret genius, using his class clown show to attract more voters like flies to a bright light. Perhaps an elimination of political correctness in the controlled environment of a rule-bound game is a good idea. After all, it is important to question why certain things are censored. However, drawing the line between political un-correctness and blatant, ignorance-based bigotry is an important distinction to make, especially as the election comes to a head.
Ruby Samuels is a junior at Barnard and On-Campus editor for Barnard Bite.