"He's a pussy little bitch!"
"Sir, I have to ask you to leave. Have a nice day."
Could the clash between cultures, between responsibility, and hyper-individualism be any clearer. But what really stands out for me is the stark clash between visions and versions of masculinity.
One the one hand Customer Kevin clearly represents toxic or man-box masculinity. He seems to take great pleasure in bucking the system, showing the world through his Instagram feed that he will not obey authority. That refusal to knuckle under and an insistence on independence is baked into Western Culture and traditional manhood. And that independence is not necessarily a bad thing. Shaking up staid culture is part of the Hero's Journey and seems to be a part of psychological individuation.
But Customer Kevin displays the toxic and immature version of independent manhood by
I hope Tison's version of masculinity wins all our coming battles.
"Have a nice day."