I posted a small piece about a Crayola crayon about a week ago. It was about a colour “Prussian Blue”, which has been retired due to “people no longer being able to relate to Prussia, or even knowing what it means,” anymore. The colour is now termed “Midnight Blue,” something everyone can relate to. The post has gotten more attention than I’m accustomed to my posts getting in the last two days. People are incensed at the political correctoes, and what they’re doing to our lives in their attempts to unify and sanitise. Searching for some images to aptly express this I found these on a blog titled, “Cool n Wacky.” Welcome to our world, less risky, safer and infinitely blander and increasingly wacky.
I think life, the best part of it anyway, is about what you find when you’re not looking. I was looking for the colour Prussian blue. The why does not matter, what is interesting is what I found. I found this awesome crayon, the sort of colour I would buy a whole box of crayons for just to get this one, when I was younger. What a glorious, heavenly colour! But wait, the political correctoes have been in and taken away just a bit of the colour, the colour of its name and it’s now called midnight blue. Sigh….
It’s not all dire blandness I’m delighted to say because clicking on a link I was taken to the Crayola Monologues, a brilliant short film (3mins) by Nathan Gibbs. He uses crayons as a metaphor for exploring colour and identity in the United States. I am posting the video but if you are impatient and cannot wait, just click on the link. Look what I found when I wasn’t looking!