Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg are finding their way back into our hearts because we're done with 2020. But is escaping into the past the right move?
Mike Tyson, DMX, Snoop Dogg, oh my!
If you were to open your news source, the headlines might have you believe it’s 1995.
But no, it’s 2020, and we’re just clinging to the past because the present has become overwhelming.
Nostalgia is a common reaction to trauma. And these guys, sadly, are not going to save us.
He’s been teasing us for months, but Mike Tyson is officially set to box again. And he’s bringing an old pal with him.
Roy Jones Jr., the former light heavyweight champion of the world, is set to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition match this September. The 51-year-old is likely a heavyweight at this point in his life.
This matchup would’ve been a dream 25 years ago. Today? It’s a simple way to escape into the past.
Luckily for us, that escape will last much longer than the actual fight, as social media platform Triller is releasing an accompanying 10-part docuseries.
Snoop Dogg and DMX are blowing up on social media. Their recent Verzuz battle on Instagram has everybody feeling like it’s the 90s.
But one look at these two paints a different picture.
Snoop Dogg is out of breath and balding. The formerly ripped DMX looks like he ate several Snoop Doggs.
And that’s probably what the Mike Tyson fight will look like as well. Two fighters, well past their prime, will be trying to punch their way out of this crazy year.
Unfortunately, we’ll still have to deal with it after the fight’s over.
Roderick Peters, a psychoanalytic theorist, said in 1985, said that nostalgia,
persists and profoundly interferes with the individual’s attempts to cope with his present circumstances.
More recent research suggests that it can provide us comfort and stability in uncertain times.
Then there’s historical nostalgia, where we try to escape “the idealized world of a prior era,” as described by Krystine Batcho, Professor of Psychology at Le Moyne College.
Historical nostalgia is often concurrent with a deep dissatisfaction with the present and a preference for the way things were long ago. Unlike personal nostalgia, someone who experiences historical nostalgia might have a more cynical perspective of the world, one colored by pain, trauma, regret or adverse childhood experiences.
Our collective historical nostalgia definitely signals a “deep dissatisfaction with the present.”
A global pandemic has taken over our world.Many of our world leaders have failed to lead. Riots and looting have broken out. Racial tension is at an all-time high. Some of our beloved stars are getting caught rubbing shoulders with a sex-trafficking pedophile.
The weight of this year is too much for even Mike Tyson to lift. But once we start getting into the present moment, maybe we can do the heavy lifting together.