@KLB600 said in I am very disapointed in PSO2 for having this Independence Day event:
Ok I just wanted to say that, WoW, That’s an incredibly Reductionist way of looking at it….
Uncle Sam has always been a personification of American Independence and Patriotism(Which by the way isn't inherently a bad thing.) His Origin can be traced back as far as 1812 and was simply a nickname for the United States Government/Military during the war of 1812(Which Occurred due to Britain interference on The United States Sovereign rights, hence it was seen as 2nd War of Independence.) Which is another reason he represents its independence/independence day.
Like You said a finalized image hadn't been made until 1917, But note the likeness used for Sam was taken from Brother Jonathan(Who traces back even before the Declaration of Independence was signed), He appeared in Cartoons form throughout the 1860 and was finally amalgamated into the Uncle Sam figure we know today after the Civil war, so no it was not for the sole purpose of propaganda.
These Images of Uncle Sam/Brother Johnathan would be used again for rallying the U.S in its war efforts against the Central Powers in 1917. You know that "little" War that was tearing the world apart that U.S played a big part in Ending and again in WW2 Which ended German Nazism and Italian Fascism(Outside of these two events the Uncle Sam figure/Brother Johnathan is rarely ever used). Lets just leave all the good nationalism did, and on top of this Celebration of the Use of Nuclear Arms? C'mon man hardly anyone celebrated this, nor do we now.
I am not the most Patriotic person, nor am I denying that Uncle Sam isn't entirely pure, but your post is incredibly disingenuous, and skewed information.
It's interesting that you see the War of 1812 like this, since I can tell you that in Canada the war is widely regarded as an act of US agression and imperialism, rightly or wrongly (my natural instinct is to go deeper into discussing this and the various perspectives and points of view involved, but I think that will just take us further off-topic so I'll refrain from doing so). This is a good example of how different symbols, or in this case historical events, mean different things to different people and how, even if you think you're using a innocent symbol for a good cause it can be seen as a negative symbol by others. Which brings me back to one of my core points: how necessary was it to use that symbol?
As for Uncle Sam and his earlier counterparts, I think it's important to look at not only how they were used in specific pieces of propaganda but also what they have come to represent beyond those original works. A good example of this is the copious quantity of politcal cartoons that cast Uncle Sam as the avatar of US imperialism, as opposed to Columbia (the lady, not the country or the district), who was historicallty the much gentler personafication of the US as a nation (and who I'd much rather see in-game costumes for).
I appreciate the sentiment behind your post and I agree with the message that it can be important to try to put past wrongs behind you, to forgive but never forget, however many people in North America have current, ongoing struggles that we face that were caused or worsened at least in part by the legacy of US imperialism or ongoing direct or indirect actions by the US. To use an example that might help the Finnish perspective relate, this would be like an European version of a game having a Russian themed holiday featuring symbols asssociated with Russian imperialism. I suspect that would make some people uncomfortable considering the historical and current tensions in the region in a similar way that this event makes me uncomfortable.