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Posted: 26 May 2018 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]
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From a Vulture article on Jeffrey Tambor and other transgressors.

Predators’ careers are getting raptured, as well they should be. But unfortunately — perhaps inevitably — their work is getting raptured along with it, imploding into dust as the culture moves on to things that aren’t as problematic (or that might have skeezy stuff going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about yet).

I haven’t seen this particular usage of rapture as a verb before. I’m unsure whether the writer is simply speaking figuratively or if this is in fact an established usage.

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Posted: 26 May 2018 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ve never heard it before. It’s a flawed metaphor. In the Christian Millenarian rapture it’s not just that people disappear, but they ascend to heaven, leaving the rest to suffer tribulation on earth. That’s not really the case here.

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Posted: 27 May 2018 12:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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their work is getting raptured along with it, imploding into dust as the culture moves on

He should say it is being Thanosed.

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Posted: 28 May 2018 03:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Is it some sort of odd typo or poor correction? Maybe for “raptored” as a play on predator, or “ravaged”?

EDIT: meant a verbing of raptor… (noticed when I read Dave’s later post)

[ Edited: 28 May 2018 10:18 AM by steve_g ]
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Posted: 28 May 2018 04:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It’s pretty clearly an extension of the Millenarian rapture, during which, at least in the popular imagination, Christians simply disappear from the perspective of everyone else. The careers of men like Tambor are vanishing. The problems with the metaphor come in when you try to apply the other aspects of the theological doctrine to those careers.

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Posted: 29 May 2018 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I agree with Dave on this.  I understand what the author is trying to say, but for Christians who believe in the Rapture, it is a glorious and blessed event, so it is a poor metaphor. 

Actually there is probably some sort of Orwellian Newspeak word that would be a better fit.  Careers are being obliterated and all their work is being officially forgotten, e.g., “There isn’t a Cosby Show.  There never was a Cosby Show.  No character named Dr. Huxtable ever existed.”

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Posted: 29 May 2018 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Tambor’s oevre has been memory holed.

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Posted: 29 May 2018 04:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Oceania has always been at war with The Cosby Show.

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