The first half of Season 2 of The Purge offered great insight into how the gears of society turn in the world of the NFFA. We witnessed the audition for the voice of the Purge, the ultra-punitive nature of the NFFA justice system, how bodies are disposed of after Purge night, and how the NFFA has instituted a holiday to remember Purge victims. The world-building continued in the second half of the season. Here are five key insights we learned:
1. Purge tourism is a real thing
The Purge isn’t just for Americans. It draws tourists from around the world who visit the United States during Purge to participate in (or simply bear witness to) the violence. Some international travel agencies, like the one in Rio de Janeiro, offer an array of Purge packages, including some that come with weapons and even bodyguards. Germany has Oktoberfest, Brazil has Carnival, and the US has the Purge.
2. The Purge is great fodder for talk radio
Bobby Sheridan is one of the country’s biggest radio hosts, and it’s all because he loves to talk about the Purge. As much as he sings its praises and encourages his listeners to Purge to the fullest, he brings on people with anti-Purge viewpoints to debate. Oh, and one of his sponsors is a coagulate adhesive—“the glue that clots!”
3. Companies are profiting off the Purge
The Purge is more than a holiday—it’s an industry. There are brick-and-mortar retailers like Purge USA, and then there are the manufacturers who make the products. In one meeting, the higher-ups at Merrymakers Mask Co. explore the potential of a mask modeled after the one worn by the campus killer. Maybe it’s cynical, but who cares? As one boss says, “Our margins will be huge.”
4. The Purge is a means of teenage rebellion
Rebelling against your parent’s wishes is a tradition that meshes well with the Purge. What better way to terrify your dad than prancing off into the dark on Purge Night? Plus, there’s a whole Purge culture to dive into. The masks, clothes, even the weapons all carry aesthetic weight
5. The NFFA starts indoctrinating children at a young age
Children are off-limits on Purge Night according to NFFA law, but that doesn’t mean the NFFA doesn’t want children to think about the Purge in a certain way. A woman named Ms. Lorelei hosts a popular TV program that educates kids about the Purge—a grown-up holiday “that helps people get their worries out!”—and concludes with a group salute to the NFFA: “blessed be our New Founding Fathers, and America, a nation reborn.”
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