#SQUADGOALS (6)

By: Annalee Newitz
February 8, 2017

One in a series of enthusiastic posts, contributed by HILOBROW friends and regulars during 2017, on the subject of our favorite squads.

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Robin Hood has a lot of privilege — he’s a knight, and he’s got land. But when the aristocratic system that benefitted him becomes unfair, he chucks away his posh setup to go live in the woods and fuck with rich people. It’s important that he never hurts anyone. He and his merry pals just steal, using their wits and trickster wiles, in order to redistribute wealth. Of course there are many contradictory stories about Robin Hood, going all the way back to the Middle Ages. So my imaginary Robin Hood team is chosen from my favorite versions of the story, where Maid Marian is badass and Azeem is a Moorish ninja and Robin is androgynously sexy and smart.

Sometimes I worry that Robin Hood is kind of a white savior figure, a guy from the ruling class who is the only one who can save the peasants. I mean, shouldn’t a peasant lead the peasant revolt, the way Wat Tyler did in real life back in 1381? A few of the merry pals do seem to be from the working class — there’s a miller’s son in some versions, and a poacher named Arthur a Bland. But often you’ve got a Dances With Wolves or Avatar scenario, where it takes a member of the ruling elite to save the downtrodden.

Despite this sometimes problematic political context, my goal in life has always been to live like a merry man. In times of great inequality and corruption, tricky social justice pirates may be our only hope.

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#SQUADGOALS: Annie Nocenti on THE WILD BUNCH | Alice Boone on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS | Gordon Dahlquist on BOWIE’S BAND | Rob Wringham on THE HOME GUARD | Jennifer Krasinski on WATERSHIP DOWN RABBITS | Annalee Newitz on ROBIN HOOD’S MERRY PALS | Adrienne Crew on THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP | Mark Kingwell on THE HONG KONG CAVALIERS | Adam McGovern on KAMANDI’S FAMILY | John Overholt on THE CLUB | Greg Rowland on THE VULTURE SQUADRON | Sara Ryan on BETSY, TACY & TIB | Chelsey Johnson on VI ÄR BÄST! | Brian Berger on THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY | Jacob Mikanowski on THE RATBASTARDS | Jessamyn West on FAREYNIKTE PARTIZANER ORGANIZATSYE | Josh Glenn on DADA | Matthew De Abaitua on THE TIME | Mimi Lipson on TBD | Franklin Bruno on THE AACM | Deb Chachra on FIREFLY CREW | Matthew Battles on THE ANIMAL FAMILY | Anthony Miller on TBD | Joe Alterio on THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS | Sherri Wasserman on THE WARRIORS | Rob Walker on LES TROIS INSÉPARABLES | Katie Hennessey on BEAT POETS | TBD on TBD | Ingrid Schorr on THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS | Luc Sante on THE BOUZINGOS | Carl Wilson on NEW YORK SCHOOL POETS | Mandy Keifetz on THE FOUNDING FATHERS | William Nericcio on ZOOT SUIT PACHUCOS | Cintra Wilson on TBD | Karinne Keithley Syers on BLACK LIPS PERFORMANCE CULT | Dan Reines on THE BREAKFAST CLUB | Lynn Peril on THE DALY SISTERS | Devin McKinney on 1975 RED SOX | Steph Burt on DAMAGE CONTROL | Gary Panter on TBD | Barbara Bogaev on THE MOD SQUAD | Chris Spurgeon on THE ALKALI METALS | Molly Wright Steenson on TBD | Elina Shatkin on THE HOLOGRAMS | Anshuman Idamsetty on TBD | Jenny Offill on TBD | Kio Stark on TBD | Douglas Rushkoff on TBD | Colin Dickey on ACÉPHALE | Anindita Basu Sempere on TBD | David Smay on THE MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE OINGO BOINGO | TBD on TBD.

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  1. Awesome Annalee. PS: The 2010 “Robin Hood” movie directed by Ridley Scott (starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Oscar Isaac before we all liked Oscar Isaac) isn’t very good — I’ve failed to finish watching it twice — but it grants your wish, making Robin Hood a common archer… who adopts a nobleman’s identity in a kind of “Return of Martin Guerre” move.

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