Tag Archives: Hollywood

Frankenfreude

I, like many others, have been enjoying the torment and embarrassment of “Senator” Al Franken. There are few more disgusting and reprehensible people than he and he deserves every atom discomfort afflicting him. Please, Minnesotans, don’t vote for this guy next time.

Having said that, it has to be said that the reaction to the picture of him “sexually assaulting” or “sexually harassing” super-sexy Leeann Tweeden is overdone. It’s obviously a joke, whether Tweeden was in on it or not. A poor joke, yes; a bad idea for a joke, yep; but an attempt at humor. It helps to remember that Franken was at the time, a comedian. Obviously not a very good one.

He stinks at two jobs – comedian and senator.

Which brings me to a second thought. In our new, hyperpuritan* atmosphere the late, great Benny Hill would likely be Public Enemy #1. His leering, bald-faced, though impotent, sexual innuendo is clearly verboten these days. Plus, the various dolls prancing about on his show would be considered persona non grata with our modern self-appointed feminist-driven cultural commissars.

Along that same line I expect that Plautus, handfuls of Elizabethan and Restoration Comedy playwrights, along with innumerable French scribes, not to mention packs of more modern stage authors who tossed around sex just to shock, would seem to be destined for the new bonfires of vanities.

I’ll wind up on another point, this one on the current slaughter of various Hollywood and TV bulls. Here’s a typical story we’re hearing pert near every day. Something dawned on me as I read this piece.

This producer, now being read out of Hollywood’s more respectable environs (snort!), may not be so willing to simply go away.

It’s possible that a lot of these mighty entertainment titans aren’t going to go quietly into exile or retirement. They could easily start their own production companies and compete against the hypocritical pansies that fired them… Hollywood isn’t the monolithic, closely controlled business it used to be and new IP distribution models like Amazon, Netflix, etc., will allow them to bypass the PC gatekeepers and feed straight to an audience.

Content is desperately needed to feed the insatiable fires of consumers, especially youth. Many of these accused are very good at program and movie making. Short of pedophilia, necrophilia or murder, a lot of potential viewers are willing to look the other way in return for a little entertainment.

*By “hyperpuritan” I mean no disrespect to the original Puritans, a complicated but sincere people who are treated unjustly by pop history (and a number of professional historians as well).

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A Big Lie

While out running errands on Saturday I popped into the barbershop. The barber keeps the TVs on Fox News. Not bad, so much better than CNN, but I’d have preferred the MLB Network or NHL Network. Fox can be annoying too.

I tried not to pay any attention but one story caught my attention. There was some rally for “Immigrant Rights” in Hollywood or featuring Hollywood celebrities.

The babbling actors and actresses kept pretending that Pres. Trump had simply banned foreigners and immigrants. Mass deportations and house-to-house searches were about to happen (applause and boos).

I wondered as I listened, why do they so grossly mischaracterize what Trump is doing? Do they not know what he is doing?

That’s a possibility considering the way the lamestream media misreports all things Trump. They probably also rely on their friends and other fellow libs in the hermetically-sealed Media-Entertainment Complex bubble. Actors and actresses are generally not too bright but often want to be thought highly of by appearing studious and thoughtful.

And there is the possibility that they know they are lying but do it anyway — to be popular and signal their virtue. And maybe they want to have anyone, from anywhere, be allowed to come to the United States whenever they wish. It would be nice if they just honestly admitted that, rather than accusing Trump of calumny.

It gets frustrating watching reporters, politicians, activist groups and celebrities try to dupe the public by conflating illegal aliens with standard immigrants — who are not threatened by Trump’s orders.

If only we had a group of people who would transmit the actual facts to the general public. That’s such a great idea. I wonder if I can copyright that????

Amy Schumer as Barbie?

This story about Amy Schumer being cast as Barbie in a live action Barbie movie makes one scratch their head.

This isn’t a spoof of Barbie, according to the story.

Schumer isn’t going to ever be confused with the statuesque doll with the “impossible” figure. And her image as of late has morphed from schlub loser chick (where she made her name) to a more politically aggressive “smart” progressive romantic comedy actress. Again, not exactly the resume for Barbie.

Is it possible that Schumer could play it straight?

One would assume that a Barbie movie would be aimed at little girls. Can’t see Schumer going there.

Could she be going for a lighthearted romantic comedy? Maybe but what would be the point of hauling “Barbie” into it since Barbie has never been associated with comedy.

Could this be yet another Baby Boomer fixation, something they can’t seem to let go no matter how much it needs to be pried from their nearly dead hands. They just “have to do something.” That’s the genesis of so many bad ideas that they have inflicted upon humanity over the last five decades.

Can the producers or Schumer be planning to turn their “Barbie” movie into a more political movie? A “rebooted” Barbie? Issuing a feminist slap back at the 1950s and the childhood doll of so many Baby Boomers? Having modern Barbie as a snarky female executive breaking the glass ceiling and proving superior to modern beta male Kens. Her Skipper sidekick could be played by the nouveau svelte Melissa McCarthy.

And never have to rely on her looks.

Or maybe they’ll “doll”-up Schumer and then humiliate her — “proving” that modern frumpiness is the answer to everything and always wins Ken. Or maybe wins Skipper since the LGBTQWERTY crowd needs to be acknowledged at every turn these days.

What would be the point beyond being another vanity project that will cost a surprisingly large amount of money to make, get a huge marketing effort and then lose a lot of money.

Or the idea might just disappear, like so many other Hollywood projects.

But not to let some Hollywood disasters disappear, here’s some more election night treats. Dontcha just love Chelsea Handler’s waterworks. Yeah, Chelsea, women aren’t emotional… Thanks for checking the box on that “stereotype.” Melt, snowflakes! Melt!

VDH on Trump and Schumer Is Booed

A double treat here.

Victor Davis Hanson says it as no one else can in “The Case for Trump.”

As problematic as Trump is, the Hillary Clinton presidency is not acceptable for the positive future of this country. She is the pinnacle of the modern, corrupt, grasping, self-dealing, nepotistic, racist, greedy, oppressive, socialist, totalitarian left.

A must read.

And for a special cherry on top comes this story on Amy Schumer getting booed in Tampa.

No, it’s not from a conservative source either. I’m amazed it made TV Week since that newsletter has pretty much run nonstop and egregious anti-Trump pieces. The name Hillary Clinton is alien to them.

But here it is, pushback for the random cultural attacks that anyone who is not a liberal is constantly subjected to.

And this is important. Do not patronize these people. Do not buy the tickets. Do not watch them on TV.

Schumer’s been lately on Bud Light beer commercials, claiming putative nonpartisanship in some fictional political party, yet in one commercial she recently asserted that “gender is a spectrum.”

It’s a beer commercial and here she is (and the Anheuser-Busch corporation) inserting very controversial, some would say incorrect and nontraditional, leftwing assumptions and political points.

Has anyone in any of these commercials seen the “Bud Light Party” utter a single conservative talking point? Plenty of libtard talking points but nothing on the other side of the real spectrum.

As I often say, the left will politicize anything and it will politicize everything — even beer commercials.

Do not buy the beer! Make these companies understand that carrying water for liberalism has consequences. Stop enriching these liberals.

Is Humor the Best Weapon?

During the 1960s and 1970s, when modern radical liberalism was young and on the march, humor along with music were two of its chief weapons in communicating its message throughout the popular culture and recruiting youth to their side. They were also used to bludgeon those old fuddy-duddies holding progress back.

It can be said that liberals have lost their sense of humor since then. Their humor now is generally about as subtle and funny as a sledge hammer.

Conservatives on the other hand have gotten much funnier.

Steve Hayward over at Power Line assembled these two great send-ups of the Hollywood “Save the Day” political commercial that appeared a week or so ago.

The first one is good and professional but the second one is genius. You know that’s what those Hollywood airheads are really thinking.

As Kenny Banya would say, “It’s comedy gold!” Watch and enjoy.

It Might Be Stupid but It Works

This is a good explication of the latest quadrennial, election year plea from a bunch of Hollywood celebrities to not elect the crazy, horrible, moronic, warmongering Republican candidate, with a strong implication that you won’t be cool like the celebrities if you vote for the Republican.

Most sane, reasonable people over a certain age laugh at these ham-fisted, smug efforts but they are effective to a certain extent. There are always hundreds of thousands of newly-minted voters (kids-Millennials) who have never seen anything like these “PSAs.

To most of us this is old and stupid and disingenuous. To an 18-year-old this might be, “I can share something with Scarlett Johansen and other cool, superior people…”

I have to say that I’m very disappointed in Robert Downey, Jr.’s participation in this. It was not long ago that he was making it clear that he understood that liberalism is not based on reality. I suspect he’s backsliding. It’s probably hard to be on a Hollywood set for hours on end, day-after-day with every major player, director, producer and screenwriter constantly mocking conservatives… You can imagine on the set of one of those Ironman movies ScarJo and Mark Ruffalo, both in these movies, are pecking on him, “C’mon, Bob, you don’t REALLY believe that backwards, racist, fascist Republican crap, do you? If you come over to our side I’ll show you my boobies…”

Joss Whedon is supposedly behind this and he insists that it’s a nonpartisan effort. Whedon’s long been embarrassed that his biggest fans of his biggest success — the “Firefly” projects — are conservatives and libertarians. He’s never seemed to grasp why “Firefly” was such a cult success.

The name of this particular campaign is “Save the Day” or “Save the Planet” or some other important-sounding bit of historicism — that always makes the kids feel important. And we can save the planet by electing a lying, felony-committing, incompetent, greedy, self-dealing, murder co-conspirator?

So what weird magic do the Clintons hold over Hollywood?

Is it their clearly free-swinging hedonism (at least when they were younger)?

Their obvious disdain for traditional mores?

Their unmitigated sense of self-indulgence and entitlement?

Their single-minded lust for power and riches?

Their pure cynicism and willingness to blatantly manipulate people?

Their 200-proof distilled hypocrisy in most everything they do?

Their easy-going willingness to toss aside former allies and eagerness to destroy anyone in their way?

Their unalloyed belief in the superiority of themselves and a conviction that laws do not apply to them nor constrain them?

Their allergy to truth and marriage to lying and living the lie?

Or is it simpler, just trying to promote the libtard mindset and that involves backing Hillary and anyone else in a Democratic pantsuit?

I vote all of the above.

And more folks, more movies and TV series to boycott. Didn’t a lot of these folks support Obama and tell us how great he was going to be?

This Is Racism

This column hounding a CBS TV exec because the writer doesn’t think that CBS has enough black people working for it or on its shows or as lead actors on its shows or something demonstrates how deeply ingrained racism has become in our major media institutions.

Perhaps the most appalling thing is the ease with which the reporter tosses around racial classifications like “a very white, male network” and “A decade of whiteness.” They read like excerpts from a meeting of Nazis or the KKK. Of course this “TV Critic” feels he is noble in his racism (as if the Nazis and the KKK didn’t) so he’d say it’s okay.

Judging people by their skin color is racism, pure and simple. If you are advocating giving people jobs based upon the color of their skin, that is racism. If you are advocating not hiring people or removing people from their jobs based on the color of their skin, that is racism. (And using sex/gender as the criteria is sexism.)

Does the writer really think that black viewers will only watch shows with blacks in them? I don’t, but then I have a higher opinion of those people than the writer clearly does.

Does the writer think that the Hollywood/New York liberals that populate the corporate rungs of CBS (and all of Hollywood) sit around plotting their racist schemes to exclude blacks?

Ironically, for the record the writer is Tim Goodman, about as pasty-faced white as they come. I suspect the irony is lost upon him. Liberals have an uncanny ability to think that the policies and attitudes they aggressively advocate somehow don’t apply to them.

I’ll take Tim more seriously when he resigns his cushy job and demands that a “black woman” be given his job, whether she’s qualified for it or any good at it — just simply because she’s a black woman.

Racism ends when people stop judging people by the color of their skin.