Friday, December 30, 2016

When Libs attack Ralphie ...

a major award                                                 

Many look on, aghast, at the brutal public shamings so frequently meted out to those who say almost anything mildly insensitive. They don't like threats to individual rights made in the name of sensitivity. They notice that everything the political and cultural elite disagrees with is quickly defined as bigotry. Moral pressure even induced both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to embrace the absurd idea that immigration law is per se racist.

"A Christmas Story" is such a popular movie that two different cable networks run it for 24 hours straight around Christmas time.

No doubt its latest excesses will be outdone by yet more egregious flourishes in 2017. But there is some hope even in that; cults and empires are at their most extravagant and unstable in their death throes.
It surely never occurred to anyone before 2016 to write, let alone publish, a 1,500-word essay about how it is a subtly racist movie that exemplifies white privilege and conceals the ways the Northern Indiana town it was set in was built on oppression.

This silly essay is just a single bullet fired in our long cultural battle over political correctness. The aggressors are members of a left-liberal-dominated elite determined to bend public morality according to their biases and hatreds. They believed until about 9 p.m. on Election Night that they had successfully established their own brand of tyrannical relativism.

But there is and never has been national consensus on these matters. And the result of the election suggests that America has reached a point at which it is sick to death of being lectured by busybodies about what ordinary people may think and say in decent society. {FULL}
".....a subtly racist movie that exemplifies white privilege and conceals the ways the Northern Indiana town it was set in was built on oppression.?"

Lord help us.


Skoonj said...

I remember A Christmas Story before it was even a movie. I remember it even before it was the book "In God We Trust ... All Others Pay Cash." The book was by radio talker Jean Shepherd (not the country singer) who came on WOR in New York each night to tell stories about his youth in Northern Indiana, his years in the Army (during WW2), his adulthood, and life in general.

The stories that made up the heart of A Christmas Story began as radio stories (and stories in Playboy), then became the "novel" In God We Trust, and then became the movie. My misspent youth was blessed by being able to listen to Shep each night. I was even on a line in the cold, outside the Limelight in NYC (now a gay bar, I hear!) where Shep would do a Saturday night show live. I got my book signed that day in 1966. Still have it, though it is a bit weather worn.

Racist? Not a chance. White privilege? I don't think Shep, Shwartz, Flick or Brunner would think of themselves as privileged. No, it's just a great movie from a great book, from great stories by the best story teller of all time.

Tom Smith said...

I prefer the term "culture" over privilege. If the insist on bringing "white" into the discussion then black privilege needs to be explored.

Burgess Owens refers to it as the Royal Black Class. He has a book worth a read.

Anonymous said...

Just another bit of info - A Christmas Story's director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk illegal alien. This was the last straw for me. When I heard about this I have no use for ANY illegal and never will.


Anonymous said...

Ron in Ohio Sez:

Skoonj and Bolivar:

I just gotta' add this bit for info to both of you;

At my 50th reunion of South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida one of my classmates got up to share a few anecdotes about Bob Clark. (I can't remember who that classmate was). It seems that a lot of my fellow classmates hung around with some Ft. Lauderdale High School (Our rival school) guys at an out of the way bar in the Western part of Broward County that wasn't too picky about under age drinkers. One of those Ft. Lauderdale guys was Bob Clark. That's where I first heard of his and his son's death.


Clark and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in a head-on car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles on the morning of April 4, 2007. The crash occurred when an SUV crossed the median and struck Clark's Infiniti I30, causing the closure of the highway for eight hours. Police determined that the SUV's driver, Hector Velazquez-Nava, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit and was driving without a license. He initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, but changed his plea to no contest in August. On October 12, 2007, Velasquez-Nava was sentenced to six years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement. In addition, he may face deportation to his native Mexico, as he entered and was living in the United States illegally."

Unknown said...

Dittos to everything Skoonj said about listening to "Shep" as a teenager. HIs radio show was unlike anything else. People like Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray and Eric Bogosian emulated him but really couldn't even come close. I, too, saw Shep live at The Limelight (and had an LP of his show there) and also saw him at Princeton U. BTW, The Limelight became a diesel dyke bar.

Skoonj said...

Anonymous : 12/30/16, 3:07 PM Thanks for the additional information.

Stu Tarlowe "The Limelight became a diesel dyke bar." Stu, I'm not sure I want to know what that is. Nope, I KNOW I don't want to know what that is.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Skoonj, we didn't think you'd led such a sheltered life!
Look it up; it's the other end of the Sapphic spectrum from "Lipstick Lesbian".

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

Skoonj said...

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku, Thanks, but uh, I uh, ... I'm skeered!!!

No, I think I'm going to remain iggerent.

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