Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

Acts Of Support

January 7th, 2020 No comments

Source: 40+ dead in Iran at Gen. Soleimanis funeral after stampede

This seems like a preposterous headline until you dig a little deeper and find out that a large number of the ‘mourners’ who turned out to grieve the death of the recently dispatched Iranian military leader Soleimani were convinced to attend…at the point of a gun.  We assume that the other contingent of people who were not so persuasively convinced to attend did so because of the free food, also offered by those in charge.   Still, it’s hard to believe that it’s worth taking a day off work to go to a funeral and risk getting stampeded to death, but perhaps they really do love their despots.  Every culture is different. Over here, people line up to buy telephones.

A similar such scenario plays out regularly in Western nations, in particular within the small cabal of those in the fantasy entertainment business in the U.S.  A few outspoken heroes speak out and the rest of the community are forced to show obeisance to the cause for the same reasons as do the faithful in Iran; either for the food or at the point of a gun aka, employment.  Most of the people in the entertainment business are not exactly Rhodes scholars, or else, well they wouldn’t be actors. Heck, many of them are barely Dick and Jane scholars. They have achieved success at reading lines created by others, or by pretending to be personalities that they are not.

Yet, this doesn’t stop them from pontificating on all sorts of real life issues for which they have no educational or intellectual grounding, including science, geopolitics and most obviously, common sense. Oddly, while the people may be fake, the sanctimony is real. For the most part, the fanbase for their opinions….are themselves.  This was most evident at the recent Golden Globe awards, another of those interminable masturbatory fetes that entertainers hold among themselves, seemingly every other week.  And the speeches are predictably similar.  There is usually some straw villain that they nod their heads lemming-like in agreement for action against.  Apparently things such as hate, poverty, murder and oppression are issues that some people are for, but they alone are against.  There is often some cause of injustice that they ‘bravely’ address for whom the worst perpetrators are themselves or their own heroes.

Well finally, someone had the cojones to drop a figurative bomb in their midst and you could tell that those that had been forced to walk the plank of political correctness had trouble hiding their glee.  Ricky Gervais did what no one had the guts to do for years and that is, call out the vapidity in their community. You could audibly hear the outraged gasps among the self important as they sat stunned by someone having the temerity to push back against their collective circle jerk.

It’s hopefully only a matter of time until the aged Mullahs running Iran get turfed from their despotic influence in that nation.  When that happens, people will have the freedom to attend funerals of political figures…or not. I wonder if Ricky Gervais will be responsible for the freedom of the serfs of Hollywood.


The Great Divide

October 22nd, 2019 No comments

Amazing at it seems, especially to me, As IF Times has been around for almost 10 years.  It was glaringly obvious that the spin on much of the news stories we are exposed to as consumers are often preposterous and were just begging for rebuttal commentary.  The original intent of the essays were to cast an amusing light on the foibles of the media in all its forms, as they portrayed American life as expressed by their politics, their culture and their entertainment.  With well over 600 articles, it’s obvious that there is no lack of material to write about, most viewed with humor but also with the undercurrent of sad reality in each piece.

What has been noticeable over the past 10 years is that the stakes have increased dramatically for the survival of traditional American culture and society.   It is not hyperbole to state that the very foundations are under attack from many diverse fronts, but all with apparently the same goal; to overturn the great experiment that is America by challenging every institution within it.  We observe more and more assaults on the very foundations of law and order, on the standards of cultural behavior, on social norms, even questioning the most elementary definition of the sexes.  Who would have thought even a few years ago that there would be a question of whether one’s sex was a biological reality or merely a social construct?? We also observe commercial players influencing messages to the consuming public, quite apart from their notional products offered for sale.

Is this organic, representing the natural progression of societies or is it more nefarious, representing a coordinated assault?  Certainly, the United States is not alone since social upheaval is manifest in nations the world over and especially in countries heretofore considered stable and civilized.  But America is important because they are the de-facto standard bearer for all kinds of things and ideals that can be collectively characterized as Western civilization, including the most important ones of liberty, freedom and the notion of fair justice for its citizens.

It’s increasingly difficult to find that balance between the humor that such upheaval brings against the aforementioned sadness that now seems to dominate the stories more and more.  In a slight departure from my usual format, I attach a recent speech given by Mollie Hemingway at Hillsdale College in which she addresses the increasing divide facing America today and her thoughts on its roots.  In a comment near the end of her speech she intones the most insightful line of her excellent presentation.  She states,

“…It is not a political divide, it is so much more than that.  Anyone who thinks that this will be resolved through an election is not thinking clearly…”  It’s a fabulous and articulate speech.