Free speech, as the expression goes, is not for speech you agree with. It’s for speech you disagree with.Read More
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It looks like the college faculty strike in Ontario is about to be footnoted in the slim tome of Kathleen Wynne’s Managerial Accomplishments. The premier of Canada’s most populous province has reportedly found a protocol to end this labour impasse after five weeks of college students playing hide the textbook. Students have returned to classes while their teachers and the government have submitted to mediation. Or meditation. Or maybe it’s medication.Read More
Unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ magazine's Citizen of the Year. How you receive this news will probably depend on whether you see him as a black martyr or an impressionable guy in the thrall of the grievance industry.Read More
Diversity is strength. At least, so says prime minister Justin Trudeau. But it appears that diversity is in the eye of the beholder. Among those with a unique slant on Trudeau’s Diversity is Lido Pimienta, a choleric Columbian-Canadian singer who advertises herself as the La Papessa. Pimienta is the self-appointed mayor of Safe Space, a bedroom community of one lodged between her ears.Read More
Another day, another mass shooting int the US. The debate begins anew. Once again, we will hear voices advocating that a gun in hand is of great value as deterrence and protection. But just as with those who murder others with a gun, not all gun wielding individuals are created equal.Read More
While spinning through the channels at the higher end of my satellite package, I once again came across The Trotsky. The Canadian film (starring Jay Baruchel) imagines a young Montrealer rejecting his destiny as a schmatta salesman for the socialist identity of Leon Trotsky, one of the founders of the USSR.
When Donald Trump is inaugurated this week as the 45th president of the United States, a vocal portion of his electorate has decided it will not be so. “Not my president” say the sociology sophomores at Brandeis. Over 65 Democrats in Congress are sitting out the ceremony. If you were among those optimists who thought that the clever folk gorged on the eight years of Barack Obama’s leadership might relent after a little whining and moaning, there is bad news for you.Read More
Anno domini 2017 has begun in much the same way 2016 expired: In a debate about news and “fake” news. The current cause célèbre is the CIA claim of alleged Russian hacking in the U.S. electoral system last year. The spooks say they have evidence, Julian Assange says it’s all codswallop. Donald Trump says whatever has come into his head that morning on the issue.Read More
Enter Donald Trump, Stage Right: How the leftist manifest destiny exposed a lack of countervailing cultural figures on the right.
The battle for the culture is on. Bodies will fall. Only the media doesn’t recognize that theirs could be one of the bodies left in his wake.Read More
Core values are something we believe. Shared values are things we tolerate of each other. Shared values are best summed up by Yann Martel’s famous Hotel Canada, where lots of hipsters and groovy ethnics cook their meals in their own rooms and generally celebrate themselves, oblivious to what’s happening in the next room.Read More
It’s Oscar season, and that can only mean one thing. Bitter actors, directors and producers suggesting that Hollywood’s circle jerk is out of touch with reality. Imagine— an industry that inordinately produces films about zombies, dragons, wizards and comic-book heroes being out of touch with modern life. Where do they get these ideas?
Well, if you’re Spike Lee and Black Lives Matter, you think the Oscars get these ideas from their deeply held racist beliefs. As you may have heard, Spike, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and other black stars are boycotting this year’s Oscar ceremony because, for a second straight year, there are no major nominations for blacks. Lee points to movies like Straight Outta Compton as evidence that there were black-themed films available for awards.
Maybe. The idea that an academy based in the exclusive gated communities of Hollywood has a constrained world view is not beyond the powers of reason. However, the Motion Picture Academy has long made a point of its racial bonafides. There are people in Hollywood who still have sore elbows from patting themselves on the back for giving Sidney Poitier an Oscar in the 1964 for Lillies In The Field.
They’ve produced a string of historical films about the black experience to guilt white liberals into thinking, as Hillary Clinton now does, that reparations from slavery are due to blacks. If anyone in the white cultural community has had Spike Lee’s back it was Hollywood. But after Barack Obama worked his charm on racial matters tin America the past seven years, accommodation is no longer enough for the Lee and the Grievance Industry.
In case you’re not keeping score these days, the Martin Luthur King dream of a colorless society is deader than Tupac. What Lee and his colleagues now want is not equality of opportunity. They want equality of outcomes. Merit is out. Entitlement is in. Perhaps they need a black Oscar category.
A little math: blacks currently represent about 12 percent of the American population. Research shows that Oscar nominations for blacks is about proportional to that figure. Black winners of an Oscar run ahead of that figure. So the equality of outcomes bar is being met by the Oscars. It’s just that some years black nominees are below that average while in others they are above that 12-13 percent figure.
Of course, when this logic leads to what to do about an NBA or NFL (which is 70-80 percent black) things get a little opaque from Spike. Is there not discrimination at work here? No, no. According to Lee, those figures are merit-based. If whites can’t cut it, tough luck. Then there’s the disproportionate number of blacks employed in the government jobs like the post office. To black radicals, that’s just payback.
The concept “Do what I say, not what I do” is at play in other parts of the American culture as colleges and universities maintain strict quotas for black American enrolees— even if they have to shove deserving Asian Americans to the side to get there. Once in the leafy confines of upper education, aggressive politicization of every aspect of life is the new norm. On campuses there’s talk of “safe spaces” for students of colour to escape the racist, outer world. In fact, the demands for safe spaces and separate Oscars as articulated by the empowered black movement sound like Jim Crow in reverse.
Should Lee make a movie based on his blatant logical flip-flop logic, it might win him his coveted Oscar for best comedy performance.
The other place where angry African American film stars lose the thread is in their critique of the movie business as a cesspool of virulent racists. Perhaps it has escaped Lee, but there is but one colour that guides the hand in Hollywood . That is: green. Money, cold cash, moolah etc. The business exists to squeeze the greatest profit from its films.
So ask yourself, if there were a stack of cash to made in blockbuster films about blacks, women or panda bears, would the Hollywood establishment turn it aside on principle? “You know this new Chris Rock feature could net $500 million worldwide. But we’re not going to make it because we’re just ignorant bigots.”
Of course not. Much to Spike's chagrin, the market decides what rises and what falls in gate receipts. Were a successful film franchise based on black characters to emerge it would be endlessly copied. If they could get it away from Tyler Perry.
Now, is the current menu of Leo DiCaprio vanity projects, pyrotechnical dross and mindless buddy flicks something to be admired? Hardly. If Lee were making relevant movies (the way he did 20 years ago) there might be an argument for art for art sake. But the days of the Robert Altman auteur in Hollywood are all but gone outside the Coen brothers. It’s now Jon Favreau blowing up stuff and Quentin Tarantino recycling pulp fiction motifs till the credits roll.
All of which leaves this droll irony: Hollywood’s liberals have always wanted to be on the cutting edge of the racial struggle. But if you ask the Harvey Weinstein Glee Club it’s doubtful that being cast as the racists is the role they envisioned for themselves.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy
Bruce's career is unmatched in Canada for its diversity and breadth of experience with successful stints in television, radio and print. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also the best-selling author of seven books. He was a featured columnist for the Calgary Herald (1998-2009) and the Globe & Mail (2009-2013).
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has rejected pipe lines for his backyard. In doing so, the longtime Liberal hack provided fuel for a Western separation movement that pays into Confederation but gets only complaints in return.Read More
On Generations: western culture has strayed far from what events such as WW II and the Civil Rights Movement stood for
As the generation of the 60's passes from the scene it’s difficult to identify what seminal moment will be the Millennials’ WW II or civil-rights moment. If one believes Kendrick Lamar’s profane thesis or the wholesale takeover of the West by immigration, the moment may just be Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton for the presidency.Read More
Yesterday, the George Carlin's and Michael Crichton's of the world could voice contrary opinions; today, science is settled
“Consensus science is not science. Consensus is about politics.”Read More
Hammering opposing speech seeks to disqualify any perspective that disagrees with the left/green/Bernie Sanders perspective.Read More
To understand the full agenda of Organized Climate, however, it’s necessary to travel down the progressive rabbit hole to see how their climate crusade provides cover for another pet project: population control.Read More
There is a condition known as Dunning Kruger effect. It states that some people are too stupid to know they’re stupid. In honour of the brave people holding back environmental destruction I’d like to propose the DiCaprio Klein effect.Read More
The issue of better treating the mentally ill has been revived of late in the debate over mass shootings in the U.S. Many of those incidents not politically motivated share the component of mental illness.Read More
Have you seen Anderson Cooper’s eyes lately? The CNN anchor is almost pleading for Trump and his poll numbers to disappear so he and his bespoke pals can go back to playing the game the way it was supposed to be played before the New York developer burst on the scene.Read More