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From the New York Times news section (i.e., not Opinion):

‘Mary Poppins,’ and a Nanny’s Shameful Flirting With Blackface

Julie Andrews’s soot-covered face in the 1964 film “Mary Poppins” stems from racial caricatures in books.

By Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Jan. 28, 2019

“Mary Poppins Returns,” which picked up four Oscar nominations last week, is an enjoyably derivative film that seeks to inspire our nostalgia for the innocent fantasies of childhood, as well as the jolly holidays that the first “Mary Poppins” film conjured for many adult viewers.

Part of the new film’s nostalgia, however, is bound up in a blackface performance tradition that persists throughout the Mary Poppins canon, from P. L. Travers’s books to Disney’s 1964 adaptation, with disturbing echoes in the studio’s newest take on the material, “Mary Poppins Returns.”

One of the more indelible images from the 1964 film is of Mary Poppins blacking up. When the magical nanny (played by Julie Andrews) accompanies her young charges, Michael and Jane Banks, up their chimney, her face gets covered in soot, but instead of wiping it off, she gamely powders her nose and cheeks even blacker. Then she leads the children on a dancing exploration of London rooftops with Dick Van Dyke’s sooty chimney sweep, Bert.

This might seem like an innocuous comic scene if Travers’s novels didn’t associate chimney sweeps’ blackened faces with racial caricature. “Don’t touch me, you black heathen,” a housemaid screams in “Mary Poppins Opens the Door” (1943), as a sweep reaches out his darkened hand. When he tries to approach the cook, she threatens to quit: “If that Hottentot goes into the chimney, I shall go out the door,” she says, using an archaic slur for black South Africans that recurs on page and screen.

… “Mary Poppins Returns,” set in the 1930s, seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of the Banks’s London (at least among the working classes). But a key sequence of the film plays into a much more fraught history from a suppressed part of Mary Poppins’s past.

These days, London chimney sweeps are only of interest if they can be denounced for some mild racial humor.

In the past, however, chimney sweeps were a famous part in the struggle for child labor laws against dogmatic laissez-faire economics. But nobody remembers, much less cares about that anymore. As I wrote in VDARE in 2007 in “The Axis Of Amnesty’s Ideology Of Cheap Labor,”

Senator Kennedy is echoing, oddly enough, the fatalistic conventional wisdom of Dickensian England—the doctrinaire assumption that cheap labor is essential, and that the inexorable grinding of the dismal laws of economic science determine wages as immutably as the orbit of Mercury is fixed by Newton’s Law of Gravity.

The main difference: while Sen. Kennedy assumes the need for unskilled immigrant workers, the early Victorians were convinced of the necessity of uneducated child laborers. …

Back then, the ruling class didn’t fulminate over plucking chickens but over sweeping chimneys.

Consider the fates of the little boys, from age four on up, who were widely employed by master chimney sweeps to clamber up inside long flues and knock down the soot, at horrific cost to their health. Paul Johnson writes in A History of the English People (p.285), “often they were forced up by the use of long pricks, and by applying wisps of flaming straw to their feet. They suffered from a variety of occupational diseases and many died from suffocation.”

But their faces got covered with black soot, raising problematic issues of White Privilege and Cultural Appropriation.

The ruling ideology of the age assumed that, as regrettable as this might be, the laws of economics required it.

After all, how else would chimneys ever get swept?

The first bill banning the employment of children under eight from chimney sweeping passed Parliament in 1788. But, like many immigration laws in America today, it was ignored. So was the 1834 act.

Then, the greatest reformer of the Victorian Era, Anthony Ashley Cooper, the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, began his almost endless crusade to abolish child labor inside chimneys. Like William Wilberforce, the victor over the slave trade, Shaftesbury was a Tory, an evangelical Anglican, and a relentless parliamentarian.

In 1840, Shaftesbury carried a bill to regulate child chimney sweeps over “resistance that can only be called fanatical”, in Johnson’s words.

It also was not enforced.

Three more of Shaftesbury’s bills failed in Parliament in the 1850s. He succeeded in 1864, but the legislation proved ineffective “due to a general conspiracy of local authorities, magistrates, police, judges, juries, and the public to frustrate the law. Boys continued to die…” including a seven-year-old who suffocated in a flue in 1873.

Shaftesbury finally succeeded in passing effective legislation in 1875.

And, of course, that winter everyone in Britain froze to death due to clogged chimneys.

Oh, wait … sorry, that was in Bizarro Britain, where the reigning interpretations of economics actually applied. Rather like in Senator Kennedy’s Abnormal America, where nobody will be able to afford to eat chicken without the Liberal Lion’s amnesty and guest worker programs.

In the real Britain, however, the master chimney sweeps quickly found other ways to clean chimneys.

And, equally, Americans will not starve if they are deprived a continuous influx of uneducated foreigners.

 
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  1. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:

    This is utterly perverse.
    I’ve watched the popular Mary Poppins film multiple times and seen a theatre production within the past two years, and it has never occurred to me that this has jacksh*t to do with blacks. By contrast, I have pondered social disparities in the course of these engagements.

    It really does have jacksh*t to do with blacks, since there were SCARCELY ANY BLACKS in the historical setting of the film, as anyone with an once of knowledge grasps.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    Either way, a pet of the state has been wronged. Blacks (and trannies, etc.) shouldn't even have to breathe air that's passed through white lungs. Reparations NOW for blacks' lungs polluted by white privilege of first use of air! No pure air, no peace!

    Really, whites should just stop breathing. Oxycontin Goes To Jonestown.

    , @songbird
    I thought it was pretty perverse when they made the little drudge character in the 1995 "A Little Princess" movie into a black.
    , @Olorin
    (((Daniel Pollack-Pelzner))), like the rest of his tribe, is shocked to find out how quickly normies have become redpilled.

    Besides, doubling down on nonsense is how you keep the Professional Chatterer gig going even (especially) when you have nothing to say.

    Cp., Chloe Angyal and her "literal Ph.D. in romantic comedy."

    Also I think they're sufficiently mentally ill that they don't realize how ridiculous and stupid they sound.

    Reminds me of all the Dems tweeting hysterically about that black guy that they've all decided to turn into a widely recognized name.

    Which name recognition could come in handy in running for Danny Davis's House seat (7th) in '21.

  2. Just the other day I was gardening and reached up to scratch an itch on my face. Then it happened, and I realized just how complicit I was. How complicit we all are. Well the whites among us anyway. What have you done today do compensate for your complicity?

  3. I can hardly wait for Daniel Pollack-Pelzner’s discussion of Al Jolson.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Check out the Wikipedia article on Jolson. It explains how it was OK for Jolson to perform in blackface because kites are fun.
  4. According to wikipedia Sambo’s once had > 1000 locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

    • Replies: @M. Hartley
    I actually don't know what's supposed to be wrong with Little Black Sambo. I barely remember the book from my childhood in the 1960s. Sambo was very clever turning some aggressive tigers into butter, a useful comestible. That's a whole lot more productive than most, um, I forget the rest of the story.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Sambo makes made a pretty good burger. Of course, that was so long ago, that any fast food tasted great to me. Someone bought the chain, but I can't remember who. Or, did the name just get changed?
    , @Jmaie
    I miss those damn tiger cakes...
  5. In the past, however, chimney sweeps were a famous part in the struggle for child labor laws against dogmatic laissez-faire economics. But nobody remembers, much less cares about that anymore.

    Posting a photo of white child laborers can get your Twitter account suspended.
    Ask me how I know.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    How?
  6. The first occupational disease identified through an epidemiological analysis was testicular cancer among chimney sweeps.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    "The first occupational disease identified through an epidemiological analysis was testicular cancer among chimney sweeps."

    Are you saying that being a chimney sweep took a lot of balls?
  7. Here is a funny clip of Joe Rogan and his guest talking about how bobdybuilders go so thick wit the fake tan that it looks like black-face:

    Of course, they were making a joke. I can’t believe there are multiple articles on coal miners as black-face.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Here is a funny clip of Joe Rogan and his guest talking about how bobdybuilders go so thick wit the fake tan that it looks like black-face: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Pk5VIbBsY
    Of course, they were making a joke. I can’t believe there are multiple articles on coal miners as black-face.
     
    Jokes are no longer permitted, and you must publicly disavow any jokes you previously enjoyed.
  8. “By Daniel Pollack-Pelzner”

    No further questions, your honor.

  9. • Replies: @Jon
    Is the "DEPORTED TO DETH" some kind of play on words, or did they really write it out like that, look at it, and say looks good, let's go with it. There are two signs like that.
  10. “BadWhite McKenna 24601 self-report race-crime. Units apprehend and retire.”

  11. This didn’t bother me as much as Dunkirk‘s whitewashing of history.

  12. “When he tries to approach the cook, she threatens to quit: “If that Hottentot goes into the chimney, I shall go out the door,” she says, using an archaic slur for black South Africans that recurs on page and screen.”

    Whelp, there goes the Wizard of Oz, or at least the Cowardly Lion.

    “…what makes the Hottentot so hot? Courage!”

    Watching the Wizard of Oz on TV will soon be like watching Blazing Saddles.

  13. @FPD72
    The first occupational disease identified through an epidemiological analysis was testicular cancer among chimney sweeps.

    “The first occupational disease identified through an epidemiological analysis was testicular cancer among chimney sweeps.”

    Are you saying that being a chimney sweep took a lot of balls?

  14. Imagine a world where there was no group of people actively looking to making trouble out of nothing.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    That world has never existed, nor is it reasonable to imagine that it ever will.
  15. @Reg Cæsar
    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/02/24/article-2566573-1BC9189E00000578-112_964x1189.jpg

    http://www.face-painting-fun.com/images/xaboriginal-face.jpg.pagespeed.ic.zuBTPfkjtp.jpg

    https://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/09/Constantine-Savvides.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2c/4b/47/2c4b475fbe3f58c806d98b48840436fc--bodypainting-life-styles.jpg

    https://i0.wp.com/www.faceofmalawi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/B.jpg?w=600

    Is the “DEPORTED TO DETH” some kind of play on words, or did they really write it out like that, look at it, and say looks good, let’s go with it. There are two signs like that.

  16. We’re really going here, huh?

    It’s hard to get lower and more powerless than coal miners and chimney sweeps. But now we’re gonna go shit all over them, too, in the name of identity politics?

    Man, this will all end very badly.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
    It won't end badly. All this relates to Heartiste post on what women want and their utter, visceral hatred of beta males as a reproductive threat to having Alpha spawn.

    See Netflix begging their female viewers to stop calling Ted Buddy hot.

    All of this stuff is just White women enraged at the existence of beta males and wanting them replaced. Literally.

    There is no end to the ways in which most men and most women are enemies. Most women want a society filled with Alphas immune to law or custom with beta males enslaved if not dead. Thunderdome in other words. And most men want Leave It to Beaver.

    There is no way to compromise. And White men are innately beta. Too much pedestal and supplication instead of constant a hole dominating.
  17. Hottentots aren’t black.

  18. “‘Mary Poppins Returns,’” set in the 1930s, seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of the Banks’s London (at least among the working classes). But a key sequence of the film plays into a much more fraught history from a suppressed part of Mary Poppins’s past.”

    Used here “racially inclusive” means a completely dishonest misrepresentation of London’s population at the time. The IMDB page lists 62(ish) characters before it gets to the extras listed in alphabetical order. About half of the 62 have IMDB pictures. 5 of those 30 or so are black: the “good” lawyer, the villain’s secretary, the milkman, and the lead dancer in the scene that’s supposed to be an homage to “Step in Time.”

    The population of the UK for the time period in question was about 46 million. It’s estimated that maybe 7,000 were black.

    But Mary Poppins Returns makes up for its ridiculous depiction of 1935 London’s ethnic balance by having absolutely shitty and entirely forgettable music.

    But I do understand the need for “race blind casting” (soon to be gender blind casting). That’s why I can’t wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn. In fact I’m starting to think that Steven Spielberg should have already been unpersoned for not making half the Nazis in Schindler’s List black or Asian.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    But I do understand the need for “race blind casting” (soon to be gender blind casting). That’s why I can’t wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn. In fact I’m starting to think that Steven Spielberg should have already been unpersoned for not making half the Nazis in Schindler’s List black or Asian.

    Oh, silly! Nazis are always White! They're evil! The true crime against history is how they've buried the fact that the Nazis were defeated entirely through the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen and Navajo Codetalkers.
    , @Achmed E. Newman

    But I do understand the need for “race blind casting” (soon to be gender blind casting). That’s why I can’t wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn.
     
    LOL

    However, try watching The Dirty Dozen sometime, in Germany, on a B&W TV! During the scene in the bunker, where they're mixing it up, everyone was speaking German, and the uniforms were all grey-black. I'm glad I'd watched it a dozen times before, or I wouldn't have known what the hell was going on.
  19. The NYT loves that word “fraught”.

  20. ““Mary Poppins Returns,” set in the 1930s, seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of the Banks’s London (at least among the working classes).”

    Literally a couple of weeks ago I posed on iSteve saying that the next step in the retroactive diversification of British history (let’s call it British Blackwashing for Sapir-Whorf purposes) would be to declare that films, TV shows, paintings, etc. that had portrayed England as it was in the past, 99% white, and had been considered classics in my cases, would now be considered racist. It has begun with this not-so-subtle jab at the old Mary Poppins’ implicitly ‘non-racially inclusive’ depiction of 1930s London.

    The question remains: will we fight back?

  21. More black faces.

  22. @Wilkey
    "'Mary Poppins Returns,'” set in the 1930s, seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of the Banks’s London (at least among the working classes). But a key sequence of the film plays into a much more fraught history from a suppressed part of Mary Poppins’s past."

    Used here "racially inclusive" means a completely dishonest misrepresentation of London's population at the time. The IMDB page lists 62(ish) characters before it gets to the extras listed in alphabetical order. About half of the 62 have IMDB pictures. 5 of those 30 or so are black: the "good" lawyer, the villain's secretary, the milkman, and the lead dancer in the scene that's supposed to be an homage to "Step in Time."

    The population of the UK for the time period in question was about 46 million. It's estimated that maybe 7,000 were black.

    But Mary Poppins Returns makes up for its ridiculous depiction of 1935 London's ethnic balance by having absolutely shitty and entirely forgettable music.

    But I do understand the need for "race blind casting" (soon to be gender blind casting). That's why I can't wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn. In fact I'm starting to think that Steven Spielberg should have already been unpersoned for not making half the Nazis in Schindler's List black or Asian.

    But I do understand the need for “race blind casting” (soon to be gender blind casting). That’s why I can’t wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn. In fact I’m starting to think that Steven Spielberg should have already been unpersoned for not making half the Nazis in Schindler’s List black or Asian.

    Oh, silly! Nazis are always White! They’re evil! The true crime against history is how they’ve buried the fact that the Nazis were defeated entirely through the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen and Navajo Codetalkers.

  23. @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    According to wikipedia Sambo's once had > 1000 locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

    I actually don’t know what’s supposed to be wrong with Little Black Sambo. I barely remember the book from my childhood in the 1960s. Sambo was very clever turning some aggressive tigers into butter, a useful comestible. That’s a whole lot more productive than most, um, I forget the rest of the story.

    • Replies: @Ian M.
    Plus, Little Black Sambo was Indian, not black.
  24. @J.Ross
    Imagine a world where there was no group of people actively looking to making trouble out of nothing.

    That world has never existed, nor is it reasonable to imagine that it ever will.

  25. @Mr McKenna

    In the past, however, chimney sweeps were a famous part in the struggle for child labor laws against dogmatic laissez-faire economics. But nobody remembers, much less cares about that anymore.
     
    Posting a photo of white child laborers can get your Twitter account suspended.
    Ask me how I know.

    How?

  26. Btw some Hindu holy men (‘sadhus’ – guys in yellow or orange robes, had the dreadlocks and gunja way before the Rastas) often go about in whiteface. And it’s a long time since I saw it, but I’m pretty sure the Maori-looking type who bonked the Karen Carpenter lookalike in ‘Behind The Green Door’ was in whiteface too.

  27. Life imitates art or vice versa, I cannot tell anymore

  28. @Anonymous
    This is utterly perverse.
    I've watched the popular Mary Poppins film multiple times and seen a theatre production within the past two years, and it has never occurred to me that this has jacksh*t to do with blacks. By contrast, I have pondered social disparities in the course of these engagements.

    It really does have jacksh*t to do with blacks, since there were SCARCELY ANY BLACKS in the historical setting of the film, as anyone with an once of knowledge grasps.

    Either way, a pet of the state has been wronged. Blacks (and trannies, etc.) shouldn’t even have to breathe air that’s passed through white lungs. Reparations NOW for blacks’ lungs polluted by white privilege of first use of air! No pure air, no peace!

    Really, whites should just stop breathing. Oxycontin Goes To Jonestown.

  29. @Wilkey
    "'Mary Poppins Returns,'” set in the 1930s, seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of the Banks’s London (at least among the working classes). But a key sequence of the film plays into a much more fraught history from a suppressed part of Mary Poppins’s past."

    Used here "racially inclusive" means a completely dishonest misrepresentation of London's population at the time. The IMDB page lists 62(ish) characters before it gets to the extras listed in alphabetical order. About half of the 62 have IMDB pictures. 5 of those 30 or so are black: the "good" lawyer, the villain's secretary, the milkman, and the lead dancer in the scene that's supposed to be an homage to "Step in Time."

    The population of the UK for the time period in question was about 46 million. It's estimated that maybe 7,000 were black.

    But Mary Poppins Returns makes up for its ridiculous depiction of 1935 London's ethnic balance by having absolutely shitty and entirely forgettable music.

    But I do understand the need for "race blind casting" (soon to be gender blind casting). That's why I can't wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn. In fact I'm starting to think that Steven Spielberg should have already been unpersoned for not making half the Nazis in Schindler's List black or Asian.

    But I do understand the need for “race blind casting” (soon to be gender blind casting). That’s why I can’t wait for the next World War II movie, where half the Nazis will be black, Chinese or South Asian and Hitler will be portrayed by a transgender Guatemalan womyn.

    LOL

    However, try watching The Dirty Dozen sometime, in Germany, on a B&W TV! During the scene in the bunker, where they’re mixing it up, everyone was speaking German, and the uniforms were all grey-black. I’m glad I’d watched it a dozen times before, or I wouldn’t have known what the hell was going on.

  30. Yes, Steve, I had read that column of yours. I would have told someone that was 5 years ago, so time sure flies. Speaking of chimneys, I do my own, but I’m lucky to have a fairly low-slope roof.

    Every few years, I lower some pieces of chain with some bolt/nuts going crossways to knock stuff off. I was given some advice from an actual modern Chimney Sweep, who drives a van and charged probably $25/hr even back then (~20 years back), something only the yuppies would pay for. He was a nice guy, wore a top hat just for fun during sales calls, but his face looked pretty white to me. See, these PC fools need to relax – it washes off, people! Hallelujah!

    This seems a job made for the black folk, as they wouldn’t have to wash off between jobs and sales calls. They seem to be naturally privileged in this regard.

    Without burning any softwood, I really don’t think I even need to do this, though. I get about a cup or two full of fine ash ending up at the bottom, at the most.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    I was given some advice from an actual modern Chimney Sweep, who drives a van and charged probably $25/hr even back then (~20 years back), something only the yuppies would pay for. He was a nice guy, wore a top hat just for fun during sales calls . . . .
     
    Let me guess: His name was Bertram Fortescue Winthrop Smythe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AlPaAj9g7w

  31. @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    According to wikipedia Sambo's once had > 1000 locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

    Sambo makes made a pretty good burger. Of course, that was so long ago, that any fast food tasted great to me. Someone bought the chain, but I can’t remember who. Or, did the name just get changed?

    • Replies: @Alden
    I think the name was changed to Denny’s I vaguely remember a little black Sambo book. Their house was nice, sort of Hawaiian with bamboo furniture and flower print fabric
  32. Could it be . . . Satan?

  33. The problem with Mary Poppins of 2018 is not the face of its chimney sweeps in 1930.

    It lacks any of the energy, preciseness, and playful enthusiasm of the first. And while I really enjoy Emily Blunt she should read the series and seen the original film. This was not a remake, it was a sequel and as such, it was painfully lacking.

    Mary Poppins was not a weapon to damage the fate of black children nor has it ever had that effect.

    If they wanted to be creative and bold they should have had the lawyer who happened to be black play against type.

  34. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:

    William Blake may have been pretty left-wing but he neglected the microaggression aspects of child chimney sweeps offending blacks 4,000 miles away. If history doesn’t reflect/valorize our current priorities & bugaboos* what’s the point of teaching it?

    *This word seems vaguely racist to me but I have not downloaded yet newest NPC crimestop firmwares

  35. @Anonymous
    This is utterly perverse.
    I've watched the popular Mary Poppins film multiple times and seen a theatre production within the past two years, and it has never occurred to me that this has jacksh*t to do with blacks. By contrast, I have pondered social disparities in the course of these engagements.

    It really does have jacksh*t to do with blacks, since there were SCARCELY ANY BLACKS in the historical setting of the film, as anyone with an once of knowledge grasps.

    I thought it was pretty perverse when they made the little drudge character in the 1995 “A Little Princess” movie into a black.

  36. The present left-wing media that repeatedly falls on its own sword is attacking their old, highly successful, propaganda from the 1960s for not being left-wing enough. Okay. Just stay out of their way.

  37. • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    You're coming at this from the wrong perspective if you think they're doing this as sincere fools rather than authoritarian monsters.

    This is about demonstrating pure power to take a facially ridiculous position and nevertheless still be able to make you genuflect to the creed of antiwhite diversity. The more ridiculous the position they take, the more it demonstrates their power.
    , @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/SpectatorUSA/status/1091372101561475072

    https://twitter.com/SpectatorUSA/status/1091421929653788672
  38. @Achmed E. Newman
    Yes, Steve, I had read that column of yours. I would have told someone that was 5 years ago, so time sure flies. Speaking of chimneys, I do my own, but I'm lucky to have a fairly low-slope roof.

    Every few years, I lower some pieces of chain with some bolt/nuts going crossways to knock stuff off. I was given some advice from an actual modern Chimney Sweep, who drives a van and charged probably $25/hr even back then (~20 years back), something only the yuppies would pay for. He was a nice guy, wore a top hat just for fun during sales calls, but his face looked pretty white to me. See, these PC fools need to relax - it washes off, people! Hallelujah!

    This seems a job made for the black folk, as they wouldn't have to wash off between jobs and sales calls. They seem to be naturally privileged in this regard.

    Without burning any softwood, I really don't think I even need to do this, though. I get about a cup or two full of fine ash ending up at the bottom, at the most.

    I was given some advice from an actual modern Chimney Sweep, who drives a van and charged probably $25/hr even back then (~20 years back), something only the yuppies would pay for. He was a nice guy, wore a top hat just for fun during sales calls . . . .

    Let me guess: His name was Bertram Fortescue Winthrop Smythe.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha! I liked the whole scene, Ben. Who was the pretty lady who was also into heavenly bodies?
  39. @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    According to wikipedia Sambo's once had > 1000 locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

    I miss those damn tiger cakes…

  40. @Mr. Blank
    We’re really going here, huh?

    It’s hard to get lower and more powerless than coal miners and chimney sweeps. But now we’re gonna go shit all over them, too, in the name of identity politics?

    Man, this will all end very badly.

    It won’t end badly. All this relates to Heartiste post on what women want and their utter, visceral hatred of beta males as a reproductive threat to having Alpha spawn.

    See Netflix begging their female viewers to stop calling Ted Buddy hot.

    All of this stuff is just White women enraged at the existence of beta males and wanting them replaced. Literally.

    There is no end to the ways in which most men and most women are enemies. Most women want a society filled with Alphas immune to law or custom with beta males enslaved if not dead. Thunderdome in other words. And most men want Leave It to Beaver.

    There is no way to compromise. And White men are innately beta. Too much pedestal and supplication instead of constant a hole dominating.

  41. @ben tillman

    I was given some advice from an actual modern Chimney Sweep, who drives a van and charged probably $25/hr even back then (~20 years back), something only the yuppies would pay for. He was a nice guy, wore a top hat just for fun during sales calls . . . .
     
    Let me guess: His name was Bertram Fortescue Winthrop Smythe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AlPaAj9g7w

    Haha! I liked the whole scene, Ben. Who was the pretty lady who was also into heavenly bodies?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg)! There are only 50 episodes of her, so get started now and save yourself time to listen to the '83 fall tour and watch the first couple seasons of Arrested Development before long! We'll catch you up eventually.
  42. Oh come on, be fair! How could any reasonable person expect the Times to pass up such a perfectly scripted opportunity for performative outrage?

  43. Anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Is this really an attack on racial-insensitivity grounds or class-snobbery grounds? (It certainly is less funny that the Jewish joke about chimney and a goy.)

    It’s sold as proggy condemnation of bigotry but sounds like elite’s snubbing of manual ‘dirty’ labor.

    It used to be the West had a place for both barbers(skilled snippity-snip finger work: coding is a form of barber work) and lumberjacks(manly arms-and-leg labor), but it’s turning into barbers dumping on lumberjacks.

    Even the pride of lumberjacks as the backbone of the Left has been chipped away with ‘gay’ sensibility that is more interested in manhood as fashionable sex-meat than the stuff of honest labor.

  44. @Achmed E. Newman
    Sambo makes made a pretty good burger. Of course, that was so long ago, that any fast food tasted great to me. Someone bought the chain, but I can't remember who. Or, did the name just get changed?

    I think the name was changed to Denny’s I vaguely remember a little black Sambo book. Their house was nice, sort of Hawaiian with bamboo furniture and flower print fabric

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    That sounds right (about Denny's). I think Denny's was already around and bought up the Sambo's or something. I don't know - just watched The Founder though per iSteve recommendation. It's a good movie, IMO.

    [EDIT] - I made the effort to look it up. About 1/2 the stores in the chain got changed to Season's Friendly Eating, while Denny's did buy some of them. This was all in the early '80's, so that PC was in high gear already back then.

  45. @Mr. Anon
    I can hardly wait for Daniel Pollack-Pelzner's discussion of Al Jolson.

    https://c8.alamy.com/comp/ETBG08/al-jolson-on-set-of-the-silent-film-the-jazz-singer-1927-ETBG08.jpg

    Check out the Wikipedia article on Jolson. It explains how it was OK for Jolson to perform in blackface because kites are fun.

  46. @Jon
    Here is a funny clip of Joe Rogan and his guest talking about how bobdybuilders go so thick wit the fake tan that it looks like black-face: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Pk5VIbBsY
    Of course, they were making a joke. I can't believe there are multiple articles on coal miners as black-face.

    Here is a funny clip of Joe Rogan and his guest talking about how bobdybuilders go so thick wit the fake tan that it looks like black-face:

    Of course, they were making a joke. I can’t believe there are multiple articles on coal miners as black-face.

    Jokes are no longer permitted, and you must publicly disavow any jokes you previously enjoyed.

  47. @jimmyriddle
    https://twitter.com/andrewdoyle_com/status/1090592054349053952

    You’re coming at this from the wrong perspective if you think they’re doing this as sincere fools rather than authoritarian monsters.

    This is about demonstrating pure power to take a facially ridiculous position and nevertheless still be able to make you genuflect to the creed of antiwhite diversity. The more ridiculous the position they take, the more it demonstrates their power.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    This. Very disturbing scene out of Wisconsin makes clear what we're dealing with, an elite totally above any kind of consequence or criticism. I thought Foxconn hesitating on their LCD plant had something to do with the trade war. It's much uglier:
    So a town stole land from their city residents to allow foxconn to build a LCD factory there. What they did was declare that the land was "blighted" and kicked the people out.

    ————-

    SRUTHI: And, Dave DeGroot’s side, in June, they call a vote at the village board meeting. They’re done negotiating with homeowners, and they have one last card to play: they’re going to declare the factory land blighted — meaning, it’s unsafe and uninhabitable — and so all the remaining residents have to leave. The village board says, it’s for the their own safety.

    KELLY: Please, do us all a favor and spare us that “I'm doing this for the good of the village” baloney. You are doing this for the benefit of Foxconn and the 860 million dollar hole you have dug for us.

    AL: You’re taking homes away from people. You’re snatching their heart out.

    MICHAEL: I can't, I just can't get my arms around this. These are people, these are the people that live in the village. They paid their dues. You're gonna throw him under the bus. My God, please don't do that. Thank you.

    SRUTHI: And then, after all the residents have spoken, one trustee stands up to say he is pro Foxconn, but he’s against this blighted ruling. He says he has pictures of the houses, they’re beautiful properties, obviously not blighted. And then comes the vote.

    DEGROOT: OK, 4A, consideration and action on resolution 37-2018, a resolution designating a redevelopment area. Declaring the redevelopment area to be a blighted area and approving the redevelopment plan therefore. OK, there be no other discussion. Roll call vote, please.

    KOHLHAGEN: Clausen. [CLAUSEN: Aye], Bhatia [BHATIA: Aye], Feest [FEEST: Absolutely not (applause)], Havn [HAVN: Aye],

    DEGROOT: We’re taking a vote, please.

    KOHLHAGEN: Eastman [EASTMAN: Aye], Hewitt [HEWITT: Aye], DeGroot.

    DEGROOT: Aye, the motion carries.

    VILLAGERS: Shame on you.

    DEGROOT: (pounds gavel) Order please (Villagers booing).

    SRUTHI: And it’s over. The families will all have to leave the land to make way for construction.

    https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/132-negative-mount-pleasant

    Now Foxconn is reconsidering.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-foxconn-wisconsin-exclusive/exclusive-foxconn-reconsidering-plans-to-make-lcd-panels-at-wisconsin-plant-idUSKCN1PO0FV?utm_source=reddit.com
  48. @Anonymous
    This is utterly perverse.
    I've watched the popular Mary Poppins film multiple times and seen a theatre production within the past two years, and it has never occurred to me that this has jacksh*t to do with blacks. By contrast, I have pondered social disparities in the course of these engagements.

    It really does have jacksh*t to do with blacks, since there were SCARCELY ANY BLACKS in the historical setting of the film, as anyone with an once of knowledge grasps.

    (((Daniel Pollack-Pelzner))), like the rest of his tribe, is shocked to find out how quickly normies have become redpilled.

    Besides, doubling down on nonsense is how you keep the Professional Chatterer gig going even (especially) when you have nothing to say.

    Cp., Chloe Angyal and her “literal Ph.D. in romantic comedy.”

    Also I think they’re sufficiently mentally ill that they don’t realize how ridiculous and stupid they sound.

    Reminds me of all the Dems tweeting hysterically about that black guy that they’ve all decided to turn into a widely recognized name.

    Which name recognition could come in handy in running for Danny Davis’s House seat (7th) in ’21.

  49. The first Mary Poppins was set just after the turn of the 2oth century. Shortly after the Boer War, which England played a major part. At that time there were indeed “Hottentots” roaming South Africa. These are the bushmen, like from the gods must be crazy. Referring to a black faced character as a “hottentot” would seem to be an accurate use of the period vernacular. How did “hottentot” become “an archaic racial slur”?

  50. @M. Hartley
    I actually don't know what's supposed to be wrong with Little Black Sambo. I barely remember the book from my childhood in the 1960s. Sambo was very clever turning some aggressive tigers into butter, a useful comestible. That's a whole lot more productive than most, um, I forget the rest of the story.

    Plus, Little Black Sambo was Indian, not black.

  51. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    You're coming at this from the wrong perspective if you think they're doing this as sincere fools rather than authoritarian monsters.

    This is about demonstrating pure power to take a facially ridiculous position and nevertheless still be able to make you genuflect to the creed of antiwhite diversity. The more ridiculous the position they take, the more it demonstrates their power.

    This. Very disturbing scene out of Wisconsin makes clear what we’re dealing with, an elite totally above any kind of consequence or criticism. I thought Foxconn hesitating on their LCD plant had something to do with the trade war. It’s much uglier:
    So a town stole land from their city residents to allow foxconn to build a LCD factory there. What they did was declare that the land was “blighted” and kicked the people out.

    ————-

    SRUTHI: And, Dave DeGroot’s side, in June, they call a vote at the village board meeting. They’re done negotiating with homeowners, and they have one last card to play: they’re going to declare the factory land blighted — meaning, it’s unsafe and uninhabitable — and so all the remaining residents have to leave. The village board says, it’s for the their own safety.

    KELLY: Please, do us all a favor and spare us that “I’m doing this for the good of the village” baloney. You are doing this for the benefit of Foxconn and the 860 million dollar hole you have dug for us.

    AL: You’re taking homes away from people. You’re snatching their heart out.

    MICHAEL: I can’t, I just can’t get my arms around this. These are people, these are the people that live in the village. They paid their dues. You’re gonna throw him under the bus. My God, please don’t do that. Thank you.

    SRUTHI: And then, after all the residents have spoken, one trustee stands up to say he is pro Foxconn, but he’s against this blighted ruling. He says he has pictures of the houses, they’re beautiful properties, obviously not blighted. And then comes the vote.

    DEGROOT: OK, 4A, consideration and action on resolution 37-2018, a resolution designating a redevelopment area. Declaring the redevelopment area to be a blighted area and approving the redevelopment plan therefore. OK, there be no other discussion. Roll call vote, please.

    KOHLHAGEN: Clausen. [CLAUSEN: Aye], Bhatia [BHATIA: Aye], Feest [FEEST: Absolutely not (applause)], Havn [HAVN: Aye],

    DEGROOT: We’re taking a vote, please.

    KOHLHAGEN: Eastman [EASTMAN: Aye], Hewitt [HEWITT: Aye], DeGroot.

    DEGROOT: Aye, the motion carries.

    VILLAGERS: Shame on you.

    DEGROOT: (pounds gavel) Order please (Villagers booing).

    SRUTHI: And it’s over. The families will all have to leave the land to make way for construction.

    https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/132-negative-mount-pleasant

    Now Foxconn is reconsidering.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-foxconn-wisconsin-exclusive/exclusive-foxconn-reconsidering-plans-to-make-lcd-panels-at-wisconsin-plant-idUSKCN1PO0FV?utm_source=reddit.com

  52. @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha! I liked the whole scene, Ben. Who was the pretty lady who was also into heavenly bodies?

    Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg)! There are only 50 episodes of her, so get started now and save yourself time to listen to the ’83 fall tour and watch the first couple seasons of Arrested Development before long! We’ll catch you up eventually.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Thanks Ben, She was beautiful in 1983. Got anyone more recent who's pretty?

    We’ll catch you up eventually.
     
    I appreciate y'alls efforts.. It's gonna take a lot of Chinese-ripped DVDs and a lot of money (maybe 35 dollar!) to catch me up on all the cultcha.
  53. @ben tillman
    Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg)! There are only 50 episodes of her, so get started now and save yourself time to listen to the '83 fall tour and watch the first couple seasons of Arrested Development before long! We'll catch you up eventually.

    Thanks Ben, She was beautiful in 1983. Got anyone more recent who’s pretty?

    We’ll catch you up eventually.

    I appreciate y’alls efforts.. It’s gonna take a lot of Chinese-ripped DVDs and a lot of money (maybe 35 dollar!) to catch me up on all the cultcha.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    https://archive.org/details/GratefulDead
  54. @Alden
    I think the name was changed to Denny’s I vaguely remember a little black Sambo book. Their house was nice, sort of Hawaiian with bamboo furniture and flower print fabric

    That sounds right (about Denny’s). I think Denny’s was already around and bought up the Sambo’s or something. I don’t know – just watched The Founder though per iSteve recommendation. It’s a good movie, IMO.

    [EDIT] – I made the effort to look it up. About 1/2 the stores in the chain got changed to Season’s Friendly Eating, while Denny’s did buy some of them. This was all in the early ’80’s, so that PC was in high gear already back then.

  55. @jimmyriddle
    https://twitter.com/andrewdoyle_com/status/1090592054349053952

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j36_Z023l20
  56. @Achmed E. Newman
    Thanks Ben, She was beautiful in 1983. Got anyone more recent who's pretty?

    We’ll catch you up eventually.
     
    I appreciate y'alls efforts.. It's gonna take a lot of Chinese-ripped DVDs and a lot of money (maybe 35 dollar!) to catch me up on all the cultcha.
  57. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/SpectatorUSA/status/1091372101561475072

    https://twitter.com/SpectatorUSA/status/1091421929653788672

  58. anon[332] • Disclaimer says:

    The Mary Poppins controversy is just another example of Hate Masking. The left masks their racism against whites by claiming they are the real victim. They go in active search of things to be offended by because it allows them to be racist and get away with it. They mask their racism in grievance.

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