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It’s been a tough year for people in the restaurant business, but they at least had the annual James Beard Awards to look forward to to cheer them up.

Or they did.

From the New York Times news section:

Behind the Cancellation of James Beard Awards, Worries About Chefs’ Behavior and No Black Winners

The decision to put the honors, the Oscars of American restaurants, on hiatus came amid concerns about a lack of diversity and allegations against some nominees.

By Pete Wells
Aug. 25, 2020, 6:50 p.m. ET

First, lots of nominated chefs were getting Me-Tooed by disgruntled ex-employees and ex-lovers, often over minor workplace squabbles, such as “toxic kitchen culture.” E.g.,

In July, Jessica Koslow, a Los Angeles chef, sent a letter to the foundation withdrawing as a candidate for Best Chef California. Her reputation had been bruised by allegations that she had taken credit for others’ recipes, misled city health inspectors and allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.

Then:

… At an emergency meeting held on Zoom in late July, a foundation staff member who had seen the final voting results raised a second concern: No Black people had won in any of the 23 categories on the ballot.

This would not have been a first for the James Beard awards. The foundation and the restaurant awards committee had promised many times recently, though, to field more diverse slates of candidates. Many observers saw progress. This year, a number of Black chefs were named as semifinalists or nominees. But they had lost in the final round of voting, according to people who were briefed on the racial breakdown of the results.

“The message came through that they knew who the winners were, and the winners didn’t look like they want them to look,” said one committee member, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of concerns about violating the nondisclosure agreement everyone on the panel is required to sign. …

Those awards have long mirrored the American restaurant business itself, whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe.

America’s highest cultural priority is becoming what Tom Wolfe called “Plaques for Blacks.”

 
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  1. I hope you realize that there will never, ever, be another Hollywood movie that isn’t about blacks. I’m not exaggerating. Even if they aren’t the leads, the movie will be about them, because blacks.

    O/T, sort of. The amount of bullshit surrounding Jacob Blake has truly reached Soviet proportions. They’re hauling out his mother and sisters, who do actually appear to be presentable people, to drum up sympathy for little Jakey. Floyd has turned out to be a bust, with the fentanyl, so now it’s Jake’s turn in the batter’s box.

    Several tweeters have pointed out that every administration official who was behind the color revolutions in Europe is behind the riots, and the deification of the Black Martyr Du Jour. It’s eerie.

    • Replies: @Rahan
    @Jane Plain


    I hope you realize that there will never, ever, be another Hollywood movie that isn’t about blacks. I’m not exaggerating.
     
    And homos. In the most expanded sense, from actual gays to gender-fluid-on-your-face trans mumbo jumbo. From now it's gonna be blacks, browns, and homos. Forever.

    Last year I watched within a week first the newest Terminator, then Knives Out. Both were literally the same film, about old white people bowing out in order to let feisty Latinas take over.

    I'm sure this is just the start. Let's see if they manage to edit their films in such a way, that the Chinese/Russians can then edit out the blacks and homos and still have a watchable film. In this sense, the diversity is going to be increasingly "tacked on" with no relation to the plot. To both satisfy the local Judeo-Anglospherical commissars, and then be safely edited out in normal markets.

    https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/chinese-poster-force-awakens-john-boyega/
    https://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-china-poster-controversy-john-boyega-1201653494/
  2. Yeah, I guess bosses never threaten to fire employees unless the employees sleep with them. That never happens. Especially among chefs. Because they are like saints, almost.

    • Replies: @vhrm
    @obwandiyag


    Yeah, I guess bosses never threaten to fire employees unless the employees sleep with them. That never happens. Especially among chefs. Because they are like saints, almost.
     
    Exactly. It's not like being an at least near-psychopathic control freak and obsessive is a requirement to be a successful chef. oh wait...
  3. Furry Lids of Mold is my next band, poem, album name.

    • Agree: Ray Cissman
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @hhsiii

    Bum Puke. Best name for a punk band ever. They made it through one practice session, then splintered. Which is best because even by the low standards of punk musicianship they were exceptionally wretched.

  4. …..misled city health inspectors and allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.

    The horror, the horror.

    New York city precincts still have police details whose job is to raid bars and discover fruit flies in liquor bottles, fining the hapless bartender several hundred dollars. I witnessed one of these “raids”, I must have counted 5 – 8 cops. Poor barmaid, she caught hell from the owner for this tax farming racket.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Daniel H


    New York city precincts still have police details whose job is to raid bars and discover fruit flies in liquor bottles, fining the hapless bartender several hundred dollars.
     
    Get with the times bro.

    NY is now raiding bars that are committing the high crimes of dancing, playing darts, karaoke, and stand-up comedy.

    Andrew Cuomo doubles down in his ‘war on fun’

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/23/andrew-cuomo-doubles-down-in-his-war-on-fun/


    No dancing at bars. No darts. No karaoke. So orders Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding to his “order food, not just alcohol” mandate in what sure looks like an all-out war on fun.
     

    Replies: @James O'Meara

  5. They should give a “best supporting actor” award for the people who actually work in the restaurant kitchen; lots of diversity back there.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @International Jew

    Family Guy had a funny joke a long time ago when a guy complains, "Oh yeah, nice Italian restaurant. Fifteen Puerto Ricans in the kitchen, and its supposed to be an Italian restaurant!"

    , @AnotherDad
    @International Jew


    They should give a “best supporting actor” award for the people who actually work in the restaurant kitchen; lots of diversity back there.
     
    "Best Dishwasher" and you could have all the nominees be "Dreamers".
  6. …allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.

    Cue B.J. Thomas:

    Oh, Holy Jesus
    Let your love seize us
    Oh, let us find sweet peace within
    Hallelujah!
    Happiness begins,
    When those Furry Lids of Mold
    Come rolling in.

    Furry Lids of Mold and Pots of Jam are great names. But which should be the band, and which the first album?

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @Reg Cæsar

    Good one. I’ll do my best...

    There once was a Mold from Nantucket
    Sitting on the cook’s Jam in a bucket
    The awards all went White
    It made such a fright
    So as for the show they said FuXXit.

    , @Giancarlo M. Kumquat
    @Reg Cæsar

    I want forget one of the most iconic bands of England's short lived Whimsical Rock era,the Curry Kids of Mold. Their debut album,

    , @Giancarlo M. Kumquat
    @Reg Cæsar

    That all but forgotten band from the 70s,the English prog rockers Furry Lids of Mold,were in the news today with the announcement of the death of their lead singer, Neville Glasscock. Glasscock composed most of the tracks on their breakthrough album, "Pots of Jam."
    Surviving band members include Art Greedy,Patrick Shufflebottom and Leslie Crankshaw.
    Crankshaw,who would later be convicted of manslaughter, said Glasscock ,who also had a run in with the law after being accused of rape by the neice of Margaret Thatcher, will be "sorely missed."
    Glasscock was found not guilty by reason of "Not Quite Insane But Rather Close."

    Sorry Reg,but your comment was so clever, I had to waste everyone's time with a little bullshit on it.

    Replies: @Ancient Briton

  7. Kind of related:

    There’s a strong rumor going around in the comic book/scifi/fantasy world that last week the Disney board held a conference call where they decreed that, from now on, “the customer is always right” and that any star who deliberately antagonizes fans over politics will not be used for Disney projects.

    I say “strong rumor” because it was stated by a guy who, despite his name and persona, actually has a very good track record for having good insider track info on various studio and comic book goings on, and is very anti-woke. Here’s his video on the rumor.

    This is going on because, allegedly, thanks to COVID shutdowns Disney and other major studios are having their bottom lines cut into HUGELY, and the get-woke-go-broke mantra is really obvious as a huge money loser.

    Scifi/comic book nerds have been getting more and more pissed about how all the old properties they loved (Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, superheros) have been ruined by preachy far-left politics, and many have abandoned once-worshiped products (notably, the Star Wars sequels and the Star Trek new series (Discovery, Picard, Below Decks) have been so hated that fans that they are openly revolting against them and not watching them or buying the merch). And that’s before we get into Captain Marvel.

    This would be a great first win for the right culturally if true, since Disney is the largest studio now and owns so many male-centric properties (Star Wars and the Marvel Universe) and for them to start punishing left-wing provocation would be great start. Let’s hope the rumor is true.

    • Agree: Gunga Din
    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @R.G. Camara

    This guy covers the same territory: pissing on Wokeness in comics, movies and TV. What's really funny is that his drunken Scotsman persona makes him even sound like Millennial Woes.

    https://youtu.be/Uk_j9WA4nuo

    , @Whiskey
    @R.G. Camara

    Never happen. Disney management doesn't care about making money and the company is so huge it can lose billions every year for twenty years.

    Marvel movies are going to be woke, gay, and black. Feige said so. No more White men.

    Like Warners they cannot show weakness.

  8. @Daniel H
    .....misled city health inspectors and allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.

    The horror, the horror.

    New York city precincts still have police details whose job is to raid bars and discover fruit flies in liquor bottles, fining the hapless bartender several hundred dollars. I witnessed one of these "raids", I must have counted 5 - 8 cops. Poor barmaid, she caught hell from the owner for this tax farming racket.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    New York city precincts still have police details whose job is to raid bars and discover fruit flies in liquor bottles, fining the hapless bartender several hundred dollars.

    Get with the times bro.

    NY is now raiding bars that are committing the high crimes of dancing, playing darts, karaoke, and stand-up comedy.

    Andrew Cuomo doubles down in his ‘war on fun’

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/23/andrew-cuomo-doubles-down-in-his-war-on-fun/

    No dancing at bars. No darts. No karaoke. So orders Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding to his “order food, not just alcohol” mandate in what sure looks like an all-out war on fun.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Interesting headline in the Post. According to the Syracuse paper, Cuomo also banned "cornhole."

    https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/08/cuomos-coronavirus-rules-no-dancing-no-cornhole-no-karaoke-no-kidding.html

    Must be a popular upstate activity.

    Replies: @duncsbaby

  9. Anonymous[140] • Disclaimer says:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53889437

    TV presenter David Olusoga has told the Edinburgh TV Festival his career had sometimes left him feeling “crushed, isolated,” and “disempowered”.

    …”In the spirit of Black Lives Matters, in the spirit of an age in which millions of people have come to recognise that silence on these issues is a form of complicity, I am going to say what I really think about race, racism and our industry,” he continued. “And I’ll discover if, at the end of it, I still have a career.”

    Right.

    He referred to a story when he was filming on a reconstructed slave plantation that had been built in Jamaica for a drama-documentary.

    “As we were filming in a remote location we set up our own catering and on the first day cast crew and extras queued up for lunch. But without informing me it had been decided that the actors and the crew were to eat first, the extras would get their lunch afterwards. Standard procedure perhaps, but the unintentional effect was that white people ate first and black people only after they had finished.”

    Disparate impact!

    He said what he found ” most shocking… was that my white colleagues – good, decent, creative people – genuinely could not see the problem, a problem that the black actors and the black extras had no problem seeing.”

    Wait. The actors ate before the extras, meaning whites before blacks, but now there’s black actors too?

    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
    @Anonymous

    How many perished on the middle passage to the chow hall?

    , @Nicholas Stix
    @Anonymous

    He couldn't keep his lies straight. That's a frequent problem among blacks.

  10. I am dead set against any “toxic kitchen culture.” too, Steve. That’s why I always ask the guys at Chipotle to “hold the e coli”.

    (Most can take a good joke. The rest don’t speak enough English to get it.)

  11. From a 20 year old review of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, which detailed worklife in the haute cuisine business.

    Kitchen Confidential could be considered a book about the long and perilous road Bourdain took to become a chef at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. A Vassar dropout, he started working at a seafood restaurant in Provincetown, Mass., and fell in love with the pirate glamour of the kitchen underworld. (He later went to the Culinary Institute of America.)

    But that doesn’t quite convey the machismo, the serious drugs, the hedonism, the wild debauchery of the life. As Bourdain stresses, were he ever hit by an out-of-control ice cream truck, he would have zero regrets about missing any of life’s pleasures.The most notable thing about Kitchen Confidential is Bourdain’s ability to fascinate readers with how restaurants function. For example, how precisely they get all those entrees on the table on Saturday night.

    It’s the way Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full made people interested in… banking: The secret ingredients are the energy and zest.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdains-kitchen-confidential-our-2000-review/684195002/

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @PiltdownMan

    And then he killed himself. Life’s pleasures must have lost their charms.

    , @International Jew
    @PiltdownMan

    That was a great book.

  12. Comment caught in moderation Steve, thanks.

  13. Anonymous[518] • Disclaimer says:

    America’s highest cultural priority is becoming what Tom Wolfe called “Plaques for Blacks.”

    The Kushnerist GOP is certainly on board with this program… their convention features more blacks than any Dem convention ever has.

    Re NY meltdown: This guy mover/shaker James Altucher did a column recently about the death of NYC and supposedly was showered with death threats.

    Probably Altucher has the most affluent death threaters of anyone on the internet. Many rich folks are getting crushed by the knock-on effects of the covid hysteria+riots. A lot of these people are top level predators. They are used to sticking everyone else with the shit sandwich. But they are all talk no action. Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Anonymous


    Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.
     
    Cuomo's Twitter is an endless stream of nauseatingly sycophantic tards thanking him for, "keeping us safe."

    Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    , @Known Fact
    @Anonymous

    De Blasio could soon be fielding some threats from restaurateurs, after saying that we'll get around to re-opening NYC eateries maybe sometime next year -- and that restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway.

    Replies: @James O'Meara

  14. This has seeped into everything.

    In the clothes industry, every story is about how the world needs more black designers, black models, black-owned boutiques/brands, black make-up artists, black photographers, black ‘influencers’, black magazine editors, black magazine readers, black writers, black board members, black shop assistants, black CEOS, and on and on and on. It’s a propaganda blitz.

    Take this Adidas ad, for example. It was uploaded 17 August 2020. The only whites in it are women. The rest are blacks. This is advertising in a nutshell for 2021.

    And I believe this is just the beginning. The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    On the upside, the clothing industry may well collapse under the weight of its own idiocy.

    • Agree: Not Only Wrathful
    • Replies: @JimB
    @Change that Matters

    I think Gregory Hood put it most eloquently,


    We can’t waste our national life babysitting these people. We need a divorce. We need a place of our own.
     
    , @bruce county
    @Change that Matters

    The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    They absolutely ruined Shark Week on Discovery Channel this year.. Blacks on every episode. Why?? There never any whites chasing porcupines with spears in African shows. They could I suppose but what would be the reason to do so.
    Will Smith waxing philosophical after diving with sharks was just painful to endure.. If ever there was time I was cheering for the shark to eat some one it was that episode.
    Discovery is a sellout.
    History Channel has done the same.
    As for black chefs...Its hard to watch any cooking show with those sweating, greasy looking fat slobs.

    , @Jon
    @Change that Matters

    Damn, even the skateboarder was black. We can't even have fake sports anymore.

  15. Guess what else is getting cancelled? CITIES.

    https://mol.im/a/8664345

    Guess what else is getting cancelled? CIVILIZATION.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
    @HammerJack

    Mobs of youth going around and demanding people raise their fists in the air or else they'll be publicly humiliated absolutely reminds of nothing historically. I can see why the media is completely uninterested in this phenomenon.

    Replies: @The True Nolan

    , @vhrm
    @HammerJack

    It's looking pretty hopeless at the moment, but I'm hoping the fever will break sooner or later and this phase too will pass.

    A key thing to remember is that this woke BS (?) is not really by black people; it's mostly uninformed and impressionable whites (esp. women). There are only 13% blacks in the US and fewer still in political power (except in certain Blue cities) or financial power (compared to other groups). So if some reasonable fraction of the whites come back to their senses sanity can return.

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

  16. @International Jew
    They should give a "best supporting actor" award for the people who actually work in the restaurant kitchen; lots of diversity back there.

    Replies: @R.G. Camara, @AnotherDad

    Family Guy had a funny joke a long time ago when a guy complains, “Oh yeah, nice Italian restaurant. Fifteen Puerto Ricans in the kitchen, and its supposed to be an Italian restaurant!”

  17. Hey, why didn’t I win an Award for my latest culinary masterpiece?

    Negro Supreme

    Ingredients:

    1 tsp whiteness
    1 cup systemic racism
    1 dose white privilege

    Method:

    Stir with a noose (can use garage rope pull as a substitute)
    Blend in your race mixer (mine is the ‘Tiny Duck’ brand, but can come in many other names)
    Heat over a burning police car

  18. Those awards have long mirrored the American restaurant business itself, whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe.

    I enjoy soul food, but like Chinese food, it lacks subtlety. Both cuisines were created for the palate of your basic KFC customer — featuring sugar, grease, mystery meat, starch, and salt suspended in glooey goodness.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @JimB

    You mean, of course, American "Chinese" food, not actual Chinese food, arguably one of the world's greatest cuisines (of various regional sorts, of course). As long as they concentrate on pork, not dog.

    Replies: @JimB

    , @James O'Meara
    @JimB

    "whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe."

    Formerly known as "The French." Americans used to be slagged for not being as "sophisticated" as the French; now everyone is just another White jerkass. Kind of like we went from "Heroic Anglo-American democracies defeated evil Central European dictatorships" to "All Whites are Nazis."

  19. @HammerJack
    Guess what else is getting cancelled? CITIES.


    https://i.ibb.co/JRKdhbQ/Capture-2020-08-26-00-47-00-2.png
    https://mol.im/a/8664345

    Guess what else is getting cancelled? CIVILIZATION.

    Replies: @duncsbaby, @vhrm

    Mobs of youth going around and demanding people raise their fists in the air or else they’ll be publicly humiliated absolutely reminds of nothing historically. I can see why the media is completely uninterested in this phenomenon.

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @The True Nolan
    @duncsbaby

    Reminds me of...
    Mau-Mau Tse Tung
    Let a Thousand Burning Flowers Bloom...

  20. @Change that Matters
    This has seeped into everything.

    In the clothes industry, every story is about how the world needs more black designers, black models, black-owned boutiques/brands, black make-up artists, black photographers, black 'influencers', black magazine editors, black magazine readers, black writers, black board members, black shop assistants, black CEOS, and on and on and on. It's a propaganda blitz.

    Take this Adidas ad, for example. It was uploaded 17 August 2020. The only whites in it are women. The rest are blacks. This is advertising in a nutshell for 2021.

    And I believe this is just the beginning. The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    On the upside, the clothing industry may well collapse under the weight of its own idiocy.

    Replies: @JimB, @bruce county, @Jon

    I think Gregory Hood put it most eloquently,

    We can’t waste our national life babysitting these people. We need a divorce. We need a place of our own.

  21. @International Jew
    They should give a "best supporting actor" award for the people who actually work in the restaurant kitchen; lots of diversity back there.

    Replies: @R.G. Camara, @AnotherDad

    They should give a “best supporting actor” award for the people who actually work in the restaurant kitchen; lots of diversity back there.

    “Best Dishwasher” and you could have all the nominees be “Dreamers”.

  22. @Change that Matters
    This has seeped into everything.

    In the clothes industry, every story is about how the world needs more black designers, black models, black-owned boutiques/brands, black make-up artists, black photographers, black 'influencers', black magazine editors, black magazine readers, black writers, black board members, black shop assistants, black CEOS, and on and on and on. It's a propaganda blitz.

    Take this Adidas ad, for example. It was uploaded 17 August 2020. The only whites in it are women. The rest are blacks. This is advertising in a nutshell for 2021.

    And I believe this is just the beginning. The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    On the upside, the clothing industry may well collapse under the weight of its own idiocy.

    Replies: @JimB, @bruce county, @Jon

    The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    They absolutely ruined Shark Week on Discovery Channel this year.. Blacks on every episode. Why?? There never any whites chasing porcupines with spears in African shows. They could I suppose but what would be the reason to do so.
    Will Smith waxing philosophical after diving with sharks was just painful to endure.. If ever there was time I was cheering for the shark to eat some one it was that episode.
    Discovery is a sellout.
    History Channel has done the same.
    As for black chefs…Its hard to watch any cooking show with those sweating, greasy looking fat slobs.

    • LOL: usNthem
  23. @Change that Matters
    This has seeped into everything.

    In the clothes industry, every story is about how the world needs more black designers, black models, black-owned boutiques/brands, black make-up artists, black photographers, black 'influencers', black magazine editors, black magazine readers, black writers, black board members, black shop assistants, black CEOS, and on and on and on. It's a propaganda blitz.

    Take this Adidas ad, for example. It was uploaded 17 August 2020. The only whites in it are women. The rest are blacks. This is advertising in a nutshell for 2021.

    And I believe this is just the beginning. The fervor for blacks to be placed everywhere can now be classified as a form of hysteria.

    On the upside, the clothing industry may well collapse under the weight of its own idiocy.

    Replies: @JimB, @bruce county, @Jon

    Damn, even the skateboarder was black. We can’t even have fake sports anymore.

  24. @Reg Cæsar

    ...allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.
     
    Cue B.J. Thomas:

    Oh, Holy Jesus
    Let your love seize us
    Oh, let us find sweet peace within
    Hallelujah!
    Happiness begins,
    When those Furry Lids of Mold
    Come rolling in.


    Furry Lids of Mold and Pots of Jam are great names. But which should be the band, and which the first album?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    Good one. I’ll do my best…

    There once was a Mold from Nantucket
    Sitting on the cook’s Jam in a bucket
    The awards all went White
    It made such a fright
    So as for the show they said FuXXit.

    • LOL: El Dato
  25. @PiltdownMan
    From a 20 year old review of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, which detailed worklife in the haute cuisine business.

    Kitchen Confidential could be considered a book about the long and perilous road Bourdain took to become a chef at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. A Vassar dropout, he started working at a seafood restaurant in Provincetown, Mass., and fell in love with the pirate glamour of the kitchen underworld. (He later went to the Culinary Institute of America.)

    But that doesn't quite convey the machismo, the serious drugs, the hedonism, the wild debauchery of the life. As Bourdain stresses, were he ever hit by an out-of-control ice cream truck, he would have zero regrets about missing any of life's pleasures.The most notable thing about Kitchen Confidential is Bourdain's ability to fascinate readers with how restaurants function. For example, how precisely they get all those entrees on the table on Saturday night.

    It's the way Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full made people interested in... banking: The secret ingredients are the energy and zest.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdains-kitchen-confidential-our-2000-review/684195002/
     

    Replies: @JMcG, @International Jew

    And then he killed himself. Life’s pleasures must have lost their charms.

  26. @obwandiyag
    Yeah, I guess bosses never threaten to fire employees unless the employees sleep with them. That never happens. Especially among chefs. Because they are like saints, almost.

    Replies: @vhrm

    Yeah, I guess bosses never threaten to fire employees unless the employees sleep with them. That never happens. Especially among chefs. Because they are like saints, almost.

    Exactly. It’s not like being an at least near-psychopathic control freak and obsessive is a requirement to be a successful chef. oh wait…

  27. Anon[166] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of “plaques for blacks,” the guy who wrote the Joe Paterno hagiography is still complaining that a guy who hit .280 with 10 career home runs in the Negro Leagues isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame:

    https://theathletic.com/2021841/2020/08/25/posnanski-the-baseball-hall-of-fames-delayed-election-and-the-cost-of-waiting/

    There must be a hundred baseball personnel with a stronger case for the HOF than Buck O’Neil, who was a prince of a man but not, by any stretch, a HOF-caliber player or executive.

    • Replies: @usNthem
    @Anon

    Yeah, but he’s black so he deserves it. As a matter of fact, any black who ever played deserves to be in the HOF. It’s only fair. You know, racism, prejudice, historic injustice, slavery, epigenetic bullshit....

  28. @HammerJack
    Guess what else is getting cancelled? CITIES.


    https://i.ibb.co/JRKdhbQ/Capture-2020-08-26-00-47-00-2.png
    https://mol.im/a/8664345

    Guess what else is getting cancelled? CIVILIZATION.

    Replies: @duncsbaby, @vhrm

    It’s looking pretty hopeless at the moment, but I’m hoping the fever will break sooner or later and this phase too will pass.

    A key thing to remember is that this woke BS (?) is not really by black people; it’s mostly uninformed and impressionable whites (esp. women). There are only 13% blacks in the US and fewer still in political power (except in certain Blue cities) or financial power (compared to other groups). So if some reasonable fraction of the whites come back to their senses sanity can return.

    • LOL: 3g4me
    • Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder
    @vhrm


    I’m hoping the fever will break sooner or later and this phase too will pass.
     
    A lot of people think this is a phase. I think it's just the overture.
  29. lots of nominated chefs were getting Me-Tooed by disgruntled ex-employees and ex-lovers

    After my divorce I took a year off and lived off savings, but then after that I took a job bartending in a chain restaurant. I learned that the restaurant industry is a box of hamsters just crawling over each other at all times.

    It was the most enjoyable work experience of my life. All I did was bang coworkers and customers. I was like Lester Burnham flipping burgers in American Beauty. Except you know, the part about getting murdered after rebuffing gay advances.

    • Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder
    @BenKenobi


    I was like Lester Burnham flipping burgers in American Beauty. Except you know, the part about getting murdered after rebuffing gay advances.
     
    Is there something you'd like to share with us, Ben?

    We're all friends here, right? And if Jerry Falwell Jr. can, well, sort of,let's just say that like you, Falwell made a very bad choice of wife.

    Replies: @BenKenobi

  30. @vhrm
    @HammerJack

    It's looking pretty hopeless at the moment, but I'm hoping the fever will break sooner or later and this phase too will pass.

    A key thing to remember is that this woke BS (?) is not really by black people; it's mostly uninformed and impressionable whites (esp. women). There are only 13% blacks in the US and fewer still in political power (except in certain Blue cities) or financial power (compared to other groups). So if some reasonable fraction of the whites come back to their senses sanity can return.

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    I’m hoping the fever will break sooner or later and this phase too will pass.

    A lot of people think this is a phase. I think it’s just the overture.

    • Agree: Alden
  31. @BenKenobi

    lots of nominated chefs were getting Me-Tooed by disgruntled ex-employees and ex-lovers
     
    After my divorce I took a year off and lived off savings, but then after that I took a job bartending in a chain restaurant. I learned that the restaurant industry is a box of hamsters just crawling over each other at all times.

    It was the most enjoyable work experience of my life. All I did was bang coworkers and customers. I was like Lester Burnham flipping burgers in American Beauty. Except you know, the part about getting murdered after rebuffing gay advances.

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    I was like Lester Burnham flipping burgers in American Beauty. Except you know, the part about getting murdered after rebuffing gay advances.

    Is there something you’d like to share with us, Ben?

    We’re all friends here, right? And if Jerry Falwell Jr. can, well, sort of,let’s just say that like you, Falwell made a very bad choice of wife.

    • LOL: BenKenobi
    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder


    a very bad choice of wife.
     
    In retrospect, perhaps. She was a hot, fiery brunette of French descent. If not for her, I would probably be holding the rank of Major in the Canadian Air Force at this moment. Not a bad gig.

    But then I wouldn't have my nuclear-powered daughter from her, nor would I have ended up in beautiful Vancouver. Without Vancouver I wouldn't have met my current wife: a beautiful, demure blonde of English descent. With whom I now have a precocious little son.

    It all works out.
  32. @Jane Plain
    I hope you realize that there will never, ever, be another Hollywood movie that isn't about blacks. I'm not exaggerating. Even if they aren't the leads, the movie will be about them, because blacks.

    O/T, sort of. The amount of bullshit surrounding Jacob Blake has truly reached Soviet proportions. They're hauling out his mother and sisters, who do actually appear to be presentable people, to drum up sympathy for little Jakey. Floyd has turned out to be a bust, with the fentanyl, so now it's Jake's turn in the batter's box.

    Several tweeters have pointed out that every administration official who was behind the color revolutions in Europe is behind the riots, and the deification of the Black Martyr Du Jour. It's eerie.

    Replies: @Rahan

    I hope you realize that there will never, ever, be another Hollywood movie that isn’t about blacks. I’m not exaggerating.

    And homos. In the most expanded sense, from actual gays to gender-fluid-on-your-face trans mumbo jumbo. From now it’s gonna be blacks, browns, and homos. Forever.

    Last year I watched within a week first the newest Terminator, then Knives Out. Both were literally the same film, about old white people bowing out in order to let feisty Latinas take over.

    I’m sure this is just the start. Let’s see if they manage to edit their films in such a way, that the Chinese/Russians can then edit out the blacks and homos and still have a watchable film. In this sense, the diversity is going to be increasingly “tacked on” with no relation to the plot. To both satisfy the local Judeo-Anglospherical commissars, and then be safely edited out in normal markets.

    https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/chinese-poster-force-awakens-john-boyega/
    https://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-china-poster-controversy-john-boyega-1201653494/

  33. @Reg Cæsar

    ...allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.
     
    Cue B.J. Thomas:

    Oh, Holy Jesus
    Let your love seize us
    Oh, let us find sweet peace within
    Hallelujah!
    Happiness begins,
    When those Furry Lids of Mold
    Come rolling in.


    Furry Lids of Mold and Pots of Jam are great names. But which should be the band, and which the first album?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    I want forget one of the most iconic bands of England’s short lived Whimsical Rock era,the Curry Kids of Mold. Their debut album,

  34. Another fine example that shows that too many cooks spoil the soup.

  35. @Reg Cæsar

    ...allowed furry lids of mold to grow on pots of jam.
     
    Cue B.J. Thomas:

    Oh, Holy Jesus
    Let your love seize us
    Oh, let us find sweet peace within
    Hallelujah!
    Happiness begins,
    When those Furry Lids of Mold
    Come rolling in.


    Furry Lids of Mold and Pots of Jam are great names. But which should be the band, and which the first album?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    That all but forgotten band from the 70s,the English prog rockers Furry Lids of Mold,were in the news today with the announcement of the death of their lead singer, Neville Glasscock. Glasscock composed most of the tracks on their breakthrough album, “Pots of Jam.”
    Surviving band members include Art Greedy,Patrick Shufflebottom and Leslie Crankshaw.
    Crankshaw,who would later be convicted of manslaughter, said Glasscock ,who also had a run in with the law after being accused of rape by the neice of Margaret Thatcher, will be “sorely missed.”
    Glasscock was found not guilty by reason of “Not Quite Insane But Rather Close.”

    Sorry Reg,but your comment was so clever, I had to waste everyone’s time with a little bullshit on it.

    • LOL: duncsbaby
    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
    @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    Did he choke on his own vomit?

  36. @PiltdownMan
    From a 20 year old review of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, which detailed worklife in the haute cuisine business.

    Kitchen Confidential could be considered a book about the long and perilous road Bourdain took to become a chef at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. A Vassar dropout, he started working at a seafood restaurant in Provincetown, Mass., and fell in love with the pirate glamour of the kitchen underworld. (He later went to the Culinary Institute of America.)

    But that doesn't quite convey the machismo, the serious drugs, the hedonism, the wild debauchery of the life. As Bourdain stresses, were he ever hit by an out-of-control ice cream truck, he would have zero regrets about missing any of life's pleasures.The most notable thing about Kitchen Confidential is Bourdain's ability to fascinate readers with how restaurants function. For example, how precisely they get all those entrees on the table on Saturday night.

    It's the way Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full made people interested in... banking: The secret ingredients are the energy and zest.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdains-kitchen-confidential-our-2000-review/684195002/
     

    Replies: @JMcG, @International Jew

    That was a great book.

  37. “highest slopes of power”

    Highest what now? Isn’t there a summit of power? Summits don’t slope, you know.

    Slopes are inherently unstable places, as they are uneven and prone to the terrors of gravity.

    Or was that the point? Because if so this writer is head and shoulders above other journalists.

  38. @Anonymous
    America’s highest cultural priority is becoming what Tom Wolfe called “Plaques for Blacks.”

    The Kushnerist GOP is certainly on board with this program... their convention features more blacks than any Dem convention ever has.

    Re NY meltdown: This guy mover/shaker James Altucher did a column recently about the death of NYC and supposedly was showered with death threats.

    Probably Altucher has the most affluent death threaters of anyone on the internet. Many rich folks are getting crushed by the knock-on effects of the covid hysteria+riots. A lot of these people are top level predators. They are used to sticking everyone else with the shit sandwich. But they are all talk no action. Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Known Fact

    Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.

    Cuomo’s Twitter is an endless stream of nauseatingly sycophantic tards thanking him for, “keeping us safe.”

    Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    "Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed."

    Twitter looks like fun. Lots of poison, but fun. And a giant time-suck.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

  39. I had become a fan of the cooking show “Chopped,” where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being “chopped” after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants’ efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges’ panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir “lower” surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    • Replies: @peterike
    @Kolya Krassotkin


    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.
     
    I knew a guy who competed on Chopped early on. He was a fat Jewish guy. He made it to the final round vs. a skinny black kid. And before the final vote, the judges ask a "why should we pick you?" question. The Jewish guy gave some typically arrogant chef answer: "my food was better." Which it quite obviously was. The black kid gave some sob story about growing up with racism everywhere.

    Guess who won?

    Replies: @usNthem

    , @Known Fact
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has done a good job reflecting the diversity of America's family-run eateries, without blatantly groveling at the Altar of Diversity. Of course now it's too depressing to watch people enjoying themselves in pre-COVID restaurants

    , @Peter D. Bredon
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    I hated that show with a passion. The whole idea of "timing" chefs is absurd, as if they were Olympic swimmers.

    As if a clock would go off -- "sorry, I didn't put that last caper on your entree, I had to throw it out, come back tomorrow."

    Yeah, that happens all the time. That's how you can tell a real chef.

    Of course, you're right about the wokeness; I assume, since I couldn't bear to watch it. However, a show I did rather like, Worst Cooks in America, had the same set up. You could tell who would at least make it to the finals, if not win, by how many diversity points they had. This even applied to the weekly cuts; White guy was always doomed. So even if a White guy ultimately won, the diverse were all safe from week to week.

    The phoniness irritated me. If they had just called it "Screw the White Guy" it would have been fun.

    , @Simon Tugmutton
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    I would only watch a show like that if the losers got literally chopped -- fed into a woodchipper, say.

    However, since I don't have a TV the whole thing is somewhat moot.

    , @James O'Meara
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    Just like MTV became reality shows, the History Channel was taken over by ancient astronauts (which is fun, but once, not for two decades), Bravo became the Gay Channel, HGTV became Mixed Race Couples, and Comedy Central junked AbFab and MST3k for cartoons, so the Food Channel was taken over by ever more inane "games" and "contests."

    Back around 1992 when I got cable to watch Pat Buchanan run for President, I discovered the nice little shows they had back then, updated versions of Julia Child, where chefs would patiently explain how to actually cook stuff.

    Like South Park taught Comedy Central that cartoons was where the money is, I blame Iron Chef, which I actually did watch, because it was so odd. But now every show is an attempt to be the next Iron Chef.

    Replies: @Jack D

  40. @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder
    @BenKenobi


    I was like Lester Burnham flipping burgers in American Beauty. Except you know, the part about getting murdered after rebuffing gay advances.
     
    Is there something you'd like to share with us, Ben?

    We're all friends here, right? And if Jerry Falwell Jr. can, well, sort of,let's just say that like you, Falwell made a very bad choice of wife.

    Replies: @BenKenobi

    a very bad choice of wife.

    In retrospect, perhaps. She was a hot, fiery brunette of French descent. If not for her, I would probably be holding the rank of Major in the Canadian Air Force at this moment. Not a bad gig.

    But then I wouldn’t have my nuclear-powered daughter from her, nor would I have ended up in beautiful Vancouver. Without Vancouver I wouldn’t have met my current wife: a beautiful, demure blonde of English descent. With whom I now have a precocious little son.

    It all works out.

  41. @Kolya Krassotkin
    I had become a fan of the cooking show "Chopped," where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being "chopped" after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants' efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges' panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir "lower" surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    Replies: @peterike, @Known Fact, @Peter D. Bredon, @Simon Tugmutton, @James O'Meara

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    I knew a guy who competed on Chopped early on. He was a fat Jewish guy. He made it to the final round vs. a skinny black kid. And before the final vote, the judges ask a “why should we pick you?” question. The Jewish guy gave some typically arrogant chef answer: “my food was better.” Which it quite obviously was. The black kid gave some sob story about growing up with racism everywhere.

    Guess who won?

    • Replies: @usNthem
    @peterike

    About 2/3’s of the black contestants have some phony, teary-eyed story about da rough life in da hood and how cookin now be dey salvation. Trying for the sympathy play as usual. Judge Amanda eats that crap up.

  42. You would thing the Melanin Master Race would be too busy creating Wakanda to have time worrying about not winning awards in WHITE Supremacists countries.

  43. Two of the sentences from a NYT paragraph that Steve quoted, order reversed.

    > This year, a number of Black chefs were named as semifinalists or nominees. But they had lost in the final round of voting.

    > The foundation and the restaurant awards committee had promised many times recently, though, to field more diverse slates of candidates [in the final round of voting].

    But Times reporter Wells knows that there is no “fielding more diverse slates of candidates [in the final round of voting].” Pete “The Current Year” Wells happily joins the chorus slamming the James Beard Foundation and its restaurant awards committee for allowing their voters to vote.

    Amusingly, the blue-eyed brunet scribbler who lives in gentrified Brooklyn with his two children has received five James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for his writing about eating and drinking.

    Wells is planning to name the five deserving BIPOC critics whose honors he stole. He will then redistribute the awards to their rightful owners, as he tweets his apologizes for the thefts.

    Real soon now.

  44. And the award for best chicken box with potato wedges goes to…

    • LOL: Rob McX
  45. @hhsiii
    Furry Lids of Mold is my next band, poem, album name.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    Bum Puke. Best name for a punk band ever. They made it through one practice session, then splintered. Which is best because even by the low standards of punk musicianship they were exceptionally wretched.

    • LOL: hhsiii
  46. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Anonymous


    Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.
     
    Cuomo's Twitter is an endless stream of nauseatingly sycophantic tards thanking him for, "keeping us safe."

    Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed.”

    Twitter looks like fun. Lots of poison, but fun. And a giant time-suck.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @SunBakedSuburb


    Twitter looks like fun. Lots of poison, but fun. And a giant time-suck.
     
    Yeah, pretty much.
  47. Surely there must be an award for the biggest, nastiest syphilitic lugee hocked up on a White cop’s Popeye’s drive through chicken sandwich.

    • LOL: usNthem
  48. Ah hell, just let ‘em win everything, deservedly or not, in the competition or not – just give the trophy to a random jogger in the crowd – who cares. It’s what they want anyway – oscars, Tonys, golden globes, jeopardy, Super Bowl, World Series, Wimbledon, us open, who wants to be a millionaire, american ninja warrior, any rodeo, Kentucky derby, Indy 500, any nascar race, every Olympic event (including swimming). You get the idea..

  49. @Kolya Krassotkin
    I had become a fan of the cooking show "Chopped," where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being "chopped" after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants' efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges' panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir "lower" surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    Replies: @peterike, @Known Fact, @Peter D. Bredon, @Simon Tugmutton, @James O'Meara

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has done a good job reflecting the diversity of America’s family-run eateries, without blatantly groveling at the Altar of Diversity. Of course now it’s too depressing to watch people enjoying themselves in pre-COVID restaurants

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  50. @Anonymous
    America’s highest cultural priority is becoming what Tom Wolfe called “Plaques for Blacks.”

    The Kushnerist GOP is certainly on board with this program... their convention features more blacks than any Dem convention ever has.

    Re NY meltdown: This guy mover/shaker James Altucher did a column recently about the death of NYC and supposedly was showered with death threats.

    Probably Altucher has the most affluent death threaters of anyone on the internet. Many rich folks are getting crushed by the knock-on effects of the covid hysteria+riots. A lot of these people are top level predators. They are used to sticking everyone else with the shit sandwich. But they are all talk no action. Bet none of them have been deaththreating De Blasio or Cuomo.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Known Fact

    De Blasio could soon be fielding some threats from restaurateurs, after saying that we’ll get around to re-opening NYC eateries maybe sometime next year — and that restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
    @Known Fact

    "restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway."

    Yes indeed. Real New Yorkers like DeBlasio know that Real New Yorkers grow and prepare their own food, from their own fields and pastures, like their pioneer ancestors did. Restaurants are for nouveau riche and tourists and filthy foreigners, not rock-ribbed Yankees!

    Seriously though, is New York's "restaurant culture" a function of settlement by rootless, urbanized Jews?

    Replies: @Jack D

  51. @R.G. Camara
    Kind of related:

    There's a strong rumor going around in the comic book/scifi/fantasy world that last week the Disney board held a conference call where they decreed that, from now on, "the customer is always right" and that any star who deliberately antagonizes fans over politics will not be used for Disney projects.

    I say "strong rumor" because it was stated by a guy who, despite his name and persona, actually has a very good track record for having good insider track info on various studio and comic book goings on, and is very anti-woke. Here's his video on the rumor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXQ91PaWr3g

    This is going on because, allegedly, thanks to COVID shutdowns Disney and other major studios are having their bottom lines cut into HUGELY, and the get-woke-go-broke mantra is really obvious as a huge money loser.

    Scifi/comic book nerds have been getting more and more pissed about how all the old properties they loved (Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, superheros) have been ruined by preachy far-left politics, and many have abandoned once-worshiped products (notably, the Star Wars sequels and the Star Trek new series (Discovery, Picard, Below Decks) have been so hated that fans that they are openly revolting against them and not watching them or buying the merch). And that's before we get into Captain Marvel.

    This would be a great first win for the right culturally if true, since Disney is the largest studio now and owns so many male-centric properties (Star Wars and the Marvel Universe) and for them to start punishing left-wing provocation would be great start. Let's hope the rumor is true.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @Whiskey

    This guy covers the same territory: pissing on Wokeness in comics, movies and TV. What’s really funny is that his drunken Scotsman persona makes him even sound like Millennial Woes.

  52. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Daniel H


    New York city precincts still have police details whose job is to raid bars and discover fruit flies in liquor bottles, fining the hapless bartender several hundred dollars.
     
    Get with the times bro.

    NY is now raiding bars that are committing the high crimes of dancing, playing darts, karaoke, and stand-up comedy.

    Andrew Cuomo doubles down in his ‘war on fun’

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/23/andrew-cuomo-doubles-down-in-his-war-on-fun/


    No dancing at bars. No darts. No karaoke. So orders Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding to his “order food, not just alcohol” mandate in what sure looks like an all-out war on fun.
     

    Replies: @James O'Meara

    Interesting headline in the Post. According to the Syracuse paper, Cuomo also banned “cornhole.”

    https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/08/cuomos-coronavirus-rules-no-dancing-no-cornhole-no-karaoke-no-kidding.html

    Must be a popular upstate activity.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
    @James O'Meara

    Richard Simmons was very into cornballing at one time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0iZ1LgJiig

  53. Kinda conflicted here. My impression is that most of these people are shitlibs, and it’s fun to see them eat themselves (as it were). E.g., that fat fuck Mario Battali, who went on a “hunger strike” to protest Trump cutting something somewhere. Nice to see him MeToo’d (ugh) and hit with a million-dollar tax fraud conviction (he was essentially stealing his workers tips; what a nice, moral guy!)

  54. @Kolya Krassotkin
    I had become a fan of the cooking show "Chopped," where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being "chopped" after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants' efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges' panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir "lower" surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    Replies: @peterike, @Known Fact, @Peter D. Bredon, @Simon Tugmutton, @James O'Meara

    I hated that show with a passion. The whole idea of “timing” chefs is absurd, as if they were Olympic swimmers.

    As if a clock would go off — “sorry, I didn’t put that last caper on your entree, I had to throw it out, come back tomorrow.”

    Yeah, that happens all the time. That’s how you can tell a real chef.

    Of course, you’re right about the wokeness; I assume, since I couldn’t bear to watch it. However, a show I did rather like, Worst Cooks in America, had the same set up. You could tell who would at least make it to the finals, if not win, by how many diversity points they had. This even applied to the weekly cuts; White guy was always doomed. So even if a White guy ultimately won, the diverse were all safe from week to week.

    The phoniness irritated me. If they had just called it “Screw the White Guy” it would have been fun.

  55. @JimB

    Those awards have long mirrored the American restaurant business itself, whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe.
     
    I enjoy soul food, but like Chinese food, it lacks subtlety. Both cuisines were created for the palate of your basic KFC customer -- featuring sugar, grease, mystery meat, starch, and salt suspended in glooey goodness.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @James O'Meara

    You mean, of course, American “Chinese” food, not actual Chinese food, arguably one of the world’s greatest cuisines (of various regional sorts, of course). As long as they concentrate on pork, not dog.

    • Replies: @JimB
    @Peter D. Bredon


    You mean, of course, American “Chinese” food, not actual Chinese food, arguably one of the world’s greatest cuisines (of various regional sorts, of course). As long as they concentrate on pork, not dog.
     
    In case you haven't noticed, American "Chinese" food is prepared for Chinese in America. I don't think American Chinese food lacks for authenticity. You can get fried pig assholes and sauteed puppy dog tails made the same way here as in China.
  56. @JimB

    Those awards have long mirrored the American restaurant business itself, whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe.
     
    I enjoy soul food, but like Chinese food, it lacks subtlety. Both cuisines were created for the palate of your basic KFC customer -- featuring sugar, grease, mystery meat, starch, and salt suspended in glooey goodness.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @James O'Meara

    “whose highest slopes of power and prestige have tended to be the preserve of white men cooking food mainly derived from Western Europe.”

    Formerly known as “The French.” Americans used to be slagged for not being as “sophisticated” as the French; now everyone is just another White jerkass. Kind of like we went from “Heroic Anglo-American democracies defeated evil Central European dictatorships” to “All Whites are Nazis.”

  57. @Kolya Krassotkin
    I had become a fan of the cooking show "Chopped," where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being "chopped" after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants' efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges' panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir "lower" surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    Replies: @peterike, @Known Fact, @Peter D. Bredon, @Simon Tugmutton, @James O'Meara

    I would only watch a show like that if the losers got literally chopped — fed into a woodchipper, say.

    However, since I don’t have a TV the whole thing is somewhat moot.

    • LOL: Kolya Krassotkin
  58. How about Auntie Fee?

  59. @R.G. Camara
    Kind of related:

    There's a strong rumor going around in the comic book/scifi/fantasy world that last week the Disney board held a conference call where they decreed that, from now on, "the customer is always right" and that any star who deliberately antagonizes fans over politics will not be used for Disney projects.

    I say "strong rumor" because it was stated by a guy who, despite his name and persona, actually has a very good track record for having good insider track info on various studio and comic book goings on, and is very anti-woke. Here's his video on the rumor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXQ91PaWr3g

    This is going on because, allegedly, thanks to COVID shutdowns Disney and other major studios are having their bottom lines cut into HUGELY, and the get-woke-go-broke mantra is really obvious as a huge money loser.

    Scifi/comic book nerds have been getting more and more pissed about how all the old properties they loved (Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, superheros) have been ruined by preachy far-left politics, and many have abandoned once-worshiped products (notably, the Star Wars sequels and the Star Trek new series (Discovery, Picard, Below Decks) have been so hated that fans that they are openly revolting against them and not watching them or buying the merch). And that's before we get into Captain Marvel.

    This would be a great first win for the right culturally if true, since Disney is the largest studio now and owns so many male-centric properties (Star Wars and the Marvel Universe) and for them to start punishing left-wing provocation would be great start. Let's hope the rumor is true.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @Whiskey

    Never happen. Disney management doesn’t care about making money and the company is so huge it can lose billions every year for twenty years.

    Marvel movies are going to be woke, gay, and black. Feige said so. No more White men.

    Like Warners they cannot show weakness.

  60. @duncsbaby
    @HammerJack

    Mobs of youth going around and demanding people raise their fists in the air or else they'll be publicly humiliated absolutely reminds of nothing historically. I can see why the media is completely uninterested in this phenomenon.

    Replies: @The True Nolan

    Reminds me of…
    Mau-Mau Tse Tung
    Let a Thousand Burning Flowers Bloom…

  61. @Giancarlo M. Kumquat
    @Reg Cæsar

    That all but forgotten band from the 70s,the English prog rockers Furry Lids of Mold,were in the news today with the announcement of the death of their lead singer, Neville Glasscock. Glasscock composed most of the tracks on their breakthrough album, "Pots of Jam."
    Surviving band members include Art Greedy,Patrick Shufflebottom and Leslie Crankshaw.
    Crankshaw,who would later be convicted of manslaughter, said Glasscock ,who also had a run in with the law after being accused of rape by the neice of Margaret Thatcher, will be "sorely missed."
    Glasscock was found not guilty by reason of "Not Quite Insane But Rather Close."

    Sorry Reg,but your comment was so clever, I had to waste everyone's time with a little bullshit on it.

    Replies: @Ancient Briton

    Did he choke on his own vomit?

  62. @Anonymous
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53889437

    TV presenter David Olusoga has told the Edinburgh TV Festival his career had sometimes left him feeling "crushed, isolated," and "disempowered".

    ..."In the spirit of Black Lives Matters, in the spirit of an age in which millions of people have come to recognise that silence on these issues is a form of complicity, I am going to say what I really think about race, racism and our industry," he continued. "And I'll discover if, at the end of it, I still have a career."
     

    Right.

    He referred to a story when he was filming on a reconstructed slave plantation that had been built in Jamaica for a drama-documentary.

    "As we were filming in a remote location we set up our own catering and on the first day cast crew and extras queued up for lunch. But without informing me it had been decided that the actors and the crew were to eat first, the extras would get their lunch afterwards. Standard procedure perhaps, but the unintentional effect was that white people ate first and black people only after they had finished."
     

    Disparate impact!

    He said what he found " most shocking... was that my white colleagues - good, decent, creative people - genuinely could not see the problem, a problem that the black actors and the black extras had no problem seeing."
     
    Wait. The actors ate before the extras, meaning whites before blacks, but now there's black actors too?

    Replies: @Ancient Briton, @Nicholas Stix

    How many perished on the middle passage to the chow hall?

  63. The Bay Area of California is hosting a black Restaurant Week. Comments for the most part are along the lines of…”I thought MLK said judge a restaurant by the contents of the meal and not the color of the chef’s skin.”

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Buffalo Joe

    I didn’t know the Bay Area had any black restaurants. Well maybe in the mysterious ooga booga jungle known as the East Bay.

  64. The only thing worse than a paucity of blacks is a plethora of blacks.

    Someone should devise a method to have blacks boycott entire communities.

    This would allow for great gains in property values.

  65. @Anon
    Speaking of "plaques for blacks," the guy who wrote the Joe Paterno hagiography is still complaining that a guy who hit .280 with 10 career home runs in the Negro Leagues isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame:

    https://theathletic.com/2021841/2020/08/25/posnanski-the-baseball-hall-of-fames-delayed-election-and-the-cost-of-waiting/

    There must be a hundred baseball personnel with a stronger case for the HOF than Buck O'Neil, who was a prince of a man but not, by any stretch, a HOF-caliber player or executive.

    Replies: @usNthem

    Yeah, but he’s black so he deserves it. As a matter of fact, any black who ever played deserves to be in the HOF. It’s only fair. You know, racism, prejudice, historic injustice, slavery, epigenetic bullshit….

  66. @peterike
    @Kolya Krassotkin


    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.
     
    I knew a guy who competed on Chopped early on. He was a fat Jewish guy. He made it to the final round vs. a skinny black kid. And before the final vote, the judges ask a "why should we pick you?" question. The Jewish guy gave some typically arrogant chef answer: "my food was better." Which it quite obviously was. The black kid gave some sob story about growing up with racism everywhere.

    Guess who won?

    Replies: @usNthem

    About 2/3’s of the black contestants have some phony, teary-eyed story about da rough life in da hood and how cookin now be dey salvation. Trying for the sympathy play as usual. Judge Amanda eats that crap up.

  67. @Buffalo Joe
    The Bay Area of California is hosting a black Restaurant Week. Comments for the most part are along the lines of..."I thought MLK said judge a restaurant by the contents of the meal and not the color of the chef's skin."

    Replies: @Alden

    I didn’t know the Bay Area had any black restaurants. Well maybe in the mysterious ooga booga jungle known as the East Bay.

  68. There is a real easy fix for all these award ceremony issues. Just make all awards go to blacks. Even if there are no blacks involved in the program just pick a random black and award it to him. Music and Hollywood would be easy plenty to choose from. Hard sciences and engineering a bit harder but not impossible. With all the distraction from these award programs it leaves a safe space for the actual workers and thinkers to do their jobs without interference.

  69. @Peter D. Bredon
    @JimB

    You mean, of course, American "Chinese" food, not actual Chinese food, arguably one of the world's greatest cuisines (of various regional sorts, of course). As long as they concentrate on pork, not dog.

    Replies: @JimB

    You mean, of course, American “Chinese” food, not actual Chinese food, arguably one of the world’s greatest cuisines (of various regional sorts, of course). As long as they concentrate on pork, not dog.

    In case you haven’t noticed, American “Chinese” food is prepared for Chinese in America. I don’t think American Chinese food lacks for authenticity. You can get fried pig assholes and sauteed puppy dog tails made the same way here as in China.

  70. @Kolya Krassotkin
    I had become a fan of the cooking show "Chopped," where 4 contestants compete against each other using their culinary skills, one contestant being "chopped" after each of three rounds leaving a final winner at the end of the rounds. Contestants' efforts are judged by a panel of experts, and it could be fun to watch with what creativity (and sometimes strangeness) contestants produced an appetizer, a main course and a desert.

    The experts on the judges' panel are typically cosmopolitan and ultra woke, and the problem became being able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy who the winner was going to be just right after the contestants were introduced. White males seldom made it past the first round, no matter how good their work. White females typically got chopped at the end of the 2nd round, and the finalists were usually a black, lesbian whose illegal alien parents from Mali snuck her into the country in a suitcase versus a transexual from Samoa planning to use the prize money to make a down payment on zhir "lower" surgery.

    It was a great show early on, but later episodes promoted people, in good woke fashion, it seems, just because they would have been strange even at the Star Wars cantina.

    Replies: @peterike, @Known Fact, @Peter D. Bredon, @Simon Tugmutton, @James O'Meara

    Just like MTV became reality shows, the History Channel was taken over by ancient astronauts (which is fun, but once, not for two decades), Bravo became the Gay Channel, HGTV became Mixed Race Couples, and Comedy Central junked AbFab and MST3k for cartoons, so the Food Channel was taken over by ever more inane “games” and “contests.”

    Back around 1992 when I got cable to watch Pat Buchanan run for President, I discovered the nice little shows they had back then, updated versions of Julia Child, where chefs would patiently explain how to actually cook stuff.

    Like South Park taught Comedy Central that cartoons was where the money is, I blame Iron Chef, which I actually did watch, because it was so odd. But now every show is an attempt to be the next Iron Chef.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @James O'Meara

    There are some actual cooking shows (including Julia Child reruns) on the "Create" PBS channel.

    The funny thing about those Food Network contest shows is that everyone I know who watches them could not cook to save their life - they are there for the sports competition aspect, not the cooking per se. Anyone I know (including myself) who actually is a serious cook wouldn't be caught dead watching those shows.

  71. @Known Fact
    @Anonymous

    De Blasio could soon be fielding some threats from restaurateurs, after saying that we'll get around to re-opening NYC eateries maybe sometime next year -- and that restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway.

    Replies: @James O'Meara

    “restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway.”

    Yes indeed. Real New Yorkers like DeBlasio know that Real New Yorkers grow and prepare their own food, from their own fields and pastures, like their pioneer ancestors did. Restaurants are for nouveau riche and tourists and filthy foreigners, not rock-ribbed Yankees!

    Seriously though, is New York’s “restaurant culture” a function of settlement by rootless, urbanized Jews?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @James O'Meara


    Seriously though, is New York’s “restaurant culture” a function of settlement by rootless, urbanized Jews?
     
    I doubt this. Unlike the Chinese, Jews in E. Europe did not have a restaurant culture. The only time you would eat out was when you were traveling away from home and even then it was always fraught because you never knew if you could trust the kosherness of food that had not been prepared by a member of your own family.

    A lot of NY apartments have minimal kitchens. Grocery shopping is inconvenient and expensive and a lot of NYers have high pressure, high paying jobs so it's easier for them to eat out every meal at one of the plentiful variety of restaurants than to ever cook or make so much as a cup of coffee.
  72. @SunBakedSuburb
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    "Highly recommend blocking it from your Twitter feed."

    Twitter looks like fun. Lots of poison, but fun. And a giant time-suck.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Twitter looks like fun. Lots of poison, but fun. And a giant time-suck.

    Yeah, pretty much.

  73. @James O'Meara
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    Just like MTV became reality shows, the History Channel was taken over by ancient astronauts (which is fun, but once, not for two decades), Bravo became the Gay Channel, HGTV became Mixed Race Couples, and Comedy Central junked AbFab and MST3k for cartoons, so the Food Channel was taken over by ever more inane "games" and "contests."

    Back around 1992 when I got cable to watch Pat Buchanan run for President, I discovered the nice little shows they had back then, updated versions of Julia Child, where chefs would patiently explain how to actually cook stuff.

    Like South Park taught Comedy Central that cartoons was where the money is, I blame Iron Chef, which I actually did watch, because it was so odd. But now every show is an attempt to be the next Iron Chef.

    Replies: @Jack D

    There are some actual cooking shows (including Julia Child reruns) on the “Create” PBS channel.

    The funny thing about those Food Network contest shows is that everyone I know who watches them could not cook to save their life – they are there for the sports competition aspect, not the cooking per se. Anyone I know (including myself) who actually is a serious cook wouldn’t be caught dead watching those shows.

  74. @James O'Meara
    @Known Fact

    "restaurants are really just an amenity for the affluent anyway."

    Yes indeed. Real New Yorkers like DeBlasio know that Real New Yorkers grow and prepare their own food, from their own fields and pastures, like their pioneer ancestors did. Restaurants are for nouveau riche and tourists and filthy foreigners, not rock-ribbed Yankees!

    Seriously though, is New York's "restaurant culture" a function of settlement by rootless, urbanized Jews?

    Replies: @Jack D

    Seriously though, is New York’s “restaurant culture” a function of settlement by rootless, urbanized Jews?

    I doubt this. Unlike the Chinese, Jews in E. Europe did not have a restaurant culture. The only time you would eat out was when you were traveling away from home and even then it was always fraught because you never knew if you could trust the kosherness of food that had not been prepared by a member of your own family.

    A lot of NY apartments have minimal kitchens. Grocery shopping is inconvenient and expensive and a lot of NYers have high pressure, high paying jobs so it’s easier for them to eat out every meal at one of the plentiful variety of restaurants than to ever cook or make so much as a cup of coffee.

  75. @Anonymous
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53889437

    TV presenter David Olusoga has told the Edinburgh TV Festival his career had sometimes left him feeling "crushed, isolated," and "disempowered".

    ..."In the spirit of Black Lives Matters, in the spirit of an age in which millions of people have come to recognise that silence on these issues is a form of complicity, I am going to say what I really think about race, racism and our industry," he continued. "And I'll discover if, at the end of it, I still have a career."
     

    Right.

    He referred to a story when he was filming on a reconstructed slave plantation that had been built in Jamaica for a drama-documentary.

    "As we were filming in a remote location we set up our own catering and on the first day cast crew and extras queued up for lunch. But without informing me it had been decided that the actors and the crew were to eat first, the extras would get their lunch afterwards. Standard procedure perhaps, but the unintentional effect was that white people ate first and black people only after they had finished."
     

    Disparate impact!

    He said what he found " most shocking... was that my white colleagues - good, decent, creative people - genuinely could not see the problem, a problem that the black actors and the black extras had no problem seeing."
     
    Wait. The actors ate before the extras, meaning whites before blacks, but now there's black actors too?

    Replies: @Ancient Briton, @Nicholas Stix

    He couldn’t keep his lies straight. That’s a frequent problem among blacks.

  76. @James O'Meara
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Interesting headline in the Post. According to the Syracuse paper, Cuomo also banned "cornhole."

    https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/08/cuomos-coronavirus-rules-no-dancing-no-cornhole-no-karaoke-no-kidding.html

    Must be a popular upstate activity.

    Replies: @duncsbaby

    Richard Simmons was very into cornballing at one time.

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