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Pixar’s Toy Story 4 was one of the more disappointing movies released in 2019, not because it was bad, it was nice, but because Toy Story 3 had been a masterpiece. So hopes were high.

The Whiteness of ‘Toy Story 4’
12:44 PM PST 1/3/2020 by Stephen Galloway

It’s not just near-absence of people of color in the Pixar film that’s bothersome, it’s the absence of anything approximating life in America as most know it. …

Because in many ways TS4’s worldview seems like an Eisenhower-era fantasy, a vision of America that might have come from the most die-hard reactionary: lovely if you’re wealthy and white, but alarming if you’re black or brown or gay or a member of any other minority — in other words, more than half the U.S. population.

True, there are a few characters of color (including two supporting players voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele); but each of the leads is Caucasian, and not just the franchise regulars but a host of new ones including a very white fork (Tony Hale) that’s among the more memorable — and merchandisable — creations of this fourth iteration in the series.

The main child in Toy Story 4, Bonnie, who is in more of the movie than Andy was in the previous 3 films, is vaguely Latina looking.

But, let’s face it, they don’t count. Look at her hair!

As Matthew Cherry, the African American director of animated short Hair Love, recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “When you don’t see yourself represented and you don’t see people with your same type of hair seen as the hero and seen as loving and desired, it really does a number on your self-confidence.”

Nor is it just the near-absence of people of color that’s bothersome. It’s the absence of anything approximating life in America as most of us know it.

TS4’s main family lives in a big, brightly lit house in an ivory utopia; its daughter sleeps in a plush room packed with a U.S. Treasury’s worth of gizmos; they drive around in a gas-guzzling RV, stopping for carnivals and carnies that would be right at home in the 1940s or 1950s. Problems of prejudice, money and unemployment never seem to cross anyone’s mind. …

At least Pixar knows it needs to change. That’s why in 2018 it launched the SparkShorts program, designed to foster diverse talent and stories — which has borne fruit with this year’s Oscar-shortlisted Kitbull. Pixar’s next big release, Soul, centers on an African American musician,

Soul sounds inappropriate. Isn’t the TNC-approved term now Body?

… If you’re white and middle-class, as I am, if you drive a nice car and have a safe job, all this may seem moot. But not if you’re the five-year-old, African American girl a friend of mine recently adopted. I was about to give her Toy Story 4 but I’ve changed my mind. Because it sends the worst sort of message for a child like her: you’re an outsider, kept at a distance from everything fuzzy and fun in American life.

Perhaps by the time she sees Toy Story 5, whenever that is, we’ll have moved on — we’ll have reached the end of this make-believe homogeneity, this racism-by-exclusion that’s no less pernicious than the real thing.

 
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  1. We Calvinists just watched Toy Story 4 last week. You’re right, Steve; it’s good but not great, unlike part 3.

    I noticed that two of the new characters introduced in TS4, i.e. Ducky and Bunny, sounded familiar. They are voiced by the comedy duo Key and Peele:

    You may remember Key and Peele from hilarious routines such as their college football player self-intros:

    But I guess adding them to the cast wasn’t good enough for the Woke; their characters undeniably were covered in boring mainstrean plushy fur.

    • LOL: ben tillman
  2. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    But not if you’re the five-year-old, African American girl a friend of mine recently adopted.

    If as I suspect your friends are not themselves “African-American” (e.g., black) the girl has worse things to worry about than a stupid Disney sequel.

  3. Lot says:

    Lately some of these big budget CGI kids’ movies are smack in the uncanny valley for me.

    Maybe I’d get used to it after a while, but they are unsettling to watch for 20 seconds.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Reg Cæsar
  4. anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    I thought these Disney/Pixar animated movies were diverse already. The Coco movie is about a Mexican kid, Big Hero 6 was about a Japanese kid, the Up movie with the old man had a fat Chinese kid. Etc.

  5. Altai says:

    OT: It’s a ‘MGTOW’ video but still seems pretty reasonable. A discussion from a professional wedding photographer on the ‘Bridal Apocalypse’ (Bridepocalypse?) and the various indices, impacts and potential societal responses, such as perhaps a proliferation of laws that grant automatic common law marriage after simply cohabiting for 3 years. It’s apparently begun to accelerate as the last of the cohorts for first marriage prior to those whose entry into the labour market was before 2008 have phased out.

    An interesting discussion of what Steve has long predicted, a return to relative demographic inertia and late marriage rates (Comparable to the later marriage ages that emerged in rural Ireland after the famine) that means early and even any marriage (At least in a traditional sense of a white wedding) become more of an elite status symbol.

    • Agree: Lot
    • LOL: eah
    • Replies: @eah
    , @carol
    , @nymom
  6. The REAL outrage here is Bonnie’s parents: a CIS-woman and a CIS-man. That’s it – just the 2 of them. Could they BE more hatey & uninclusive? And evidently married!!!

    My God …. the horror ….

    • Replies: @Raddy
  7. Dumbo says:

    This has to be one of the lamest complaints ever. I mean, really? And coming from a (white?) man, it’s embarrassing.

    Nor is it just the near-absence of people of color that’s bothersome.

    There is a black kid with a relevant role at the end. There are two black-voiced (and with black attitude) toys. There’s even a Canadian, doesn’t this count as diversity?

    Problems of prejudice, money and unemployment never seem to cross anyone’s mind. …

    Actually, one of the main subplots of the film is about homeless toys, who live on their own, without the comforts of a place to stay. They are toys, but the parallels are clear.

    “When you don’t see yourself represented and you don’t see people with your same type of hair seen as the hero and seen as loving and desired, it really does a number on your self-confidence.”

    I really doubt it affects their self-confidence in any way or form.

    And can’t POC make their own POC-populated movies, instead of expecting white people (or (((white))) people) to make them for them?

  8. eah says:

    It must have been a slow news day at THR for them to put out this formulaic anti-white trash — in what may or may not be a coincidence, a search for the author’s name shows he had a Twitter account with the handle GallowayOnFilm (link), which at the moment does not exist — ?

    OT

    Speaking of Hollywood trashiness and depravity: it seems there are news stories confirming this happened.

  9. Jesse says:

    Adoption is creepy. Interracial adoption, even more so. If you can’t have kids, or as many as you wanted, or you just left it too late, that doesn’t give you the right to just up and take someone else’s.

    With her friend who adopted the little black girl (WHY), it seems more like they’re beginning to understand that it can’t work, and casting about for something to blame.

  10. Congratulations Stephen Galloway! In recognition of your groveling, you are the 2020 winner of the TWILATOBEE award. The White last to be eaten 2020! I’m certain your acceptance speech will be memorable.

    • Replies: @Bill B.
    , @bomag
  11. A number of years ago there was a psychology study where a broad-spectrum range of children age 5 and 6 yrs old were given paper and crayons, and asked to draw a “house”. Regardless of whether they lived in an actual house, an apartment building, a quad- or 8-plex, or a giant housing project, the majority of the kids drew the following:

    A straight line across the page (the street). A large square on top of the line (the house). A triangle on top of the square (a gabled roof). A smaller rectangle jutting out of the triangle (a chimney). A corkscrew coming out of the rectangle (smoke). A big circle in the sky with lines coming out of it (the sun). A rectangle inside the big square with a small circle on it (the front door). Also two small squares on the big square with crosses inside them (windows, precisely two, one on either side). Kids who grew up in giant apartment complexes invariably drew this arrangement.

    The “Toy Story” series is similar to this unconscious result in that it assumes a kind of archetypal normativity which is characteristically (or at least was, until about 45 seconds ago historically speaking) “American”.

    This placid white American normativity is such a compelling and attractive quality that pretty much everybody on the planet is flooding here and smashing in the doors trying to get a taste of it. I used to live near one of those American Girl mega-stores, which sell dolls of every possible hue, culture, and skin tone, and I used to marvel at all the little black, Latino, Asian and Subcon girls happily parading out the door with their blonde White dolls.

    If People of Color want to see other people in movies who “look like them” (what? you mean people with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth?) or people who have “their hair” (what? you mean the kind that grows on top of your head?), well maybe they should just sneak onto the screen, sue, or tell a made-up sob story about persecution to trick the animators into drawing them. Worked for every other element of American life.

    • Agree: jim jones, bomag, Alan Mercer
  12. Rahan says:

    Bad Boys was a worldwide hit back in the day, because…. yeah, why?
    After all, by bolshevik logic, only black males could appreciate this movie right?
    So when people in Poland enjoyed it, it must’ve been what? “Internalized Slavic self-hatred”?

    Likewise no one in the world enjoyed the Crosby Show except US Negroes, right? Because we can only enjoy watching films and serials about people our gender, our skin, our class, and in our environment, right?

    These people… These people… What would a brain scan show? An alien parasite? A tiny little hook-nosed goblin pulling at various levers and cackling?

    Degenerate traitors and psychopaths
    Humorless pod-people
    Sadistically histrionic drama whore vampires
    Aggressively paranoid schizoid drug abusers
    Insectoid self-hating social terrorists
    Daddy issue anal fetishists
    Mother-fixated parasites
    Macabre Moloch cultists
    Barren automatons reprogrammed to see “protected groups” as “their children”.
    Grievance worshiping violent retards

  13. Surely AI and CGI are sufficiently advanced that any old film can have its characters automatically changed to black people?

    Imagine watching It’s A Wonderful Life and being able to press the Black Button – as easy as putting on subtitles – and instantly the James Stewart character goes several hues darker and grows a Black Power afro.

  14. @Anonymous

    I didnt think about that for a second; I automatically assumed they were white. And gay.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Alan Mercer
  15. eah says:
    @Altai

    Dude, look at 1) the women in the screen cap: two of the four, i.e. 50%, appear to be obese, or at least significantly overweight; 2) data showing > 40% of American women are obese — perhaps that’s part of the problem? — nowadays, too many men are obese or grossly unfit as well, and most women no doubt do not find them physically attractive either — and physical attraction is the indispensable ‘gateway attraction’ to the further development of a sexual/romantic relationship.

    • Agree: jim jones
  16. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Galloway’s gripe is so SWPL. It’s white bread mental cloning from countless other articles.

    Btw, if black kids need to see blackness to feel affirmed, why did a white family adopt a black girl? She’ll see too much whiteness.

    Also, if people need to see and be around others who look like them, then white people need to be around other whites to feel affirmed.

    If blacks need to see black, then whites need to see white. If anything, blacks and homos are way over-represented in media.

    If people to see their own kind, stop immigration. Mexicans will see plenty of Mexicans in Mexico, and Hindus will see plenty of Hindus in India. Why put them in an alienating setting where their kind are under-represented.

    Btw, following Galloway’s logic, non-blacks mustn’t listen to black music. It doesn’t affirm their own kind.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    , @jon
  17. Dumbo says:
    @Jesse

    Adoption per se is not creepy. Isn’t our host here adopted? Wasn’t another famous Steve?

    It is “creepy”(hate that word) only when it is done for VIRTUE-SIGNALING or status reasons, which includes most interracial adoption and gay/lesbian adoption.

  18. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    A story is about a limited number of people in a specific setting. It’s not supposed to be about all the nation or the world. Is there something wrong with RADIO DAYS because it’s about Jews? But 98% of Americans are goyim!! And THE GODFATHER. Hey, where are the Hawaiians, Eskimos, and the Amish? They are part of America too!!

    Galloway is either stupid or saying ‘woke’ shit for easy SWPL points.

  19. Anonymous[281] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t what the best film is, but Galloway is the worst writer on film.

    Predictable, conformist, preening, sniveling, self-righteous, smug, sappy.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/whats-best-picture-ever-1264772

  20. Waiting for the essay, “The Unbearable Whiteness Of Competency”.

  21. I thought Toy Story 4 was yet another big FU to white men. Bo Peep becomes this ridiculous warrior woman who at one point tells Woody that he should be seen and not heard. And in line with Disney’s rule that all white men need to be replaced, Woody is no longer the Sheriff, being replaced by the female Jessie.

    Disagree that TS3 was a masterpiece. It was very good, but hardly great. The masterpieces were John Lasseter’s TS1 & especially 2.

    • Agree: Abe
    • Replies: @Abe
    , @Sol
  22. jim jones says:
    @TelfoedJohn

    The most popular movie with girls is “Frozen” and the most popular character is “Elsa,” surely the Whitest girl in the World

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    , @Barnard
  23. @Dumbo

    And can’t POC make their own POC-populated movies, instead of expecting white people (or (((white))) people) to make them for them?

    Haven’t you heard?  POC have no agency.  Whites broke the world, so it’s up to Whites to fix anything and everything that (((somebody))) deems wrong. /sarc

    • Agree: Lurker
    • Replies: @Jack D
  24. @TelfoedJohn

    Imagine watching It’s A Wonderful Life and being able to press the Black Button – as easy as putting on subtitles – and instantly the James Stewart character goes several hues darker and grows a Black Power afro.

    Imagine watching the Marvel movies and being able to press a button and make the Samuel L. Jackhole character look and talk like the original Nick Fury.

    SJWs would have apoplexies.

  25. The Caucasianness of that moves sounds unbearable.

  26. Jesse says:
    @Dumbo

    Yes, it really is creepy. It’s an attempt to bypass nature by stealing other people’s children. They started with stealing white kids in the 1950s, and once that got shut down they started working their way through the various minorities. It’s the same deeply, profoundly creepy dynamic; people just notice it more when it’s a visible minorities.

  27. @Anonymous

    Well put. There are many other hypocrisies and absurdities in Galloway’s article.

    “if you’re black or brown or gay or a member of any other minority — in other words, more than half the U.S. population.”

    In other words, whites are now a minority too! But, somehow they won’t ever get all the special pleading that other minorities get.

    “I was about to give her Toy Story 4 but I’ve changed my mind. Because it sends the worst sort of message for a child like her: you’re an outsider, kept at a distance from everything fuzzy and fun in American life.”

    Decides not to give a child a toy, thereby keeping her at a distance from everything fuzzy and fun in American life. Why? Because she is an “outsider”, and must be kept segregated into Coloreds Only pastimes. Apparently Galloway is coming out of his White Separatist closet. Good on ya, Stephen! Live your truth!

    Also,

    “stopping for carnivals and carnies”

    Isn’t “carnies” a slur against Carnival-Americans? Well, I guess they’re white, so who cares?

    • Agree: bomag
  28. MEH 0910 says:
    @jim jones

    Rod Dreher once posted a version of this hilarious video:

    Aunt Boo”I Wish I Could Choke The Cartoon Cast Of Frozen”

    • Replies: @anon
  29. Dumbo says:
    @Jesse

    It’s not “stealing” if the children have no parents (or no parents who can or want to take care of them). Children will probably be better off growing with a normal family than being abused in an orphanage or living with a single meth-head mom and her lovers.

    But I am against interracial adoption as well as gay/lesbian adoption, because it is done for other reasons than the welfare of the child and yes, in some cases it can be extremely disturbing. This one certainly qualifies as extra-creepy, one of the creepiest stories ever if it’s not fake:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3552751/White-evangelical-couple-Aaron-Rachel-Halbert-birth-black-triplets-adopting-African-American-embryos-left-couple-s-IVF-treatment.html

    Also a lot of things in human life are about “bypassing nature”, so I don’t see the point of complaining about it. Infanticide, now that’s pretty common in nature.

  30. Elli says:
    @eah

    Her poor child. Eventually that child will grow up to wonder about the sibling who was lost, and to realize that his or her own life might have been sacrificed for mom’s career, and that any future sibling is at risk.

    And that mom is intensely ambitious, but lacks forethought and self-control.

    • Replies: @eah
    , @Whiskey
  31. Jake says:

    Anti-racism is always imperialistic, brutally imperialistic, on the level of Mongol wars and Turks taking Christian boys by the thousands as tribute annually so they can castrate them.

    And its white practitioners are willing Janissaries.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  32. jon says:
    @Jesse

    They can either be aborted, adopted, or rounded up in an orphanage. Adoption seems like the least creepy of the three.

    • Replies: @Jesse
  33. Well, the Toy Story series is supposed to be primarily about…well, toys.

    And the main human character, Bonnie, appears to be half-white (maternal) and half-South Asian (paternal).

    But, as you noted in an earlier article Mr. Sailer, American diversity is not about a variety of races, it’s about being black!

    https://staging.takimag.com/article/ghosts_of_africa_steve_sailer/

    “On the other hand, Americans also tend to act as if the only kind of racial diversity that interests them is blackness. In America, diversity isn’t actually a variety of races, it’s being black.

    For example, over the last generation, African-Americans have won a proportional share of acting Oscars, while no American-raised Mexican actor has even been nominated since the 1980s. Yet barely anybody, not even Mexican-Americans, cares much about the latter, while the media got all worked up during the #OscarsSoWhite brouhaha over a supposed black lack. To the American press, diversity demands, in effect, that blacks win all the prizes.”

  34. anonymous[767] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jesse

    …stealing other people’s children.

    One cannot steal from the dead, so is it creepy to you if the biological parents are dead? Or do you consider adoption in such cases as stealing from the estate?

  35. jon says:

    this racism-by-exclusion that’s no less pernicious than the real thing.

    Kind of gives it all away with that last line. This isn’t real racism, but I’m going to complain about it like it is.

  36. Coag says:
    @Jesse

    Are there other avenues for babies to be up for adoption other than being stolen?

    • Replies: @Jesse
  37. @anon

    Yes, you are right. But you need to equalise ALL minorities to real world proportions in ALL cartoons, otherwise kids will be perverted with white supremacy ideology.

  38. Bill B. says:
    @kaganovitch

    Congratulations Stephen Galloway! In recognition of your groveling, you are the 2020 winner of the TWILATOBEE award. The White last to be eaten 2020! I’m certain your acceptance speech will be memorable.

    Indeed the British-born Galloway is a creep. If you want to watch him really grovel here he is lauding the subject of a biography he wrote, Hollywood producer (((Sherry Lansing))), as she sits right next to him.

    Has Galloway ever railed, by the way, about the lack of diversity amongst the (((people))) who actually run Hollywood?

  39. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Zimmerman was a whiter Hispanic than Bonnie.

    Don’t forget the race-mixing propaganda they inserted before The Incredibles 2, Bao. AMWF, you don’t see that promoted often.

  40. @anon

    I thought these Disney/Pixar animated movies were diverse already.

    Diversity is achieved when there are no worlds of white people, historical or fictional.

    • Agree: Jack D
  41. BB753 says:
    @Jesse

    I disagree. Kids do have the right to be raised by parents, not dreary government institutions. Some heterosexual couples are sterile, so adoption comes naturally to them. Of course, neither homosexuals (including lesbians) nor singles should be allowed to adopt children.

  42. bomag says:
    @eah

    [abort for the win]

    For those on the lookout for a single example that encapsulates a lot of what’s wrong with our culture, this one is right up there.

    • Agree: eah
  43. bomag says:
    @kaganovitch

    The White last to be eaten 2020!

    This.

    It strikes me as being part of an ongoing, low level race war. Anything can be targeted and criticized for being too White, or White influenced; but if something like the beauty pageants become all Black, then that is celebrated.

  44. TWS says:
    @Jesse

    Stealing children? Shut up until you know anything about the subject.

  45. These busybodies take the fun out of everything including cartoons. Why can’t they leave us deplorables alone? This kind of tantrum driven scolding should be saved for moms correcting their toddlers. I hope his kids grow up to Liberty University and marry into Jerry Falwell’s family.

  46. istevefan says:

    Because in many ways TS4’s worldview seems like an Eisenhower-era fantasy, a vision of America that might have come from the most die-hard reactionary: lovely if you’re wealthy and white, but alarming if you’re black or brown or gay or a member of any other minority — in other words, more than half the U.S. population

    First, the Eisenhower era fantasy is not about wealth and Whites, but lower income inequality and Whites as well as a host of social mores which are the polar opposite of today.

    Second, more than half of the US population is still White. So your pooling together of black, brown, etc. will not make a majority yet.

    Of course you did throw in the qualifier wealthy and White, so I suppose technically you are correct that wealthy and White are not in the majority. But it appears you only did this to cobble together a majority that you have appointed yourself to represent. As Steve would put it, it’s lumping vs. splitting.

    To non-wealthy Whites reading his article and believing you are on his majority team, keep in mind you will only be so until that team doesn’t need to split you off to form their majority. Once they have the numbers, you will be lumped back.

    It’s very similar to how the democrats will someday treat their White voters, without whom they could not win elections today.

  47. BB753 says:

    Trigger alert! Behold the unbearable whiteness of London in 1950! The horror!

    Still 95 % + white in 1967:

  48. Barnard says:
    @jim jones

    Which I would imagine is a big part of the reason there was an online push to give her a girlfriend in the second movie. The writers were smart to avoid going that route.

  49. Mr. Anon says:
    @TelfoedJohn

    Imagine watching It’s A Wonderful Life and being able to press the Black Button – as easy as putting on subtitles – and instantly the James Stewart character goes several hues darker and grows a Black Power afro.

    Now, ha….ha……hang on a minute, just what are you saying Mo…..Mo…..Mo….Motherf**ker!

  50. Lurker says:
    @anon

    I never realized he was supposed to be a Chinese kid, not til sometime after seeing it.

    • Replies: @jon
  51. @Dumbo

    And can’t POC make their own POC-populated movies,

    How about “Toyz N the ‘Hood?”

    It’s about a group of toys in 80’s era South-Central LA selling crack and killing other toys from rival gangs. That’s my elevator pitch. I think it’s got legs. Very woke. No white characters at all (except maybe a cop toy played by an animated pig).

    • LOL: fish, Kylie
  52. @Father O'Hara

    The sentence is also proof that the author doesn’t actually know any black people besides. If he did, he’d use them as the example (and refer to them as his friends, regardless of acquaintance status). This is the best he could do.

  53. @eah

    Someone actually had sex with this person? Or was it a turkey-baster type of scenario?

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  54. gruff says:

    Funnily the author of this piece looks a little like Jared Taylor.

  55. Liza says:
    @Jesse

    Mother and child are a biological unit, and you allow their separation at the peril of everyone involved. An unwanted or orphaned child should ideally be taken in by blood relatives – Nature knows the difference. Adoptees tend to be haunted souls. They know something is missing and they can’t get around it. The women who gave up their babies are in even worse shape. The sick-in-the-head adoption industry (which originally dealt only with white babies) was geared to finding the Ideal Child for a couple, not about finding the best solution for a rejected or orphaned child.

    Yes, I know there are always hard cases. Further, this is not about abortion VS adoption. Where there is a will, there is a way. But it’s so much easier to just make everyone “happy” by pretending that adoption cures everything.

  56. @Jesse

    Should, say, orphans not be permitted to join a willing home? Does that count as child stealing? If forced to choose (hypothetical), do you choose abortion over adoption? Is adoption never acceptable to you?

    • Replies: @Jesse
  57. @Dumbo

    It is “creepy”(hate that word) only when it is done for VIRTUE-SIGNALING or status reasons, which includes most interracial adoption and gay/lesbian adoption.

    Yes. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly when or why it gets creepy. But when Mia Farrow or Angelina Jolie or Madonna get packs of kids from all different races, it feels like they are “collecting” rather than adopting. Or that they are picking up a dog from the pound so they can tell their friends, “he’s a rescue.”

    One wonders how they raise these kids, are they truly treated as their own?

  58. The movies could be pure Aryan Legion and the ads would still make up for it. Just to spend a cozy hour streaming Peter Graves and the ol’ IMF gang last night I had to endure an entire series of commercials starring an upscale black family enjoying their affluent outdoorsy lifestyle — all in irritatingly artsy slow-mo — thanks to a humongous new Lincoln Navigator.

    The wife did proudly sport a huge frizzy Afro, BTW, while the guy was kind of a black George Clooney

  59. Let’s have a real talk about movies and television that are unrepresentative of current racial relations in this country. As of the last Census Negroes are something like 12% of the population, Hispanics just north of 15%, and Asians, about 5%. These numbers have obviously shifted. I’d guess that Hispanics now comprise somewhat north of 20% of the population, the proportion of Asians has increased significantly, and the prooprtion of Negroes has remained steady or declined by a very small amount.

    Other obvious aspects of race in this country is that there’s not a whole lot of mixing across racial lines and that there are still extremely high levels of social dysfunction among Negroes in this country. Hispanics tend to be poorer and significantly less educated on average than Whites.

    However, looking at the crap coming out of Hollywood and Madison Avenue these days, one would get the impression that Negroes are well over thirty percent of the population, Hispanics are not far behind, and Asians are rapidly catching up. Furthermore, typical Hollywood and Madison avenue representations suggest that most of these folks are firmly ensconced in the middle class, often high level professionals. Mixed race marriages predominate. Social groups, e.g., workers meeting after work or going on trips together are always multi-racial. The attempts at mind control propaganda are nauseatingly obvious.

    More and more White characters are being replaced in franchises by Negroes, Hispanics, and Asians. Some of these are hilarious as when the “whitest/palest” of the Norse divinities was played by a Negro actress in a recent Marvel franchise. The sexually confused are also replacing more normally oriented folks. Women are portrayed as having the physical mass, aggressiveness and training to take on ANY male who comes up against them. (I suspect that this will ultimately result in a lot of severe harm and even death for more naive female audience members who take the implicit message to heart.)

    As a heterosexual, native-born, White, Christian male I’ve become very selective about what movies I attend and what television I watch. Hollywood’s and Madison Avenue’s disconnect with reality is so extreme and is such an obvious attempt at mind control combined with ultra-PC virtue signalling as to be a complete turnoff. The first impacts will be on box office receipts and responses to advertising campaigns. Ultimately, the sheer, unrelenting disconnect from reality may awaken viewers of this trash to how badly they’ve been and are being had. The final result may be an awakening directly opposite to that intended by our would be masters on the two left coasts.

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
    , @Lurker
  60. I’m surprised the knives did not come out for Little Women which was pretty damn white. No obnoxious “woke” messaging, nary a POC in sight. Saw it last week with my two wives and rather enjoyed it.

    **Full Disclosure – “My two wives” refers to the fact I am married to an identical twin whose sister lives with us and has always been involved in our family life.**

  61. @TelfoedJohn

    Surely AI and CGI are sufficiently advanced that any old film can have its characters automatically changed to black people?

    Colorization is an old technology by now. The trick would be in changing hair texture, facial features, bone structure, and the like. Oh, and vocal timbre, and accent…

    The Veggie Tales crew said they chose Jonah as the subject for their first feature-length film (is “film” the right word?) because whales are smooth. Noah and other Biblical accounts would require fur, which is very hard to get right.

    Imagine watching It’s A Wonderful Life and being able to press the Black Button

    I kick myself for having watched IAWL for the first time a couple of years ago in the colorized version, not realizing it wasn’t filmed that way. It’s easy to get confused, as it’s a product of the post-war transition period.

    That would make a fun vignette for trivia night at the bar– We’ll name the ’50s movie; you tell us if it was in B&W or color.

  62. peterike says:

    Galloway looks pretty much like you’d expect him to look.

  63. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Not nearly black enough. Almost as white as Obama, and that was too much.

  64. Jack D says:

    These films are 100% computer generated. In some future America (it won’t be long now), it will be possible to go back and edit the files. Bonnie can become Beyoni , they can darken up her skin and make her hair frizzy. Problem solved!

    I love it when critics tell Hollywood what to do. Setting the film in a nice middle class fantasy household is wrong. What movie audiences will REALLY pay to see is if we reset the film in a homeless shelter and make Bonnie the child of an unemployed single mother with an opiate problem – that the real America, not this fake fantasy America. That will REALLY sell. This is what kids today REALLY want to see. This is what their parents will take them to, buy the tie-in merchandise. Replica crack vials. Candy opioids.

    And what about those Fred Astaire – Ginger Rogers movies? They were dancing around in evening wear when Americans were unemployed and riding the rails. EVERY movie should have been the Grapes of Wrath. It’s not like people go to the movies to be entertained and get away from their troubles. They go to be reminded of them. In fact they should just get rid of the movies all together and have people attend 2 hour lectures by guys like Galloway on how bad and evil America is.

    • Agree: vinteuil
    • LOL: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    , @R.G. Camara
  65. @Jesse

    It’s an attempt to bypass nature by stealing other people’s children.

    The unnatural nature of adoption has always been recognized, until recently. That’s why it was reserved for dire cases– orphans, extreme poverty, bastardy… remember bastardy? That was considered dire.

    The adopting parents were typically infertile, unless there was a surplus of children who needed adoption.

    Emphasis on needed.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @Daniel Chieh
  66. @anon

    Lego II made sure to pay its protection to the SJW mob by casting the annoying Tiffany Haddish. The character was purple but the voice was loudly and unrelentingly black. (At least Eddie Murphy made some sense as the donkey in Shrek)

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  67. Corvinus says:
    @Jesse

    “Yes, it really is creepy.”

    Trigger much? There is nothing creepy at all for a couple who is unable to have children but has the means and love to adopt a freaking infant or child regardless of their race or ethnicity.

    • Disagree: Cloudbuster, Jesse
  68. Corvinus says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “The unnatural nature of adoption has always been recognized…”

    According to Who/Whom?

    “The adopting parents were typically infertile, unless there was a surplus of children who needed adoption. Emphasis on needed.”

    Children without parents need parents rather than the state to care for them.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @Liza
  69. kihowi says:

    The fundamental question is: if “representation” in movies and such is so important (it is, wokers understand that perfectly), every role that could have gone to a white actor but doesn’t, is harmful to white people. No matter how white the movie is, every black role is a retreat for whites to the same extent that it’s an advance for blacks.

    Why would we want any of that?

    It comes down to “you have so much money already, we should just be able to steal your shit”. Rich people who buy that line of reasoning don’t stay rich long.

  70. Jack D says:
    @Lot

    The Pixar guys know about the uncanny valley and I think are careful to avoid it. Look at the picture of Bonnie. They show off their CGI rendering skill by giving her realistic (if unfortunately European looking) hair – hair is one of the hardest things to render. If you cover up her face and look at just the hair it could be a photograph. But then do the opposite – cover her hair and look at the bottom half of her face – she is clearly (and intentionally) drawn as a cartoon character with big doll eyes and porcelain skin and not as CGI version of a human child. They render every damn hair but then you get to her ears and they are just big vague blobs. There is no ambiguity or doubt that you are looking at a cartoon character and not a real human. They are careful to stay on the cartoon side of the valley.

    What may be throwing you off is that compared to earlier CGI, they render things like cats and dogs much more realistically – the dog in Toy Story 1 looks crude, the cat in the current movie has realistic fur and is realistically lit. And so on. But they are careful NOT to render humans as realistic humans precisely because of the valley.

  71. Jack D says:
    @Mr. Rational

    (((somebody)))

    Galloway – that’s a Jewish name, right?

  72. Because in many ways TS4’s worldview seems like an Eisenhower-era fantasy

    Fantasy seems a pretty apt description of an animated cartoon about sentient toys. Imputing from non-representation of reality as problematic seems pretty deranged. Inability to separate reality from fantasy is a pretty good working definition of insanity.

    I am coming to be more and more persuaded by Scott Adams blanket dismissal of criticism leveled by someone who offended on behalf of someone else. Might as well complain that the ghosts are all as white as sheets.

  73. @Lot

    Lately some of these big budget CGI kids’ movies are smack in the uncanny valley for me.

    Maybe I’d get used to it after a while, but they are unsettling to watch for 20 seconds.

    All computer animation still looks fake to me. Except perhaps the most minimalistic, most kawaii, e.g., Pocoyo.


    In contrast, it’s been a long lifetime since cartoon animation left behind a “flip-book” look, and even that was due more to the choppy nature of film projection than to the animal’s art. Cf. Steamboat Willie.

    CGI has totally ruined franchises such as Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine. And when you look at the long list of credits, it can’t be cheaper than the old way– only faster. I’m so glad Wallace and Gromit have stuck to their guns.

    (Is it still legal to say that in the UK?)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  74. @Reg Cæsar

    That should read “animator’s art”. @#$%% Jeff Besos.

  75. That boy and his little sister sitting in the front lawn: I guess there are no drive-by shootings there.

  76. @Reg Cæsar

    Even chimpanzees adopt orphans, though.

    • Replies: @nymom
  77. Abe says:
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    DI have a long relationship with TOY STORY. The original so beguiled me I was ready to drop out of my graduate degree program at the time (despite big sunken costs in terms of time and money) to try to make my own animated film on a used, entry-level SGI workstation with my 3D graphics whiz best pal (lucky for me, he had the sense to turn me down).

    TOY STORY 1 was the best-written and witty of the films, not coincidentally because one of the Cohen brothers was brought in to script doctor. TOY STORY 2 was very good too, despite supposedly being a straight-to-video project at its inception (Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer were great). Interestingly, while well into the last decade I still thought the animation in the first film had held up great, watching it in UHD over the holidays the human faces in it (Andy’s baby sister) looked really creepy to me now.

    One of my kids was freaked out by the mechanical monkey in TOY STORY 3 so I have not seen it much compared to the other films, but its theme of loss was so similar to TS2 I can’t really keep its particularities straight in my head so it seems like the least of the 4 films.

    But, yes, this is just a continuation of the post-Trump beta-male-pocalypse.

    TOY STORY 4 is all about Bo Peep, Battle Angel
    Sherrie Woody is just another in the long line of stale pale male heroes Disney has been kicking to the curb recently (killed off Tony Stark, emasculated Wreck-It Ralph and Mr Incredible, and most hilariously retired Lightning McQueen to tap the YUGE Latina NASCAR fan market)

    But the thing is, all this beta boy cucking was there from the start. Notice how the original family in TOY STORY never had a dad (no father was seen even on moving day, so guess it was another brave single mom family, despite it weirdly having an under-1 year old baby sister in it). In WALL-E the nebbishy janitor robot falls for a laser-blastin’, butt-kickin’ babe(-bot). And in the original CARS Lightning settles for the road-worn (in all senses) big city lawyer c*nt Sally instead of hooking up with the barely legal twins Mia and Tias (I personally find the getting it on with twin sisters fantasy gross, but this certainly captures the Dubya-era Kid Rock sleaze vibe of the time).

    Lassiter got mee-too’d post-Trump, then denounced by over-the-hill actress Emma Thompson when Disney tried to shadow rehabilitate him as a “consultant”. When you’re a beta-coward who doesn’t stand up to POZ, but thinks out can buy infinite time by making continual accommodations to it, this is what happens. F’HIM.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @TelfoedJohn
  78. carol says:
    @Altai

    such as perhaps a proliferation of laws that grant automatic common law marriage after simply cohabiting for 3 years.

    And where have those common-law laws been passed, pray tell?

    It doesn’t look to me like the common law has changed much since I was in law school 30 years ago.

    • Replies: @Kylie
  79. @Dumbo

    My daughter is adopted, she’s a sweet soul and the sunshine of my life. So sorry to learn there are people like you who would consign her to the trash bin because you find adoption creepy.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Jesse
  80. CPK says:

    Confused by the arithmetic of the review: if more than half the population is “minority”, then the people depicted in the movie must also be a minority.

  81. donut says:
    @Liza

    Years ago when I was sailing I had a shipmate whose parents were from a certain Nordic island nation . The story as he told it was that the couple , who he thought of as his mother and father , that raised him had been unable to have children . The best friend of the woman who raised him and her husband had two children already . So that couple had two more children , my shipmate and his sister and gave them to the barren couple to raise . We were only acquaintances so all I can say is that he seemed to have no more problems than a lot of people from his generation .

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  82. @anon

    the Up movie with the old man had a fat Chinese kid. Etc.

    It’s never explicit, or even hinted, which flavor of Oriental Russell is. Apparently on purpose. Nor was his Asianness touted. (That itself is more Pixar than Disney, which never lets you forget.)

    The model was this guy, who is of Korean parentage:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sohn

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  83. What is it with these whiners and their hair?

  84. A recent movie has SJW couple Naomi Watts & Tim Roth adopting an African child where the Roth character has some conflicted thoughts about the whole deal.

  85. @Enemy of Earth

    You don’t need to watch movies, you are living one. Or maybe a sitcom.

  86. What’s worrisome about Woke is not the knuckleheads on Twitter but the corporate response to the latest mass hysteria. Here in my patch of paradisiacal California, Kaiser Permanente is running a series of ads featuring the approved personages: briny lesbians dancing close, black women cowboys riding the range in the Antelope Valley, newly-arrived sainted brown people from south of the border, and so on. This ad also contains a clip of a drag queen reading to the tiny tots at the library. The lesbo-blacko-browno images are tiresome; too clichéd to stoke my ire. But the cross-dressing, mentally-ill deviant frolicking around kids still in their single digits boils the acid in my gut. So here’s the point: Authoritarian Leftist psychological conditioning leads to oblivion.

  87. “It’s the absence of anything approximating life in America as most of us know it.”

    And who, pray tell, is “us?”

  88. @The Last Real Calvinist

    There is no such thing as too much Jordan Peele.

  89. @peterike

    He’s still waiting for his testicles to drop.

    • LOL: Liza
  90. @Corvinus

    Our little Media Matters paid troll is back, and he’s not taking any prisoners! lol

  91. Liza says:
    @Corvinus

    “The adopting parents were typically infertile, unless there was a surplus of children who needed adoption. Emphasis on needed.”

    Corvinus, it should not be the duty of “society” to find that perfect child (oh-so-cute and lovable) for the infertile couple. The primary concern should be: the potentially best, most suitable, home for a particular parentless child. That is two different things.

    First, they should try to find a blood relative. The child will sense some sameness and stand a better chance in life.

    Second, should be same ethnic group and general physical appearance: I’m old enough to remember when they tried to match ethnic background of the adopting parents to that of the homeless child. I was acquainted with an employee of an adoption agency and that is how I came by that information. That was 35+ years ago.

    Third – no interracial adoptions. None, ever. Those dark (Black, Asian, etc.) kids are the most wretchedly confused of all when they get older. They go hunting for their original culture, etc. A big mess all around, for everybody. Anybody ever notice that childless nonwhites never adopt a white child, except maybe in that film The Jerk, where foolish white boy is adopted by intelligent, hardworking, noble blacks.

    I am wondering if maybe humane, improved orphanages would be all that bad. Let us stop regarding adoption by strangers as automatic first choice.

    • Agree: Desiderius, Jesse
    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @kaganovitch
  92. Elsewhere says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I was about to chime in with the same information. To me, the kid looked obviously Korean, from the start, so much so that I was a bit jarred by the passing reference to him as a Chinese kid.

  93. @Dumbo

    And can’t POC make their own POC-populated movies, instead of expecting white people (or (((white))) people) to make them for them?

    Apparently in the author’s world, Tyler Perry doesn’t actually exist.

  94. @Enemy of Earth

    **Full Disclosure – “My two wives” refers to the fact I am married to an identical twin whose sister lives with us and has always been involved in our family life.**

    “I swear, I thought she was you!”

  95. @anon

    Diversity will never be achieved until the last becky is strangled with the entrails of the last chad.

  96. J.Ross says:
    @Jesse

    “Bypassing nature is wrong so pediatric medicine is creepy. Also, rabies vaccines are unnatural: let kids shake to death.”
    Yeah, no.

  97. @Anonymous

    ‘If as I suspect your friends are not themselves “African-American” (e.g., black) the girl has worse things to worry about than a stupid Disney sequel.’

    The parents have worse things to worry about.

    But the wound is self-inflicted. My sympathy is limited.

  98. @Liza

    Adoption is not ideal, but neither is congenital illness, divorce, widowhood, orphans, abusive parents, profound retardation, democracy, universal suffrage, oligarchy, nationalism, globalism… etc. Most human institutions are attempts to deal with structurally imperfect circumstances in a workable and attainable way.

    Adoption is a great solution in a lot of cases, it does not magically create utopia for every individual involved. This is hardly an argument against it.

  99. J1234 says:

    Matthew Cherry, the African American director of animated short Hair Love, recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “When you don’t see yourself represented and you don’t see people with your same type of hair seen as the hero and seen as loving and desired, it really does a number on your self-confidence.

    What self-confidence? You don’t have self-confidence – and never will – if the entertainment industry is a big factor in the existence and well being of your so called self-confidence. The intellectual shallowness of many black people is revealed through their assessment of mythology as truth through the magic of the media. For example, white people know nothing about black culture, black people say, but black people know everything about white culture because they watched the Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver. (Apparently whites learned nothing about black culture through the tens of thousands of black musical acts that have existed over the last century. Their logic only works in one direction; which ever way makes them feel better about themselves.)

  100. Anonymous[406] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    The real problem is, regardless of ‘diversity’, all these rubber-ball CGI characters act and talk alike. The ultimate effect of these rubberball CGI characters is to turn all kids of all races into mental clones who all think and act alike. The impact of computer animation on kids of all races has been dismal. A lot of gab without thought or reflection.

  101. Anonymous[406] • Disclaimer says:
    @eah

    Yeah, and just imagine what her mother could have accomplished if she had aborted Michelle.

    Henceforth, all you parents tell your kids, “I didn’t get some fancy prize because YOU were born!”

    A society that prizes egotism and fame over life and love.

  102. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    TOY STORY 1 was the best-written and witty of the films, not coincidentally because one of the Cohen brothers was brought in to script doctor.

    I never saw what was the big deal. I barely made it through the first one and didn’t see the rest. It seemed like a rather dumbed down version of STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER and PINOCCHIO.

  103. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:

    Because in many ways ___’s worldview seems like an Obama-era fantasy, a vision of America that might have come from the most die-hard wokester: lovely if you’re globalist and privileged, but alarming if you’re white working class or member of the new serf class — in other words, more than half the U.S. population.

    A rich urbanite cosmopolitan living in gentropolis preaching to us about ‘reality’.

  104. @Jake

    Anti-racism is always imperialistic, brutally imperialistic, on the level of Mongol wars and Turks taking Christian boys by the thousands as tribute annually so they can castrate them.

    The Janissaries were not castrated. It would defeat the purpose of a military force to castrate it’s members. Eunuchs are not ideally suited for military purpose outside the fertile imagination of George R R Martin.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Jack D
  105. @Known Fact

    You don’t need to watch movies, you are living one. Or maybe a sitcom.

    Or a farce.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  106. J1234 says:

    Because in many ways TS4’s worldview seems like an Eisenhower-era fantasy

    So why is a person raised in England after the Eisenhower era a valid or credible source on such things? He apparently lives in some fantasies of his own.

  107. Why not combine the topics of Steve’s two most recent posts, and give the public Sex Toy Story?

    Here’s a possible inspiration:

    POLL: Town of Dildo objects to sex store using town as backdrop for products

  108. Dumbo says:
    @President Camacho

    Hey, that was not me who said that, that was Jesse, whom I was contesting. I’m in favor of adoption. Best.

  109. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Galloway is an intentional misdirection-izer and might as well be working for Mossad or some globalist outfit. Get a load of this.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-can-parasite-break-best-picture-tradition-1257250

    A top screenwriter tells THR it’s his favorite movie of the year, while a comedy producer says the film’s parable of rich-versus-poor could not be better timed for Hollywood liberals sick of social injustice.

    But Hollywood gave up on class conflict and national interest. It’s about idolatry of certain groups over others, e.g. Jews over Palestinians and Jews/blacks/homos uber alles. It has no interest in the white working class. ROMA was a favorite because it was really a family dog story. A nice white rich family with a brown servant dog whom they adore. That’s how the Hollywood class sees the browns. Dogs to dote on and make obey.

    SPOILER ALERT.

    I’ve seen only parts of PARASITE — about half –, but it strikes me as anti-globalist and about national interest. Also, the real villainy is not wealth itself but the globalist attitude of the rich who care more about rubbing shoulders with the globalist jetset than having any sense of nationhood. It is the end result of what Kurosawa warned in HIGH AND LOW. The class division, the resentment, the nihilism, the humiliation of US occupation, and etc. Without nationalism, the rich don’t care about the people below them. Their main interest is to hook up with rich around the world. Thus, the people are left leaderless and headless. In the end, the rich man in HIGH AND LOW gains consciousness, like the samurai, the elite class of Japan, though masterless, comes to sympathize with lowly peasants in SEVEN SAMURAI.

    Indictment of the rich in PARASITE seems to me a blow against globalism, not least against the kind of people who run Hollywood. These globalist liberals always talk about ‘injustice’ but as a pet project and status symbol. Likewise, the rich family in PARASITE surely send their kids to the right schools where they learn to spout off about globo-homo and the rest. What they lack is true memory. The rich man’s wife is always laughing, always bubbly and happy. She’s almost like a stepford creature of globalism. Always into privilege, status, and etc. She has no sense of historical memory and why her nation is the way it is, divided geographically and socially. It’s all about what is trendy and fashionable. Her mentality later shows up in the son who, for awhile, keeps laughing from brain damage. Perhaps, it suggest that the globalist rich mindset is a kind of brain damage: Without true memory, without true commitment to things that matter. Always conforming to the latest trends and staying happy and glib. The son even laughs at his sister’s grave. He has no sense of family history or attachment. Everything is ha-ha funny to him. But then he regains his mind and memory. He realizes who he is and who his family is. And through secret signals, he realizes where his father is. Hidden and separated in the home that is now occupied by foreigners(Germans but could stand in for Americans). It could be a suggestion that as long as Korea is under foreign occupation and lacks historical memory, there won’t be unity between high and low, between south and north. So, the son is committed to making money to buy the house so that his father can emerge and the family can unite again. But the irony is the very business of money-making may make him into just another soulless globalist into trends than memory. His father has to hide because he killed a man in what looks like a take off on the ending of BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI where the Guinness character regains his senses and realizes who the enemy is. He helped build the bridge but he blows it up. The father, likewise, realizes who the real enemy is. It’s the rich globalist who has no concern for anything but privilege and money.
    Now, the rich in the film are not evil or villainous in the usual sense. They are not horrible people. But their worldview is shallow and narrow. It’s status uber alles. To them, most Koreans are just ‘Indians’ to be forgotten or replaced. And the rich father sucks from the globalist teat. So, in a way, everyone is a parasite in the film. To the film’s credit, it’s not a simple bad rich vs good middle and good poor story. When the basement people gain an upperhand, they begin to put on airs and act arrogant. It’s as if even the poor share the same mentality that favors status over everything. If they had the advantage, they’d be no different. Consciously or subconsciously, it seems Bong made one of the most anti-globalist films ever, which is all the more ironic that the globalists are cheering this film. But then, GET OUT sounds to me like an anti-white-liberal movie — their idolatry of blackness wants to devour and own blackness — but white liberals seem to eat it up.

    Is Galloway really this stupid or is he feigning with BS critique to fool his readers into thinking PARASITE is with the good ole globo-liberal program when its main ire is directed at the globalist elite crowd that Hollywood represents? If PARASITE has any meaning, it seems to be the class unity is impossible without national unity. But given trends in SK, the film might as well be its tombstone.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywoods-20-favorite-films-decade-1264272/item/best-films-decade-kings-speech-1264629

    Hollywood, so rich, so elitist, so Zionist uber Palestinians, but presenting itself as progressive by selecting three ‘black’ films in top three spot. So predictable. When will Hollywood make a movie about Nakba?

    • Replies: @Sol
  110. @Dumbo

    Jury Rules Family Of 8 Died By Murder-Suicide After 2 Mothers Drove Their 6 Kids Off A Cliff

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/05/family-cliff-murder-suicide/

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  111. jon says:
    @Lurker

    I didn’t realize he was supposed to be Chinese until this comment thread – his name was Russell, after all. But he was voiced by an Asian kid (Jordan Nagai), and he was promoted on a few websites I found as Pixar’s first Asian character.

  112. @kaganovitch

    The pen is mightier than the sword.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  113. nymom says:
    @Altai

    Yes, you are right Carol. I think common-law marriage existed informally at a time when it took a while for an American to get legally married on the frontier as there were few Judges and others empowered to legally perform a marriage ceremony recognized by the state…so you had to wait for months for some official to show up in order to perform a marriage.

    This has morphed into the legend of common law marriages being an actual thing in the US and there are still people who will argue with you about this…

    Although with many states’ passing ‘squatters rights’ laws now it’s actually a bigger threat to allow anyone to live with you for more than 30 days. Turns out you have to go to court now in order to evict them if they won’t leave voluntarily; so, I think, over time, this will become a bigger issue for people than common law marriage ever was…

  114. Corvinus says:
    @Liza

    “Corvinus, it should not be the duty of “society” to find that perfect child (oh-so-cute and lovable) for the infertile couple.”

    It’s not the duty of society; rather, it is the liberty of the infertile couple to seek opportunities to raise children.

    “The primary concern should be: the potentially best, most suitable, home for a particular parentless child.”

    Exactly.

    “First, they should try to find a blood relative. The child will sense some sameness and stand a better chance in life.”

    And if the blood relative unfortunately does not want that responsibility, then there is the adoption route. The child can experience “sameness” if they are in, as you alluded to, a warm, stable environment.

    “Second, should be same ethnic group and general physical appearance”

    It’s really up to the parents adopting the children.

    “Third – no interracial adoptions. None, ever.”

    Pray tell, how would your proposal even be legislated and enforced? And who are you to dictate matters here?

    “I am wondering if maybe humane, improved orphanages would be all that bad. Let us stop regarding adoption by strangers as automatic first choice.”

    You are entitled to your opinion.

    • Troll: Anonymousse
  115. jon says:
    @Liza

    I didn’t realize there was an anti-adoption movement out there. What a bizarre thing to be against.

    An unwanted or orphaned child should ideally be taken in by blood relatives

    Ideally, there wouldn’t be unwanted or orphaned children at all. But that’s not reality, and neither is a willing and able blood relative to take in all of the unwanted or orphaned children (which is still adoption). As I said to Jesse previously, you can either abort them, adopt them, or round them up in an orphanage.

  116. @Liza

    Mother and child are a biological unit

    Mother and father and child. We are not cattle.

    Well, maybe this person is:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7860077/Rodrigo-Alves-unveils-new-look-shes-reborn-woman.html

    • Agree: Liza
    • Replies: @Liza
  117. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Jesse

    Okay, Dickensian orphanages it is. The little fuckers will have to suffer, but it’s better than Jesse cringing out.

  118. jon says:
    @Anonymous

    Btw, following Galloway’s logic, non-blacks mustn’t listen to black music. It doesn’t affirm their own kind.

    Between this, and the whole “cultural appropriation” thing, I’ve suddenly become a woke white for totally ignoring black culture and trends, and for not exposing my non-black kids to any of it. Feels good man.

  119. Jesse says:
    @Alan Mercer

    Should, say, orphans not be permitted to join a willing home? Does that count as child stealing?

    Ah, the eternal orphans. If you listen to adoption supporters, there are MILLIONS, MILLIONS I TELL YOU of children with literally no one. That’s rarely true. What we have are family units that need support, including extended families, and single mothers (yes, really). The idea that you can just take these kids in order to avoid feeling icky about family dynamics that make you uncomfortable, is vile.

    If forced to choose (hypothetical), do you choose abortion over adoption?

    I choose abortion for the women who want it (their kids turn out terrible anyway), and actually supporting the women who want to have the baby, to support their family.

  120. Jesse says:
    @Coag

    Well, there’s moving an unmarried, pregnant woman to another state away from all her supports, and badgering her constantly until she gives up the baby. There’s cutting all support for these families until the women are so desperate it’s give up a child or live in a box. There’s ostracism…

    The stupid socon fantasy of millions of children being just there for them to morally take is just not true. Women don’t, as a rule, want to give up their babies and it’s immoral to try to make them. The kids of the women who really don’t want them are not going to turn out well no matter who raises them.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    , @Anon
  121. eah says:
    @Elli

    … but lacks forethought and self-control.

    You are too diplomatic here — her remarks are disgusting and sick — as was, albeit less so considering the public circumstances, the general polite silence, even approval from some, that greeted them.

    Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

    • Agree: Anonymousse
  122. nymom says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    Practically every animal species adopts orphans. I see dozens of these videos everyday on U-tube where some orphan animal is discovered too young to eat on its own and another animal, who just recently gave birth adopts them…sometimes it’s a totally different animal like a dog accepting kittens or vice versa…

    Of course the adoption is usually facilitated by a human being who sneaks a kitten into the puppy pile when the mother isn’t looking or something like that. Or a duck with chickens, etc.,

    I am not sure it happens so often in the wild but with domesticate animals it happens all the time.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  123. Jesse says:
    @jon

    Or – OR – they can be raised by their FAMILIES. Remember them? Extended families, their mothers (you may need to go off and cry at how traumatized the thought makes you), and start looking further in concentric circles if that’s really not available.

    Again, let go of the fantasies that there are multitudes of babies and children with literally no one. Almost all have families. You don’t like most of them, but they exist. Raising them under your ideal of a family won’t change how they turn out, because that’s literally all down to genes. So support their real families, and have a foster care system in place if someone really needs a few months break here and there. (This, of course, will mean that foster parents won’t be able to use the system as a catalog for children. Suck it up.)

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    , @Jon
  124. @Jack D

    These films are 100% computer generated. In some future America (it won’t be long now), it will be possible to go back and edit the files.

    It will also become possible to completely bypass the commissars in (((Hollywood)) and start producing movies / shows without their approval. The 5th wave of information has completely destroyed the monopoly that the traditional newspapers and new media had on information. It is taking longer with TV and the movies because the production values are more expensive but that will occur.

    The fall will be even more complete because the stories that are generated now are such junk that there is a real thirst for content that contains a positive racial image of whites. I suspect that part of Fox’s success is the simple fact that you can watch it without a relentless barrage of anti-white tropes unlike the other stations so even if much of it is mindless pablum, at least you don’t get pissed on constantly. Once it becomes explicit, the cartel on information will be broken.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  125. Whiskey says: • Website
    @Elli

    Translation from female to English. Watts aborted the kid of a beta male and is proud of that. She did not carry the genes of an inferior man as women see it.

    This is why women demand unlimited abortion up to 10 years after birth. There is no telling when a man can be beta.

    Avoiding beta spawn is the most important priority for women.

    She’d have kept an Alpha kid.

  126. J.Ross says:

    OH NO, THAT SUCKS:
    CNN SETTLES WITH SANDMANN
    THAT’S WHY THEY CALL HIM SUPERMAN
    Amount not made public.
    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/cnn-settles-lawsuit-brought-by-covington-catholic-student-nicholas-sandmann/

  127. It’s preposterous to see the left’s obsession with ideologically correct representations in pop culture junk. But it’s even more mystifying and sad that the right is perhaps even more obsessed. Why should an adult care at all about cartoons?

    Dump the Funko Pop! figurines, shut the Disney+ off, and go read some Pierre Drieu La Rochelle or Mishima Yukio instead.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @J.Ross
    , @Desiderius
  128. Jesse says:
    @President Camacho

    Whoop de doo. This makes as much sense as people taking about gay rights and expecting “my son is gay” to shut down all discussion.

    And where did this false dichotomy, that it’s either the trash bin or giving the kid away, come from?

  129. Woke: “…the five-year-old, African American girl a friend of mine recently adopted.”

    Broke: “My black friend’s kid.”

    • LOL: Johann Ricke
  130. @Jus' Sayin'...

    Yes, and consider the impression this propaganda makes on the world-wide foreign audience.

    We do indeed seem to be a society enthusiastically building its own funeral pyre.

  131. @Anonymous

    The new Christopher Caldwell book (coming out Jan.20) has a bit where he talks about Jesse Jackson announcing at O’Hare Airport in 1988 that ‘black’ is to be replaced with ‘African-American.’

    Caldwell points out that nobody talks like that, because why say 7 syllables instead of one. (Of course, no one has to say ‘European American.’ ‘White’ will still suffice.)

    He compares this to “an elaborate form of deference, like ‘Your Excellency’ or ‘rradi allah tala ‘anhu‘ and other not-to-be-abbreviated Arabic callings-down of peace upon scholars and companions of the Prophet.”

    The book is Age of Entitlement, and it is a masterpiece. I highly recommend it to all iSteve readers.

  132. anon[446] • Disclaimer says:
    @MEH 0910

    If there is any Disney song that girls of all ages have permanently memorized, it’s “Let It Go”.

    This outstanding vid from Britain’s Got Talent is a demonstration of multiple truths. From the reax of the blonde on the panel to the girls in the audience swaying and singing along.

    Because “no rulez for me!”.

  133. Dumbo says:
    @Desiderius

    Two “mothers” (neither was really), “their 6 kids” (all interracial adopted). Modern family. If it wasn’t for that tragic denouement, could be a sitcom.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
  134. @peterike

    White man trying to horn in on the lucrative Black Hair Lament industry, natch.

  135. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    Why should an adult care at all about cartoons?

    Looney Tunes is great.

    Dump the Funko Pop! figurines, shut the Disney+ off, and go read some Pierre Drieu La Rochelle or Mishima Yukio instead.

    Mishima did low-brow as well as high-brow stuff. He wrote gangster movies and starred in some of them.

  136. OT: Ron will luuuv it:

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/2-years-after-tweeting-anti-semitic-screed-valerie-plame-now-attends-synagogue/

    Comments section

    Claudia Miriam Reed

    Just sent an email to New Mexico’s Democratic party and urge you to do the same. The address is [email protected]. Using the facts provided by Dov Baer below (thank you), I wrote: So once again it appears that progressives may have to choose between reactionary Republicans and dangerous anti-Semites.

    The item Plame famously retweeted just two years ago was, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It appeared in the Unz Review, one of the most antisemitic sites in the country. It included statements such as “American Jews who lack any shred of integrity” should be given a special label when appearing on television: “kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison.”

  137. @eah

    if she hadn’t aborted her other baby years ago when her career was just getting started…

    …to make Brokeback Mountain. We are all the richer!

  138. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:

    1) Such 3/4ths-heated, prestigious-racist, clickbaity articles are guaranteed to be posted through by editors, owing to the economic premises of the industry at this point; like rappers releasing diss tracks this way a journalist can get one’s name out, considering a book or TV deal by now requires expensive gender surgery first.
    2) Did he really just brag about not giving some acquaintance’s kid his screener copy of Toy Story 4

  139. @Known Fact

    You misspelled (((Tiffany Hadish)))’s name.

    Blockquote>[I]f you’re black or brown or gay or a member of any other minority—in other words, more than half the U.S. population.”

    “Yo’ mama’s so bad at maf….”

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  140. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jesse

    Right, adoption is so creepy, that it was necessary for pink-haired liberal-arts-major genderqueers to invade the field and thereby protect democracy. They were greeted with candies and flowers by the feckless major churches who used to run it.

  141. Sol says:
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    John Lasseter, who got METOOed.

    Thanks for the heads-up on TS4; won’t be buying any copies of that as gifts.

  142. Jack D says:
    @Prof. Woland

    I really doubt this. Have you ever seen the credits on a Pixar movie? It takes hundreds and hundreds of artists and animators (and a shit ton of cutting edge hardware) to create one of those movies. And they have big name talent doing the voice acting, great writers, musicians, etc. If you think you’re gonna crank the same thing out on your home computer, not gonna happen.

  143. @Jesse

    The kids of the women who really don’t want them are not going to turn out well no matter who raises them.

    Is this a Law of nature? Do you think week old infants “sense” why their mother gave them away? Our host Mr. Sailer, seems to have turned out OK , despite being adopted(other than that unfortunate golf course architecture obsession of course)

  144. @Jesse

    Raising them under your ideal of a family won’t change how they turn out, because that’s literally all down to genes.

    I don’t know about that. You may not be able to make a silk purse out of a genetic sow’s ear, so to speak, but you sure as hell can make a sow’s ear out of a genetic silk purse.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  145. JimB says:

    Redlining in Uncanny Valley. Oh, dear.

  146. @donut

    So that couple had two more children , my shipmate and his sister and gave them to the barren couple to raise .

    The kinder, gentler trafficking.

    …he seemed to have no more problems than a lot of people from his generation .

    That’s not a valid defense for taking jail bait– “But she liked it!” — so why should it be for backdoor adoptions?

  147. Hhsiii says:
    @Dumbo

    That was awful. And these aren’t little kids. Up to 19 years old? Poor brain-washed souls.

  148. @Liza

    I am wondering if maybe humane, improved orphanages would be all that bad. Let us stop regarding adoption by strangers as automatic first choice.

    Well, the same reason you think stranger adoption is less than ideal applies a fortiori to orphanages, which are after all the wholesale model of stranger adoption, only without the benefits of a family. It should also be noted that there is a reason “improved, humane orphanages” are as rare as unicorns. It turns out that hiring a few minimum wage types to look after bunches of children is not the path to Elysium. Hard to believe, I know but we are all empiricists here after all.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Jack D
  149. OT:

    iSteve content-generator Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is back in the news:

    U. of New Hampshire Prof: Asking Black People to Fight Against Antisemitism Is ‘Racist’

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/01/07/u-of-new-hampshire-prof-asking-black-people-to-fight-against-antisemitism-is-racist/

    “There is no systematic Black on Jewish violence. There is systematic anti-Semitism among white gentiles and white supremacy among white ppl (sic), incl (sic) white Jews, that combines as forces hard at work on Black ppl (sic),” Prescod-Weinstein wrote in another tweet. “Black ppl (sic) must resist these forces but no one should forget their origins.”

    Lol wut?

  150. J.Ross says:

    Prediction: the death toll from Iranian funeral stampedes will exceed the American death toll from tonight’s Iranian rocket attacks.

    • Agree: Alan Mercer
  151. @J1234

    Surely of all things black people are not lacking in self-confidence.

    • Replies: @J1234
  152. Kylie says:
    @carol

    “A discussion from a professional wedding photographer on the ‘Bridal Apocalypse’ (Bridepocalypse?) and the various indices, impacts and potential societal responses, such as perhaps a proliferation of laws that grant automatic common law marriage after simply cohabiting for 3 years. ”

    Potential.

  153. J.Ross says:
    @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    Yes, people should reject trash popular culture, but a major reason for doing so is observing the wholesale conversion of trash popular culture into non-stop political propaganda: the two go hand in hand and it’s not a hypocrisy.
    (There’s a Dragnet episode about someone we would today call an otaku but whom they in that time saw as a nearly Manson-level mental health aberration; there is a great deal of sympathy, his “hobby” is explained by his father leaving the family early — again, for that time, extreme and shameful — and in the end he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. And his hair wasn’t even colored. The future is the past.)

  154. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jesse

    Adoption can be the best solution in a particular case but it is not a panacea. It can work out well or horribly. Children belong with their biological parents unless there is a serious reason they should not or can not be, then best with close relatives, then next best with people of as similar a background as possible.

    In white countries white people should be discouraged from nonwhite adoptions.

    Prolifers should be shamed when they use adoption as an excuse not to terminate defective or genuinely uncalled-for (rape, incest, etc) pregnancies.

  155. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @kaganovitch

    Orphanages are hell. They never will be anything but miserable.

  156. Here’s a cute little interracial adoption story that we all can enjoy– except, of course, the part about dad being deployed:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/4-year-old-boy-has-photoshoot-with-beloved-baby-doll-he-got-when-his-dad-was-deployed/#

  157. Blogger says:

    Steve, is this what you do? Just score the papers for
    outrages?

    Why don’t you go outside? You might realize this stuff
    doesn’t matter.

    Oh, right, you’re diseased physically and mentally.

    • Troll: Patrick in SC, Lurker
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  158. Jack D says:
    @kaganovitch

    Every generation has to reinvent the wheel after forgetting what happened 2 generation ago. The reason that we moved to the adoption model is that orphanages were brutal. Even if the employees were well intentioned and competent and concerned (and they rarely were) it turns out that human babies are supposed to be raised by a mother (and father) and not like factory farmed chickens or else they are damaged psychologically. Factory farmed chickens probably are too, but we don’t care.

  159. @Jack D

    “not gonna happen”

    Not unless your name is, say, Pen Ward — homemade creator of “Adventure Time,” one of the finest works of mass-media art of our era; or unless, say, your name is Walt Disney, creator of “Steamboat Willie” and then later, an empire. Or even, y’know, little Rickie Wagner, scribbling about magic rings and hateful dwarves in his living room.

    Stick to the hasbara, boychik. People are busy working.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  160. Jack D says:
    @kaganovitch

    you sure as hell can make a sow’s ear out of a genetic silk purse

    Right, being adopted into a blue collar family turned Steven Jobs into a beer swilling yahoo from the executive he would have grown up to be if he had stayed with his birth parents. Oh, no wait, it didn’t.

    It turns out that the IQ of adopted children is pretty much un-correlated with that of their adoptive parents either way. You can put stupid kids with smart parents, smart kids with stupid parents – either way it doesn’t change anything.

    Sure if you take the kid and lock him in a closet for 18 years you can damage him but within the range of normal upbringing it turns out that parenting has surprisingly little effect.

    The other day I saw a thing on TV about a baby that had been switched on Dec 7, 1941. The goyish baby went home with the Jewish parents, who always wondered why the kid didn’t look like anyone else in the family. And the Jewish baby grew up as a Christian fundamentalist. The fundamentalist’s son did a DNA test and turned up 1st cousins that he didn’t know that he had and then they put 2 and 2 together and the guy met his real siblings at age 79. The other brother had died in the meantime.

  161. @Jack D

    Right, being adopted into a blue collar family turned Steven Jobs into a beer swilling yahoo from the executive he would have grown up to be if he had stayed with his birth parents. Oh, no wait, it didn’t.

    Yeah but Steve Jobs’s dad wasn’t a beer-swilling yahoo.

    • Replies: @Moses
  162. @Reg Cæsar

    Would you prefer to be a Clampett or a Bluth?

  163. Anon[844] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jesse

    It’s faster, easier and cheaper to buy someone else’s eggs and sperm or find and pay a normal intelligence reasonably attractive young women to find a similar one night stand guy and sell you the baby than find a normal healthy baby to adopt.

    Where has Jesse been for the last 60 years? White women either don’t get pregnant accidentally, abort, or keep the babies for the welfare. There are almost no White babies available for adoption.

    Another idiot on the rag about something of which he is totally, absolutely ignorant.

    Orphanages don’t exist any more. It’s been foster homes and 6 teen group homes for about the last 100 years. Another bloviating asshole blathering about his her imaginary pet cause. In this case, non existent orphanages and non existent babies available for adoption.

  164. @Jack D

    Zheng He was a general. Eunuchs are as clever as anyone else. I was questioning the wisdom of castrating line troops , which janissaries were. I suspect that testosterone performs a vital function in line troops.

  165. @Jack D

    Right, being adopted into a blue collar family turned Steven Jobs into a beer swilling yahoo from the executive he would have grown up to be if he had stayed with his birth parents. Oh, no wait, it didn’t.
    It turns out that the IQ of adopted children is pretty much un-correlated with that of their adoptive parents either way. You can put stupid kids with smart parents, smart kids with stupid parents – either way it doesn’t change anything. Sure if you take the kid and lock him in a closet for 18 years you can damage him but within the range of normal upbringing it turns out that parenting has surprisingly little effect.

    Yes I am well aware that IQ doesn’t change through adoption to a low IQ family. I was talking about things on the locking in a closet continuum. PTSD can leave the highest IQs damaged for life.

  166. Jon says:
    @Jesse

    If they had extended family that wanted them, then they wouldn’t be up for adoption. And there are many more horror stories coming out of the foster care system than there are coming from adoptees. You are really out in left field on this one – just a bizarre thing to rant against.

    • Agree: Jack D
  167. J.Ross says:

    In a newsworld of never-ending Trump Derangement Syndrome, one man has the spare time to encapsulate one whole year of alleged “news.” Will Trump be decried as Hitler — or as the Hitler of Hitlers? Or as Mecha-Hitler? Find out the astonishing answer below.

  168. @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    The right isn’t.

    This is a fight between the corporate/IDPOL fakeleft and the broad middle they serve on the one hand, and the actual left/astute liberals on the other.

    • Replies: @anon
  169. anon[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    Just as the Wokeness that is seeking to cancel Andrew Sullivan is a logical extension of the straight-baiting he did for years, Identity politics is a logical extension of the last 40 years of leftism.

    Here is one example:
    https://nypost.com/2020/01/04/inside-this-female-run-communist-terror-group-hell-bent-on-destruction/

    Lesbian radical feminism is a form of identity politics, is it not? This gang of bombers was clearly late New Left, and obviously engaged in identity politics. Makes some people unhappy, but that doesn’t change anything.

    The Woke Left is just getting started. Institutional, mandatory hatred of YT is still a new thing. Stick around, the show has just begun.

  170. Liza says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    You are right – of course the father is part of the unit. However, quite a few like to spawn and then move along. Separation from the father is bad; but separation from the mother, dare I say, is worse. One fine day, maybe, just maybe, things will return to normal.

    Now about Rodrigo Alves. What are those things on its face trying to pass for lips. Why can’t these guys just own up to the fact that they are homosexuals.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  171. @Jack D

    Preston Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels sharply lampooned all those “serious” critics and writers and directors of the time (re: left-wingers) who wanted only doom-and-gloom realism. The entire movie is about one such director realizing the masses wanted escapism, and thus his popular comedies are truly more valuable to the poor and working class than any message film.

    I do love pointing out that, during the Great Depression, hit after hit movie, especially screwball comedies, were set in the ultra-rich worlds where money was not a concern and all the people dressed impeccably. Even when poor are depicted, its lighthearted, and no one is really worried about their next meal or acting desperately.

    And audiences ate it up.

    • Agree: Liza
  172. Jack D says:

    OT:

    A Ukraine International Airlines reportedly carrying 180 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomenei International Airport, according to Iran’s state television, which said all those aboard are dead. Iranian civil aviation officials said the crash is thought to have been caused by mechanical problems.

    Translation: They thought it was an American military plane and they shot it down by mistake. If it was actual mechanical problems, this would be far too soon to know. They gave the game away by claiming “mechanical problems” the instant the plane fell from the sky.

    This was a flight from Tehran to Kiev. Maybe today was not such a great day to fly in and out of Tehran.

    • Replies: @danand
    , @Elsewhere
  173. J1234 says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The confidence you get from external sources, such as other people celebrating you, is not self-confidence. Why are blacks (generally speaking) such social creatures, both in the positive and negative sense?

    They vote and think as a group more than Asians or whites. They are very tribal in their political voice, all the while demanding that whites shouldn’t be so tribal. The confidence that blacks of today exhibit is largely derived either from the group or from popular culture. Historically, blacks – as a group – are either profoundly humble or profoundly blustery, depending on what their immediate social environment or circumstances are.

  174. J.Ross says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    AT is truly great at first, but later it has some severely shoved-in SJW stuff (including a truly mask-slipping moment in which we are supposed to laugh at a scared old man representing antivaxxers as his gleefully laughing government injects him with an oversized syringe, and, in case that wasn’t clear enough, another in which an abused mentally ill man is nearly killed; also the “magic man” sequences, which are supposed to inculcate hatred of religion, an endorsement of cross-dressing, and, least forgivably of all, joke-spoiling feminist writers going back over the once-brilliant sugar zombie line but making the female character get the joke). What they end up doing to Ice King and Marceline is JJ Abrams-tier unforgivable. All the Lemon Grab sequences are golden, though, and What Is Life and the Witch’s Garden are classics.

  175. Peterike says:
    @J1234

    “For example, white people know nothing about black culture, black people say, but black people know everything about white culture because they watched the Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver.”

    I learned a lot about black culture by watching “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times.” Dy-no-mite!

  176. J.Ross says:
    @Blogger

    Steve, “Blogger” is right. Sure he’s never showed up before, has a wierdly generic name, is plebbit spacing, and sounds botty, but the fact is that none of us really appreciate the significance of a good night’s rest. As it happens I have already looked over the alleged outrage and can save everyone the work. There’s nothing here, so such time would be much better spent in a comfortable bed. We should all just forget about this and nap. I know I’m tired.

    • LOL: XYZ (no Mr.)
  177. @Jack D

    Maybe not, but one person can easily take existing movies and TV shows, chop them up, and mash them together into something subversive.

    Just adding a laugh track to a horror movie makes it into a comedy:

    And adding a little spooky music and some cheesy jump cuts can turn a comedy into a horror movie:

    By taking footage out of context and shifting dialogue around, you can make an entirely new story:

  178. Moses says:
    @anon

    I thought these Disney/Pixar animated movies were diverse already. The Coco movie is about a Mexican kid, Big Hero 6 was about a Japanese kid, the Up movie with the old man had a fat Chinese kid.

    You don’t understand.

    “Diversity” means NO all-White casts at all. Das ist verboten to show Whites existing without non-Whites.

    ANY film showing a White society without non-Whites “I am NOT allow.”

    Hence the moaning and gnashing of teeth over uber-White 2013 “Frozen.”

    Nevermind “Frozen” set in 1840s Norway.

    “Frozen 2” bent the knee by featuring about 30% black and brown cast. No Asians though, you know they don’t count.

    Disney’s all-Polynesian “Moana” and all-Chinese “Mulan” totally ok though, because no Whites.

    Do you get it yet?

  179. Moses says:
    @Jesse

    people just notice it more when it’s a visible minorities

    .

    Non-Whites, not “minorities.”

    “Minorities” suggests tiny numbers, no power or agency.

    It just ain’t so in The Current Year.

    Whites the minorities now.

  180. Lurker says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    However, looking at the crap coming out of Hollywood and Madison Avenue these days, one would get the impression that Negroes are well over thirty percent of the population, Hispanics are not far behind, and Asians are rapidly catching up. Furthermore, typical Hollywood and Madison avenue representations suggest that most of these folks are firmly ensconced in the middle class, often high level professionals. Mixed race marriages predominate. Social groups, e.g., workers meeting after work or going on trips together are always multi-racial. The attempts at mind control propaganda are nauseatingly obvious.

    Not to worry – white Christian males have got those mugger/rapist/gay/coward/traitor/psycho/pedo roles firmly locked down in Hollywood.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  181. including a very white fork

    It’s literally a plastic fork. Is the author trolling?

  182. Moses says:
    @Faraday's Bobcat

    Walter Issacson’s Jobs bio credits the senior Jobs with teaching Steve valuable lessons about craftsmanship and dealmaking that Jobs later put into practice at Apple.

    Jobs’s bio father was Syrian, his bio mother ethnic German.

    Read a story a while back that Jobs had many personality similarities to his bio father.

    The apple does not fall far from the tree.

  183. danand says:
    @Jack D

    “Translation: They thought it was an American military plane and they shot it down by mistake. If it was actual mechanical problems, this would be far too soon to know. They gave the game away by claiming “mechanical problems” the instant the plane fell from the sky.”

    Jack, you may have something there. Looks as though the 737 was burning on the way down:

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  184. @danand

    How many times have civilian jetliners been shot down by the military?

    Korean Jet over Soviet Union 1983
    US shot down Iranian jet in 1988
    Ukraine (?) shot down Israeli jet in 2001?
    Russia shot down Ukrainian jet in 2014?

    • Replies: @Liza
  185. Sol says:
    @Anonymous

    Interesting take on Parasite.

  186. @Abe

    TOY STORY 1 was the best-written and witty of the films, not coincidentally because one of the Cohen brothers was brought in to script doctor.

    I think you mean the Coen brothers, not Cohen. Neither of the Coen brothers were involved in Toy Story, but the confusingly named Joel Cohen was. The same mistake was made by Bill Murray when he accepted the Garfield movie role, according to Murray anyway:

    Bill Murray has claimed he only took the role as Garfield because he mistook the screenplay writer’s name, Joel Cohen, for Joel Coen of the Coen brothers. He accepted the role, briefly skimming through the script. Co-writer Alec Sokolow disputed Murray’s claim in 2014: “He knew it was not Joel Coen well before he met Joel Cohen. It’s a funny take. And it kind of defends him against the criticism of making such an overtly commercial film. But, it’s complete horse shit.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield:_The_Movie

    Lot’s of Kohanim in Hollywood.

    • Thanks: Abe
  187. duncsbaby says:
    @Enemy of Earth

    Hey dude, no need to explain we are a “big-tent” commentary community. Which is something you’ll definitely need the next time you go camping.

  188. artichoke says:

    I am surprised to see comments on here defending the film for being diverse enough. I don’t think it needs to be diverse!

    Make some films with black characters, some with Hispanic characters, some with white characters, some with Asian characters. In fact since it’s all digital, it should be possible to automatically create other versions of the same film with characters of different races. Then everyone can see the same film but see it full of people of their own race.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  189. artichoke says:
    @Enemy of Earth

    Why does the non-wife want to live with her married twin sister?

  190. artichoke says:
    @Liza

    Nobody said adoption cures everything.

    • Replies: @Liza
  191. @Autochthon

    It is Haddish, but thanks now I do see she’s a double-barreled threat, blackish and part-Jewish!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Haddish

    When I contend there actually are quite a few attractive Jewish women out there, this is not exactly what I have in mind.

  192. Elsewhere says:
    @Jack D

    It doesn’t make a lot of sense to shoot down a plane that just took off from your own airport. How could it have been misidentified? On the other hand, shortly after takeoff is a common time for planes to have mechanical difficulties and crash.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  193. Liza says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Well, if it’s only 4 civilian aircraft shot down since 1983, that’s not much. Could be much, much worse. Indeed, I am surprised there haven’t been more such crashes.

  194. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Just saw Lalaland.

    I never thought I’d see a musical worse than ONE FROM THE HEART. I just did.

  195. Dumbo says:
    @Elsewhere

    It was more likely a bomb. Planted by someone from Mossad. An Ukrainian plane, over Iran. Two birds with one stone. But we’ll never know for sure.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Joe Stalin
  196. Jack D says:
    @Dumbo

    I think we’ll know unless the Iranians obstruct the investigation. Israel has nothing against Ukraine at present so I don’t know what you are talking about, nor are they in the habit of blowing up civilian jets, even Iranian ones. There is absolutely nothing here that points to Mossad except your fertile anti-Semitic imagination.

    If there was a bomb on board then the Iranians either planted it or let it thru. If the latter, maybe intentionally, maybe thru negligence. But I’m still betting that they shot it down by accident. They would have had itchy trigger fingers expecting that the Americans were coming for them.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @J.Ross
  197. Anonymous[179] • Disclaimer says:

    I always said it aloud as “Toyce Tory.”

  198. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @artichoke

    I am surprised to see comments on here defending the film for being diverse enough. I don’t think it needs to be diverse!

    The real problem is they are all homogeneously rubber-ballian. Also, no matter the race or ethnicity of these rubber-ballians, they all talk and act like they doped high on globo-American mannerisms. It’s like watching kids on speed.

  199. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lurker

    Not to worry – white Christian males have got those mugger/rapist/gay/coward/traitor/psycho/pedo roles firmly locked down in Hollywood.

    True, but it’s more like pedos, traitors, cowards, homos, and rapists got the White Christian Male roles locked down.

  200. Dumbo says:
    @Jack D

    I was joking, but, at this point, it could be anything really. Iran mistake or even Mossad/Cia/enter your favorite terrorist or deep state actor.

  201. J.Ross says:
    @Jack D

    There’s another possibility which should never be forgotten when a plane crash involves Ukrainians, Muslims, and the number “737:” maybe it really was a mechanical screwup.
    ———-
    Israel has nothing against Ukraine

    This is such a Jack D thing to say that the only thing to do with it is to stare at it.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @kaganovitch
  202. Liza says:
    @artichoke

    No, of course not. The point is: adoption will happen, but it should be carried out for the right reason, namely, to find the most suitable home for a particular child instead of setting out to satisfy neurotic women’s excessive desire to be seen as mothers. But these women aren’t weeded out as far as I can tell.

    There is something strange about any woman who is desperate to have a child. It is normal to WANT kids and to go about having them in the normal way, but if you are either infertile or your husband is, or you are scared of childbirth, maybe put your energy into helping people who already have kids. Of course, not all of these women try to adopt; they go for unnatural reproductive technologies instead.

    So, it is a fallen world in so many ways. This is just one more issue. Everything is deserving of criticism, even people who comment here.

    • Replies: @artichoke
  203. eah says:

    OT

    “I’ll take Things That Never Happened for $6,000,000, Alex.” –> link

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @J.Ross
    , @J.Ross
  204. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    The Ukrainian airline had a spotless safety record. Israel has good relations with Ukraine. This is not 1941.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  205. J.Ross says:
    @eah

    Two ideas from 4chan, the latter truly hilarious:
    1 — Paul is a bad guy who has decided, in the manner of the mystery novel enthusiast who thinks he’s a law school graduate, to get out ahead of a little something we might be hearing about soon.
    2 — Everyone who internets has seen something like this:
    https://postimg.cc/ppWTzk6W
    Dear old people who do not internet as often, if you see something like this, do not panic. You are actually not dealing with the finance minister of Nigeria any more than you are being attacked by a Russian hacker who can “see” into your computer here. This is a criminal attempting to scare you into giving him your credit card number. Closing the window, erasing cookies, updating blocker lists, and other standard precautions, will completely defeat the guy, who never had any idea what you have.
    Unless you know nothing about computers and you actually do have something bad, and then you panic and tweet about it …
    ———
    Re “Qanon” — there are no references to economist and journalist Paul Krugman anywhere in the official Q archive set, nor would there be, because the Q myth is about ethical feds taking down corrupt feds in the federal government, not this Quebecois car wreck of a concept. IPs can’t be compromised, CP isn’t being put remotely onto your stuff, and Q, real or fake, has nothing to do with any of this. Every part of this is crazy.
    HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE
    https://postimg.cc/SJxSJRnj
    Very next tweet, Krugman informs us that “The Times is on the case.” The well known law enforcement agency, The Times. Four for four, Paul. It’s as great as telling people to ignore BitCoin in 2013 or predicting in the 90s that the internet would be a fad.

  206. J.Ross says:
    @eah

    Last reply, I promise, but it’s not every day you get to laugh at Paul — like I said this is the last one. This guy is ex-NYPD:
    https://postimg.cc/1gjCcWHL

    • Thanks: eah
  207. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Jack D

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J.Ross
  208. @J.Ross

    Israel has nothing against Ukraine

    This is such a Jack D thing to say that the only thing to do with it is to stare at it.

    There may be individual Jews, perhaps even many, who hate Ukraine with a passion. The state of Israel though, has good relations with Ukraine. In 1960 there were many American vets who hated Japan with a passion. Does that mean it’s plausible that the US government would blow up a JAL flight?

    • Agree: artichoke
  209. Jack D says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Jet engines catch fire fairly regularly (actually they are ON FIRE all the time – fire is what makes the plane go , you usually just can’t see the flames shooting out) but this doesn’t bring the aircraft down. You shut down the engine that has caught fire and land on the other one(s).

  210. artichoke says:
    @Liza

    Well I’m a guy, and after a while I decided I wanted kids (I am programmed to want them) and took quite decisive steps to make that happen. Fortunately there was no physical problem and the program worked out. But I can understand that a woman who is biologically programmed to want kids and usually also to raise them might take decisive steps too. That will look more desperate in a woman, because women aren’t supposed to be first-movers, or they should at least be sly about it.

    Does a woman know if she’ll be a good mother? Not from everything I’ve heard. Women who think they will do great have serious issues, women who are quite scared of it do it wonderfully, nobody can tell in advance. Who will grow into the job, who won’t? Your whole perspective changes when the kid is there, and the challenges are new too. If there’s reliable psychological screening to detect these outcomes, I don’t know about it. And it has to be reliable, not just some way of enacting a different agenda.

    Also, there are no perfect parents. If not those parents, then who? Are there lots of other better potential parents eager to take that kid?

    So I’m inclined to say that if it’s better than endless fostering or some kind of institutional childhood, go with the adoptive parents, and try to help them succeed at it.

  211. Anonymous[292] • Disclaimer says:

    Bonnie looks like comic Kate Micucci.

  212. J.Ross says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    In the spirit of ecumenism, the 737-800 is the “outgoing” model which was to have been replaced by … that other Boeing 737.

  213. @Anonymous

    Mishima did low-brow as well as high-brow stuff. He wrote gangster movies and starred in some of them.

    Very good point! He was also quite fond of comic books. Near the end of his life he wrote an excellent essay about it, I think, for Heibon Punch.

  214. @Liza

    Separation from the father is bad; but separation from the mother, dare I say, is worse.

    This statement exactly reverses the empirically observable truth: children raised by their fathers alone have significantly better outcomes in life than do children raised by their mothers alone. Cf. this study from the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology:

    The major finding of the study was that across a variety of assessments of psychological well-being (self-esteem, anxiety, depression, problem behaviors), children (especially boys) did significantly better in the custody of their fathers. Moreover, children in father custody had the advantage of maintaining a more positive relationship with the nonresident parent, the mother. These differences in children’s well-being were not eliminated by statistically controlling for the custodial parent’s psychological state and adequate income or the child’s contact with the nonresident parent—other variables that also predicted children’s well-being. No same-gender advantage was found for girls in mother custody. For these children, well-being was predicted by close “parentlike” contact with the nonresident father—participating in a variety of activities and spending holidays together.

    • Replies: @Liza
  215. Liza says:
    @Autochthon

    Well, that is most interesting and thank you for presenting this info. I think the findings are likely accurate for older children and teens – but not babies. A baby needs its mother, her touch and her milk. The baby knows. Yes, a good father with his baby is better than that same baby with its shitty mother. But we are not talking about atypical situations here.

    Most fathers don’t have custody of their babies but some do get custody of older children. Now that you have me thinking about this a little deeper, children who get to live with their father may actually be in a better situation because divorced, separated or widowed women with older children may behave badly (ie, bring too many boyfriends home). Indeed, I don’t think any of her boyfriends should be spending the night with children around but I guess that’s just me what thinks that way.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  216. @nymom

    In the wild it does not happen very often, at least interspecies. Intraspecies, it happens sometimes. Chimpanzees occasionally have “pets” but they often beat them to death later for fun. Female chimpanzees have been observed to sometimes cuddle alive(or recently beaten-to-death as in the above) furry mammals and mimic care on them such as grooming, etc, perhaps their version of stuffed animals.

  217. @Liza

    One of the primary reasons children raised solely, or primarily, by their fathers fare better than those raised solely or primarily by their mothers is that mothers very often make Herculean efforts to alienate the children from their fathers and minimize contact with those fathers; fathers very seldom make any objection to mothers’ involvement with their children, and almost always work hard to encourage it. These behaviours are explained in part by males’ greater affinity for honor, sacrifice, suffering, equanimity, and selflessness, as well as mothers’ incentives to minimise fathers’ time with their children for cash and prizes from the government – be it via direct payments in cash or in kind, or via the “child support” racket. For instance, many a father stoically lives in a bedsit or even a vehicle, the better to husband limited resources to ensure children are cared for, even if those very children are denied access to the father. Some fathers do this because the government forces them to with draconian dictates, but others do so entirely voluntarily. Nearly any mother, on the other hand, would never dream of such a fate: mothers will gleefully and shamelessly destroy every penny of the couple’s resources on litigation until they force the father into penury and submission, levelling false allegations of “abuse” at him to deprive the children of their father, and so on – again, many mothers do this because the government and related systems* so strongly encourage it, and still others do so entirely of their own malevolent initative.

    Fathers from destroyed families also less commonly shack up with new women than do mothers, as you rightly mention, and even if and when they do so, or remarry, sexual dimorphism ensures the biological parent is equipped to discourage with a quickness any bad behavior from the interloper – e.g., a dirtbag stepfather inclined to abuse the children is likely not fearful of their mother, and is liable to abuse her too; a dirtbag stepmother inclined to abuse the children, however, will probably think twice about the consequences of being caught out, and, if caught out, may be on her way to the hospital rather than the gaol, because, although husbands commonly endure abuse by their wives with stoicism, and while many mothers will turn a blind eye to abuse of their children out of fear or affection for the abuser, statistics indicate fathers take a much more “zero tolerance” approach to abuse of their children.

    (This stuff is all rudimentary biology and ethology, of course, but everyone pretends not to know it the same way they pretend not to notice races exist or that intelligence and personalities have genetic elements.)

    Obviously, it is best for children to be raised by their fathers and their mothers in intact families, but modern laws and mores (quite by design) make this natural and optimal arrangement exceedingly rare.

    I commend your reasonable civility and I enjoyed this exchange.

    *Note, for instance, the Violence Against Men Act, the plethora of shelters and other support services for abused men, and the proportionate frequency with which mothers are arrested in “he said, she said” disputes, and the fiction – reiterated approvingly by even you – that the breast pump has not been invented or that infants and toddlers need their fathers less than, say, teenagers do. (Fun fact: unborn children in nuclear families recognise their fathers’ voices by the time they are seven months old (though obviously, the increasing number of children deprived of their fathers before they are even born do not).

    • Thanks: Liza
    • Replies: @Autochthon
    , @Liza
  218. @Autochthon

    The salient part of the example, is that, no doubt (especially if the perpetrator had been a Paki or Guatalombian illegal alien) the father would have been arrested and charged with attempted murder in Nueva York or Mexinchifornia, and charged with a “hate crime” against homosexuals to boot.

    America does not exist any more. A few rump states like Florida and Wyoming muddle along (the former soon to fall as it will be ruled by mestizoid invaders in Miami….).

  219. Liza says:
    @Autochthon

    – reiterated approvingly by even you – that the breast pump has not been invented or that infants and toddlers need their fathers less than, say, teenagers do.

    Whoa, horse! Pumping milk by a machine then putting it into a bottle and feeding the baby that way is most certainly not anywhere near as good as the child right on the breast. First of all, some nutrients are degraded, but that is not the main problem, because you can always supplement with drops, etc. The primary reason is that when a woman nurses a child directly, much more is imparted than just the nutrition in the milk. I am not going to go on at length on this topic. If it interests you, you can investigate further.

    It is not that “infants and toddlers need their fathers less” – it’s that a mother’s direct, almost-constant presence is critical during this early phase of development whether the father is there or not. And keep in mind, as I stress again, we are not discussing horrible mothers VS wonderful fathers, or saintly mothers VS inferior fathers, but normal-range humans trying their best in poor circumstances.

    Thanks.

    PS. You are correct – America doesn’t exist anymore. It’s Amerika now; has been so for some time. Under our very eyes.

  220. Raddy says:
    @stingaling

    Quit whining. If people of color object make some cartoons of your own. Don’t whine when they tank because the public doesn’t want to be preached to in what is supposed to be light and fun.

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