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Humor from The New Yorker (with some interpolations by me — see if you can guess which):

Plots of Nineteen-Eighties Movies if Their Protagonists Had Been People of Color
By Carlos Greaves

February 27, 2021

“Risky Business” — After a suspicious neighbor calls the police on Joel Goodson, and his sex party gets raided, he is tried as an adult on felony charges for destruction of property, solicitation, and twenty-two counts of corrupting a minor. He does not get into Princeton.

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” — As Cambodian refugees themselves, Elliott and his family are able to walk E.T. through the asylum process. After getting a green card, E.T. settles in California and opens a successful chain of laundromats called “Foam Home.”

“Chariots of Fire” — After running 400 meters on the beach, the aspiring Olympic 100-meter men knock off to individually practice their intimidating glares and menacing body language that they will use on each other at the starting line of the big race. Eventually, their coach cajoles them into practicing the 4 x 100m relay as a team a few times. After several dropped batons, a fight breaks out and practice is over.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” — In the words of Ferris Bueller’s—or, rather, Ferris Bulele’s—parents, they “weren’t born yesterday,” and “did not come all the way from Senegal so that their son could skip class and wind up addicted to drugs.” Ferris attends school that day, and every other day, until he graduates high school as valedictorian, goes to Yale, and becomes a dermatologist. His parents are still disappointed that he didn’t become a cardiologist.

“Das Boot” — The enlistees pass up the opportunity to volunteer for hazardous submarine combat duty in favor of sensible land-based postings in supply that will later help them get post-service paper-pushing jobs with the City and, by age 58, retirement on two government pensions.

“The Breakfast Club” — The five​ ​Shermer High School students attend all-day detention together for what will be the first of twelve all-day detentions they receive that year—a rate of disciplinary action far exceeding that of their white peers. Thirty-five years later, the “Shermer Five,” as they come to be known, are discussed at length in an episode of the podcast ​“Nice White Parents.”

“The Right Stuff” — Nobody ever gets any higher off the ground than he can jump.

“Sixteen Candles” — Rather than ridicule him, Sam and her friends bond with Long Duk Dong over their shared experience as immigrants. At the end of the film, Long throws Sam a surprise quinceañera and wows the guests with his shockingly suave Latin dance moves.

“Amadeus” — Tiger Father Leopold Maozart forces Wolfie to practice the classics for 14 hours per day and never lets him compose anything new.

“The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” — Indiana Jones steals artifacts from American museums and returns them to their rightful countries of origin.

“Caddyshack” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

“Koyaanisqatsi” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

“Witness” — Nobody saw nothing.

 
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  1. The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.

    These people are so cringe

    • Replies: @Abe
    @Not Only Wrathful


    The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.

    These people are so cringe
     

     
    That was THE NEW YORKER and not Steve’s interpolation? (I didn’t sneak a peek). Isn’t the current “scriptie” (my play on the daily dose of MSM propaganda we’re supposed to imbibe, as if they were a serving of WHEATIES cereal; when my wife starts ramping up about the latest sad negro story on the news, I quip- “Taken your CNN scriptie, I see.”) supposedly that young black males are all upright aspiring rocket scientists saving their paper route money for the latest neat-o graphing calculator who wouldn’t hurt a fly?

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Not Only Wrathful


    The Karate Kid
     
    At the time Daniel was born, Newark was still Italian, as the upcoming Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark will show. It didn't turn until after the riots.

    Caddyshack
     
    There was a black guy in the original. He had a rowboat that scratched Rodney Dangerfield's anchor.

    Replies: @Anon

  2. Regarding The Karate Kid that is completely false. I have seen YouTube videos of extremely overconfident Black guys with ZERO MMA skills picking fights with White MMA fighters and getting their asses kicked badly. They thought just being born Black automatically made them physically superior to any White MMA fighter!

    • Replies: @fnn
    @Luzzatto

    Street boxer in South Korea:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il0jyoMQFHA

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    , @Anonymous
    @Luzzatto

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

  3. Hm; I don’t care for the snark of either you or the New Yorker. Looking at this list, doesn’t it look like movies were more fun back then precisely because they weren’t always about race or other wedge issues? Because they might’ve taken a bit more effort without a CGI crutch?

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Ma Laoshi

    Once upon a time, lost way back in the hazy mists of memory (and probably entirely unknown to you), the New Yorker magazine was vital, informative, and entertaining.

    All by his lonesome, Steve Sailer fills its empty shoes pretty well. Though, AFAIK, no tote bags are available at this juncture. Quick way to get mugged, right?

    Replies: @Dissident

    , @SafeNow
    @Ma Laoshi

    “Hm; I don’t care for the snark of either you or the New Yorker. Looking at this list, doesn’t it look like movies were more fun back then precisely because they weren’t always about race or other wedge issues? Because they might’ve taken a bit more effort without a CGI crutch?”

    Great point. I would add that movies were better not only “back then” — the 80s — but also, earlier. I think I was pretty good at understanding a movie, but there was so much in it, I would later read the Ebert review and he would tell me what I had missed.

    I agree about the “snark” of The New Yorker. But Steve is quite clever.

  4. Imagine complaining that Chariots of Fire, a massively propagandistic (albeit incredibly scored) movie about the already incredible speed of jewish integration into respectable White society, is not anti-White enough.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @gent


    Imagine complaining that Chariots of Fire, a massively propagandistic (albeit incredibly scored) movie about the already incredible speed of jewish integration into respectable White society, is not anti-White enough.
     
    Whether or not it's fair to the actual Harold Abrahams, his character really does come off as an incredibly whiny prick in most of the film. Even if he is a huge Gilbert & Sullivan fan.

    Replies: @Polistra

  5. “Risky Business” — After a suspicious neighbor calls the police on Joel Goodson, and his sex party gets raided, he is tried as an adult on felony charges for destruction of property, solicitation, and twenty-two counts of corrupting a minor. He does not get into Princeton.

    I always had the conceit to write a short story where Joel Goodson is in the same reality as Michelle Obama and keeps pestering her why she got into Princeton while he’s stuck at Urbana-Champaign (not a bad school actually- it’s where HAL 9000 was made) since they are basically identical when it comes to being Ivy League material- i.e. bright but not quite bright enough plus cringey try-hards to boot. “OK”!”, she yells. “It’s because I’m black! Is that what you wanted to hear?” Then they go out for coffee together…

  6. Nineteen eighties slasher films where the maniac murderer isn’t white? Michael Myers is a sexually-frustrated hapa a la Elliot Rogers? Freddy Krueger is an Epstein type?

    Beverly Hills Cop (surely a Steve favorite) is played by Sly Stallone? Back to the Future has Michael Jackson telling Chuck Berry how to invent rock n’ roll? When Jackson unveils his future self on stage at the hop – ‘No, you’re not ready for this.’

    • Thanks: Polistra
  7. “Caddyshack” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

    “Koyaanisqatsi” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

    “Witness” — Nobody saw nothing.

    These are all you. Duh.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Wilkey

    Caddyshack is in the original

  8. “Koyaanisqatsi” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

    Lol.

    • Agree: ic1000
  9. @gent
    Imagine complaining that Chariots of Fire, a massively propagandistic (albeit incredibly scored) movie about the already incredible speed of jewish integration into respectable White society, is not anti-White enough.

    Replies: @Wilkey

    Imagine complaining that Chariots of Fire, a massively propagandistic (albeit incredibly scored) movie about the already incredible speed of jewish integration into respectable White society, is not anti-White enough.

    Whether or not it’s fair to the actual Harold Abrahams, his character really does come off as an incredibly whiny prick in most of the film. Even if he is a huge Gilbert & Sullivan fan.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Wilkey


    Harold Abrahams, his character really does come off as an incredibly whiny prick in most of the film.
     
    Never saw the film, but just so you know: the Tribe consider this to be a feature, not a bug.
  10. @Ma Laoshi
    Hm; I don't care for the snark of either you or the New Yorker. Looking at this list, doesn't it look like movies were more fun back then precisely because they weren't always about race or other wedge issues? Because they might've taken a bit more effort without a CGI crutch?

    Replies: @Polistra, @SafeNow

    Once upon a time, lost way back in the hazy mists of memory (and probably entirely unknown to you), the New Yorker magazine was vital, informative, and entertaining.

    All by his lonesome, Steve Sailer fills its empty shoes pretty well. Though, AFAIK, no tote bags are available at this juncture. Quick way to get mugged, right?

    • Replies: @Dissident
    @Polistra


    Once upon a time, lost way back in the hazy mists of memory (and probably entirely unknown to you), the New Yorker magazine was vital, informative, and entertaining.
     
    Last I checked, even the cartoons were but a shadow of what they once had been.

    All by his lonesome, Steve Sailer fills its empty shoes pretty well.
     
    Agree.

    Though, AFAIK, no tote bags are available at this juncture. Quick way to get mugged, right?
     
    Remember when the suggestion of offering iSteve branded merchandise as a means of raising money was made? T-shirts, etc., with Just Noticing imprinted. (Or should that be 'Just Noticing)?
  11. @Not Only Wrathful

    The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.
     
    These people are so cringe

    Replies: @Abe, @ScarletNumber

    The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.

    These people are so cringe

    That was THE NEW YORKER and not Steve’s interpolation? (I didn’t sneak a peek). Isn’t the current “scriptie” (my play on the daily dose of MSM propaganda we’re supposed to imbibe, as if they were a serving of WHEATIES cereal; when my wife starts ramping up about the latest sad negro story on the news, I quip- “Taken your CNN scriptie, I see.”) supposedly that young black males are all upright aspiring rocket scientists saving their paper route money for the latest neat-o graphing calculator who wouldn’t hurt a fly?

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
    @Abe

    Just ask yourself how much of a ridiculous fraud someone has to be to project their own authenticity this hard onto a skin colour...

    Replies: @San Fernando Curt

  12. Sorry, I forgot the graphic

  13. @Abe
    @Not Only Wrathful


    The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.

    These people are so cringe
     

     
    That was THE NEW YORKER and not Steve’s interpolation? (I didn’t sneak a peek). Isn’t the current “scriptie” (my play on the daily dose of MSM propaganda we’re supposed to imbibe, as if they were a serving of WHEATIES cereal; when my wife starts ramping up about the latest sad negro story on the news, I quip- “Taken your CNN scriptie, I see.”) supposedly that young black males are all upright aspiring rocket scientists saving their paper route money for the latest neat-o graphing calculator who wouldn’t hurt a fly?

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

    Just ask yourself how much of a ridiculous fraud someone has to be to project their own authenticity this hard onto a skin colour…

    • Replies: @San Fernando Curt
    @Not Only Wrathful

    Our very dilemma, brevis.

  14. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    [volume spike at 0:09]

  15. @Luzzatto
    Regarding The Karate Kid that is completely false. I have seen YouTube videos of extremely overconfident Black guys with ZERO MMA skills picking fights with White MMA fighters and getting their asses kicked badly. They thought just being born Black automatically made them physically superior to any White MMA fighter!

    Replies: @fnn, @Anonymous

    Street boxer in South Korea:

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @fnn

    World War Hair, every Korean moved in to touch the black guy's hair. What is that, anyway?

  16. The Karate Kid is marred a bit by a woke scene or two. What makes it worse is thinking about what happened to California and putting it in that context.

    • Agree: Wilkey
    • Replies: @Dissident
    @songbird

    Incidentally, concerning The Karate Kid, according to IMDB, lead actor Ralph Macchio was born on November 4, 1961, and the film (original version) was released 22 June, 1984.

    Can anyone guess what I'm wondering? (Hint: Screenshots from the film.) Answer below break.
    Doesn't Macchio look a good several years younger than the youngest that he, based upon the cited dates, would have presumably been at the time of filming?

    Cinematic illusion? Macchio actually looked unusually young for his chronological age? Or some combination of both?
    ~ ~ ~
    My favorite scene in Beverly Hills Cop (Eddie Murphy): When he successfully impersonates some kind of Law Enforcement Agent while being chased through the warehouse by one, completely turning the tables on the latter and utterly intimidating him. "Freeze! We do these inspections in every state, with the exception of Cleveland."
    ~ ~ ~
    Perhaps some may find of interest this [VIMEO] 5:25 minute montage ["Major Spoilers"] from a number of Coming-of-Age films. The films released in the 1980's that are included:
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off; The Breakfast Club; Stand By Me; and The Outsiders.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    , @Stealth
    @songbird

    Isn’t The Karate Kid really about good guy Ellis Islanders vs evil WASPS with names like Johnny Lawrence and Bobby Brown anyway?

    Replies: @Luzzatto

  17. Vacation:

    DeClark Griswold decides to take the baby moma and youngins on a cross country adventure in the Wagon Kangz Family Hoopdie to get a chicken sandwich from a Popeye’s Chicken in Las Vegas. After a week of adventures going cross country, that include asking for directions in an upper middle class neighborhood of St. Louis, raping a white women found swimming in a motel pool, and stealing a car in rural Arizona, da Griswolds arrive at a Popeye’s only to find that it is out of chicken sandwiches. DeClark proceeds to incite a brawl in the dining area, after which the president of Popeye’s offers DeClark his comped room at Trump’s casino.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mike Tre

    You're good at this, Mike. I just came across this post. Give me some time. I'll try to do better than The Pink Panther's Dog Day Afternoon.

    , @Luzzatto
    @Mike Tre

    Plenty of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Chicago where The Griswolds are from, so no need to travel thousands of miles just for that. Your plot makes no sense. In a Black version of National Lampoon's Vacatio, The Black Griswold's travel to an amusement park called Wakanda World which is located in South Central Los Angeles instead of Wally World in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita (Six Flags actual location of Wally World)!

  18. Talk Radio by Oliver Stone – a controversial and outspoken white-advocate radio talk jock in Texas is forced off the air by the ADL. He dies mysteriously in an unsolved street robbery gone wrong while walking to his automobile.

    • Replies: @TGGP
    @Ray P

    Wasn't that inspired by the real case of a radiohost murdered by neo-nazis?

    Replies: @Ray P

  19. @Wilkey
    @gent


    Imagine complaining that Chariots of Fire, a massively propagandistic (albeit incredibly scored) movie about the already incredible speed of jewish integration into respectable White society, is not anti-White enough.
     
    Whether or not it's fair to the actual Harold Abrahams, his character really does come off as an incredibly whiny prick in most of the film. Even if he is a huge Gilbert & Sullivan fan.

    Replies: @Polistra

    Harold Abrahams, his character really does come off as an incredibly whiny prick in most of the film.

    Never saw the film, but just so you know: the Tribe consider this to be a feature, not a bug.

  20. OT–@Steve:
    https://www.merkur.de/welt/coronavirus-deutschland-rki-lothar-wieler-chef-jens-spahn-rassismus-migration-intensivpatienten-90226003.html
    https://archive.vn/1lp8V
    03.03.2021

    deepl + com: »Numbers dramatic
    “It’s a taboo”: Many Corona patients with migration background – Wieler’s statement gives a deep insight

    Due to the language barriers of some people in Germany, the Corona policy cannot reach the entire population. This is currently evident in the intensive care units.

    As “Bild” now claims to have learned from a conversation between Prof. Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, and some chief physicians, many patients with a migration background are in the intensive care units of hospitals. They would be concerned about higher infection rates due to language barriers. Accordingly, these people would not be reached by the policy.

    Through a telephone survey of chief physicians, he said, figures regarding this issue had already been obtained. “According to my survey, over 90 percent of intubated, critically ill patients always had a migration background. We have agreed internally that we want to call such sick people ‘patients with a communication barrier,’” the head of the pulmonary clinic at Bethanien Hospital in Moers, Thomas Voshaar is said to have explained.

    For Wieler, this insight is said not to have been new. Rather, he said, he had already tried to take this issue to the politicians around Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. “I heard it the same way. But it’s a taboo. I have tried to approach certain people. We have to reach out to this religious group through imams. The whole thing has huge implications for Berlin. It’s a real problem.”

    The RKI chief suggested taking the sensitive issue to the mosques and “parallel societies in the middle of our country” via social work. However, one would not get in there. “This group consists of four million people in Germany. That corresponds to a share of 4.8 percent. But in the intensive care units, there are well over 50 percent from this group.”«

    • Thanks: Change that Matters
    • Replies: @theo the kraut
    @theo the kraut

    OT--Switzerland, deepl.com translation:

    https://www.bazonline.ch/70-prozent-migranten-im-corona-spitalbett-693852787002
    https://archive.vn/lepYw
    More targeted corona measures
    Are migrants more often hospitalized for corona? That's what nurses say.

    »According to nursing professionals, an above-average number of patients with a migration background occupy intensive care units. There are no official figures on this.
    01.12.2020
    If you study the Corona Crisis, you will notice that there is a correlation between migration and high infection rates. Initially, this was an issue in our region in various municipal command staffs: "The first numbers until before the fall vacations suggested an accumulation among Balkan returnees," says the president of the SVP of Basel-Landschaft, Dominik Straumann, who has various information channels to the command staffs through the fire department. A few days ago, government councillor Thomas Weber raised the issue in public; on Radio SRF's Regionaljournal, he explained: "We're not reaching certain population groups enough, especially those who don't speak German."«

    , @theo the kraut
    @theo the kraut

    OT--Switzerland, deepl.com translation:

    https://www.bazonline.ch/70-prozent-migranten-im-corona-spitalbett-693852787002
    More targeted corona measures
    Are migrants more often hospitalized for corona? That's what nurses say.

    »According to nursing professionals, an above-average number of patients with a migration background occupy intensive care units. There are no official figures on this.
    01.12.2020

    If you study the Corona Crisis, you will notice that there is a correlation between migration and high infection rates. Initially, this was an issue in our region in various municipal command staffs: "The first numbers until before the fall vacations suggested an accumulation among Balkan returnees," says the president of the SVP of Basel-Landschaft, Dominik Straumann, who has various information channels to the command staffs through the fire department. A few days ago, government councillor Thomas Weber raised the issue in public; on Radio SRF's Regionaljournal, he explained: "We're not reaching certain population groups enough, especially those who don't speak German."«

  21. Anonymous[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Luzzatto
    Regarding The Karate Kid that is completely false. I have seen YouTube videos of extremely overconfident Black guys with ZERO MMA skills picking fights with White MMA fighters and getting their asses kicked badly. They thought just being born Black automatically made them physically superior to any White MMA fighter!

    Replies: @fnn, @Anonymous

  22. The Accused – a black bar floozy (Whoopi Goldberg) accuses a gang of white men of applauding and encouraging her gang rape (by another group of white men) atop a pool table one night.

    The Handmaid’s Tale – one (white) woman’s harrowing experience of becoming a sex-slave to a powerful Sheik in a Canadian Islamic Republic.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Ray P

    If the Sheik gave a big enough allowance, most women would become a sex slave.
    As Steve pointed out, The Handmaid's Tale is really Harem Porn.

  23. @theo the kraut
    [email protected]:
    https://www.merkur.de/welt/coronavirus-deutschland-rki-lothar-wieler-chef-jens-spahn-rassismus-migration-intensivpatienten-90226003.html
    https://archive.vn/1lp8V
    03.03.2021

    deepl + com: »Numbers dramatic
    "It's a taboo": Many Corona patients with migration background - Wieler's statement gives a deep insight

    Due to the language barriers of some people in Germany, the Corona policy cannot reach the entire population. This is currently evident in the intensive care units.

    ...

    As "Bild" now claims to have learned from a conversation between Prof. Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, and some chief physicians, many patients with a migration background are in the intensive care units of hospitals. They would be concerned about higher infection rates due to language barriers. Accordingly, these people would not be reached by the policy.

    Through a telephone survey of chief physicians, he said, figures regarding this issue had already been obtained. "According to my survey, over 90 percent of intubated, critically ill patients always had a migration background. We have agreed internally that we want to call such sick people 'patients with a communication barrier,'" the head of the pulmonary clinic at Bethanien Hospital in Moers, Thomas Voshaar is said to have explained.

    For Wieler, this insight is said not to have been new. Rather, he said, he had already tried to take this issue to the politicians around Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. "I heard it the same way. But it's a taboo. I have tried to approach certain people. We have to reach out to this religious group through imams. The whole thing has huge implications for Berlin. It's a real problem."

    The RKI chief suggested taking the sensitive issue to the mosques and "parallel societies in the middle of our country" via social work. However, one would not get in there. "This group consists of four million people in Germany. That corresponds to a share of 4.8 percent. But in the intensive care units, there are well over 50 percent from this group."«

    Replies: @theo the kraut, @theo the kraut

    OT–Switzerland, deepl.com translation:

    https://www.bazonline.ch/70-prozent-migranten-im-corona-spitalbett-693852787002
    https://archive.vn/lepYw
    More targeted corona measures
    Are migrants more often hospitalized for corona? That’s what nurses say.

    »According to nursing professionals, an above-average number of patients with a migration background occupy intensive care units. There are no official figures on this.
    01.12.2020
    If you study the Corona Crisis, you will notice that there is a correlation between migration and high infection rates. Initially, this was an issue in our region in various municipal command staffs: “The first numbers until before the fall vacations suggested an accumulation among Balkan returnees,” says the president of the SVP of Basel-Landschaft, Dominik Straumann, who has various information channels to the command staffs through the fire department. A few days ago, government councillor Thomas Weber raised the issue in public; on Radio SRF’s Regionaljournal, he explained: “We’re not reaching certain population groups enough, especially those who don’t speak German.”«

  24. @theo the kraut
    [email protected]:
    https://www.merkur.de/welt/coronavirus-deutschland-rki-lothar-wieler-chef-jens-spahn-rassismus-migration-intensivpatienten-90226003.html
    https://archive.vn/1lp8V
    03.03.2021

    deepl + com: »Numbers dramatic
    "It's a taboo": Many Corona patients with migration background - Wieler's statement gives a deep insight

    Due to the language barriers of some people in Germany, the Corona policy cannot reach the entire population. This is currently evident in the intensive care units.

    ...

    As "Bild" now claims to have learned from a conversation between Prof. Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, and some chief physicians, many patients with a migration background are in the intensive care units of hospitals. They would be concerned about higher infection rates due to language barriers. Accordingly, these people would not be reached by the policy.

    Through a telephone survey of chief physicians, he said, figures regarding this issue had already been obtained. "According to my survey, over 90 percent of intubated, critically ill patients always had a migration background. We have agreed internally that we want to call such sick people 'patients with a communication barrier,'" the head of the pulmonary clinic at Bethanien Hospital in Moers, Thomas Voshaar is said to have explained.

    For Wieler, this insight is said not to have been new. Rather, he said, he had already tried to take this issue to the politicians around Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. "I heard it the same way. But it's a taboo. I have tried to approach certain people. We have to reach out to this religious group through imams. The whole thing has huge implications for Berlin. It's a real problem."

    The RKI chief suggested taking the sensitive issue to the mosques and "parallel societies in the middle of our country" via social work. However, one would not get in there. "This group consists of four million people in Germany. That corresponds to a share of 4.8 percent. But in the intensive care units, there are well over 50 percent from this group."«

    Replies: @theo the kraut, @theo the kraut

    OT–Switzerland, deepl.com translation:

    https://www.bazonline.ch/70-prozent-migranten-im-corona-spitalbett-693852787002
    More targeted corona measures
    Are migrants more often hospitalized for corona? That’s what nurses say.

    »According to nursing professionals, an above-average number of patients with a migration background occupy intensive care units. There are no official figures on this.
    01.12.2020

    If you study the Corona Crisis, you will notice that there is a correlation between migration and high infection rates. Initially, this was an issue in our region in various municipal command staffs: “The first numbers until before the fall vacations suggested an accumulation among Balkan returnees,” says the president of the SVP of Basel-Landschaft, Dominik Straumann, who has various information channels to the command staffs through the fire department. A few days ago, government councillor Thomas Weber raised the issue in public; on Radio SRF’s Regionaljournal, he explained: “We’re not reaching certain population groups enough, especially those who don’t speak German.”«

  25. OT: A new paper from academic heretic, Roland Fryer, that seemingly supports Steve’s “donut shop” hypothesis on the post-Floyd crime spike.

    Here is the new paper by Tanaya Devi and Roland Fryer, full title being “Policing the Police: The Impact of “Pattern-or-Practice” Investigations on Crime”
    https://www.nber.org/papers/w27324:

    This paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of federal and state “Pattern-or-Practice” investigations on crime and policing. For investigations that were not preceded by “viral” incidents of deadly force, investigations, on average, led to a statistically significant reduction in homicides and total crime. In stark contrast, all investigations that were preceded by “viral” incidents of deadly force have led to a large and statistically significant increase in homicides and total crime. We estimate that these investigations caused almost 900 excess homicides and almost 34,000 excess felonies. The leading hypothesis for why these investigations increase homicides and total crime is an abrupt change in the quantity of policing activity. In Chicago, the number of police-civilian interactions decreased by almost 90% in the month after the investigation was announced. In Riverside CA, interactions decreased 54%. In St. Louis, self-initiated police activities declined by 46%. Other theories we test such as changes in community trust or the aggressiveness of consent decrees associated with investigations — all contradict the data in important ways.
    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/06/policing-the-police.html

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Hypnotoad666

    Is Roland Fryer still safely ensconced at Harvard? I seem to recall he was caught up in some controversy a while back...

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

  26. @Ma Laoshi
    Hm; I don't care for the snark of either you or the New Yorker. Looking at this list, doesn't it look like movies were more fun back then precisely because they weren't always about race or other wedge issues? Because they might've taken a bit more effort without a CGI crutch?

    Replies: @Polistra, @SafeNow

    “Hm; I don’t care for the snark of either you or the New Yorker. Looking at this list, doesn’t it look like movies were more fun back then precisely because they weren’t always about race or other wedge issues? Because they might’ve taken a bit more effort without a CGI crutch?”

    Great point. I would add that movies were better not only “back then” — the 80s — but also, earlier. I think I was pretty good at understanding a movie, but there was so much in it, I would later read the Ebert review and he would tell me what I had missed.

    I agree about the “snark” of The New Yorker. But Steve is quite clever.

    • Agree: San Fernando Curt
  27. “Crossing Delancey”: A very young Will Smith, still in the throes of his rap career as the Fresh Prince, branches out into film as the new stock boy (with an amazing ability to foretell the future) at a Lower East Side pickle emporium owned and operated by a workaholic Jew whose matchmaker grandma tries to set him up with lovely Upper West Sider Amy Irving. Somehow, Will’s character sees Amy’s picture that his boss’s Bubbe left for him at the pickle store, and decides to take her for himself — “I’ma put my own pickle in her,” in one of the movie’s memorable lines. “She gonna be a rich lady some day.”

  28. Okay, I’ll give it a try (having promised I’ve not looked at the original article): ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘The Right Stuff’, and ‘Witness’ are Steve’s. Maybe ‘Das Boot’ also.

    I’ll guess the ET one is not Steve’s, but it is actually funny. ‘Foam Home’ is pretty good.

  29. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:

    That attempted witticism in re: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” belongs in a museum.

    Libs running journalism nowadays seem to have been kids who thought Gallant was the real hero of Highlights for Children’s “Goofus and Gallant” series.

  30. The Karate Kid remade with a Black lead.

    Wow. That’s a good idea.

    Maybe someone should get on that 🙄

  31. You would have Black female pilots in “Top Gun” and Staff Sergeant Barnes in “Platoon” would be a Mexican dude named Rico “Suave” Lopez.

  32. @Not Only Wrathful
    @Abe

    Just ask yourself how much of a ridiculous fraud someone has to be to project their own authenticity this hard onto a skin colour...

    Replies: @San Fernando Curt

    Our very dilemma, brevis.

    • Agree: bomag
  33. @Ray P
    The Accused - a black bar floozy (Whoopi Goldberg) accuses a gang of white men of applauding and encouraging her gang rape (by another group of white men) atop a pool table one night.

    The Handmaid's Tale - one (white) woman's harrowing experience of becoming a sex-slave to a powerful Sheik in a Canadian Islamic Republic.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer

    If the Sheik gave a big enough allowance, most women would become a sex slave.
    As Steve pointed out, The Handmaid’s Tale is really Harem Porn.

  34. @Mike Tre
    Vacation:

    DeClark Griswold decides to take the baby moma and youngins on a cross country adventure in the Wagon Kangz Family Hoopdie to get a chicken sandwich from a Popeye's Chicken in Las Vegas. After a week of adventures going cross country, that include asking for directions in an upper middle class neighborhood of St. Louis, raping a white women found swimming in a motel pool, and stealing a car in rural Arizona, da Griswolds arrive at a Popeye's only to find that it is out of chicken sandwiches. DeClark proceeds to incite a brawl in the dining area, after which the president of Popeye's offers DeClark his comped room at Trump's casino.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Luzzatto

    You’re good at this, Mike. I just came across this post. Give me some time. I’ll try to do better than The Pink Panther’s Dog Day Afternoon.

    • Thanks: Mike Tre
  35. In “Dragon Graduate,” Benjamin loves Elaine, but his compulsion to wildly overachieve draws him to her feral, yowling, sharp-nailed tiger mom.

    Critics have commented on intensity of the yowling scenes.

    • LOL: Gary in Gramercy
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @San Fernando Curt

    "Here's to you, Mrs. Lobinson..."

  36. How about redoing Willy Wonka with Dahl’s original enslavement of starving pygmies?

    As a kid, I read The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. It was the author of that who raised the stink that drove Dahl to reconstitute his workforce for the movie and later editions of the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Mrs Dahl recently let it be known that Roald’s original vision was that Charlie himself be black. His agent talked him out of it.

    Roald Dahl’s Widow Says ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Hero Was Supposed to be Black

  37. @Ray P
    Talk Radio by Oliver Stone - a controversial and outspoken white-advocate radio talk jock in Texas is forced off the air by the ADL. He dies mysteriously in an unsolved street robbery gone wrong while walking to his automobile.

    Replies: @TGGP

    Wasn’t that inspired by the real case of a radiohost murdered by neo-nazis?

    • Replies: @Ray P
    @TGGP

    Yes, the murder of Alan Berg which happened four years before the film.

    Replies: @Forbes

  38. Nothing on earth lands with quite the same resounding thud as a New Yorker “humor” piece.

  39. “No Holds Barred”—The unstoppable evil black monster Zeus easily defeats Hulk Hogan in the main event because whiteness and racism, only for Zeus to decide he’s really a woman and try for the woman’s belt next. Co-starring Bruce “Catylin” Jenner as his tag team & lesbian partner.

    “Rambo I (aka First Blood)”— Loyal & heroic government agents track down and kill evil white separatist and symbol of toxic masculinity John Rambo, a probable neo-Nazi because he not only was a solider for the U.S., but also asked to be treated decently and was still patriotic.

    “Rambo II”–Rambo’s paranoid delusions that communists are the bad guys and secretly still keep & torture U.S. soldiers’ hostage are destroyed by a strong female character who defeats him at arm wrestling and then lectures him about the glories of feminism, abortion, and Marxism until he hangs himself with his own underwear. Co-starring Jane Fonda.

  40. The Bluegrass Brothers:

    DeShaun picks up his brother Darius from the SuperMin prison in Naperville, where has done a long 3 month stint for illegal itemized deductions, Darius sees the light when he gets tazed by Mr. Apurabattamenjur in the process of robbing his liquor store. “The combo! The combo! Let’s get the combo back together!”

    With a great deal of cultural appropriation, the two brothers drive around in their old late moonshiner Daddy’s souped up General Lee (“got revenuer tires, got a revenuer motor…”) rounding up their old members of the combo. They scour the hills of Kentucky, Tennessee, and north Georgia, and hijinks ensue as they drive through Rocky Top, spilling out Sonny Osborne’s jars of corn, kick the Deliverance kid off his porch swing, grab Allison Kraus off a church pew, and never end up finding the Seldom Scene.

    To raise money, the combo plays at a black R&B club. DeShaun sings lead with that high-and-lonesome sound, but can’t help break dancing during the Foggy Mountain Breakdown. 40 oz cans of Malt Liquor are thrown at the combo, a patron breaks the fiddle over Allison Krauss’ head, and one lone black man stands up and shouts “Cletus, my man!”

    … shoot, this is turning into a another movie, Historically Black Animal House.

    • Agree: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You just set race relations back sixty years. Thank you.

    , @Mike Tre
    @Achmed E. Newman

    LOL pretty much all black movies end the same way, don't they?

  41. @San Fernando Curt
    In "Dragon Graduate," Benjamin loves Elaine, but his compulsion to wildly overachieve draws him to her feral, yowling, sharp-nailed tiger mom.

    Critics have commented on intensity of the yowling scenes.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    “Here’s to you, Mrs. Lobinson…”

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  42. TGGP says: • Website

    For those who don’t want to click through to check, here’s a rot13 of each person’s list:

    Carlos:
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    Steve:
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  43. @Achmed E. Newman
    The Bluegrass Brothers:

    DeShaun picks up his brother Darius from the SuperMin prison in Naperville, where has done a long 3 month stint for illegal itemized deductions, Darius sees the light when he gets tazed by Mr. Apurabattamenjur in the process of robbing his liquor store. "The combo! The combo! Let's get the combo back together!"

    With a great deal of cultural appropriation, the two brothers drive around in their old late moonshiner Daddy's souped up General Lee ("got revenuer tires, got a revenuer motor...") rounding up their old members of the combo. They scour the hills of Kentucky, Tennessee, and north Georgia, and hijinks ensue as they drive through Rocky Top, spilling out Sonny Osborne's jars of corn, kick the Deliverance kid off his porch swing, grab Allison Kraus off a church pew, and never end up finding the Seldom Scene.

    To raise money, the combo plays at a black R&B club. DeShaun sings lead with that high-and-lonesome sound, but can't help break dancing during the Foggy Mountain Breakdown. 40 oz cans of Malt Liquor are thrown at the combo, a patron breaks the fiddle over Allison Krauss' head, and one lone black man stands up and shouts "Cletus, my man!"

    ... shoot, this is turning into a another movie, Historically Black Animal House.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Mike Tre

    You just set race relations back sixty years. Thank you.

  44. “Chariots of Fire”
    “Das Boot”
    “The Right Stuff”
    “Amadeus”
    “Koyaanisqatsi”
    “Witness”

  45. surprise quinceañera

    … is she like really bad at math?

  46. You wanna really screw people up with this game: Try applying this theory to the movie Trading Places.

  47. The Footloose and Karate Kid descriptions seem supportive of HBD, which is all kosher for uppity liberal writers until intelligence is the name of the game.

  48. “Chariots of Fire” is a brilliant iSteve treatment.

    Here is a 21st century proposal for “Das Boot:”

    After volunteering for and surviving hazardous submarine duty, the German enlistees go on to survive communism in post-war East Germany. Then, when they are in their 90s, the ones who are still alive are arrested and tried for personally murdering six-million Jews. They die in prison.

  49. @songbird
    The Karate Kid is marred a bit by a woke scene or two. What makes it worse is thinking about what happened to California and putting it in that context.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stealth

    Incidentally, concerning The Karate Kid, according to IMDB, lead actor Ralph Macchio was born on November 4, 1961, and the film (original version) was released 22 June, 1984.

    Can anyone guess what I’m wondering? (Hint: Screenshots from the film.) Answer below break.

    [MORE]

    Doesn’t Macchio look a good several years younger than the youngest that he, based upon the cited dates, would have presumably been at the time of filming?

    Cinematic illusion? Macchio actually looked unusually young for his chronological age? Or some combination of both?
    ~ ~ ~
    My favorite scene in Beverly Hills Cop (Eddie Murphy): When he successfully impersonates some kind of Law Enforcement Agent while being chased through the warehouse by one, completely turning the tables on the latter and utterly intimidating him. “Freeze! We do these inspections in every state, with the exception of Cleveland.”
    ~ ~ ~
    Perhaps some may find of interest this [VIMEO] 5:25 minute montage [“Major Spoilers”] from a number of Coming-of-Age films. The films released in the 1980’s that are included:
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; The Breakfast Club; Stand By Me; and The Outsiders.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Dissident

    Ralph Machio is in Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid sequel series, and he still looks young for his age.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @John Milton’s Ghost

  50. @Polistra
    @Ma Laoshi

    Once upon a time, lost way back in the hazy mists of memory (and probably entirely unknown to you), the New Yorker magazine was vital, informative, and entertaining.

    All by his lonesome, Steve Sailer fills its empty shoes pretty well. Though, AFAIK, no tote bags are available at this juncture. Quick way to get mugged, right?

    Replies: @Dissident

    Once upon a time, lost way back in the hazy mists of memory (and probably entirely unknown to you), the New Yorker magazine was vital, informative, and entertaining.

    Last I checked, even the cartoons were but a shadow of what they once had been.

    All by his lonesome, Steve Sailer fills its empty shoes pretty well.

    Agree.

    Though, AFAIK, no tote bags are available at this juncture. Quick way to get mugged, right?

    Remember when the suggestion of offering iSteve branded merchandise as a means of raising money was made? T-shirts, etc., with Just Noticing imprinted. (Or should that be ‘Just Noticing)?

  51. @Dissident
    @songbird

    Incidentally, concerning The Karate Kid, according to IMDB, lead actor Ralph Macchio was born on November 4, 1961, and the film (original version) was released 22 June, 1984.

    Can anyone guess what I'm wondering? (Hint: Screenshots from the film.) Answer below break.
    Doesn't Macchio look a good several years younger than the youngest that he, based upon the cited dates, would have presumably been at the time of filming?

    Cinematic illusion? Macchio actually looked unusually young for his chronological age? Or some combination of both?
    ~ ~ ~
    My favorite scene in Beverly Hills Cop (Eddie Murphy): When he successfully impersonates some kind of Law Enforcement Agent while being chased through the warehouse by one, completely turning the tables on the latter and utterly intimidating him. "Freeze! We do these inspections in every state, with the exception of Cleveland."
    ~ ~ ~
    Perhaps some may find of interest this [VIMEO] 5:25 minute montage ["Major Spoilers"] from a number of Coming-of-Age films. The films released in the 1980's that are included:
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off; The Breakfast Club; Stand By Me; and The Outsiders.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    Ralph Machio is in Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid sequel series, and he still looks young for his age.

    • Thanks: Dissident
    • Replies: @Luzzatto
    @Dave Pinsen

    Guineas don't crack. It's from our Moor ancestry!

    Replies: @Stealth, @Trinity

    , @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Dave Pinsen

    Macchio said in an interview about a decade ago something to the effect that he’s spent thirty years of his life playing eighteen year olds

    A lot of actors are small and baby faced. I suspect it helps them early on play younger roles. Plus rugged men wind up playing sports rather than hanging out with the drama club.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Wilkey

  52. A Time to Kill:
    Two white sisters ( aged 12 and 16) are raped and beaten by a black intruder during a
    home invasion. One of the girls is stabbed 20 times and the other one is repeatedly beaten over the head with a shotgun butt until it breaks…waydaminnit!
    That was the original true story behind John Gresham’s best selling book and subsequent film.

  53. Koyanisqaatsi? It features the slow motion demolition of a formerly segregated housing project. Surely that has some woke appeal?
    And all of the social problems of St Louis have disappeared since of course.

  54. Top Gun — Hot shot F-14 Tomcat driver “Kazaam” hits on the White girlfriend of F-14 Tomcat driver “Snoop” and gets his ass capped in the O-club mens’ room (Hey, this was the ‘80s).

  55. @Not Only Wrathful

    The Karate Kid” — Daniel, a Black kid raised in Newark in the eighties, does not need to learn karate in order to kick the asses of every single member of the Cobra Kai dojo, including the sensei.
     
    These people are so cringe

    Replies: @Abe, @ScarletNumber

    The Karate Kid

    At the time Daniel was born, Newark was still Italian, as the upcoming Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark will show. It didn’t turn until after the riots.

    Caddyshack

    There was a black guy in the original. He had a rowboat that scratched Rodney Dangerfield’s anchor.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @ScarletNumber

    Still Italian but significant black presence as well. Hell even in 1950 it was 15-20% black

  56. @Wilkey

    “Caddyshack” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

    “Koyaanisqatsi” — People of color would not have agreed to make this film​.

    “Witness” — Nobody saw nothing.
     
    These are all you. Duh.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    [MORE]
    Caddyshack is in the original

  57. There are black versions of The Odd Couple and The Honeymooners, but I haven’t seen either.

    Also, while it isn’t a remake per se, Who’s Your Caddy? might as well be the black Caddyshack.

    Also, don’t forget the Black Frasier sketch on 30 Rock.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  58. @Achmed E. Newman
    The Bluegrass Brothers:

    DeShaun picks up his brother Darius from the SuperMin prison in Naperville, where has done a long 3 month stint for illegal itemized deductions, Darius sees the light when he gets tazed by Mr. Apurabattamenjur in the process of robbing his liquor store. "The combo! The combo! Let's get the combo back together!"

    With a great deal of cultural appropriation, the two brothers drive around in their old late moonshiner Daddy's souped up General Lee ("got revenuer tires, got a revenuer motor...") rounding up their old members of the combo. They scour the hills of Kentucky, Tennessee, and north Georgia, and hijinks ensue as they drive through Rocky Top, spilling out Sonny Osborne's jars of corn, kick the Deliverance kid off his porch swing, grab Allison Kraus off a church pew, and never end up finding the Seldom Scene.

    To raise money, the combo plays at a black R&B club. DeShaun sings lead with that high-and-lonesome sound, but can't help break dancing during the Foggy Mountain Breakdown. 40 oz cans of Malt Liquor are thrown at the combo, a patron breaks the fiddle over Allison Krauss' head, and one lone black man stands up and shouts "Cletus, my man!"

    ... shoot, this is turning into a another movie, Historically Black Animal House.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Mike Tre

    LOL pretty much all black movies end the same way, don’t they?

  59. @TGGP
    @Ray P

    Wasn't that inspired by the real case of a radiohost murdered by neo-nazis?

    Replies: @Ray P

    Yes, the murder of Alan Berg which happened four years before the film.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Ray P

    Though Alan Berg was murdered in Denver, yes?

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Ray P

  60. Already in the 1984 Karate Kid: alliance of chip-on-their-shoulder Ellis Island and Asian immigrants defeats blond dojo.

    • Agree: Stealth
  61. @songbird
    The Karate Kid is marred a bit by a woke scene or two. What makes it worse is thinking about what happened to California and putting it in that context.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stealth

    Isn’t The Karate Kid really about good guy Ellis Islanders vs evil WASPS with names like Johnny Lawrence and Bobby Brown anyway?

    • LOL: Wilkey
    • Replies: @Luzzatto
    @Stealth

    The black haired Mediterranean Guinea from Sopranos Land New Jersey battling the evil forces of blond Nordic guys from The San Fernando Valley!

    Replies: @Stealth

  62. @Hypnotoad666
    OT: A new paper from academic heretic, Roland Fryer, that seemingly supports Steve's "donut shop" hypothesis on the post-Floyd crime spike.


    Here is the new paper by Tanaya Devi and Roland Fryer, full title being “Policing the Police: The Impact of “Pattern-or-Practice” Investigations on Crime”
    https://www.nber.org/papers/w27324:
     
    This paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of federal and state “Pattern-or-Practice” investigations on crime and policing. For investigations that were not preceded by “viral” incidents of deadly force, investigations, on average, led to a statistically significant reduction in homicides and total crime. In stark contrast, all investigations that were preceded by “viral” incidents of deadly force have led to a large and statistically significant increase in homicides and total crime. We estimate that these investigations caused almost 900 excess homicides and almost 34,000 excess felonies. The leading hypothesis for why these investigations increase homicides and total crime is an abrupt change in the quantity of policing activity. In Chicago, the number of police-civilian interactions decreased by almost 90% in the month after the investigation was announced. In Riverside CA, interactions decreased 54%. In St. Louis, self-initiated police activities declined by 46%. Other theories we test such as changes in community trust or the aggressiveness of consent decrees associated with investigations — all contradict the data in important ways.
    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/06/policing-the-police.html
     

    Replies: @Forbes

    Is Roland Fryer still safely ensconced at Harvard? I seem to recall he was caught up in some controversy a while back…

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Forbes


    Is Roland Fryer still safely ensconced at Harvard? I seem to recall he was caught up in some controversy a while back…
     
    I guess he hung in there and weathered the storm at Harvard:

    In December 2018, Fryer resigned from the executive committee of the American Economic Association, to which he had been elected (but had not yet taken up his seat); Fryer submitted his resignation after coming under pressure from fellow economists to step down due to the sexual harassment allegations against him.[26] In a letter to The New York Times later that month, Fryer expressed regret for having "allowed, encouraged and participated" an atmosphere at EdLabs that included "off-color jokes" and comments about personal lives, but denied bullying, retaliating against employees, or making sexual advances to any employee.[27]

    Harvard's investigation concluded that Fryer had "engaged in unwanted sexual conduct toward several individuals" and "exhibited a pattern of behavior that failed to meet expectations of conduct within our community and was harmful to the well-being of its members."[25] In July 2019, Fryer was suspended from the Harvard faculty for two years without pay, a disciplinary action determined by a panel of tenured faculty.[25][24] Harvard also determined that, after returning from suspension, Fryer cannot be an adviser or supervisor, have access to graduate fellows, or teach graduate workshops, but can teach graduate classes.[24] Fryer had been one of Harvard's most highly paid professors.[24] As the sanctions took effect, Harvard permanently closed EdLabs in September 2019.[28] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_G._Fryer_Jr.
     
  63. @Ray P
    @TGGP

    Yes, the murder of Alan Berg which happened four years before the film.

    Replies: @Forbes

    Though Alan Berg was murdered in Denver, yes?

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @Forbes

    So I guess I wasn't the only one to notice?

    Supposedly "The Karate Kid" was supposed to be named Daniel Webber. They only changed the character's last name to LaRusso after they cast Ralph Macchio in the role.

    My favorite part about the new series, "Cobra Kai," is all the racist comments William Zabka's character, Johnny Lawrence, makes in the early episodes. The guy has (apparently) spent all 50+ years of his life in the Los Angeles area, yet he acts surprised every time he comes across a Hispanic person or someone speaking Spanish.

    That's when I realized he isn't actually a loser. He's just a guy who spent the last 30 years in a coma, while curiously managing to get a girl pregnant at the same time. He is literally Encino Man.

    , @Ray P
    @Forbes

    Yes, it's fiction, and moving the locale to Dallas may have a little to do with Oliver Stone's obsession with political assassinations in that town, although the film is an adaptation of a stage play written by others.

  64. @Dave Pinsen
    @Dissident

    Ralph Machio is in Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid sequel series, and he still looks young for his age.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @John Milton’s Ghost

    Guineas don’t crack. It’s from our Moor ancestry!

    • Replies: @Stealth
    @Luzzatto

    Andrew Cuomo damn sure has.

    , @Trinity
    @Luzzatto

    Have you seen Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci lately?

  65. @Mike Tre
    Vacation:

    DeClark Griswold decides to take the baby moma and youngins on a cross country adventure in the Wagon Kangz Family Hoopdie to get a chicken sandwich from a Popeye's Chicken in Las Vegas. After a week of adventures going cross country, that include asking for directions in an upper middle class neighborhood of St. Louis, raping a white women found swimming in a motel pool, and stealing a car in rural Arizona, da Griswolds arrive at a Popeye's only to find that it is out of chicken sandwiches. DeClark proceeds to incite a brawl in the dining area, after which the president of Popeye's offers DeClark his comped room at Trump's casino.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Luzzatto

    Plenty of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Chicago where The Griswolds are from, so no need to travel thousands of miles just for that. Your plot makes no sense. In a Black version of National Lampoon’s Vacatio, The Black Griswold’s travel to an amusement park called Wakanda World which is located in South Central Los Angeles instead of Wally World in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita (Six Flags actual location of Wally World)!

  66. @Forbes
    @Hypnotoad666

    Is Roland Fryer still safely ensconced at Harvard? I seem to recall he was caught up in some controversy a while back...

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Is Roland Fryer still safely ensconced at Harvard? I seem to recall he was caught up in some controversy a while back…

    I guess he hung in there and weathered the storm at Harvard:

    In December 2018, Fryer resigned from the executive committee of the American Economic Association, to which he had been elected (but had not yet taken up his seat); Fryer submitted his resignation after coming under pressure from fellow economists to step down due to the sexual harassment allegations against him.[26] In a letter to The New York Times later that month, Fryer expressed regret for having “allowed, encouraged and participated” an atmosphere at EdLabs that included “off-color jokes” and comments about personal lives, but denied bullying, retaliating against employees, or making sexual advances to any employee.[27]

    Harvard’s investigation concluded that Fryer had “engaged in unwanted sexual conduct toward several individuals” and “exhibited a pattern of behavior that failed to meet expectations of conduct within our community and was harmful to the well-being of its members.”[25] In July 2019, Fryer was suspended from the Harvard faculty for two years without pay, a disciplinary action determined by a panel of tenured faculty.[25][24] Harvard also determined that, after returning from suspension, Fryer cannot be an adviser or supervisor, have access to graduate fellows, or teach graduate workshops, but can teach graduate classes.[24] Fryer had been one of Harvard’s most highly paid professors.[24] As the sanctions took effect, Harvard permanently closed EdLabs in September 2019.[28] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_G._Fryer_Jr.

  67. @Luzzatto
    @Dave Pinsen

    Guineas don't crack. It's from our Moor ancestry!

    Replies: @Stealth, @Trinity

    Andrew Cuomo damn sure has.

  68. “Ground Hog Day” – A bold, creative multicultural news team featuring a transgender Asian reporter, a black bisexual producer, and a gay albino Jewish illegal immigrant cameraman get trapped in a hick racist white town and repeat the same day over and over, each day getting lynched by a mob of Neo-Nazis or shot by racist white cops.

  69. @Forbes
    @Ray P

    Though Alan Berg was murdered in Denver, yes?

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Ray P

    So I guess I wasn’t the only one to notice?

    Supposedly “The Karate Kid” was supposed to be named Daniel Webber. They only changed the character’s last name to LaRusso after they cast Ralph Macchio in the role.

    My favorite part about the new series, “Cobra Kai,” is all the racist comments William Zabka’s character, Johnny Lawrence, makes in the early episodes. The guy has (apparently) spent all 50+ years of his life in the Los Angeles area, yet he acts surprised every time he comes across a Hispanic person or someone speaking Spanish.

    That’s when I realized he isn’t actually a loser. He’s just a guy who spent the last 30 years in a coma, while curiously managing to get a girl pregnant at the same time. He is literally Encino Man.

  70. @Stealth
    @songbird

    Isn’t The Karate Kid really about good guy Ellis Islanders vs evil WASPS with names like Johnny Lawrence and Bobby Brown anyway?

    Replies: @Luzzatto

    The black haired Mediterranean Guinea from Sopranos Land New Jersey battling the evil forces of blond Nordic guys from The San Fernando Valley!

    • Replies: @Stealth
    @Luzzatto

    With the Italian part probably serving as a stand-in for something else.

    Replies: @Luzzatto

  71. @Luzzatto
    @Dave Pinsen

    Guineas don't crack. It's from our Moor ancestry!

    Replies: @Stealth, @Trinity

    Have you seen Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci lately?

  72. Vision Quest. Transgender male to female drops a couple of weight classes to defeat undefeated female state wrestling champion.

    • Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Trinity

    I think that’s a documentary now.

  73. @Forbes
    @Ray P

    Though Alan Berg was murdered in Denver, yes?

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Ray P

    Yes, it’s fiction, and moving the locale to Dallas may have a little to do with Oliver Stone’s obsession with political assassinations in that town, although the film is an adaptation of a stage play written by others.

  74. The movie Witness by today’s standards is eminently cancel-worthy. It’s not just that the chief baddie is black, but the setup scenes are positively counterrevolutionary.

  75. @Dave Pinsen
    @Dissident

    Ralph Machio is in Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid sequel series, and he still looks young for his age.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @John Milton’s Ghost

    Macchio said in an interview about a decade ago something to the effect that he’s spent thirty years of his life playing eighteen year olds

    A lot of actors are small and baby faced. I suspect it helps them early on play younger roles. Plus rugged men wind up playing sports rather than hanging out with the drama club.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    Actors in general look younger than their years. That was one of Ronald Reagan's problems: he looked his age.

    , @Wilkey
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    He made a brilliant Funny or Die video mocking that about 10 years ago: Wax On, F*ck Off. Still pretty hilarious all these years later.

    On a more realistic timeline, "Cobra Kai" should probably have been made about 10 years ago. If Macchio and Zabka hadn't held up so well it would already be too late. Macchio turns 60 this year. The Mediterranean Diet must really work.

  76. @Trinity
    Vision Quest. Transgender male to female drops a couple of weight classes to defeat undefeated female state wrestling champion.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost

    I think that’s a documentary now.

  77. @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Dave Pinsen

    Macchio said in an interview about a decade ago something to the effect that he’s spent thirty years of his life playing eighteen year olds

    A lot of actors are small and baby faced. I suspect it helps them early on play younger roles. Plus rugged men wind up playing sports rather than hanging out with the drama club.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Wilkey

    Actors in general look younger than their years. That was one of Ronald Reagan’s problems: he looked his age.

  78. @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Dave Pinsen

    Macchio said in an interview about a decade ago something to the effect that he’s spent thirty years of his life playing eighteen year olds

    A lot of actors are small and baby faced. I suspect it helps them early on play younger roles. Plus rugged men wind up playing sports rather than hanging out with the drama club.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Wilkey

    He made a brilliant Funny or Die video mocking that about 10 years ago: Wax On, F*ck Off. Still pretty hilarious all these years later.

    On a more realistic timeline, “Cobra Kai” should probably have been made about 10 years ago. If Macchio and Zabka hadn’t held up so well it would already be too late. Macchio turns 60 this year. The Mediterranean Diet must really work.

  79. @Luzzatto
    @Stealth

    The black haired Mediterranean Guinea from Sopranos Land New Jersey battling the evil forces of blond Nordic guys from The San Fernando Valley!

    Replies: @Stealth

    With the Italian part probably serving as a stand-in for something else.

    • Replies: @Luzzatto
    @Stealth

    No stand in for something else. There were Italians in Louisiana who were lynched by the WASP KKK in the early 20th Cebtury!

    Replies: @JMcG

  80. @fnn
    @Luzzatto

    Street boxer in South Korea:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il0jyoMQFHA

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    World War Hair, every Korean moved in to touch the black guy’s hair. What is that, anyway?

  81. @Stealth
    @Luzzatto

    With the Italian part probably serving as a stand-in for something else.

    Replies: @Luzzatto

    No stand in for something else. There were Italians in Louisiana who were lynched by the WASP KKK in the early 20th Cebtury!

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Luzzatto

    Bomb throwing anarchist Italians or just run-of-the-mill red gravy Italians?

  82. @ScarletNumber
    @Not Only Wrathful


    The Karate Kid
     
    At the time Daniel was born, Newark was still Italian, as the upcoming Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark will show. It didn't turn until after the riots.

    Caddyshack
     
    There was a black guy in the original. He had a rowboat that scratched Rodney Dangerfield's anchor.

    Replies: @Anon

    Still Italian but significant black presence as well. Hell even in 1950 it was 15-20% black

  83. @Luzzatto
    @Stealth

    No stand in for something else. There were Italians in Louisiana who were lynched by the WASP KKK in the early 20th Cebtury!

    Replies: @JMcG

    Bomb throwing anarchist Italians or just run-of-the-mill red gravy Italians?

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