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Very little new television has been made in the last 5 months. One exception is Coastal Elites from the gay playwright Paul Rudnick. (Adams Family Values), a play being given an airing on HBO, in which Bette Midler and other stars deliver monologues making gentle fun of their anti-Trump obsessions.

I don’t get cable TV, so I haven’t seen it, but I’ve often found Rudnick funny, especially the movie reviews he writes under the pseudonym Libby Gelman-Waxner:

I know, I can’t believe it either, but I’m back! For many years, in the pages of Premiere magazine, I ruled as the planet’s most beloved and irresponsible film critic, along with pursuing my high-powered career as an assistant buyer in juniors activewear, and my role as a loving wife to Dr. Josh Waxner, a gifted orthodontist, and as the multitasking mom of two perfect children, my daughter Jeni4 (her spelling, don’t ask) and my son Mitchell Sean. …

While I was away, I longed to discuss so many works of cinematic artistry, and to ponder, Why do all of the tribal characters in Avatar look like poured-resin figurines from a hospital gift shop? And in Black Swan, did Natalie Portman starve, cut herself, and experiment with lesbian sex because ballerinas almost never get to go to college? And how can I properly thank Natalie for fulfilling all of my most intimate fantasies by accepting her Academy Award while radiantly pregnant in a designer gown, accompanied by her dreamy French dancer boyfriend, who now appears in cologne ads? My only worry regarding Natalie is that she hasn’t followed my example and become Natalie Portman-Millepied. Because as every true feminist knows, hyphenating your name is a way of telling the world ”I’m no one’s chattel but I still landed a guy.” Jeni4 and I have, in fact, spent hours at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations holding placards that read ”The 1% Should Marry the 99%,” with arrows pointing to Jeni4.

But according to a Horn of Africa lady in The Atlantic, nothing can be funny in this election year.

The Dangerous Naïveté of Coastal Elites

HBO’s tepid satire about the provincialism of U.S. liberals doesn’t play well in a year as catastrophic as 2020.

HANNAH GIORGIS is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers culture.

… A former New York City public-school teacher, Miriam delivers breathless denouncements of President Donald Trump directly into the camera, pausing only for enthusiastic asides about NPR tote bags and the joys of being Jewish. She yearns for a simpler time when the political climate was more civil: “Those people from Nebraska and Ohio and Alabama—I’d fly over them, but I’d wave!”

If Miriam sounds familiar, it’s because she’s supposed to: She and her four monologuing co-leads are meant to be a collective embodiment of American liberalism gone wrong. Their provincialism is the real ill plaguing the country, Coastal Elites argues—never mind the ravages of COVID-19, the steady violence of a racist criminal-justice system, or the worsening threat to voting access.

… Less than two months away from a potentially catastrophic election, is it really unreasonable for someone like Miriam to be upset by a president who intentionally downplayed the danger of the coronavirus and who won’t commit to accepting defeat if his opponent is voted in?

Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?

 
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  1. I agree that Rudnick has been funny in the past, but on Twitter he specializes in bitchy comments about Melania and Ivanka, so I’m glad his show is getting trashed.
    Rudnick said he came up with the idea for SISTER ACT lying on his couch in Greenwich Village, thinking, “It’s funny when a man dresses like a woman [this was before World War T], but not so funny when a woman dresses like a man. What could we do with a woman? Hey, nuns dress funny!”

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  2. Miriam delivers breathless denouncements of President Donald Trump directly into the camera, pausing only for enthusiastic asides about NPR tote bags and the joys of being Jewish.

    I’m always on the lookout for single sentences which perfectly encapsulate the zeitgeist.

  3. “who won’t commit to accepting defeat if his opponent is voted in?”

    seems to be a template from the Democratic playbook.

    Back in 2016 it was the same refrain, as seen in this video of Hillary roasting Donald at an Al Smith charity:

    “It’s amazing I’m up here after Donald. I didn’t think he’d be okay with a peaceful transition of power.” @ 4:10.

    “But remember, if you’re not happy with the way it comes out, it must be rigged.” @ 4:45.

    “Donald will tell us after the benediction whether he accepts that this dinner is over. He has to wait and see.” @ 14:45.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @guest
    , @AnotherDad
  4. Wilkey says:

    the worsening threat to voting access….

    Mail-in ballots: non-existent almost everywhere until about a decade ago, and still non-existent in most jurisdictions, yet somehow not having them is a “worsening threat to voting access.”

  5. Less than two months away from a potentially catastrophic election

    These people are morons. Why would Trump restrain his alleged capacity to create a catastrophe and cool his heels for four years to risk losing his chance in another election – why not release the Kraken in 2017?

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    , @AndrewR
  6. I am so old I remember when the Atlantic was worth reading. It went downhill pretty quickly after Michael Kelly died.

    • Agree: Seneca44, JMcG, sayless
    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @AndrewR
  7. Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole?

    In theory, definitely below blacks of either gender and below FTM, but above straight white women and lesbians. In practice, fairly high I think, considering their media connections. Harder to cancel via Me Too, and comedians in general have proven harder to cancel via racism accusations as well (Jimmy Kimmel only had to go on hiatus for blackface).

  8. Mr. Anon says:
    @ThreeCranes

    “…………who won’t commit to accepting defeat if his opponent is voted in?”

    seems to be a template from the Democratic playbook.

    Yes, they’re trying to meme that into existence. It’s complete projection. The Democrats have already spent the last four years not accepting that they were defeated in 2016.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  9. Mr. Anon says:

    TOO did a takedown of Rudnick’s “Addams Family Values”.

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/11/07/anti-white-themes-in-hollywood-movies/

    It sounds like the usual ethnic grievance mongering masquerading as edgy humor. I don’t see why I should find anything funny about deep-seated hostility leveled at my people. Once you understand what underlies it, it isn’t funny anymore. To Hell with people like Rudnick. To Hell with “edgy” gay playwrights in general.

    • Agree: Kylie
  10. anon[421] • Disclaimer says:

    You know what is funny?

    A couple of LA County pigs got taken out tonight in Compton.

  11. Escher says:

    I see the future, and it looks depressingly brown, grey and humorless.

  12. Another Jewish comic, Judy Gold, has written a book about how dangerous it is to go after comedians for what they say. It’s endorsed by Jon Stewart and Amy Schumer.

    So, Jews are becoming fans of free speech (in a limited way) now that it’s hurting them.

    They’re going to find out it’s too late to turn things back. This will be a shock to them as well as those who assume super smart Jews are always be able control things.

  13. So these are the real problems:

    ‘…the ravages of COVID-19, the steady violence of a racist criminal-justice system, or the worsening threat to voting access…’

    Note that the first is grotesquely exaggerated and the other two are completely imaginary.

    Our ruling class have literally lost their minds. We’re governed by lunatics.

  14. Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?

    Try criticising one or talking about ‘Jewish privilege’ and see how far you get

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  15. guest says:
    @ThreeCranes

    My response is always: “Al Gore.” (That happened. Remember?)

    Also, “shut up who cares.”

  16. guest says:

    Don’t wish to accuse the Atlantic of employing people who don’t know the meaning of simple words, but sounds like this show is poking fun at the precise opposite of “provincialism.”

    “Coastal Elites” (a tongue-in-cheek phrase presumably) are metropolitan. The Heartland and “flyover country” are provincial. Or relatively so. I mean, that’s where provinces are: away from metropolises.

    Hannah Giorgis, you are illiterate.

    (If she’s using “provincial” strictly to mean close-minded or whatever, at least don’t bring up geography.)

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  17. guest says:
    @DextersLabRat

    Well now, depends on which side of Who/Whom those comedians stand. It was exceedingly easy to fire Roseanne, and she was way more conventionally powerful than Jimmy. She also didn’t wear blackface.

    Then again, I realize being female doesn’t count if you’re on the wrong political side.

  18. Anon[267] • Disclaimer says:

    Back in the day, Libby Gelman-Waxner was pretty funny. I haven’t kept up with the column, so I can’t tell if it’s still any good.

    As for the TV show, who on earth would do a series about a current US president? That, more than anything else, indicates Trump is the nuclear bomb + mushroom cloud in obsessed liberal heads. Everyone obsessed with Trump must be a child of divorced parents doing massive projection. People who grew up with a father who was there for them don’t seem to have this need to obsess over Trump 24/7. Liberals act like they’re constantly projecting their anger at their own father onto Trump. It’s all BAD DADDY!! *Punish Punish Punish* BAD DADDY! WAAH! *Snivel*

    Even more telling, liberals are filled with contempt for Biden, though they intend to vote for him. That’s another aspect of their daddy issues. Even the father figure they support is a man they despise. Liberals, deep down, really don’t respect any older white male, which is why they’re so insanely hostile to white men. They all symbolize the daddy who walked out of their lives.

    This is why liberals are obsessed with white cops. They too represent the strong father figure liberals wanted in their lives but who left. By constant provoking cops by rioting (ala Portland), liberals are just trying to get attention from the cops. They want to impress the cops, and ‘be somebody,’ they way they wanted with their own fathers. Liberals are acting out, psychologically speaking, trying to ‘be strong’ and command respect from strong substitute father figures. However, when you’re acting badly to get attention, you’re on a negative spiral downward to an end that will serve you no good. You just end up with a lot of contempt directed at you.

    A prediction: Liberals will pull the lever for Trump, because they can’t do without him. They’d fall apart psychologically and their lives would lose meaning without Trump to focus on.

    Because Bad Daddy is still better than no daddy at all.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Marty
    , @Carol
  19. Michael S says:

    If you’re looking for something fresh to watch, there’s always Woke, which despite what you might guess or hope, is not satire, but judging by the totally organic and not astroturfed reviews, is clearly one of the best shows ever produced.

  20. Not Raul says:

    Is “the Cheap Detective” funny? I was distracted by Ann-Margaret.

  21. J.Ross says:
    @Anon

    Dunning-Kruger was completely dishonestly mishandled. Insofar as it was ever anything, it had to do with university student (not “people”) confidence at different levels of maturity (not “intelligence”). Its unforgivably stupid and lazy troglodyte mishandlers looked at that and bravely cried, “there is no such thing as phronesis, and college is literally everything!” In other words Dunning-Kruger proclaimers are themselves illustrations of Dunning-Kruger.

  22. Dumbo says:

    Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole?

    Gay Jews control Hollywood.

    Jews are allowed to make fun of Jews.

    No need to worry.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  23. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Anon

    It sounds like the usual ethnic grievance mongering masquerading as edgy humor. I don’t see why I should find anything funny about deep-seated hostility leveled at my people. Once you understand what underlies it, it isn’t funny anymore.

    This one observation underlies everything political today. The entire entertainment business isn’t entertaining. Attempts to reach even a modus vivendi with other races suddenly look like dangerous weaknesses, and they look like that to all races: Whites and all elements of BIPOC.

    Modus vivendi as a concept was rejected by non-Whites, and it only takes one side to force a conflict. Like it or not, Modus vivendi is dead. See: https://www.unz.com/isteve/thats-not-funny/#comment-4160417

    • Agree: Lurker
  24. BenKenobi says:

    I’m no one’s chattel but I still landed a guy

    Pump. Dump. Next.
    The best thing about radical feminism? It enables my misogyny LOL.

  25. @Tom Scarlett

    Someone tried to prove Rudnick wrong by making a movie featuring Whoopi Goldberg pretending to be a white man:

    Needless to say, Rudnick was right. The Associate, ostensibly a “comedy” in the vein of Mrs. Doubtfire, was boring, preachy, and trite – a dreary afterschool special slinging the same old whitemanbad blackwomangood boilerplate bullshit. It inhabited that dreadful twilight zone of unwatchable films too bad to enjoy but too “competent” to qualify for the Golden Turkey Awards/RedLetterMedia treatment. You couldn’t even enjoy it as camp.

    Note to Hollywood producers: If you’re going to make a deadly-earnest movie with a Very Important Message, then go for broke: cast Rosie O’Donnell as a flamboyant retard and give her the opportunity to ham it up. Give the audience something to laugh at:

    The Associate is such a turd that it’s available for free on YouTube. No one cares if it gets pirated:

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  26. Pericles says:
    @RichardTaylor

    “When they come for comedians, we (comedians) are all in trouble.”

  27. Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?

    I thought the scene of a shiksa upstaging a jewish guy who played a gay man in his earlier career might have this covered … maybe not, but it is a good question.

    Hannah Giorgis is a curious name for an African chick.

    • Replies: @Herzog
    , @Anon
  28. El Dato says:
    @Mr. Anon

    The Atlantic: Projecting so hard it’s now really The Pacific

  29. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    “Do you believe in this shit on ResearchGate or your lying eyes”

  30. Anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Had drinks with a liberal sister and cousin the other night. The confines of ridicule are white Christians or ‘Jesus freaks’. So boring, he also has a Jewish wife and admires her tribal solidarity. If I asked for the same for whites I would have been asked to leave.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @BenKenobi
    , @JMcG
  31. @Dumbo

    “Gay Jews control Hollywood.”

    Thanks, Arthur. You may have passed on, but your spirit lives.

  32. bomag says:
    @Anon

    It is concluded that, although the phenomenon described by the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis may be to some degree plausible for some skills, the magnitude of the effect may be much smaller than reported previously.

    Heh.

  33. @guest

    Why Kimmel and not Fallon? Or Kimmel and Fallon? OR Fallon and not Kimmel? It is as if there are people who need cancelling because the people are not fans of them. #iblamerussia

  34. @RichardTaylor

    Jews have always been fans of free speech for themselves only. They demand smut and obscenity be protected but then go out of their way to suppress the speech of anybody critical of them. Nothing has changed, but now their mud golems are turning on the maker as they always do and jews are running damage control to save their own asses from the monster they created. If perverted jewish humor goes the way of the dodo then all the better

  35. Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?

    Was that parody?

    I guess it was inevitable that even the estimable Mr. Steve Sailer would eventually produce a 0 kelvin boomer take. Must be some kind of generational imperative I guess they’re naturally helpless to resist.

  36. fnn says:

    Try this one using a Seinfeld-style delivery and see what happens:

  37. @Larry, San Francisco

    They’ve raced to the bottom even faster than Harper’s. After this past week they should consider taking a breather, a time-out, maybe become a quarterly.

  38. @Anon

    From the geniuses here I’ve concluded that the problem is not the Dunning Krueger Effect, where dumb people think they’re smart. It’s dumb people thinking it doesn’t matter that they are dumb. That it doesn’t matter that they haven’t done any math since they failed algebra in school and think Wuhan is a “town in China,” they have the God-given right to have an opinion on corona. Because look, some of the high-IQ people got it wrong, so everyone should start listening to retards like me!

  39. Charon says:

    OT and Also not funny: “Protesters” swarming the hospital where sheriff’s deputies undergo surgery after being ambushed in L.A.

    It ain’t pretty, but it’s the current year

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/protesters-hospital-los-angeles-sheriffs-deputies-ambushed

  40. Charon says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Jews are becoming fans of free speech (in a limited way) now that it’s hurting them.

    Jews are fans of free speech for Jews.

  41. @Stan Adams

    I wouldn’t watch Whoopi Goldberg set herself on fire.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  42. @Anon

    The Dunning-Kruger Effect has apparently joined stereotype threat in non-replicating theory heaven:

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340361120_The_Dunning-Kruger_effect_is_mostly_a_statistical_artefact_Valid_approaches_to_testing_the_hypothesis_with_individual_differences_data

    Sad, that one. I rather liked it.

    Yes, it’s very popular, especially among people who are not as smart as they think – it’s a pseudo-scientific tool used to diagnose others, never oneself.

  43. Seneca44 says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has already escaped…

  44. @Charles St. Charles

    The technical term is “unleash the Kraken”

  45. AndrewR says:
    @Charles St. Charles

    One needn’t believe that Trump is an evil omnipotent tyrant to think his reelection would be catastrophic. His inaction, real and imagined, on issues like COVID and climate change terrifies a lot of people.

    • LOL: Redman
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  46. SFG says:
    @DextersLabRat

    MeToo did a pretty nice job on straight white/Jewish funnyman Woody Allen (particularly as he had been found innocent of the charges a while ago) and straight white/Jewish producer Harvey Weinstein, not to mention straight white/Jewish conman Jeffrey Epstein.

  47. res says:
    @Anon

    It is hard to trust a paper that misstates the Dunning-Kruger effect in the conclusion.

    The Dunning-Kruger hypothesis states that incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their ability to a larger degree than more competent individuals.

    In fact, their research showed that top quartile performers underestimated their ability.
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12688660_Unskilled_and_Unaware_of_It_How_Difficulties_in_Recognizing_One’s_Own_Incompetence_Lead_to_Inflated_Self-Assessments

    Here is the abstract for the new paper. Full text is available at https://www.gwern.net/docs/iq/2020-gignac.pdf

    The Dunning-Kruger hypothesis states that the degree to which people can estimate their ability accurately depends, in part, upon possessing the ability in question. Consequently, people with lower levels of the ability tend to self-assess their ability less well than people who have relatively higher levels of the ability. The most common method used to test the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis involves plotting the self-assessed and objectively assessed means across four categories (quartiles) of objective ability. However, this method has been argued to be confounded by the better-than-average effect and regression toward the mean. In this investigation, it is argued that the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis can be tested validly with two inferential statistical techniques: the Glejser test of heteroscedasticity and nonlinear (quadratic) regression. On the basis of a sample of 929 general community participants who completed a self-assessment of intelligence and the Advanced Raven’s Progressive Matrices, we failed to identify statistically significant heteroscedasticity, contrary to the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis. Additionally, the association between objectively measured intelligence and self-assessed intelligence was found to be essentially entirely linear, again, contrary to the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis. It is concluded that, although the phenomenon described by the Dunning-Kruger hypothesis may be to some degree plausible for some skills, the magnitude of the effect may be much smaller than reported previously.

    Looking at the graphic above we can see that a nonlinear effect is not necessary. In particular, the quadratic effect they propose would result in both top and bottom performers overestimating their abilities more than the middle of the range.

    Lack of heteroscedasticity seems like a more plausible criticism, but if I understand that correctly it refers to the variance of the regression residuals. A linearly changing misestimate (as in the figure above) does not require that the variance changes.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteroscedasticity

    Panel 3B seems to provide clear evidence for the Dunning-Kruger effect (as noted in the paper). The low group overestimates their IQ by about 33 points while the high group overestimates their ability about 13 points. The paper comments that this: “confounds the better-than-average effect and regression toward the mean.” The paper text gives distribution information and average IQs for the four groups: low (M = 86.77), low-average (M = 99.75), high-average (M = 106.03), and high (M = 115.68).

    The question is: how to separate the Dunning-Kruger effect from regression to the mean? Because I am not seeing that their tests are a good way to do that as noted above.

    One important difference in favor of the current paper is that it looks at a general population sample with representation across the IQ range from 65-135 while Dunning and Kruger looked at a sample of college undergraduates which would have restricted range.

    Another thing which concerns me is that Dunning and Kruger used percentile rank for their y-axis while Gignac and Zajenkowski used IQ score. There is a nonlinear relationship between the two which seems like it could affect the results (in particular, the perceived size of the effect.

    P.S. James Thompson comments favorably on an earlier Gignac paper here (which makes me more inclined to give the new paper the benefit of the doubt).
    https://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-motivational-quotient/
    This post briefly mentions Dunning and Kruger and the referenced paper might be worth checking for comparison.
    https://www.unz.com/jthompson/so-you-think-youre-intelligent/

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  48. SFG says:
    @Anon

    There used to be a lot of psychoanalytic criticism claiming various things were the result of family issues–controlling father, castrating mother (that one would be considered a good thing now by wokies), repressed desires for the opposite-sex parent and so on.

    That particular belief system has passed on outside of a few West Side retirement communities, but family drama still sells–look at Star Wars.

  49. SFG says:

    Those of you who don’t want to support Rudnick because he hates your people do kind of have a point, BTW. Addams Family Values had Jews, minorities, and the Addams family getting back at attractive blond kids at summer camp. (It really was that obvious–I picked it up in my early teenage years, though I was a weird kid who read National Review.) The movie came out in 1993, one year after Pat Buchanan’s culture war speech.

    • Agree: ADL Pyramid of Hate
  50. Corvinus says:

    Sailer’s Iron Rule of Femme Fatalism —> A sardonic, prototypical Alt Right piece in which a male author offers “staccato grievance commentary”™ about some obscure female writer’s vignette as “proof” of the widespread influence of an Ivory Tower concept.

    “Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?”

    Depends according to Who/Whom, Mr. Sailer.

    • Replies: @Herzog
  51. AndrewR says:
    @Larry, San Francisco

    I first read it about ten years ago and enjoyed it. Around 2013 was when they let Ta-nehisi go wild and it tanked. Now it looks like they have a paywall. Good luck with that, guys.

  52. AndrewR says:
    @Kent Nationalist

    Go on wikipedia and type “white sup” into the search bar. First result is the page for “White Supremacy”

    Second result is the page for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign

    Third result is Terrorism in the United States

    Type in “Jewish sup” and the first result is David Duke.

    Second result is “racism in Israel” (mostly about how Ethiopian Jews are treated)

    Third is a general article about “Supremacism”

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  53. Herzog says:
    @The Alarmist

    She’s from an Ethiopian or Eritrean Orthodox Christian background, where biblical names like Hannah and saints’ names like Giorgis (= George) are staples of the onomastic inventory.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  54. Anon[639] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    “ Hannah Giorgis is a curious name for an African chick.”

    Indeed. I wondered too. But I don’t think she’s jewish.. In my (social) experience, jews always recommend but never “out” other jews. And they get very upset when you casually mention that a given book author is “orthodox Jew”. What does it have to do with anything, anyway? So Giorgis’ casual mention of the “wonders of being jewish” is probably deliberate trolling. A way of saying “I can tell whites and Jews apart.”

    Kamala Harris is a way curioser name for an American VP. What’s in a name, anyway?

  55. Herzog says:
    @Corvinus

    Prepare for whom, Corvinus. It’s the prudent thing to do.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  56. @Kent Nationalist

    Yeah, well higher than Steve on the totem pole, but that’s not saying much. White men are 3 ft underground on this pole (holding the whole thing up, though).

  57. @DextersLabRat

    Gay Jewish men are not on the intersectional totem pole. They are outside it, as the creators, owners, and arbiters of the totem pole. As long as straight white men stay at the bottom permanently, they are content.

  58. Anon[639] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Take your kids along.

    My daughter has this group of multi-culti friends in Florida she sees during vacations. So she went to this small pool party, the friend hosting was Argentinian. She was astounded they started watching YouTube videos making fun of Catholics, on a big screen. More than one.

    I in turn was surprised that she didn’t know that the Argentinian and his sister were blond (((Argentinians))). The name was a clear indication, but then today’s kids have a weird insistence on avoiding last names. I got a little teaching moment about an age-old rivalry. Needless to say, the next couple invites were shrugged off. Now she knows groups are not just for “standing together” but also very much for “standing against.”

  59. @res

    And thus, the idiots on here who accuse others of suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect are idiots who don’t know what the term means.

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  60. @Mr. Anon

    It is hard to be edgy when at the touch of a button you can go online and view everything from hard core pornography to race riots 24/7. The only thing edgy I can think of is if he explicitly made fun of Jews, blacks, or immigrants (in that order).

    • Agree: JMcG
  61. @obwandiyag

    I’ve never heard such an accusation on this site. In fact, the D-K effect has kept such a low profile here that I had no idea what it was until now.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  62. @TomSchmidt

    The technical term is “unleash the Kraken”

    I stand happily corrected.

  63. @Jim Don Bob

    I wouldn’t piss on her if she were on fire.

    Too strong? Yes, I suppose so. If I really, really had to pee, I might consider it.

  64. @Herzog

    Thanks. So, not to be confused with Canadian singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas….

  65. @Ben tillman

    obwandiyag and Alexander Turok never miss a chance to be condescending and insulting. The fact that they are usually wrong is part of their act I suppose.

  66. I don’t think liberals even want to win the election anymore. Opposing Trump is now their lifestyle. Their lifestyle ends if Trump loses. Lifestyles tend to perpetuate themselves. What’s MS-NBC gonna do, once Trump loses? Criticize Biden’s submission to Wall Street? Better off to just have Four More Years of Orange Man Bad. The hoi-polloi still think they’re trying to win, of course. But I wonder.

    If you were trying to win, would Biden really be your nominee?

    • Replies: @Travis
  67. @ThreeCranes

    “At least Trump spared us from that!” … that’s my main thought.

    Though, i confess, i think Hillary’s innate unpleasantness would have woken a lot of people up. I’m basically of the belief that it’s going to take a really unpleasant experience with Big Sister to wake a significant number of white people up. Kamala might well do the trick.

    • Replies: @scrivener3
  68. njguy73 says:

    Regarding Paul Rudnick, I have two words.

    Marci X.

    How is he still permitted to write anything after that?

  69. @TomSchmidt

    The technical term is “unleash the Kraken”

    Or, “Unleash the Karen”.

  70. Lurker says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Once you understand what underlies it, it isn’t funny anymore

    Exactly right.

  71. Lurker says:
    @TomSchmidt

    These days it should probably be “Unleash the Karen”.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  72. Charlotte says:
    @guest

    If you’re on the wrong side, being female is like being black or whatever: they just hate you more.

  73. Richard B says:
    @J.Ross

    Further, exactly where do funny gay Jewish white men rank on the Intersectional totem pole? Not very high, now do they?

    Who cares anymore? I’m so tired of all of it. And all of them.

    Their self-absorption knows no bounds.

    Never the less, we do still need to laugh.

    Toward that end, this was the funniest part.

    “HANNAH GIORGIS is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers culture.”

  74. “in which Bette Midler and other stars deliver monologues making gentle fun of their anti-Trump obsessions.”

    making gentile fun of their anti-Trump obsessions, you mean. now that could have been one of your best play on words ever.

  75. @Lurker

    No evil villain would be that cruel.

  76. Carol says:
    @Anon

    Nah, your generalization doesn’t hold water. I know plenty of people from intact families who hate Trump.

    He’s just as easily the bully they hated in high school, the boss who fired them, or the jock who wouldn’t talk to them. He can stand in for a lot of different types.

    As someone from a broken family myself I wonder, how can they be so unhappy? Didn’t they have it all? But maybe that didn’t protect their feelings from some types.

  77. JMcG says:
    @Anon

    You should have asked them to leave.

  78. @guest

    Roseanne was not fired for personally being Roseanne, or for anything she’d said or done, she was fired because the reboot of her series was a cultural beach-head for Deplorables/Goyim, so it had to be taken out at all costs. — despite its massive profitability, a loss they were willing to eat in service of the Cause (of destroying White America for good). They just cooked up any dumb excuse possible to get rid of the show, not her. (Well, technically they castrated it, but same thing).

    Roseanne herself was merely collateral damage; the real message was F!ck You, Goyim: We Control Your Culture, And You’re NEVER Getting It Back.

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  79. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Sounds like the cancellation of Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, etc. 50 years ago.

  80. @RichardTaylor

    “those who assume super smart Jews are always able to control things”

    I’ve known a couple of smart Jews who were barely able to manage their lives. I’ve never met a super smart Jew. Are they scary?

  81. @AnotherDad

    I don’t know. Dinkins presided over some very bad years in NYC, and then NY’ers elected Giuliani and Bloomberg. But the lesson wore off in two election cycles and they elected the present mayor.

    And each leftist/progressive democrat ratchets the bureaucracy and judiciary a click more left never to be recovered from.

  82. @AndrewR

    “Second result is ‘racism in Israel’”

    This is an interesting current in American leftism: open hatred for Israel and Zionism led by the colourful ones. A lot of leftwing Jews who are anti-Zionist but have an understandable emotional attachment to Israel are walking a tightrope within the identity-obsessed Democratic Party. It’s only a matter of time before they leave, taking their economic and cultural power away from the non-binaries and Rabble of Colour. Now would be a good time to propose an alternative between the Strongman Right and the Authoritarian Left. A party of practical politics, disdainful of totalitarian ideologies that draw in the dummies. A party that welcomes in the disaffected Democrat Jews and me, the Nordic Jesus.

  83. I don’t get cable TV, so I haven’t seen it, but I’ve often found Rudnick funny, especially the movie reviews he writes under the pseudonym Libby Gelman-Waxner:

    As soon as Premiere premiered in English, I subscribed. But after awhile, the Gelman-Waxner columns were the only thing worth reading.

    There was, however, a revealing interview with Meryl Streep in which she showed resentment that her male co-stars were getting paid so much more than she was. Such as Robert Redford.

    I wanted to tell her to look at who stood in line outside the theater, note which sex they were, and whether they were paying to see her or the talentless male model Redford.

    If that wouldn’t shut her up, there was always a position at the popcorn stand, where equal pay is guaranteed by law.

  84. @AndrewR

    One needn’t believe that Trump is an evil omnipotent tyrant to think his reelection would be catastrophic. His inaction, real and imagined, on issues like COVID and climate change terrifies a lot of people.

    “One needn’t believe that [Reagan] is an evil omnipotent tyrant to think his reelection would be catastrophic. His inaction, real and imagined, on issues like [AIDS] and [AIDS]* terrifies a lot of people.”

    Plus ça change…

    Gov. Reagan was told in no uncertain terms that bathhouse behavior was none of his business. When he took that to heart as President, the knives were out. Can’t please some people.

    *Google “Reagan” + “inaction”, and see if you can find any other issue to which the word was ever applied.

  85. Anon[639] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I can never understand this side of Sailer’s.. he really digs people even mildly successful in Hollywood. Perhaps because Hollywood and Las Vegas are two of the most uninteresting places on earth to me.

  86. @Mr. Anon

    Indeed.

    I’ve never found Sasha Baron Cohen very funny and when I realized his ‘comedy’ was just an extended and rather bitter form of ethnic warfare I realized why.

    (Caddyshack is basically the same thing but I give it a pass because it is pretty funny.)

    • Replies: @sayless
  87. @RichardTaylor

    Well she may say she’s for the free speech of comedians but she openly supported the sacking of the SNL comedian Shane Gillis a little while ago for saying some rather tame things about Asians on a podcast before he was ever hired for SNL.

    As others have pointed out it’s kind of a ‘Free speech for me, but not for White gentiles’ situation.

    • Agree: RichardTaylor
  88. MEH 0910 says:

  89. sayless says:
    @Lyov Myshkin

    Sasha Baron Cohen turned up in New York and asked a total stranger on the street some obscene question. The guy clocked him. That should happen more often.

    Somehow he managed to get an interview with Trump. After about two minutes Trump stood up, wished the crew a pleasant day, and walked away. Too bad he didn’t clock SBC first, but nobody’s perfect.

    It’s on YouTube somewhere.

  90. Corvinus says:
    @Herzog

    “Prepare for whom, Corvinus. It’s the prudent thing to do”.

    Prepare against whom? How and why is it prudent?

  91. @guest

    Playwright/actor Sam Shepherd once observed — in an interview in The Village Voice, if I remember correctly — that he couldn’t think of anyplace more provincial than New York City.

  92. Travis says:
    @Servant of Gla'aki

    Would Sanders have been better ? Or Pocahontas ? Even today, with an Biden unable to debate and unable to campaign due to his frail condition and poor mental state, they certainly would prefer Trump getting re-elected over a Bernie Sanders win in November.

    Biden was a more attractive candidate back in the winter when he seemed able to debate the socialists running against him. Although they did not really choose Biden as much as they feared Bernie Sanders would win the nomination. Bernie was again targeted to keep him from winning. The DNC and the leaders of the Democratic party all strongly opposed Bernie. The oligarchs and billionaires fear Sanders more than anyone else. While the extreme leftists did not fully embrace Pocahontas, she took enough of their votes to keep Bernie from winning. The billionaires threw her enough cash to keep her running to ensure Sanders would lose.

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