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Apprised that pro-abortion activists are now turning against the phrase “a woman’s right to choose” as transphobic for implying that only women can have abortions, commenter David calls our attention to this meeting of the People’s Front of Judea:

JUDITH [Sue Jones-Davies]: I do feel, Reg, that any Anti-Imperialist group like ours must reflect such a divergence of interests within its power-base.

REG [John Cleese]: Agreed. Francis?

FRANCIS [Michael Palin]: Yeah. I think Judith’s point of view is very valid, Reg, provided the Movement never forgets that it is the inalienable right of every man–

STAN [Eric Idle]: Or woman.

FRANCIS [Palin]: Or woman… to rid himself–

STAN [Idle]: Or herself.

FRANCIS [Palin]: Or herself.

REG [Cleese]: Agreed.

FRANCIS [Palin]: Thank you, brother.

STAN [Idle]: Or sister.

FRANCIS [Palin]: Or sister. Where was I?

REG [Cleese]: I think you’d finished.

FRANCIS: Oh. Right.

REG: Furthermore, it is the birthright of every man–

STAN: Or woman.

REG [Cleese, sounding like Basil Fawlty]: Why don’t you shut up about women, Stan? You’re putting us off.

STAN: Women have a perfect right to play a part in our movement, Reg.

FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?

STAN: I want to be one.

REG: What?

STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me ‘Loretta’.

REG: What?!

LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.

JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

LORETTA: I want to have babies.

REG: You want to have babies?!

LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

REG: But … you can’t have babies.

LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.

REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

LORETTA: crying

JUDITH: Here! I– I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans’, but that he can have the right to have babies.

FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

REG: What’s the point?

FRANCIS: What?

REG: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can’t have babies?!

FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.

 
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  1. struggle against reality.

    Bravo!

    Never give up the fight comrades!

    And fellow life forms! (Or is that deadphobic?)

    • Replies: @AnAnon
    quit judging others based on such superficial means as existential status.
  2. Was it Tom Wolfe who said that parody is now impossible?

  3. bomag [AKA "doombuggy"] says:

    That is so spot on for today, it is eerie.

  4. A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman’s M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was.

    I’m afraid Monty Python will suffer the same fate, with progressives asking themselves, “How could I ever have thought this was funny?”

    • Replies: @Lurker
    A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman’s M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was.

    I saw a M*A*S*H TV episode a while ago and had a similar feeling. The difference being that I hadn't realised how anti-white, anti-western it all was - back when I used to think it was funny.

    I suppose we should be thankful the white, real American, Colonel was still portrayed sympathetically. That wouldn't be allowed now.
  5. “A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman’s M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was.”

    I put “Snow White & The Seven Dwarves” in for the tots yesterday, and quickly came to realize in how many ways this movie COULD NOT be made nowadays, and for the stupidest of reasons, and that none of the changes that would be forced upon it would make it better – the very movie that saved Disney Studios could not and would not be made if 1937 had been anything like today. A young woman who dreams of marriage. A young woman whose beauty is described by the fairness of her skin. And seven WHITE dwarves. (And of course how dare she not be physically attracted to any of those dwarves.)

    God forbid.

    Thank [some deity] for John Cleese, though, who had the awesomeness to denounce London as no longer being an English city, and who apparently got away with it. Apparently no one wants to take on one of the most skillful satirists of the English-speaking world.

    • Replies: @Southfarthing
    Mirror Mirror (2012) with Julia Roberts was a fine Snow White film.

    1. The dwarves trained her to be a swordswoman.
    2. The dwarves were multicultural, including a Texan dwarf, a French dwarf, and an Asian dwarf. (Including an Asian is part of the general trend to appeal to the Asian market and Asian financiers.)
    3. The director was Indian, and the film included a Bollywood-style dance sequence that was funny.
    4. The actors for both Snow White and the Prince have both Christian and Jewish ancestry, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer (image).

  6. The original MASH movie was genuine garbage, even leaving aside modern sensibilities. I was hoping those two assholes would get the firing squad they deserved. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to happen, but it still would have ended the movie on a bright note.

    • Replies: @TGGP
    Maybe it was just before my time, but I didn't care for M.A.S.H either.
  7. @Wilkey
    "A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman’s M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was."

    I put "Snow White & The Seven Dwarves" in for the tots yesterday, and quickly came to realize in how many ways this movie COULD NOT be made nowadays, and for the stupidest of reasons, and that none of the changes that would be forced upon it would make it better - the very movie that saved Disney Studios could not and would not be made if 1937 had been anything like today. A young woman who dreams of marriage. A young woman whose beauty is described by the fairness of her skin. And seven WHITE dwarves. (And of course how dare she not be physically attracted to any of those dwarves.)

    God forbid.

    Thank [some deity] for John Cleese, though, who had the awesomeness to denounce London as no longer being an English city, and who apparently got away with it. Apparently no one wants to take on one of the most skillful satirists of the English-speaking world.

    Mirror Mirror (2012) with Julia Roberts was a fine Snow White film.

    1. The dwarves trained her to be a swordswoman.
    2. The dwarves were multicultural, including a Texan dwarf, a French dwarf, and an Asian dwarf. (Including an Asian is part of the general trend to appeal to the Asian market and Asian financiers.)
    3. The director was Indian, and the film included a Bollywood-style dance sequence that was funny.
    4. The actors for both Snow White and the Prince have both Christian and Jewish ancestry, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer (image).

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Also, while "Snow White" would have full scene set in China, it would have at least a reference to Russia in it. The reference would be neither pro nor con Russia, but would imply that Russia is an important place, one that can't be ignored in tallying opening weekend box office numbers.
  8. this movie COULD NOT be made nowadays

    Just wait. Soon old movies like that will be thrown down the memory hole or completely redone better than the Ministry of Truth could have ever dreamed possible.

  9. @Southfarthing
    Mirror Mirror (2012) with Julia Roberts was a fine Snow White film.

    1. The dwarves trained her to be a swordswoman.
    2. The dwarves were multicultural, including a Texan dwarf, a French dwarf, and an Asian dwarf. (Including an Asian is part of the general trend to appeal to the Asian market and Asian financiers.)
    3. The director was Indian, and the film included a Bollywood-style dance sequence that was funny.
    4. The actors for both Snow White and the Prince have both Christian and Jewish ancestry, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer (image).

    Also, while “Snow White” would have full scene set in China, it would have at least a reference to Russia in it. The reference would be neither pro nor con Russia, but would imply that Russia is an important place, one that can’t be ignored in tallying opening weekend box office numbers.

    • Replies: @Southfarthing
    Ha.

    Sadly, Mirror Mirror (2012) was shot in Quebec, entirely on a sound stage with CGI.

    Also, no major transgender characters, which is probably breaking a law.

  10. @Steve Sailer
    Also, while "Snow White" would have full scene set in China, it would have at least a reference to Russia in it. The reference would be neither pro nor con Russia, but would imply that Russia is an important place, one that can't be ignored in tallying opening weekend box office numbers.

    Ha.

    Sadly, Mirror Mirror (2012) was shot in Quebec, entirely on a sound stage with CGI.

    Also, no major transgender characters, which is probably breaking a law.

  11. Michelle Goldberg takes a side in the tranny vs. radfem war:

    “Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman — and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position…”

    “… the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement.”

    From “What Is a Woman?/The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.”

    • Replies: @Seamus
    Seems like the solution is simple: women should just exercise the choice to become trans men and rake in all the social privilege that comes with being part of the phallocracy (even if they, technically, don't happen to have phalluses).
  12. ObIrony: the Python team appeared wearing drag in a lot of skits during the TV show and this film e.g. Terry Jones (the director) played Brian Cohen’s mother.

  13. @wren
    struggle against reality.

    Bravo!

    Never give up the fight comrades!

    And fellow life forms! (Or is that deadphobic?)

    quit judging others based on such superficial means as existential status.

  14. So the Monty Python boys were more conservative on the issue than the following “Republican” Senators, from an article by CNN:

    For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.
    The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32.
    Ten Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two Independents in supporting the bill. Four Senators did not vote.
    Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake became the latest GOP members to support the measure. They joined Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and the bill’s co-sponsor, Mark Kirk of Illinois.

  15. @Harry Baldwin
    Michelle Goldberg takes a side in the tranny vs. radfem war:

    "Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman — and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position..."

    "... the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement."

    From "What Is a Woman?/The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism."

    Seems like the solution is simple: women should just exercise the choice to become trans men and rake in all the social privilege that comes with being part of the phallocracy (even if they, technically, don’t happen to have phalluses).

  16. The closest I’ve seen a major picture come to avoiding the multicult trap was The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which (SFAIK) completely avoided casting any non-white actors except as orcs. That’s because Middle Earth was meant to represent Ancient Britain. Peter Jackson nearly managed to get away with it for The Hobbit Trilogy, too, but there was some controversy during the casting call. So they squeezed in a few minorities in the scenes at Laketown, though it looked absolutely ridiculous.

    The original Star Wars movie was all white, IIRC. Lucas ultimately added a major black character (Lando) to the second movie, and by the time the absurd, pretentious prequels came out they had fully embraced the multicult ideology, to the point where one of the emperor’s major sins was racism/speciesism.

  17. Bud says:

    There have been several Left articles about the Lion King. This is a taste.

    “Then I thought about something I’d discussed with a friend a few years ago, a friend who was utterly convinced The Lion King was racist. Her reasoning? Apart from the fact that Shenzi is voiced by (black) Whoopi Goldberg and Banzai is voiced by (Mexican) Cheech Marin, my friend was upset by the overall depiction of the hyenas – dirty, uneducated, living in the Pridelands equivalent of the ghetto, and stereotypically criminal.”

    http://girlsincapes.com/2013/05/10/tlk-hyenas/

    • Replies: @Southfarthing
    Ha, you're right.

    That Lion King / Oakland meme image particularly makes sense now: "What about that shadowy place?" "That's Oakland. You must never go there, Simba."

    But regarding the voice actors, leftists are cherry-picking. Mufasa and Rafiki the baboon were both voiced by African-Americans.

  18. The reference would be neither pro nor con Russia, but would imply that Russia is an important place, one that can’t be ignored in tallying opening weekend box office numbers.

    lol! This makes me think of the way that a lot of major video game titles have parts set in different countries, and the reasons for that. OTOH, it does increase the interest in the game, for me at least.

  19. “Sweet Loretta Modern thought she was a woman
    But she was another man.
    All the girls around her said, ‘She’s got it comin,’ ‘
    But she gets it while she can.”

    …And apparently, “Get Back” was the inspiration for the Stan/Loretta character in Life of Brian.

  20. @Bud
    There have been several Left articles about the Lion King. This is a taste.

    "Then I thought about something I’d discussed with a friend a few years ago, a friend who was utterly convinced The Lion King was racist. Her reasoning? Apart from the fact that Shenzi is voiced by (black) Whoopi Goldberg and Banzai is voiced by (Mexican) Cheech Marin, my friend was upset by the overall depiction of the hyenas – dirty, uneducated, living in the Pridelands equivalent of the ghetto, and stereotypically criminal."

    http://girlsincapes.com/2013/05/10/tlk-hyenas/

    Ha, you’re right.

    That Lion King / Oakland meme image particularly makes sense now: “What about that shadowy place?” “That’s Oakland. You must never go there, Simba.”

    But regarding the voice actors, leftists are cherry-picking. Mufasa and Rafiki the baboon were both voiced by African-Americans.

  21. “This makes me think of the way that a lot of major video game titles have parts set in different countries, and the reasons for that. OTOH, it does increase the interest in the game, for me at least.”

    Everyone wants to see what their home looks like. I used to watch Woody Allen movies just to see if I could pick out the backdrops. “Hey! That’s West 89th Street!”

  22. Wilkey – I’m not sure how seriously to take this: http://mynationalistpony.tumblr.com

  23. @onetwothree
    The original MASH movie was genuine garbage, even leaving aside modern sensibilities. I was hoping those two assholes would get the firing squad they deserved. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to happen, but it still would have ended the movie on a bright note.

    Maybe it was just before my time, but I didn’t care for M.A.S.H either.

  24. @Harry Baldwin
    A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman's M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was.

    I'm afraid Monty Python will suffer the same fate, with progressives asking themselves, "How could I ever have thought this was funny?"

    A local public radio host was talking about how he decided to watch Altman’s M*A*S*H with his teenaged son, not having seen in since the 1970s but recalling how cool it was. As they watched, though, he was mortified to realize how racist, sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic it was.

    I saw a M*A*S*H TV episode a while ago and had a similar feeling. The difference being that I hadn’t realised how anti-white, anti-western it all was – back when I used to think it was funny.

    I suppose we should be thankful the white, real American, Colonel was still portrayed sympathetically. That wouldn’t be allowed now.

  25. ray says:

    “Life of Brian” sucked. Boomers trying to be funny about things they didn’t, and couldn’t, understand. And never will. But they were/are just SO enlightened, so evolved beyond mere religion and its silly, primitive superstitions. The most arrogant, smug, duped generation of all time. Fat, easy sheep.

    I’ve had a chance to scout around the Unz site a bit, and find the It’s The Joos narrative too lockstep for my tastes, and patience. I’m interested in the truth, not in propaganda — regardless of source. I won’t be commenting again in this magazine. Can’t be trusted for evidentiary neutrality.

    A shame as I’ve enjoyed much of your work. A Dios.

  26. “I saw a M*A*S*H TV episode a while ago and had a similar feeling. The difference being that I hadn’t realised how anti-white, anti-western it all was – back when I used to think it was funny.”

    I saw a MASH episode where there’s an abandoned, mixed-race baby. They need to get it out of Korea because the Koreans, needless to say, won’t be very nice to a half-white baby. But the REAL VILLAINS were the Americans who made it hard to get the baby into America. They wound up dumping the baby, anonymously, at an orphanage.

  27. Life of Brian was banned as blasphemous in several places when it came out, including Norway apparently. I suppose back then there was still enough conservative Christian sentiment in that country that the censors felt the need to appease their feelings. It would be ironic, but not too surprising, if LOB were to be banned, not for its satire on religious fundamentalism, but for its lampooning of leftist identity politics.

    The Revolution, like Saturn, devours its own children.

  28. Funniest thing is, I forgot which post I asked that on!

    Sailer, can you see IP addresses for comments at your blog on blogspot?

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