The 1950s has long been the Left’s favorite punching bag.
To those of the loud, urban, NYC-pseudo-intellectual milieu, the small towns of Mayberry, and wherever Ozzie and Harriet and ‘the Beave’ lived, are jokes, absurdist romanticizations of an era that never was, a place that never existed. That such relative utopias might have actually existed is never entertained, perhaps a projection of frustration from liberal messianists who’ve never been able to create a utopia themselves, though not for lack of Trying Real Hard.
In our current cultural climate, subtlety is out of style. Woke histrionics and shock value have the highest currency (The Handmaid’s Tale). History is written by the winners, and Hollywood has won. The awards season is less about merit and all about virtue signaling, ratings plummets be damned, and last night’s Emmy’s is a fresh reminder of this. One of last night’s big winners was a show called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which took:
- Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Writing, Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Directing Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
The show’s premise, from Wikipedia:
It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”).
The casting is not very diverse.
Of Sherman-Palladino herself:
Sherman-Palladino was born in Los Angeles. Her parents are comedian Don Sherman… and dancer Maybin Hewes. Sherman was her father’s stage name. Her father, from the Bronx, was Jewish, and her mother was a Southern Baptist from Gulfport, Mississippi. She has stated that she was raised “as Jewish. Sort of.”
At one point in the show’s first season, the protagonist exposes her breasts onstage, and an indecent exposure charge ensues. It’s not only a paean to Lenny Bruce, but features Lenny Bruce as a character. The Hollywood assault against the 1950s is textbook Jewish subversion of Gentile social norms. If there’s one novel twist in this show, it’s that apparently even one’s Jewish parents are the target of rage.
Wikipedia also notes:
The second season is set to feature Midge and Susie going out on the road together with Midge playing clubs along the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains.
I can’t wait.
There should be lots of diversity in that environment.