Black Panther Says Tony Stark’s Days Are Numbered

Joe Robert Cole, co-writer of the Black Panther film, spoke at SXSW recently. Cole believes, apparently due to the success of Black Panther the Novelty, that audiences want more woke films, and that Tony Stark’s days are numbered:

Responding to a question on whether superheroes’ values reflect or shape the culture, Cole said: “Think about where we are now, with this very vapid, unintelligent president and our world is crackling on the edges because of that. Think back to Tony Stark, him being douchey and being okay. If that character, Stark, was created in a movie today, I wonder if the response would be like, ‘Oh, it’s cool that he’s douchey and disrespectful to women … That’s fine.’ I think we’re at a different place. I think it’s a better place.”

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Michael Brendan Dougherty: “Confiscating the Nation”

Writing in NR (of all places), Michael Brendan Dougherty has a rather bold piece titled “Confiscating the Nation”. The opening salvo:

If post-nationalists succeed in deconstructing national loyalties, they will find that loyalties based on blood or creed come roaring back.

Wow. I wasn’t expecting that in NR.

Responding to the recent, inane, NYT video-journalism (lol) piece about how “National identity is made up”, Dougherty writes:

After a brief introduction, the New York Times narrator comes to his point. “If you think about it, nationality is weird. The idea that you identify with millions of strangers just based on borders. That’s because national identity is made up” (emphasis mine).

He goes on to explain: “National identity is the myth that built the modern world, but it also primes us for dictatorship, racism, genocide.” Those last three words are accompanied by pictures of North Korea, the tiki-torch rally at Charlottesville, and a rally in Nazi Germany. The narrator continues: “Today we’re fighting over whether to keep that kind of national identity. To understand why, you have to know how new this idea is.”…

Our narrator points to France and says that even as late as the French Revolution, nearly half the people in French territory didn’t speak French. You have Breton, and Occitan, and a few others. “Just a patchwork that didn’t line up with borders,” he says, “We know from modern genetics that ethnicity didn’t line up with borders either.” You may have noticed that he’s leaning heavily on borders.

Dougherty defends the concept of ‘nationalism’, albeit a deracinated nationalism. He largely skips over, or minimizes, the critical (perhaps central) role that ethnicity plays in binding the sense of nationalism in a given time and place.

Still, that something like this is appearing in the pages of the preeminent Cuckservative magazine is, I suppose, a good thing:

Nationalism as a political movement was also what made democracy possible; it helped to overthrow ancient monarchies that routinely bequeathed nations with foreign rulers who just happened to inherit the chair. Further, national identity helped to create the social trust necessary to institute massive social-welfare systems. We might also note that while the Nazis made use of national loyalty, so too did the Poles, the French, the British, and the Americans who resisted and defeated the Nazi regime. And they could not have defeated the Nazis without that loyalty…

What the authors of “The Interpreter” have done is discovered that the concept of national identity cannot be reduced down to simple mathematical relationships. Because national identity assumes into itself facts that derive from social interaction and history, the explainer concludes that it is a myth. It isn’t real. It’s just made up. Of course, lots of things that you can study have these properties: languages are “made up” in this way. They change over time. Their uses vary in history and social context. English shows evidence of assimilating Latin, French, and Greek vocabulary over its life. It is conditioned by history. But it would be stupid to say that English is somehow unreal. N’est-ce pas?

The “Interpreter” authors have lots of other tricks. They completely elide the difference between national identity and modern nationalism as a political movement, giving both the late birthdate of the latter. Nationality is an ancient concept, going back to antiquity. It is a major theme throughout the Biblical narrative.

The jargon or the slick graphics have to be deployed, because if you actually reduced their explainer down to the core elements, it would be laughed out of the room. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I know you think England is a real thing. And Englishness, too. But I’m here to inform you that people in Cornwall were speaking Cornish well into the reign of Queen Victoria! Your so-called England is a hoax!”

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Another Wrinkle

Of A Wrinkle In Time, even liberal Richard Brody has some reservations:

Whereas L’Engle’s book is replete with explicit Christian citations, the movie offers no overt religious references, not even any overt spirituality (other than a passing reference to faith “in who you are”).

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Italy’s First Black Senator is a Rightwinger

Toni Iwobi, Italy’s first black senator, is a member of The League (aka the rightwing party currently led by Matteo Salvini.) Go figure:

Iwobi, who owns an IT company, came to Italy in the late 1970s to study in Perugia. He later moved to Spirano, where he said he found the two loves of his life: his Italian wife and the League, then known as the Northern League. He became a councillor for the party in 1995.

Iwobi, a Catholic, argues that people should travel to Italy legally, just like he did. “I came on a student visa,” he said. “During that period over 40 years ago, coming here meant needing a visa. My party is fighting to restore legal immigration.”…

Iwobi has played an instrumental role in driving the League’s success, having helped to create some of the party’s key policies since being appointed by its leader, Matteo Salvini, as head of its immigration and security committee in 2015.

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Globalist Steven Pinker vs. Identity Politics

In The Weekly Standard, globalist Adam Rubenstein interviews fellow globalist Steven Pinker on the topic of identity politics. Early in the interview, Pinker let’s out this howler:

Identity politics is the syndrome in which people’s beliefs and interests are assumed to be determined by their membership in groups, particularly their sex, race, sexual orientation, and disability status. Its signature is the tic of preceding a statement with “As a,” as if that bore on the cogency of what was to follow. Identity politics originated with the fact that members of certain groups really were disadvantaged by their group membership, which forged them into a coalition with common interests: Jews really did have a reason to form the Anti-Defamation League.

In addition, the two discuss the mega-advantages of globalism (no, really).

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“Alt-Right: Age of Rage” Trailer

Alt-Right: Age of Rage will have its premiere on March 9 at SXSW. If this is its official trailer, then the documentary seems a bit unfocused. It’s hard to tell if the whole thing will be Daryle ‘the Barrel’ Lamont Jenkins vs. Richard Spencer, or whether it will go into any significant depth of both the Antifa and Alt Right sides.

The trailer’s ample display of “KKK” flyers & Nazi regalia strengthens the probability that the documentary will be a leftwing hatchet job that totally mischaracterizes white identitarianism.

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On Wrinkles & Furrowed Brows

Back when I saw Dunkirk in the theater, they had a preview of the upcoming A Wrinkle In Time, directed by Ava DuVernay (the angry black woman who also directed Selma) and boy did it look atrocious. Trendy P.C. casting (now a new norm) and pro-feminism “messages” were apparent in even the trailer. From a Fox News article on the film’s advance bad reviews, there’s this awesome and revealing passage:

The movie’s main character, Meg Murray, is described in the novel as a redheaded girl, but DuVernay cast African-American actress Storm Reid. DuVernay’s Meg is supposed to be biracial, with a white father (played by “Star Trek” actor Chris Pine) and a black mother (played by “Black Mirror” actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

DuVernay, who directed the civil rights film “Selma,” told the New York Times she selected Australian actor Levi Miller to play Meg’s friend “because that was so powerful, to show a white boy following a black girl” throughout the movie.

This is what they want. All across Culture, it is revenge time. White males need to get to the back of the bus.

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Cirkus – Those Were The Days (1973)

Cirkus were a U.K. band who navigated between hard rock and prog rock. Their 1973 album One is excellent, with standout tracks being “You Are”, “Song For Tavish”, “Melissa”, and “Those Were The Days”.

“Those Were The Days” has a proto-glam feel to it, mixed with prog elements and a Bowie-like feel to the lyrics sung by Paul Robson.

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Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (2015)

Here’s the abstract for the book Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (2015) by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard:

Beyond Hate offers a critical ethnography of the virtual communities established and discursive networks activated through the online engagements of white separatists, white nationalists, and white supremacists with various popular cultural texts, including movies, music, television, sport, video games, and kitsch. Outlining the ways in which advocates of white power interpret popular cultural forms, and probing the emergent spaces of white power popular culture, it examines the paradoxical relationship that advocates of white supremacy have with popular culture, as they finding it to be an irresistible and repugnant reflection of social decay rooted in multiculturalism. Drawing on a range of new media sources, including websites, chat rooms, blogs and forums, this book explores the concerns expressed by advocates of white power, with regard to racial hierarchy and social order, the crisis of traditional American values, the perpetuation of liberal, feminist, elitist ideas, the degradation of the family and the fetishization of black men. What emerges is an understanding of the instruments of power in white supremacist discourses, in which a series of connections are drawn between popular culture, multiculturalism, sexual politics and state functions, all of which are seen to be working against white men. A richly illustrated study of the intersections of white power and popular culture in the contemporary U.S., and the use of use cyberspace by white supremacists as an imagined site of resistance, Beyond Hate will appeal to scholars of sociology and cultural studies with interests in race and ethnicity, popular culture and the discourses of the extreme right.

Regarding the authors:

C. Richard King is Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, USA. He is the co-author of Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Films for Children, the editor of Native Athletes in Sports and Society, Post-Colonial America, and co-editor of Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy and Commodified and Criminalized: African American Athletes and New Racism. David J. Leonard is Associate Professor and chair in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is the author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness and several other works.

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Pacino’s Way

Greg Cwik has a nice piece on “Pacino’s Way”:

Though Marlon Brando was the ostensible star of the first Godfather—it’s his sullen and sapiential face that adorns the poster, and he who took home an Oscar—the trilogy really belongs to Pacino’s Michael. It’s the story of a man whose potential for greatness transmogrified into evil, slowly and heartbreakingly—of the college boy, the war hero, following not in his father’s footsteps, but in a disfigured image of his shadow. Cinematographer Gordon Willis’s crepuscular lighting throws upon Michael a visual dichotomy, half basked in golden light and half shrouded in shadows. As The Godfather progresses, he veers increasingly into darkness until he emerges, alone, into an autumn afternoon, left to ponder his iniquitous decisions.

Despite the composed, sometimes phlegmatic demeanor of Michael Corleone, that simmering indolence and careful elocution, something seethes behind his eyes: a sufferance for violence. All of Pacino’s great characters have the potential to hurt or maim or kill, usually out of necessity or a particular sense of pragmatism—a rarefied dangerousness. Pacino has a tragic air about him. One feels it in his stare: an overcompensation for some unuttered anxiety or self-doubt in all that shouting that typifies much of his raspy-voiced later work. There’s a protean quality to Pacino’s acting. Like his great characters, these unrelenting professionals, he isn’t unwilling to do what’s necessary: to explode when his instincts command him to, to recede into placidity when the scene calls for it. Bespoke or bedraggled, garbed in elegant suits or a leather vest, he emanates a peculiar masculinity, a kind of vulnerability.

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