Saturday, March 20, 2021

1984 On Steroids

So here it is Caturday and this week’s narrative was the non-stop lamenting of Asian “hate crimes” on the rise, presumably by Trump supporters (who else?).


The media put an anti-Asian spin on the shootings at several Atlanta massage parlors before knowing any facts about the case and it became doctrine overnight. A pity that the facts, as usual, resulted in such a massive narrative failure.

After Optimistically Slotting In the Massage Parlor Shooter As the One White Anti-Asian Thug, Media Is Disappointed to Learn He’s a Sex Addict Who Was Shooting Up the Sex Parlors Because He Blames Them For His Addiction.

Of course the real story here, were any “journalists” interested, is that these “massage parlors” are actually brothels staffed for the most part by sex-trafficked illegals. But the media would much prefer to talk about right-wing white supremacy than sex slaves, and that should be quite telling. The drumming of the anti-Asian hate crime drum serves two purposes: it keeps the myth of racist Trump supporters alive and rolls another special interest group into the D column.

So I watched Breakfast At Tiffany’s on TCM the other night. Hang with me here, my sleepless night, Caturday and Asian hate crimes are all related.  Don’t you  just love it when a plan comes together?

orangie and audrey hepburn breakfast at tiffany'sHolly Golightly’s cat, named speciously Cat, wakes her for breakfast

I tuned in before the movie actually started and had to sit through TCM’s gaggle of hosts post-viewing lecture on anti-Native American racism displayed in the previous movie, The Searchers. When they were done with that dead horse I had to sit through their pre-movie discussion of the racism about to be displayed in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. What racism in Breakfast At Tiffany’s you ask?

audrey and  organie catPrejudice against black cats perhaps?

Having taken notes I am able to respond  to that question: cultural appropriation, and stereotyping. Specifically, Mickey Rooney’s controversial, racially insensitive performance as Holly Golightly’s Japanese next-door neighbor.

Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi

The TCM talking heads promised to put all of this horror in context at the end of the movie. Fortunately I fell asleep before happened. Frankly the only context I find necessary is the realization that in 1961 we were a scant 20 years out from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and a good many families across America had lost loved ones at the hands of the Japanese. Given that, a bit of stereotyping in good fun doesn’t strike me as particularly  harsh. I suppose it’s racially insensitive of me to think it might take more that a short 20 year window to forgive your mortal enemies.

NewYork-9-11Is it just me?

That said, I will give TCM credit, at least they’ve found a way to air classic movies; if progressives were left to their own devices would simply cancel them altogether. TCM’s intent, of course, is noble:

Turner Classic Movies will be airing a handful of films deemed — by a modern lens — controversial or racially insensitive as part of a new series.

The series, titled “Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror,” will include hits such as “Gone With the Wind” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The films will be airing throughout March, with commentary from five TCM hosts.

I can’t wait to hear the discussion when they air Psycho where the “problematic” theme relates to depictions of transgender identity and gender fluidity in conjunction with mental illness and violence.

“Psycho,” which will be airing on March 25, the hosts talk about transgender identity in the film and the implications of equating gender fluidity and dressing in women’s clothes with mental illness and violence.


I mean really - just because one transgendered individual is a homicidal maniac doesn’t mean that all transgendered people are. Even a nitwit should be able to reach that conclusion.

Unfortunately our betters no longer trust their lessors-at-large to conclude that on their own. And once that happens, why, they’re going to have to impose and enforce all manner of rules, regulations, laws and mores against ‘hate crimes’ and other thought crimes.


It’s sort of like 1984 on steroids.