Happy Father’s Day.
On YouTube, the first comment on this video is from someone who writes, “It’s a grate song.” Yeah, THAT guy had one hell of a father…
1. Bored with statue-toppling and honor stripping yet? Obviously the Hun and Vandals aren’t. Here in the D.C. universe, George Preston Marshall the original owner of the Washington Redskins who was the NFL’s version of Cal Griffith, lost his statue two days ago when the D.C. government pulled it down after protesters had vandalized it. Mayor Bowzer is one of the Democratic mayors who are actively enabling the protests. Of course, with statues being indiscriminately being toppled now, the gesture is increasingly less meaningful. Woodrow Wilson, the white-supremacist, racist President who spread the Spanish flu around the world by sending infected troops into Europe when he sent the U.S. into The Great War for no discernible reason, and who then planted the seed for World War II by sitting by and allowing the victorious English, French and Italians inflict devastating punitive term on Germany as long as he got his pet project, the League of Nations, into the Versailles Treaty, will have his name removed from buildings by Monmouth University and Camden, New Jersey. A private college in West Virginia announced last week that it is removing the name of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd from its health center. The Democratic Byrd may have been a reformed KKK member, but he also brought many millions of dollars into rural West Virginia, thus explaining the proliferation of his family’s name there. Surely you heard that protesters in Liverpool, England, want to rename Penny Lane of Beatles song fame, because a Liverpool man with the last name of Penny was a slave-trader. Was the street actually named after him? No, there’s no indication that it was, but hey, any association with the name Penny now has a “connection” to racism, so let’s see how far this goes. Penny candy! Penny arcades! Penny loafers! Penny, Sky King’s niece on the old TV show!
Meanwhile, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, the owned of Eskimo Pie, now says the name is “derogatory,” and that it will be changing the product’s name and marketing. The head of marketing told CBS News. “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is derogatory.”
This is yet another example of the Niggardly Principle. The term Eskimo, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, actually came from the French word esquimaux, meaning one who nets snowshoes, like what Arctic peoples do. Never mind: the rumor started that the term was racist because racist Europeans used it. I highly doubt any native Inuit people are offended by the name of the ice cream bar. In fact, many Native Alaskans still refer to themselves as Eskimos, in part because the word Inuit isn’t part of the Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia. Is it racist when they use it?
Losing its famous brand will almost certainly eliminate the product, costing business and jobs, but apparently it’s worth it for the company to signal it’s virtue with a move that can’t possibly have any salutary effect on racial equality whatsoever.
2. Res ipsa loquitur. According to a survey, only one of the top 100 universities in the United States chose a Republican to speak at its commencement address. Although there were speakers from politics, business, entertainment, and media, there is a lack of political representation in all of the choices for commencement addresses, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s scheduled address to Miami University-Ohio students was the only one representing any conservative view or diversity in speaker politics. No member of the Trump administration was invited to speak at any of these schools. Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, invited to give an address at Wichita State University Tech, was once going to be the lone exception, but she was later dropped after protests. In contrast, of dozens of commencement addresses were delivered by members of the Obama administration, including 15 in 2015 and 11 in 2016.
3. An ethics brownie point for “The Hunt.” “The Hunt” is a genre mash-up film that was spawned by “The Most Dangerous Game.” Also published as “The Hounds of Zaroff”, “The Most Dangerous Game” is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell about a big-game hunter from New York City who falls off a yacht and swims to what seems to be an abandoned and isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted like a game animal by a crazy Russian aristocrat. The story became a favorite inspiration for screen writers, first as the 1932 RKO Pictures film “The Most Dangerous Game,” then an 1943 episode of the CBS Radio series “Suspense,”starring Orson Welles. Since 1932 it has been the basis of at least eleven movie adaptations set every place from the mean streets of LA to other planets, and nearly 30 TV series episodes in shows ranging from “Have Gun Will Travel” to “The Simpsons” to “Criminal Minds.”
“The Hunt” set out to use the theme to satirize the extreme polarization and mutual hatred between progressives and conservatives in the U.S. An insane social justice warrior recruits like-minded foes of “deplorables” and devises an elaborate scheme to kidnap a dozen conservatives (the talk radio host, the conspiracy theorist, the obligatory big game hunter, the combat veteran, etc.) and drop them on her rented estate in Serbia, where they are hunted using automatic weapons, grenades, land mines, drones and spies.
To the film’s great credit, both sides are mocked with equal vigor. I could detect no bias for or against either group, which except for the lone survivor, are equally ridiculous. (One of the deplorables, right before he is murdered, is told in an angry scream by his “woke” killer, “And climate change is real, YOU ASSHOLE!”
“The Hunt” had bad luck: it was pulled from Paramount’s planned opening last Fall after a spate of mass shootings, and opened in theaters just as the pandemic was shutting them down. I found it to be excellent, if bloody, satire that was non-partisan in intent and played no favorites. Imagine..unbiased political satire! What a concept!