It’s Christmas season song time, and that means more political correctness “updates” of classic songs that someone spent a lot of time figuring out how to be offended by. #1 on the political correctness hit list is the Frank Loesser naughty duet “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” which I admit to calling “date-rapey” six years ago. I regret that, which is an over-statement, but not this post (#3 in a 2017 Warm-up) that expressed my annoyance at the song being treated as Christmas fare at all.
But I didn’t know until today that the song debuted in the Esther Williams watery 1949 musical comedy”Neptune’s Daughter” (which I have never watched), that it had nothing to do with Christmas in the film, and that the movie presented the song in two versions, one in which the man (Ricardo Montalban) is trying to get the woman (Esther) to stay over—neither of them can sing, incidentally—and a gender-flipped version later where an aggressive Betty Garrett (who can sing) is trying to seduce a reluctant Red Skelton (who can’t). Salon, of all places, featured a balanced analysis of the song last month, here.
1. Deception by omission, as usual. Kyle Buchanan, the New York Times movie columnist (“The Projectionist”), issued a column about how to “fix” the Oscars broadcast, which has seen its rating fall like Joe Biden’s approval numbers in recent years. Now what is the most obvious and annoying reason for much of America tuning out the Academy Awards when once following them was considered a national tradition? It’s the politicizing of the event, the woke speeches and virtue signaling, the decision to base awards on diversity rather than merit, the oppressive partisanship and Trump-bashing, and the stars revealing their depressing ignorance by shooting off their mouths as if anyone cares what they think, of course. Buchanan doesn’t mention any of this! It’s a Jumbo: “Politics? What politics?” Yes, it’s another “Bias makes you stupid” classic. Buchanan doesn’t think the oppressive politicizing of the broadcast is a problem, because it’s consistent with his politics.
2. Speaking of woke derangement…Times theater critic Maya Phillips’ pan of the new Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” states that the original film “may now be — understandably — considered transphobic.”
3. If you thought Rep. Massie’s Christmas card showing his grinning gun-toting family was in bad taste, how about this…
Yes, it’s in-your-face conservative Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, currently embroiled in a controversy over her nasty anti-Muslim shots at nasty Muslim Rep. Omar.
4. I don’t understand this at all. The same pundits who called President Donald Trump a racist for referring to the virus China sicced on the world a Chinese virus and “the Wuhan virus” are calling for more serious sanctions against the country because of its human rights violations, like slave labor, political oppression and genocide. Here’s a typical piece on the subject by Kurt Streeter, the Times sportswriter who only writes about sports to provide a platform for his progressive political screeds. For once I agree with Streeter on a lot of his points; the main one is that corporate sponsors of the Olympics should boycott the Winter Games in China even if the U.S. won’t.
But if it is racist to simply call a pandemic that was fueled by Chinese government deception a Chinese virus on the theory that doing so will cause idiots to attack Asian-Americans, why doesn’t the same “logic” apply to calling China a human rights abuser, which is also true? His print headline is “Putting Profit Over Morality by Keeping Quiet on Human Rights Abuses.” How is keeping quiet about the responsibility for killing millions of people the right thing to do?
For that matter, how is allowing American athletes to do their thing at the price of giving China a stage for televised propaganda not putting sports over morality? I don’t understand that either.
5. Of all the high-profile trials going on now, this is the most perplexing…We just finished the Rittenhouse trial and the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbury, and now we have the trials of Jeffrey Epstein henchwoman Ghislane Maxwell, fake hate crime purveyor Jussie Smollett, and Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes in the news. The strangest trial in the news, however, is that of Kim Potter, the white ex-Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed motorist Daunte Wright when she mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser. She’s charged with manslaughter, among other charges, though both sides agree that the shooting was accidental. Potter intended to stun Daunte Wright, who appeared to be preparing to flee after a traffic stop, to protect another officer who was leaning into the passenger window of Wright’s car.
Potter has been fired, which was reasonable. I find it hard to believe that she would be standing trial if this were not the city where Derek Chauvin employed The Knee Felt ‘Round the World in a non-racial incident that is still falsely characterized as one. There’s no evidence that Wright’s race had anything to do with his death either, and I doubt that Potter would be on trial if he were white.
Once again, the threat of rioting hangs over a Minneapolis criminal trial, raising the question of whether it taints the proceedings. Also again we have a case where a black suspect resisted arrest or tried to flee, and a police officer is facing prison because her reaction in the moment turned fatal.