While watching Eddie Izzard’s most recent movie on Netflix, 2020’s “Six Minutes to Midnight,” I decided to check out the details of the stand-up comic/ actor’s career. Imagine my surprise to find that the Wikipedia biography of Izzard refers to Eddie as “she” and “her.” This, despite the fact that the performer is and has always been biologically male. By the au currant definition of “transgender,” Izzard would now qualify for the UPenn women’s swim team (if he or she could swim, that is.)
Wikipedia calls Eddie by female pronouns because at various times the versatile performer has said that he wanted to be referred to as “she,” that “he and she” were his preferred pronouns, that he is “genderfluid,” and that he is a heterosexual and transvestite. Izzard is prone to describing himself in such varying terms as “somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish,””a lesbian trapped in a man’s body,” “a complete boy plus half girl,” and says “she” uses “transgender” as an umbrella term, whatever that means. Izzard has “explained,” “If I am in boy mode, then ‘he’, or girl mode, ‘she'”. In 2020, when “she” played the serious role of a male British spy in “Six Minutes to Midnight,” which “she” wrote, Izzard said announced being “based in girl mode from now on”.
Either Eddie Izzard doesn’t know what he wants or is, or the whole thing is an extended put-on. Either way, this behavior does nothing for the transgender cause except make it appear silly and confused.
1. Is it unethical for a publication to pretend that something is in doubt when it obviously isn’t? Here’s a feature headline from the Boston Globe Magazine: “Can poetry possibly matter in a time like this?” The writer consults a former U.S. poet laureate, whose response is as predictable as it is useless. Of course the answer is “no” regardless of what you think “like this” means, and the answer has been no for at least 80 years. Poetry has negligible influence of the culture.
Quick: what’s the most recent poem that you can quote a substantial part of from memory? (Lyrics don’t count.)2. Stop making me defend the New York Times! Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze,” Instapundit and other conservative websites are attacking the Times for an article titled “A Taste for Cannibalism?” “The New York Times – the so-called “newspaper of record” – advocated that “cannibalism has a time and a place,” and that current media suggests that now is the time to eat your fellow human,” wrote “The Blaze.” Various conservative Twitter users were similarly outraged, such as…
- Writer Emmanuel Rincón: “The New York Times, the progressive media in general and the left, are promoters of all aberrant causes of humanity. Pedophilia, child indoctrination and now cannibalism. Sick.”
- CEO Zack Kanter: “A zero sum worldview, irrational fear of overpopulation, and hatred of success will inevitably lead NYT journos to the literal conclusion of ‘eat the rich.’”
- Author Sankrant Sanu: “Western ‘Liberalism’ on its next logical step.”
- Journalist Tom Fitton, “NY Times, taking a break from promoting the mass killing of the unborn through abortion, promotes cannibalism.”
- Conservative activist Ned Ryun: “Ummm wat?!! The NY Times has become a monumental joke.”
- CEO Sridhar Vembu: “The NY Times: ‘Cannibalism has a time and a place.’ The Left is a tragedy that keeps on giving. What would they attempt to normalize next?”
- “Federalist” editor Mollie Hemingway: “New York Times leaning into that already well-earned ‘enemy of the people’ moniker way too much and way too literally.”
- Conservative journalist Sameera Khan: “THIS IS SATANISM.”
And more. But the complaint is completely fabricated. Nothing in the article advocates, excuses or promotes cannibalism. The supposed smoking-gun line “cannibalism has a time and a place” was taken entirely out of context: in the article, it referred only to the use of cannibalism as a plot device in fiction.
3. Dispatch from the Great Stupid! Disney is rapidly pandering to woke sensibilities so hysterically that it deserves to be shunned: the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World gives makeovers to children, ages 3 to 12, to transform them into princesses or knights. But the role-playing staff have been called “Fairy Godmothers”—you know, after the character in “Cinderella” who waves a wand and makes the poor skullery servant look like a princess? Now the roles will be called “apprentices.” Gee, that’s magical. “This way cast members that might not identify as female can still be part of the process to dress up & style the children without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character,” third-party Disney blog Streaming The Magic said.
It’s a role. It’s pretend. If someone is “uncomfortable” pretending to be what they don’t “identify as” in a fantasy theme park, they should go work at Burger King.
4. Poor Al Gore. I can’t be angry at Al; the way he lost the Presidency would have driven others to suicide or madness. Still, Gore’s claim on NBC’s Meet the Press today that “climate deniers” are comparable to the “almost 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas who were waiting outside an unlocked door while the children were being massacred” was deranged, unethical and despicable even for Al since he morphed into a full time climate change huckster. Host Chuck Todd, who has brought the once great news commentary show down to MSNBC level since taking over, had neither the guts nor the integrity to tell Al that such a comparison is as offensive as it is stupid.
5. How does Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas get away with this? The last quarter’s figures showed that 200,000 illegal immigrants have breached the southern border every month for the last three months, a record rate. Yet at a forum in Aspen, Mayorkas actually said, “Look, the border is secure,” adding that the administration is still “working to make the border more secure.” He also insisted that there is a difference between the words “safe” and “secure.”
It all depends what the meaning of “secure” is, and he did NOT have sex with that woman! The news media and Democrats went bonkers for years over Kellyanne Conway’s ill-advised effort to spin President Trump’s obviously false assertion that his Inauguration crowd was larger that it was, but this outright obfuscation about a condition that actually matters was hardly noticed by our Democratic Party propagandists who masquerade as journalists.
When a public official forfeits all public trust with weasel words like that, he should resign or be fired….
6….but the problem is that the the DHS Secretary’s boss is even worse. Last week, President Biden was bloviating again about about climate change and attacking the oil industry, describing emissions from oil refineries near his childhood home in Claymont, Delaware. “That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up with have cancer,” he said.
Wait…THE PRESIDENT HAS CANCER????
Well, no, not really. See, Joe didn’t mean that, just as he didn’t mean to read the cues on his teleprompter. White House spokesman Andrew Bates explained that Joe had “non-melanoma skin cancers” removed before he took office.
Oh. Wait, oil refineries cause skin cancer? And “have cancer” can mean “once had cancer”? These all go right into the massive Ethics Alarms file labeled IIPTDXTTNMIAFB for “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.” That statement by Biden would be tallied as two more “lies” if President Trump uttered it.
7. So far, nothing has come of the Supreme Court investigation to determine who leaked the draft Dobbs opinion. That is unacceptable and dangerous. Whoever did it, if it was a lawyer, needs to be exposed and disbarred. The AP update says, considering the likelihood that the culprit was a Supreme Court clerk, that they “often go on to prominent legal jobs. Six of the nine justices once served as law clerks.” Right. And the leaker is untrustworthy and should never hold another professional job of trust again.
Meanwhile, the SCOTUS transparency group Fix the Court proved to my satisfaction that it should not be taken seriously when its leader, Gabe Roth, told the AP that the investigation announced by Chief Justice Roberts should be shut down. “There’s just so many other things the marshal’s office needs to worry about right now that’s far more important than the leak. The justices’ safety is under threat probably more now than in years past,” Roth said.
There is nothing more important than the integrity of the Court’s deliberation process. What an irresponsible statement.
It also makes me wonder if Roth’s organization was involved in the leak.