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Conservatives Are Boobs When it Comes to Pop Culture

March 3rd, 2013 - 2:57 pm
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Now that we are descending into nanny-state soft tyranny under the sure and certain leadership of our beloved Not-A-Dictator, we are going to need a Minister of All Cultures and my nominee is John Nolte of Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. First of all, I know Nolte so even under the new regime, I should be able to score copies of movies with all the offensive scenes still intact. And second of all, I’m beginning to think that he is the last sane man discussing pop culture in America except for me. And I’m not too sure about me.

Last week, the Noltenator ran a terrific piece defending funny man Seth MacFarlane from both left-wing and right-wing attacks on his off-beat, politically incorrect and also very amusing Academy Awards performance. Especially under fire was a song called “We Saw Your Boobs,” which named which actresses had exposed themselves in which movies. Critics on left and right called the song sexist, offensive, puerile, etc, and Nolte explained to them: shut the hell up.

What strikes me as wrong-headed… is all this taking of offense and hurling of “ists.” I fear we’re becoming a nation of well-intentioned (sometimes) “Footloose” dads who see danger in harmless fun; where we cry “ist” to put a stop to things that make us uncomfortable; where — so “we don’t offend” and “for the good of others” – we build restrictions. And what happens in the process? We lose our own capacity for joy and that very healthy exercise known as laughing at ourselves.

Read the whole thing here. It’s worth it.

But while John takes both the left and the right to task, I think the right is more to blame here. When leftists attacked MacFarlane, they were being pinched, small-minded, puritanical, humorless, bullying, and censorious — which is to say, they were being themselves! Blaming them for that is like blaming a rattler for having venom.

But if right wingers want to speak through and about pop culture, they need to learn to be smarter and better than the opposition. The fact is, properly understood the “Boobs” song was a triumph for right-wing values!

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My motto: never attribute to an "ism" what can be more accurately described as "raised by wolves". Works for liberals and conservatives alike (though usually it's the progressives that need it)
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I gotta tell ya. I think nude scenes are absolutely vital to porn.
1 year ago
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I'm going to show this video to my daughters when it's time for the "talk." I'm going to tell them, "this is how every teenage boy thinks. Many of them will say and do ANYTHING to get to touch or see your boobs. Only group date until you're out of high school, and then only date to find someone to marry."
1 year ago
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I can think of one film where the exposure of boobs is dramatically essential: Frenzy by Sir A. Hitchcock. Although, it's a rape scene and seeing the boobs is supposed to make the audience feel uncomfortable and kind of Guilty...
So, I guess it doesn't contradict what our saying.
1 year ago
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Jennifer Lawrence has never exposed herself in a movie? No, she comes to the Oscars for that. Or is that someone else's boobs in that picture?
1 year ago
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Yes, a song about boobs is the epitome of right-wing values. Truest. Statement. Evar.
1 year ago
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I always thought it was funny, liberals are in favor of women expressing themselves (freedom of speech) by taking off their clothes on camera, but you're not in favor of the sexual exploitation of women (pornography, to stay relevant to the argument). So women can make all the pornography in the world, but men shouldn't buy it?

No thanks, I'll just tell my daughters the truth: if those women were so proud of the "sensitive" and "tasteful" way the producers etc. handled nude scenes, they wouldn't need to feel ashamed when their names came up in the song. That being the case, "sensitive," artistic" and "tasteful" are just things producers say to get women to take off their shirts so the producers can make money; in other words, sexual exploitation.
1 year ago
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You're giving Boobs a bad name!
1 year ago
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"Conservatives Are Boobs When it Comes to Pop Culture"

Oh, I don't think so. But the vast conga-line of pop-cult kool kids, have no clue re the existential perils facing us. The Popular Culture is what it is. It cannot be designed or "set on course" -- not even by Barack Obama himself.

The LAST thing that conservatives should dedicate their energies toward is trying to come up with some sort of plan to steer the Popular Culture towards saner shores. The Popular Culture has no mind. It cannot create. It simply reflects. We have very serious problems facing us. The Popular Culture does not have a serious bone in its ephemeral body. It, rather, is all about appearances and whims and pleasures and vanities. The Popular Culture belongs to those who don't matter. It belongs to the faceless masses. Screw it.
1 year ago
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You're right that a lot of pop culture is the modern-day equivalent of booger jokes. But the Left OWNS pop culture, and they make a lot of converts that way. We ignore the access that pop culture has to young, impressionable people at our own peril.
1 year ago
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That is exactly what conservatives should be doing. Culture precedes politics.

Media and the education system should be targeted for takeover.
1 year ago
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How do you italicize now?
1 year ago
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You can no longer use any html commands (or ubb code for that matter). You cannot post links either, just copy/paste urls if you wish.
1 year ago
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Hey, I've got boobs and nothing about that song offended me. I laughed -- especially at the Hollywood actresses who sat stone-faced and offended!

The damned Hollywood elites have for too long set themselves up as some kind of moral arbiters -- and God alone knows why. They bed hop, they marriage hop, they have kids by different fathers, they have the biggest carbon footprints on earth -- and then some! -- and they get upset by a song about boobs.

GIVE. ME. A. BREAK.

They're the boobs. Jane Fonda should just ST_U. The tummy/chin tuck queen doesn't have a leg -- or a boob -- to stand on. Too bad she can't take a joke. These Hollywood killjoys have no sense of humour.
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