July 19, 2012
Lancing a Boyle
In yet the latest example of Western self-flagellation, it seems that cinema auteur Danny Boyle -- the man who has a strange fascination with dipping his actors in excrement, as he so graphically showed us in his films Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting -- wants to toss his native Great Britain down the loo as well, on no less of a stage than the London Olympics:
The July 27 ceremony, conceived by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, will pay careful attention to Britain’s shame, with tableaux devoted to the denial of voting rights to women, Industrial Revolution pollution, the Great Depression and exploitation of the workers.
Instead of celebrating Nelson and Wellington, the show will feature scary soldiers “erupting” out of the ground like lava. A centerpiece will be a reenactment of a 200-mile 1936 workers’ march from the North to London to protest living conditions.
Yeah, that's pretty much the stuff that comes to my mind when I think of jolly old England. Perhaps Boyle and former London mayor "Red" Ken Livingstone can join forces to promote tourism after the games are over.
I wish I could say that this is shocking, but it isn't. Leftists have shown a boundless hatred for Western values, both here in America and across the pond. It's like the "warts and all" approach to teaching history so de rigueur in American schools: Somehow they find time for the warts but none of the all.
You figure that a native of the nation that gave the world the Magna Carta, the first declaration of principles in history that proclaimed what the king cannot do to his subjects, would find at least one other thing to focus on in his Olympic extravaganza. Perhaps the British Navy's interdiction against the slave trade? Or her steadfast resistance to fascism? Or would that all be too ethnocentric?
I tell ya, people who don't have a love and respect for their own culture are doomed to lose it. More than that, they deserve to lose it. What's scary is the idea of what might be left after the West tumbles off the cliff of its own self-loathing. Considering that we've been the sole source of light in a darkening world, the reckoning will be a harsh one indeed.
Hatched by Korso on this day, July 19, 2012, at the time of 5:52 PM
The following hissed in response by: Mr. Michael
People in the West insist that people in Islamic Cultures must speak out against and repudiate the evil in their midst... in their case, Radical Islamists who resort to Terrorism.
On a lesser scale, but just as true, those of us in the West must speak out against and repudiate the evil in OUR midst... and Boyle's vision of the importance of Great Britain is a small evil... but it is still evil. I hadn't heard of this yet, but I for one will not sit quietly by while the West is portrayed in such negative lights.
It's my responsibility as a member of Civilization. Thank you for doing the same!
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