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March 25, 2015

Liberals Trash New Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart Movie "Get Hard" as Racist, Homophobic and In All Ways Problematic

I can't say I'm too bothered by this.

If you truck with envenomed weaklings incapable of anything other than Witch Hunts and Outrage Seizures, you kind of deserve what you get.

Plus, the movie doesn't really look all that funny.

So anyway f*** Will Ferrell. All I can say is that I hope that enough liberals get damaged by this dark lunacy that has descended on the country that they are forced to do something about.

If anyone can tackle race-based humor without stirring the P.C. police, itís Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Right?

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Their first movie together, the March 27 release "Get Hard," should be an early spring smash. Only the film's sneak screening at the SXSW festival in Austin was anything but a box office coronation. It was a virtual pitchforks and flaming torches affair.

"Get Hard" casts Ferrell as a casually racist investment banker brought down for a crime he didnít commit. To prep for prison, he hires a black car wash attendant (Hart) to teach him how to survive in the Big House. He just assumes Hartís character is a thug, even though heís a squeaky clean family man. Let the barrage of racial stereotypes commence.

The hipster throng greeted Ferrell and Hart like rock stars prior to the screening. But when the duo left and director Etan Cohen handled the post-screening Q&A, things got ugly. Think a particularly nasty Twitter conversation where nuance gets shoved aside.

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"This film seemed racist as f--," one attendee said. That person wasnít alone. Indiewire.com summed up the screening's combustible spirit, while adding other elements of the film were similarly troubling: "Alison Brie also steps in as Ferrell's 'cartoonishly materialistic fiancee,' with Craig T. Nelson playing her cash-rich father, in a portrayal that feels sexist. Variety also blew the whistle on the film's "offensive" humor with its early review. ďIf youíre disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy 'Get Hard.'"

Another Variety story suggested the fact that Ferrellís character isn't eager to perform oral sex on a man might be "homophobic."

Yup, it is now homophobic that a man should not want to s*** a man's d***. That's where we are.

Christian Toto talks about "politically incorrect" films like Blazing Saddles. I don't even think that's it.

Blazing Saddles employed both sorts of racial humor: politically incorrect racial humor and what was once a politically correct style of racial humor, in which the racist is actually the target.

It's the difference between an ironic gag and a non-ironic gag. If I say something like "Chinese people are all good at math and have mystical powers, like elves," I'm not really making a joke about Chinese people -- I'm making a joke about silly conceptions about Chinese people.

Anyway, Blazing Saddles had some straight-ahead racial jokes but it was mostly the more acceptable -- until recently -- ironic racial joke, in which it is actually racist attitudes which are targeted.

Now, I have not seen Get Hard so I can't say this for sure, but I"m going to go ahead and assume, with 99.99% confidence, that it is all the hitherto-acceptable sort of ironic "racial" joke which is really about outdated racial attitudes.

Like Anchorman. No one really thought that film was adopting Ron Burgundy's stance on the inferiority of women, did they? No, of course not; the film was pretty obviously goofing on Ron Burgundy's position.

Will Ferrell is a Big Liberal Pussy and has never done anything to go against the Liberal Party Line, ever; I don't think he's doing so in this disposable nothing of a movie.

I think he's just goofing on outdated racial attitudes again, like he did in Anchorman 2 (NSFW).

But here's the problem: The Outrage Militants are now so militant that even jokes about racism are no longer acceptable, because, by even joking about it, some Terrible Evils might follow:

Racists may not be clever enough to realize the racially-tinged jokes are about racism itself, and are lampooning, rather than championing, racist attitudes, and thus may enjoy the racial jokes without realizing they're supposed to be chastised by them.

And we can't have Racists deriving accidental, incidental pleasure due to their failure to understand.

In addition, some Sensitive But Not Really Clever members of the viewing audience might themselves be Offended By and even Triggered by messaging that is too complex for them to understand. They might mistake Justine Sacco's joke about White Privilege for a political manifesto in support of White Privilege, for example.

As we cannot permit even a single person to be Offended, we must guarantee that all messaging shall be incapable of being misread.

the New Code of Politically Informed Art requires that each Message be pounded with such simpleminded repetitiveness straightforwardness that there is no chance even a dullard could miss the intent.

Subtlety may lead to mistaken impressions, and mistaken impressions are the Devil's Playground.

No art is allowed to be subtle, ironic, nuanced, ambivalent, or questioning any longer. All True Art serves Humanity, and Humanity is only served by childishly-simple and evangelically-direct Pro-Social messages about Racism being bad.

You can't hint that racism is bad, or leave the viewer free to figure out it's bad based on the events contained in your film: Characters must explicitly declare it to be bad, frequently and always, or else the film is "racist."

Millennials are really rather stupid. A friend of mine is in contact with the Younger Generation through his, let us say, Christian Outreach Program, and he was telling me what dullards they are. He told a group that over the weekend he had been to his Mexican friend's wedding. He offered his opinion that Mexican weddings were his favorite, because he liked the food, the beer, the dancing, and the dresses Mexican girls wore.

A whitebread bougie girl turned to him sharply: "That's racist," she informed him.

And she was not kidding, either.

Sure, move past the fact that he was praising Mexican culture. Move past the fact that the story necessarily advertises his close friendship with a Mexican guy.

It's racist because it mentions race.

That is where we are now: Any mention of race, at all, is inherently "racist" to the morons.

Even NPR was a little butthurt that what was once a serious allegation was being treated, by the young and ignorant, as something you just say because you can't think of anything else.


The only way a mention of race is not racist is if that mention of race is made to 1, Explicitly praise that Race for being oppressed by The White Man, or 2, to otherwise advance an expressly leftwing Racial Justice agenda.

Thus, for example, it is not racist to say "The GOP is full of white people," knocking them for the demographic fact that there aren't too many black or minority voters in the party.

If, however, you say, as a Republican, "We need to increase the white vote to win," that is racist.

Note that in both cases, both speakers are referencing the obvious reality that the Democratic Party is majority minority and the GOP is majority white, but in the first case, the mention is Not Racist because it seeks to advance Democrat/leftist interests, whereas the second statement Is Racist because it seeks to thwart those interests.

So that's where we are. A movie which almost certainly pokes racists for being silly is now itself "Racist," because the militant identity politics mobs were too stupid to pick up on a not-subtle-at-all message.



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