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June 18, 2019

Springtime For Hitler, Part 2: Play About the Passionate, Deliriously Sexual Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton Closes Early Due to Lack of Interest

Probably just because it was too hot for the bourgeoisie.

The Broadway show "Hillary and Clinton," based on the lives of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will end early due to low ticket sales.


The show is set in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, where the fictional couple named Hillary Clinton, played by Laurie Metcalf, and Bill Clinton, played by John Lithgow, discuss the former secretary of state's presidential run and then-Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's growing success.

Oh, it's about discussions. Sexy!

No, but really, some reviews of the play were negative because, the reviewer felt, Hillary Clinton was depicted as being "cold" and emotionally brittle -- which we all know can't possibly be true -- and because the play depicted the Clinton's marriage as not as loving as liberals, apparently, believe it to be.

It seems positively ungenerous at this point to have Bill Clinton regurgitate the standard criticisms tossed at his wife during both of her ill-fated campaigns for the presidency -- that she's cold, unemotional, wooden, boring, lacking humanity. Unless, of course, the playwright were going to temper that view by exposing a different side to counter those tired dismissals. Alas, that's not the case, Metcalf's mercurial performance aside. ..

Perhaps one of the most interesting angles of Hnath's play is that while many of us assume the Clintons have a resilient pact of solidarity and friendship, able to withstand experiences that would break most marriages, the playwright has them living almost separate lives.

What a fucking idiot.

Note that her first criticism is that the play offers a standard conventional-wisdom view of Hillary Clinton, and doesn't offer any subversions of that, and the next criticism is that the play doesn't offer what "many of us assume" to be the truth of the Clinton's marriage, instead offering... a subversion of that.

Her problem isn't that the play offers "what we all assume" or don't assume, as she has contradictory criticisms along those lines. But in both cases, her criticism is that Hillary and Bill Clinton aren't depicted positively enough.

That's her real criticism, which she, like most media liberals, attempts to disguise by talking about other criteria.

But her sole criteria of evaluation is, "Did this play spread the progressive propaganda view of the world aggressively enough?"

Politicized reviewers, demanding that works of art deliver them properly #Wokefied fantasies.

Why not just appoint Rachel Maddow as the nation's official movie, book, and play reviewer?

Thanks to J.J. Sefton (and JAS!) for pointing out that this sounds like a Bialystock and Bloom scam.

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posted by Ace of Spades at 03:49 PM

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