Finally, if all else fails, you can persuade him, in defiance of conscience, to continue the new acquaintance on the ground that he is, in some unspecified way, doing these people ‘good’ by the mere fact of drinking their cocktails and laughing at their jokes, and that to cease to do so would be ‘priggish’, ‘intolerant’, and (of course) ‘Puritanical’.
C.S. Lewis The Screwtape letters X
Sir Humphrey Appleton: All that the press and the people and their elected leaders want to know is who are the goodies and who are the baddies.
Sir Richard Wharton: The problem is that the interests of Brittain nearly always involve doing deals with people that the public think are the baddies…
Sir Humphrey Appleton:…and not helping the goodies occasionally when it doesn’t help us.
Yes Prime Minister: A Victory for Democracy 1985
I was reading Roger Simon’s account of the debate between Dinish D’Sousa & Bill Ayers in Dartmouth when I saw this description of Mr. Ayers
Back in the thirties, Stephen Vincent Benet wrote a famous story about Dartmouth’s most well known (with the possible exception of Dr. Seuss) graduate, Daniel Webster — The Devil and Daniel Webster. In that story, the devil is not portrayed as a scary figure in horns and a tail but as a more refined gentleman, ”a soft-spoken, dark-dressed stranger,” who “drove up in a handsome buggy.” That’s Bill Ayers these days.
It brought me to mind of one of the truths of the culture wars that has not changed, how popular culture shapes the ICK factor.
Back in the 30’s and all the way to the early 60’s in the movies & TV of old, it used to be the black hats vs the white hats.
You knew who the good guys were because they wore the white hats and the black guys had the black hats and perhaps mustaches. They let you know that it was good to marry the girl or honorable to fight and that GOD was a fine thing. That families had to stick together, people had to be self reliant and respect for parental authority mattered.
It short they promoted the judeo-christian culture that served the country so well.
While movies makers will tell you this no longer happens because they’ve “grown” or “matured” the actual fact is the movie and TV industry does exactly the same thing they did before on a regular basis, but promoting a different set of values more subtlety.
The idea is to cloak the cultural norms and mores that they wish to advance and those who practice them in a positive way, at best creating an acceptance of behavior that on its face would normally be unacceptable or at least create enough moral ambiguity among others to keep them from objecting too loudly. Can’t be judgmental you know.
On the opposite end other behaviors and social norms, particularly Christian ones are to be subjected to ridicule and promoters of such beliefs are invariably villains. The goal is to establishing any belief or behavior that resists the cultural changes that Hollywood wants as beyond the pale to the point where even them most trivial actions like say: speaking to a catholic group that promotes Catholic values as something not done by polite society.
That’s why in my mind the story of the attempt to Keep Dana Loesch off the View. and the open letter of Dylan Farrow are one and the same. In both cases you have strong women ready to publicly advance a position diametrically opposed to the elites who now run Hollywood.
Dana Loesch is well spoken, confident and unafraid. The act of her making the pro-2nd Amendment case to a group of low information voters who never hear a contrary view is dangerous to the left, particularly as she is a person they might identify with.
There is the real possibility of her causing some of those women to say to themselves: “If this woman can say this and believe this and appear the view then maybe there’s nothing wrong with believing the same.”
Even worse for the left Dana Loesch might actually inspire the same courage she practices in standing up to these type in another. That for a group like media matters would be too terrible to contemplate, thus the Horns must go on Dana Loesch’s head and must stay there.
On the other side Woody Allen who like Roman “Everyone wants to f— young girls! Polanski is a darling of the elites. It’s the reason why so many were willing to go over lines I thought they never would to defend him.
When he married his stepdaughter it was creepy enough but our celebrity culture did not reject him. Instead they, as they do, excuses the most outrages acts as almost comical the act of an eccentric fellow and it combined with our fear of being considered “puritanical” gave the public and the press leave to excuse and continue to celebrate Allen & those like him.
When, however, Dylan Farrow wrote this piece which closes thus:
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?
Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.
Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?
…that’s a problem. It’s one thing for Cory Feldman to talk about Pedophiles in Hollywood without naming names, it’s quite another for a young woman to declare that a Hollywood giant and high priest of the cultural left has been fighting his own war on woman since before they coined the term in the bible of the cultural left (the NYT). Suddenly good feminists who would have no problem rejecting Allen if he was a Catholic priest or a republican pol are saying things like:
I hope they find resolution and piece.
Because to reject the Hollywood giant is to reject the culture he thrives in.
Even worse if Ms Farrow is allowed to make such statements and be judged credible, then what other silent voices might speak up? Might this damage the most effective tools the cultural left has to advance their cause?
If the ICK factor is to be moved in the direction our cultural elites wish for it to be the horns must not be allowed to find themselves affixed irreverently on the head of Woody Allen least they spread to others of his ilk in the eyes of the public. They are to be reserved for Dana Loesch, Sarah Palin or even Mike Huckabee
This is why I believe that the culture wars need to be fought and as long as I have a voice in the great debate I intend to fight it.
No big deal after all it’s not like he’s a Catholic priest or something
Update 2: Clarified that the bible of the cultural left is the NYT
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