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Hollywood RIP

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tragic hero

This column is not about Islam
per se, but it is about the growing decrepitude of Hollywood fare.  In a sense, it is about the secular version of
Sharia, to conform to
the nihilism of the Hollywood left. As Sharia’s purpose is to obliterate all
personal values and make them Allah’s, the Hollywood left is busy obliterating
them in its own manner. The decrepitude is part and parcel of current trends in
the culture. 

But, what is Sharia?
Total and unqualified submission to the will
of Allah (God) is the
fundamental tenet of Islam: Islamic law is therefore the expression of Allah’s
command for Muslim society and, in application, constitutes a
system of duties that are incumbent upon a Muslim by virtue of his religious
belief….
The second major distinction between the
Sharīa and Western legal systems is the result of the Islamic concept of law as
the expression of the divine will. With the death of the Prophet Muhammad in
632, communication of the divine will to human beings ceased so that the terms
of the divine revelation were henceforth fixed and immutable.
In short, Mohammad died, and
all divine revelations ceased. His will ceased to be a power.  Men would  obey his will and utterances without question.
This is, on the face of it, pure hokum. If he’s dead, he has no power over
anyone’s actions or beliefs – except in those who want to believe in a ghost in
the sky and could not live without believing there is a ghost.
The purpose of the Left’s
brand of Sharia is to persuade one to conform to or compel one to surrender  one’s 
personal values, and reason for living – for the state. For the “divine
will” of the new elites, the SJWs, who will denigrate every value you might
have to ensure that you have no values but their own.
My correspondent has plenty to say about what’s happening in popular
culture. In this instance, she discusses the decline and ruination of The Walking Dead  (TWD), in which several of the key characters,
who were heroes and objects of viewer adulation, have been diminished, changed
over for the worse, or given nothing significant to do.  Sharia, Hollywood style, is being subtly
introduced into the characters’ actions and motives. Fans may not notice it,
but they will be fed Koranic “wisdom.” “Don’t be angry with your nemesis; be
tolerant and make friends.” The main event, several seasons into the future, will be
Rick, quoting the Koran, and forgiving
Negan, one of the most villainous and evil characters in cinematic history, for
all the deaths he has consciously caused by his own hand, especially the deaths
of some of Rick’s most valued friends, with a baseball bat.
I am not a Creature Feature or Zombie fan by any means, but years ago the
original episodes appeared on Netflix
and I tried them. I was surprised by becoming interested in some of the main
characters, their development, and their struggles, and continued watching the
series until recently. it had become less and less interesting as time went on,
but when it introduced Muslim characters, I quit the series. It was when the
first Muslim character quoted the Koran:
“May my mercy prevail over my wrath.” I was certain that, because the character
of Rick, a main character, was growing more and more mushier, unpredictable, and
ambiguous (in a word, unstable), he would eventually adopt the Koran quotation as his rule of life.
(The closest I can find to this quotation, which may have been altered by the
series writers, is  “As to punishment, I
inflict it on anyone I will, but My mercy embraces everything. “ (203-204)
Lots of good
analysis here (though I’m wary of anyone who likes Negan and thinks Siddiq [one
of two Muslim characters] has “potential”), on specifics of how
TWD is being ruined. I’ve thought about the more basic issues a lot, with
TWD, and the series I’m upset over, and the new Star Wars movie which I don’t personally
care about but has that fan base so upset. I see in common the
destruction of heroic characters fans love, a message that we are going to ram
our Social Justice Warriors and Muslims and white-Western-male-hating identity
politics and gender-bending and militant feminism down your throats
whether you like it or not, and we are going to so muddle and destroy the
characters you do care about, the ones who have struggled to achieve heroic
status, who are unshakable in confronting and destroying — not “showing
mercy” to – evil.
You will have no
one left to genuinely admire
. By chaotic muddling of behavior as in the
recent TWD episodes they destroy coherence of plot and characterization.
In “my” series a major character’s heroic actions were trashed, in
TWD we’re seeing uncharacteristic behavior from Maggie, Daryl, Carl, Rick,
Carol [in TWD] and others in dark, poorly filmed scenes, and apparently the SW
universe has descended into total Social Justice Warrior chaos. Instances
of producers betraying competent (and expensive) actors as in Chandler
Rigg’s case have also turned up in all 3 series. (Mark Hamill of SW has been
openly denouncing this.) 
Scott Gimple,
“Showrunner” of The Walking Dead, has run the hit series to the ground, veering
 it in a direction that makes little or
no sense to just about everyone. The series fan base is not very happy with it,
some of it articulating their
objections
, some of them not but still expressing
some valid reservations.

Al Gore: A first-class blowhard.
It isn’t just Robert Mueller in pursuit of a Russian mirage and the Pussy
Hat brigade not marching in support of the women of Iran that
have diverted
news coverage from what’s important to focus on. It isn’t just Al Gore
claiming that the freezing temperatures are evidence of global warming.
It’s the popular culture, as
my correspondent has explained, that has been appropriated by the Social
Justice Warriors. The SJWs, who are determined to “transform” the
culture into
a closet of ironing boards. They work hard to deny anyone heroes, except
for
themselves, who have decided that they are the real “heroes,” out to
save the
world from Donald Trump, Confederate statues, and male ”whiteness.”
Netflix has
contributed to this trend.
For your boredom, Netflix has dozens of films which may or may not have
appeared on TV or in a theater, but which were eventually relegated to Netflix
status. “Bright,  is a redo of “Alien Nation” from the 1990s. Zoo,” is a remake of “Day of the Animals
from 1977. Like “Alien Nation,” “Bright” is a lesson in racial and cultural
diversity. The cast, headed by Will Smith, has as a police partner an alien in
Los Angeles who has a skin condition aggravated, it seems, by being bitten by a
thousand rats. In “Zoo,” the story is no longer a vanishing ozone layer that
drives animals crazy. The main cast the redo pursues the cause of animals, wild
or domesticated, acquiring intelligence and making war on man. The cast flies
all over the world looking for the cause, investigating bats, spiders, lions,
dogs, cats, rhinos, and elephants in Patagonia. The outbreak turns into a
global epidemic. Animals attack and kill thousands of people. It is caused by
something in commercial animal food made by an evil corporation. I watched
enough of it to detect where it was going. Then, humans bitten by the predators
begin to turn into monsters. When a sloth was able to communicate with spiders,
and cause a 20-story building to collapse, I gave up. All Hollywood can do any
more is take the forgettable films of the past and re-package them to be “relevant”
and inevitably forgettable.  The result
is unrelieved boredom.
 It isn’t Netflix’s fault that
there is so little to offer. It just packages whatever is produced or which
fails to grab the headlines and tries to sell it. It’s Hollywood in the tight
grip of the Left, in the crusading smash-and-grab nihilism of the SJWs.  We’re going to turn your heroes, they say,
into ambiguous ones whose motives are doubtful; we will make you reject the outmoded
and racist notion that there are such things as good and bad, life-affirming or
evil, heroes and villains.
England used to be merry. But now it’s Muslim. Islam frowns on
laughter, except when raping an infidel woman or child, or burying a knife into
a kafir. Only Allah may laugh, but
Muslims will never know it, because, like all mythological ghosts in the sky,
he never shows himself. He’s a wallflower.  That’s an Islamic
rule
. Laughing infidels deserve to be made to suffer or be killed. Kill them
as they dip into their cherry cobbler.

Fortunately, one has options. YouTube, Amazon, and other venues exist
in which  one can renew one’s emotional
need to see the heroic, to renew one’s emotional fuel to fight for one’s
values. That us what Rand called it: emotional
fuel
.

A sense of life is a
pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, subconsciously
integrated appraisal of man and of existence. … Art gives him that fuel;
the pleasure of contemplating the objectified reality of one’s own sense of
life is the pleasure of feeling what it would be like to live in one’s ideal world.
Values (and
value-judgments) are the source of emotions; a great deal of emotional
intensity was projected in the work of the Romanticists and in the reactions of
their audiences, as well as a great deal of color, …. Romantic art is the fuel
and the spark plug of a man’s soul; its task is to set a soul on fire and never
let it go out.
In our time, we must take what is there in the form of marginal or
twisted values. Hollywood and the publishing industry stopped producing values
decades ago, except in rare instances (e.g., Gladiator).
And then there are real life heroes and heroines, such as the women protestors
in Iran, one of whom burned the Koran and wrote that Islam
was imposed
on her country by Arabs.

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3 Comments

  1. Doug Mayfield

    Good column, Ed.

    The symptoms of what's wrong with Hollywood
    are everywhere. I watched a trailer for the movie
    'Bright' on which Netflix is reported to have spent
    90 million. Instead of sparking interest in seeing
    the movie, it was unrelentingly dreary.

    When I picked up my copy of the LA Times this
    morning, there was an article on the front page
    about the Golden Globes last night.

    Was there any mention of how the movies which
    won awards might be entertaining? Absolutely not.

    Instead, the article highlighted "the #MeToo movement,…the
    “thick black line” of attire on the red carpet (All the women dressed
    in black), meant to show solidarity with the Time’s Up campaign to
    draw attention to sexual harassment."

    Hollywood has deteriorated to the point that those
    involved don't even make a pretense that their job
    is to entertain. Instead, they view their job to be
    indoctrinating the 'poor dumb slobs' (as they see
    the public) in how and what to think.

    Doug Mayfield

  2. Edward Cline

    Doug: I happened to have watched about 30 minutes of it last night ("Bright") and switched off. Most of the movies on Netflix are bombs.

    Ed

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