Paleo Retiree writes:
America’s very own Maoist Cultural Revolution gathers steam:
Allen frustrates people because he seems to relish dancing on the edge of the outrage. There’s nothing criminal about an 82-year-old’s fixation with 18-year-olds, and it’s not whip-out-your-penis, button-under-the-desk bad. But it’s deeply, anachronistically gross. More than that, he seems not to care about bettering or changing himself in any way. He lives and thinks and creates as he did in the 1970s, nearly a half-century ago. He’s a reminder that our future, however woke it becomes, will not be full of social-justice valedictorians quoting James Baldwin and Roxane Gay. There will be 22nd-century dunces lagging by a half-century or more. Allen is worse than an augury of those trolls of tomorrow; he is a model for them, a validation.
Why is a reputable — OK, somewhat still reputable — outlet like the Washington Post publishing such a wet-behind-the-ears, grandstanding, self-righteous piece?
It’s very strange for someone who has spent a long lifetime assuming that the main role of most art is to supply a realm where we get to explore and play out all kinds of urges, kinks and drives to wake up and find that, No, from now on what art is for is to give us moral examples and scoldy little SJW lessons.
I have a close friend, my age (Gen X), who is a Fine Arts grad, and now a high school arts and drama teacher. I remember back in the day, he once told me, ‘As an artist, my role is to shake things up’, which made me groan inwardly, because he really thought that’s the point of art, rather than creative expression, which may or may not be political, or religious, or sexual, or whatever you want. He believed, and was no doubt propagandized by his Cultural Marxist ‘art’ profs into thinking, that ‘stirring the pot’ is the entire point. I found that sad and utterly pathetic; I still do.
As for Woody Allen, I’ve never seen any of his movies because his sort of thing isn’t mine, but may he live a long life and continue to gain new fans and disciples, just to piss off the linked WaPo journo. He must be doing something right; their continued anger / despair means they haven’t completely won yet. Be of good cheer, my friend! 🙂
That article infuriated me. I think Allen’s personal life is an utter disaster, and I don’t doubt that he did something inappropriate with his daughter. But to comb through an artist’s discarded notes and drafts and count the ThoughtCrimes is totally disturbing, and all the ensuing articles praising the effort is even more so. And this from one of the top 3 or 4 media outlets in the country. We truly are entering a period cultural totalitarianism.
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Woody Allen is a genius, and his best films ask the question: “If there’s no God, why don’t we do whatever we want?”