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Monty Python Actors Come Under Attack by a BBC Head, and They Righteously Return Fire

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One of the primary targets of social justice advocates is comedy. Political correctness has made telling jokes to be a risky affair, and things we used to laugh about have now become something along the lines of a sacred cow. Making fun of something mundane may unexpectedly make your life more complicated.

Even comedy we consider iconic is being spat on. Recently, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, boasted about how diverse his comedy lineup on television is becoming, and took a swipe at legendary comedy group Monty Python in the process.

“If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world,” said Allen.

This got back to Monty Python actor Terry Gilliam who was recently interviewed while giving a press conference at the Karlovy Vary film festival where he was presenting his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. According to the Guardian, Gilliam expressed sadness over the fact that comedy has become so politically correct that you can’t even be an all-white comedy troop anymore, and declared that he’s declared himself as a black lesbian:

Speaking at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary film festival, where he was presenting his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

He added: “[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”

The former comedy troop’s John Cleese also sent out an angry tweet in response, pointing out that Monty Python was pretty diverse at that time.

“BBC’s Head of Comedy puts Monty Python’s lack of originality down to a surfeit of education and racist bias,” tweeted Cleese. “Unfair! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME.”

“We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners,” he added.

Gilliam later doubled down on his comments in an interview, stating that ego tends to play a part in how offended people have become when it comes to being offended, according to the Daily Wire:

“I always felt the British are very good at laughing at themselves; the Americans are better at laughing at other people,” Gilliam told the Journal. “I still think it’s pretty true, but it’s changing because now we can’t laugh at anybody because it causes offense.”

At the heart of the perpetual offense phenomenon, he said, is ego. “There’s a kind of egotism out there: ‘Oh, they were making fun of me,’” he said. “Never heard of you. I’m making fun of an idea.”

A great deal of mainstream comedy nowadays is usually what’s known as “clapter,” which is a term coined by Ben Shapiro. The idea is that what many comedians are saying isn’t actually funny, it’s just a political opinion delivered in a humorous tone that elicits more clapping than it does laughter.

Actual comedy, like the kind seen from figures like Monty Python or Mel Brooks, would likely create such outrage that creating it wouldn’t be worth the headache. This is heartbreaking since comedy not only lightened the mood of society, but it made sure that the aforementioned sacred cows never achieved such an untouchable status.

Satire and mockery are great equalizers. Hopefully, our society will turn away from this “clapter” nonsense and encourage the return of actual comedy.

 

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REPORT: In the Wake of His Hoax Disaster, Jussie Smollett’s Broadway Debut Gets Canceled

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According the Daily Mail, hoax-haunted Jussie Smollett has lost a lead role in the Broadway show Take Me Out.

There’s a trail o’ stink followin’ him.

Jussie was in the running for the part, but the outlet confirmed he’s been nixed from consideration.

Charges against the actor were recently dropped, but that did little to make things hunky dory (here, here, here, and here). The end to his prosecution only served to raise a whole buncha questions.

One question that’s no longer hovering is, “Will Jussie star in the play?”

The answer:



From the Daily Mail:

“Everything was set to go and the producers were planning to announce that Jussie and Zachary Quinto were starring in the play last month,” said one Broadway insider.

“Everyone was so supportive after the attack and then suddenly, everything shifted.”

It was all on account of a shock:

Another source close to the production reiterated this, and said that the events of the last few months have left them in shock.

And it was a great missed opportunity:

“Here is a kid who is on a hit television show, has made a name for himself, and gets the chance of a lifetime,” said that source.

“He would have come off the sixth season of Empire and kicked off the next leg of his career with a role on Broadway. And not just that, the lead role in one of the best plays of the century in his Broadway debut.”

That source then added: “Why on earth would someone throw that all away.”

It’s a good question.

And the impact of his decisions continues.

Jussie had appeared to be all in. But in the end, the Broadway show followed the edict of its title: They Took Him Out.

-Alex

 

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Beto Releases His Tax Returns, Shows He’s a Laughably Selfish Person

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I think we’ve finally figured out why Beto’s dog is always so sad. He’s having to live with the modern day embodiment of Scrooge McDuck.

Beto O’Rourke rolled out his tax returns today and lets just say that things aren’t going great. He may be able to play three chords around a campfire or talk about saving the planet but when it comes to giving to those in need, he’s apparently one selfish dude.

And he’s not just sort of selfish. He’s laughably, almost unbelievably selfish.

Yes, you read that right. Beto gave only about 0.3% of his almost 400k income to charity in 2017. There are people making $35,000 a year that routinely give more than $1,166 to charity, whether it’s their church, outreach ministries, or larger relief organizations, among many other options.

You’d think a guy who’s had everything handed to him on a silver platter and who married the daughter of a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars might have the itch to pay it forward a bit.

I mean, look how caring he is!

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Beto really feels your pain, well unless you need some actual help, then he’s got nothing for you.

This is why people hate politicians. So many of them are such frauds. Beto is campaigning on helping the needy, but he can’t even be bothered to give enough to charity to out give many church going single mothers. It’s funny to joke about but it’s also kind of gross.

You have to actively try to be as greedy as Beto is. You’d think he’d have at least given $10-20k to offset his tax bill or something. No, this dude would rather hold onto ever last cent.

There is very much an aspect of practicing what you preach here and Democrats consistently fail on this point. If you are a Democrat using the poor and immigrants as pawns in your campaign rhetoric, you should at least be willing to put some of your own skin in the game to help those people. If you aren’t, you are a hypocrite who seeks to take from others while not even voluntarily contributing yourself.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing doesn’t seem to matter to voters. Barack Obama was once famously exposed for giving as low as $1,050 to charity in the years before he ran for President. Only once he realized that it would be a political issue did you see massive spikes in his charitable giving. Beto apparently wasn’t even smart enough to pad the score a bit before announcing.

It takes an almost pathological lack of shame to be as selfish as Beto O’Rourke is while simultaneously lecturing others on taking care of their fellow citizens. This guy has some serious issues.

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David Frum: ‘2020 Contenders Are Allowing Trump To Transform Ilhan Omar Into The Face Of Their Party’

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On its face, Trump’s 9/11 video response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s “some people did something” comment appeared to be one of his typical knee-jerk reactions. But it’s really so much more.

The Atlantic’s David Frum makes the point that it’s part of Trump’s larger strategy to make Ilhan Omar the face of the Democratic Party heading into the 2020 elections. He said “the tweet succeeded perfectly” and “has provoked Democrats to comply.”

The 2020 contenders “rushed to stand with the controversial congresswoman.”

First Bernie Sanders came to her defense in the tweet below.

He was followed by Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg.

Frum argues:

Having promised not to “let him drive us apart” from Omar, Democrats are now stuck with responsibility for the reckless things the representative from Minnesota says, not only about Jews, but about other issues, too.

The Democrats are on notice. More remarks will be coming. Against Omar’s propensity to provoke, the Democratic Party seems institutionally almost defenseless.

As an example of how even the party’s leadership falls into line behind Omar occurred when Pelosi tried to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitic expressions. Faced with serious opposition from House members, the measure was watered down to the point of meaninglessness.

Frum maintains that:

After Trump’s tweeted attack, Omar will become even more internally uncriticizable and unmanageable, without becoming any more careful or responsible. Indeed, the speech by Omar that provided Trump with the sound bite he exploited—“some people did something”—itself exemplifies her carelessness and irresponsibility….

The video itself was flawlessly edited. Conservative pundit Ann Althouse described why she felt it was so effective. When Omar uttered the word “something,” Althouse heard “an upward lilt that felt like laughing. And then the look on her face seemed like a smile. That semblance of laughing, in sequence with 9/11 images, had a very powerful effect. It is what ads do. There’s no lying, just an effect created by editing. And the more people complain about it and say it’s not fair, the more viral the ad becomes.”

I understand exactly what she means by that smile. I noticed it when she was grilling the special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, during a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee meeting about a massacre. Although the chilling smile appears throughout the video below, it is most noticeable at 2:10.

 

 

Anyway, Frum is really onto something here. He is correct to say that Democrats are falling into the Ilhan Omar trap.

My only quibble is that I don’t think Trump is limiting his strategy to Omar. Trump wants to include the entire unholy trio, Omar, AOC and Rashida Tlaib. And he’ll throw in Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff and any other Democrats who make the party look bad.

Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. He would like nothing better than to run against a Democratic nominee who will have to defend not only the anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism of the far left wing of the party, but their amazingly stupid embrace of socialist policies as well.

The Democrats can underestimate Trump at their peril.

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Alyssa Milano Humiliates Herself by Tweeting Out Breaking News That Happened Before She was Born

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You see it in politics, the media, and entertainment: Someone espouses something wrong, they’re corrected, and they just keep saying the same thing.

Pundit: The biggest threat to our safety is the existence of assault rifles! These aren’t hunting weapons; they’re weapons of war!
Fact Checker: Actually, they’re the most popular hunting rifles in America.
Pundit: The biggest threat to our safety is the existence of assault rifles! These aren’t hunting weapons; they’re weapons of war!
Face Checker: And those aren’t “assault rifles.” They’re just rifles. Like other rifles.
Pundit: The biggest threat to our safety is the existence of assault rifles! These aren’t hunting weapons; they’re weapons of war!
Fact Checker: And actually, they’re employed in very few killings. Handguns are used in the vast majority of gun deaths.
Pundit: The biggest threat to our safety is the existence of assault rifles! These aren’t hunting weapons; they’re weapons of war!

It’s enough to make you say, “Why bother?”

Bother with me for a moment:

On Tuesday, my personal point of pain — Alyssa Milano (here and here) — tweeted a celebration.

Brace yourselves. We’re about to be revolutionized.

Are ya ready? Take a seat. Put down any spillable drinks.

Here’s the news:

Women might finally get equal rights!!!!!!!!

Pop the champagne!!!!

Here’s a video of Alyssa:



For the first time in 36 years, Congress will hold a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment.

The reason for not holding a hearing any time before now: It wouldn’t have made any sense.

Surely at some point, someone’s pulled Alyssa aside and whispered: “Women already have equal rights. You’re displaying gross ignorance.”

Nevertheless:

The biggest threat to our safety is the existence of assault rifles! These aren’t hunting weapons; they’re weapons of war!

Alyssa — who’s dreamed of this for a long time (here) — posted the fantastic news to Twitter:

“BOOM! A historic moment for women. This is HUGE.”

It’s not huge. And there’s no boom. Because women already have equal rights.

Besides — as California’s shown, it’s rude to specify anything as female (here).

And no one who’s sufficiently woke can even celebrate women. Academia and Miss America have taught us that people without vaginas are women, too (herehere, and here).

So everyone’s a woman.

And people with vaginas are men (here and here).

So no one’s a woman.

Debra Messing had to learn this the hard way (here).

But even if there were such a thing as women — which there isn’t — they already have equal rights.

ERA may as well stand for Empty Rhetoric Amendment.

Or how about Egregious Rifle of Assault — after all, everyone knows they cause the majority of gun deaths.

-Alex

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: hereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here.

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Eric Swalwell Caught Lying On Not Knowing Who Dana Loesch Is, Is Roundly Mocked

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Anti-gun Presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell embarrassed himself on Tuesday when he attempted to express no knowledge about who radio show host and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch is, and quickly found himself surrounded in examples of him knowing exactly who she is.

Responding to gun control Moms Demand head Shannon Watts tweet about Loesch attacking Swalwell over his pipe dream of banning every gun in America, Swalwell attempted to say he had no idea who Loesch was but that she sure is obsessed with him.

“Thank you, Shannon,” tweeted Swalwell. “I spoke at the funeral of a police officer killed by gun violence. I’m running for President to protect them, too. I don’t know who [Dana Loesch] is, but it looks like she spends more time worrying about me than she does for gun violence victims.”

The only problem is that, as Twitchy highlighted, Swalwell has a history of butting heads with Loesch on Twitter.

Loesch immediately called out Swalwell for the lie, and then asked him directly how he planned to confiscate the firearms of millions of legally gun owning American.

“You’ve directly addressed me many times, so let’s not do that,” tweeted Loesch. “Actually, it looks like you worry more about law-abiding Americans than criminals. Tell me Rep. Swalwell, how do you plan to confiscate millions of legally-owned firearms, as you said you would on CNN?”

Loesch wasn’t the only one who called Swalwell out.

Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon also called out Swalwell, adding that a 2020 hopeful running on an anti-gun platform and not knowing the NRA’s most popular spokesperson isn’t exactly a good look.

Gutowski is correct, but Swalwell has made it very clear that he’s no serious contender for the White House. Previously, Swalwell commented that a war between gun owners and the government would be a short one because the government has nukes, suggesting that the U.S. government would nuke its own people because they wouldn’t give up their right to firearms.

He also posted a recording of a phone call with what sounded like a crazed pro-gun caller threatening war and Swalwell being the first casualty. Swalwell then claimed this caller was a member of the NRA and that he’s not afraid of either entity.

Many believe this was a fake caller, as the person sounds ridiculous and uneducated about firearms, calling the gun’s magazine a “clip,” which is a common thing for gun grabbers tend to get wrong.

 

 

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Trump Says He Won’t Apologize For His Tweet on Omar and 9/11 (Nor Should He)

President Trump was in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s home state of Minnesota on Monday for a public meeting with business leaders. After the meeting wrapped up, he was asked about his Friday video tweet that criticized Omar controversial remarks about 9/11.

Would he apologize for it? “No, not at all,” said Trump:

“Look, she’s been very disrespectful to this country. She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand life. Real life,” Trump told the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis where he was touting his tax cuts.

Trump went on to question Omar’s loyalty to the country.

“It’s unfortunate,” the president said. “She’s got a way about her that’s very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she’s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country.”

Democrats, including Omar, have accused Trump of deliberately trying to incite violent threats against her. Omar says the level of threats she has faced since the video tweet was published have increased.

Trump is right in not apologizing. Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) and other Democratic women frequently use this line of attack when faced with criticism from their political opposition – and over much less contentious topics than national security and terrorism.

You’re putting us in danger with what you say, they’ll tweet. We’re women of color, and you’re doing this deliberately, they assert. They seem to think if they were white males that their inflammatory comments would not be thrust in the national spotlight (they are, of course, wrong).

Democrats, including the three amigas above, have relentlessly accused Republicans of being Nazis, white supremacists, child killers and terrorists (for supporting the NRA). But yet when their rhetoric gets turned around on them, they want to cry foul and hide behind the women of color shield?

I don’t think so.

It’s a form of shutuppery, and no Republican worth their salt should bow to their deliberate attempts at shutting down the debate and declaring victory.

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Revelations From Bernie’s Tax Returns: Socialists Are Uncharitable

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Feel free to read a heavy dose of sarcasm into that headline because of course we already know socialists love wealth redistribution as long as its not their own.

And Grandpa Democratic Socialist himself, the distinguished Senator from Vermont, Mr. Independent Bernie Sanders sets the tone again for the young minions learning the art of taxation at his knee.

Which is to say: when it comes to charitable donations, he’s a cheapskate y’all.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released a decade’s worth of tax returns on Monday, detailing millions in income—2.26 percent of which he donated to charity.

The documents show that over the years, Sanders’ income ranged from $205,617 to $1.1 million, while his charitable giving ranged from less than 1 percent to just over 4 percent depending on the year.

Last year, Sanders’ total income was $566, 421 and he donated $18,950 or 3.35 percent. In 2017, his income was $1.1 million and he gave away $36,300 or 3.15 percent. The year before that he also made more than $1 million but donated $10,600 or less than 1 percent.

That exposition of miserliness was followed by, hands down, the best lines of the piece:

His income peaked in 2016 and 2017 due to sales of his book, Our Revolution.

That revolution got Bernie pretty rich but if you’re among the proletariat, down on your luck, waiting for Bernie to care, you might want to look elsewhere.

Like, for example, any number of the philanthropic efforts that greedy old capitalist Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) supports because he and his family gave $4 million of the more than $13 million they took in during 2012 to charity, which comes out to almost 40 percent of their income.

But Bernie can explain why he doesn’t share his colleague’s approach to giving.

Reached for additional comment, Sanders’ campaign spokeswoman Arianna Jones noted that the senator’s policy platform calls for a greater government footprint in areas that are currently struggling to survive on charitable largesse.

“[The Sanders] believe that while voluntary charitable donations are commendable, they can never replace ongoing public investments in major social programs and services that improve people’s lives.”

So Bernie won’t help you out personally. But he’ll dedicate himself to working with an entity designed to produce gridlock (as Congress is) to ensure that maybe, some day in the future, if those dadgum Republicans will stop blocking him, he can tax the hell out every other American so there’s access (if the government finds it acceptable) to inefficient government programs burdened by low-paying bureaucratic jobs and likely offered better by philanthropic organizations that take in private donations.

He promises. Now get off his lawn.

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Ouch: Pelosi Shades AOC Once Again in What May Be Her Her Most Pointed Jab Yet

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When it comes to showing who is the boss, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) has been unafraid to take soft jabs at freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14).

The most recent example came Monday night when Pelosi was speaking in front of a U.K. audience. Newsweek reports:

“When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s. And she’s a wonderful member of Congress, I think all of our colleagues will attest,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told an audience Monday night at a London School of Economics event during a U.K. visit.

“But those are districts that are solidly Democratic. This glass of water would win with a D next to its name in those districts,” she said, picking up the water at her table.

“And not to diminish the exuberance, and the personality, and the rest of Alexandria and the other members…but the 43 districts—we won 43, net gain of 40—were right down the middle. mainstream, hold-the-center victories.

“If we’re going to be helping the one-in-five children in America who goes to sleep hungry at night, who lives in poverty in our country, we have to win.”

Watch video of Pelosi’s remarks below:

AOC posted a tweet this afternoon that appeared to be a response to Pelosi’s remarks:

Ocasio-Cortez won’t want to admit this Pelosi is actually right here. AOC acts like she can just declare an issue to be the most important one of our time and then everyone will magically fall in line with her.

In real life, it doesn’t work that way. You have to build a consensus, and obviously for House Democrats that would be harder to do if they didn’t win as many competitive/toss-up/right-leaning Congressional districts last year.

That being said, it’s amusing to watch this play out from the cheap seats. I have zero doubt Pelosi has had this talk with AOC behind the scenes, but she’s clearly not listening. So Pelosi has taken it public.

It’s like a proxy battle between representatives of the DCCC and AOC’s Justice Democrats.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of either of them, but I’m all for Pelosi continuing to do this. When Ocasio-Cortez feels slighted, she goes on wild Twitter rants that further expose her unhinged, erratic nature.

Plus, people get a bird’s-eye view of just how outside of the mainstream she actually is.

More, please.

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders Loses His Mind During Fox News Town Hall

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Socialists love to talk about higher taxes and helping those in need until it comes to their own money. Bernie Sanders was pressed on this point during his Fox News town hall, which went about as well as you’d expect.

In one exchange, his tax returns came up and Martha MacCallum pushed him on the fact that he doesn’t voluntarily send money back to match the tax rates that he’s proposing.

This leads to Bernie Sanders losing his mind over the question.

Instead of answering a very simple question he stands ups, gets really animated, attacks MacCallum personally, and then ends up in a bizarre rant about the Koch brothers. I’ll note that the Koch brothers give tens of millions of dollars to charity each year and do far more good for this country than Bernie has ever dreamed of.

The entire spectacle was classic unhinged Bernie Sanders, his hair flailing and his stubby finger pointing outward.

He also deflects to Donald Trump’s taxes, but keep in mind that Trump does, in fact, give his entire government salary back to the Treasury. So Bernie isn’t making the point he thinks he’s making there. If Sanders really believed in what he’s pushing, why is he not donating some portion of his own income back to the government?

While Democrats will pretend it’s an unfair or unrealistic demand, I’m confused as to how. Much like the sanctuary city issue, why would you oppose the fulfillment of what you claim to support? If Trump wants to send illegal immigrants to their sanctuary cities, they should be sending him a thank you card. In the same way, if a Democrat wants higher taxes then they should be leading by example, not getting all upset at those who push them on the issue.

Of course, the real problem here is that Bernie likes being rich. He’s a hypocrite of the highest order. As he gains more wealth, he simply raises the bar for those who he chooses to target as having too much money. There’s a reason he no longer criticizes millionaires, i.e. because he became one himself.

Like all good socialists, Sanders wants others to pay the piper while he skips out on his own schemes. Meanwhile, he attacks those who actually do choose to voluntarily help those in need with large percentages of their income. Bernie has become a parody at this point.

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