Tuesday, May 19, 2015

General Thoughts - 5/19/2015

* Well, that didn't take long. The Game of Thrones author went from the celebrated King of the SJWs aiming his cannon at the Sad and Rabid Puppies to being blindsided by feminists furious at a rape scene in Game of Thrones. The moment I heard of this, I was skeptical there would be any blowback to speak of - I don't watch GoT, but I have enough friends who watch it to know it's a show filled with violence, mass murder, sex, and a midget who's apparently King of Fucking. Is rape really going to tip the scales there? Silly me, of course it was. I notice that Martin in his response makes the very subtle move of saying 'Wasn't me, it was the TV guys, go yell at them'. Personally, I hope he's forced into an apology. Walk Tyrion's actor in front of the camera, still in character, and have him explain that rape is never acceptable, even among the Game of Thrones characters, and all good people in Westeros or whatever the hell it is find it deplorable.

* Speaking of rape, get ready for its next generation. There's announcements that Facebook doesn't plan on blocking porn made with the Oculus Rift - that's an eventuality in this culture - but believe me when this is the tip of the iceberg. These devices are coming fairly soon, and believe me, hackers are already thinking of ways to not just spam people with porn-popups using them, but ways to actually drag users into 3D simulated gang-rape events. Granted, all you have to do is take the device off your head - but all you have to do to stop the Game of Thrones rape is turn off the TV. Mark my words - this will happen, lawsuits will come from it, and the whole thing is going to be insane to behold.

* I read about the Pope calling the Palestinian prime minister an 'angel of peace'. This turns out to have been mistranslated bunk, but considering it was happening on the eve of the Vatican recognizing Palestine as a state, it's easy to see where the plausibility came from. Still, this was clearly just a translation error, and I think we can forgive both the press and the Pope for saying something that gets mistranslated once in a blue moon. I'm sure this is the last time we'll be confused about this kind of thing. (Is my sarcasm coming through? I'm not the best with subtlety.)

* For the record, I've got little concern for the Israel-Palestine conflict. I know, I know - I'm conservative and I'm supposed to be rooting for Team Israel as a result, but I mostly root for Team America, or at least I did once upon a time. Besides, I tire of the utter hypocrisy of jewish political culture, which has culturally sabotaged America and Christians every which-way, yet which has a completely different set of rules for Israel. That said, I'm still sympathetic to the Israelis, who routinely get it on the chin for daring to attack the people who try to blow them up and talk of wiping them off the map.

* I can't find the article right now, but I recently read about how 'Red States' are starting to go on the offensive increasingly against universities - doing little things like forcing their professors to teach full class loads and more. Please, may this be a portent of things to come.

7 comments:

jamesparliament.com said...

"Personally, I hope he's forced into an apology. Walk Tyrion's actor in front of the camera, still in character, and have him explain that rape is never acceptable, even among the Game of Thrones characters, and all good people in Westeros or whatever the hell it is find it deplorable."

A man after my own heart.

Athena Carson said...

I have never understood the need to say that everything that happens in a work of fiction is somehow seen as an endorsement. Here's a clue: in fiction (as in real life), bad characters do bad things. Even good characters do bad things sometimes because they are not perfect. In this particular case, if you marry a sweet, timid girl to a sadistic monster, it would be a betrayal of his character for him NOT to rape her.

But I have seen this false occurrence = glorification equivalency many times before, so directing it at GoT is really nothing new. I guess I continue to be disappointed at the general level of intellectual infancy of the internet as a whole.

B. Prokop said...

"all you have to do to stop the Game of Thrones rape is turn off the TV"

I threw away my TV almost 6 years ago now, and have never looked back (except maybe every July during Wimbledon). Amazing how much richer my life has been since then.

Plus, there's the bonus from watching people's heads spin when I tell them I don't have a TV, after being asked my opinion about some show I've never seen (such as Breaking Bad or Mad Men).

Crude said...

Athena,

I have never understood the need to say that everything that happens in a work of fiction is somehow seen as an endorsement.

Likely because SJWs view fiction as propaganda tools first and foremost. These are people who at this point would probably change the races of people in an autobiography if they thought it wasn't diverse enough.

Bob,

I threw away my TV almost 6 years ago now, and have never looked back (except maybe every July during Wimbledon). Amazing how much richer my life has been since then.

I've got no cable either, though nowadays people just download or stream eps, so hey!

Graham Esposito said...

This is the second rape freak out over Game of Thrones, and I think it's magnificent hipocrisy. The last time, I pointed out to a group of left-leaning friends that the show is a constant display of evil acts with a side of fan-service softcore porn. One girl says, oh so bravely, "I'm OK with moral ambiguity."

I said "Moral ambiguity is Batman. Throwing a toddler out of a tower window over him witnessing you fucking your sister is national-news evil. That was in the first 20 minutes and it never stopped and you've all been entertained up until now."

Athena Carson said...

Crude,

"Likely because SJWs view fiction as propaganda tools first and foremost."

Actually, I see this occurrence = endorsement much more often in conservative Christian circles, trying to scare parents into sanitizing their homes of every last scrap of popular culture. Over the last several years I have seen much ridiculous debate about how Frozen is corrupting our children, how Brave is corrupting our children, about the (supposed) hidden Satanic messages in Harry Potter.

Invariably, the non-conservative Christian types (which may or may not overlap with the more liberal progressive types) sensibly take down these ridiculous objections, only to have their commentary fall on deaf ears (of course).

THAT is why I am surprised to see this train of thought coming from more left-ish sources. I can only assume I was wrong about which groups were arguing about these issues. Otherwise the cognitive dissonance is staggering.

Crude said...

Athena,

Actually, I see this occurrence = endorsement much more often in conservative Christian circles, trying to scare parents into sanitizing their homes of every last scrap of popular culture.

You see it in conservative Christian circles because they're almost always on the most obvious receiving end, and it does exist - at least in terms of intention, and I believe, to some degree in terms of effect.

Keep in mind, the SJWs fear conservative/dissenting culture to the point where they classify 'Merry Christmas' as threatening. Take a look at the reaction American Sniper, Passion of the Christ, the Left Behind series, etc have provoked.

Really, once upon a time I would have said 'that's why you don't see an SJW outcry about these things in as great proportion', but really, at this point directly mocking Christ or God's existence on primetime just gets a shrug from most Christians. Meanwhile calling someone a 'thug' cashes out to 'nigger', so.

I can also show you interviews, etc, where SJWs in these industries say 'Yes, I am trying to influence people this way or that way through my game/movie/book etc.' On request, anyway.

Invariably, the non-conservative Christian types (which may or may not overlap with the more liberal progressive types) sensibly take down these ridiculous objections,

The same people who will laugh and ridicule Christians for being upset about 'The Last Temptation of Christ' will demand that 'American Sniper' not be aired. It's no great trait to laugh at political enemies' displeasure.