Wednesday, November 23, 2016



"Hamilton" as cultural appropriation

"Hamilton" is a frenetic Broadway musical play that attempts to rewrite history.  There is a discussion of it here.  It aroused controversy when one of its actors used it to spout common Leftist complaints to the  Vice President elect when he was in the audience for a performance. He was not allowed to peacefully enjoy the show

The story is set in the early days of  American independence.  Leftists love it, mainly, as far as I can gather, because it has black actors playing white historical figures.

But isn't that cultural appropriation?  If it is angrily abused cultural appropriation when whites act like various minorities,  why is it not cultural appropriation when blacks play whites?  That nobody in fact objects is just the usual Leftist hypocrisy as far as I can see.  Leftists have no lasting principles, just poses that suit the moment.

I particularly dislike "modern" versions of traditional plays and operas.  I like the actors to appear in the costumes of the period and before backdrops that represent scenes of the period.  So I wouldn't go to see "Hamilton" if you paid me.

And I guess that there might be a lot of that reaction among conservatives generally. I think it comes down to conservatives being at ease with reality while Leftists either want to deny, denounce or distort it. So that may be part of the reason why Trump and some other conservatives were irritable about the show.

Another reason is that American conservatives and, to a degree, Americans generally, tend to be respectful of their founding fathers.  So to represent them by black men prancing around in hip-hop singing and dancing routines appears disrespectful and jarring -- and was probably meant to be disrespectful and jarring.  So Trump and many others would have been primed to dislike anything to do with the show, hence the complaints about it.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just more of my impression of Liberals; among Liberals, nonsense abounds and foolishness prevails.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals rewriting history we already have liberal written text books that spew big big lies about america and its founding and there are these collage professors and intellectial knownothings and pinheads who call our founding fathers TERRORISTS need any good reasons for Home Schooling and defunding these mindless collage eggheads

Anonymous said...

Oh you poor conservatard babies. My heart goes out to you for all your pain and suffering. Ya'know, all you have to do is not go see the play. That will leave more tickets available for us REAL Americans. You may now begin to bash this post. I take it as a badge of honor, fucktards. Ta ta for now.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:57 submits a typically liberal "intellectual" comment. Enjoy your faux historical play and faux reality. Meanwhile the real Americans will enjoy making America great again. You may retreat to your safe space now and remove the safety pin before you injure yourself.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:57 - No need to bash your post. You showed your true colors by all your name calling, your post therefore is just fine as it show your true self. Of course your true self is ugly, nasty and full of hate for yourself and everything else.

I suggest you learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes so you can throw off that self hatred and become a person who will be liked and even loved by others.

Anonymous said...

What most do not realize is that Pence and Trump are basically conservative democrat/liberal republican and fairly close to the true center of the political spectrum. The majority of democratic voters believe that the great zero and lying Hillary are the center of the political spectrum when they are eight to nine tenths left. I am sure that Trump "intellectually" wants to shrink government just as Schwarzenegger wanted to when he became governor of the socialist state of Kalifornia but making that happen against the entrenched bureaucracy is more than centrists care to tackle.


MDH

Anonymous said...

"You may retreat to your safe space now and remove the safety pin before you injure yourself."

Are you out of your fucking mind? I don't need no damn safe place or some stupid ass safety pin. You mothertrumpers don't get it, do you? This is an anti-PC site. So, I sound PC to you, numb nuts?

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:54 You're right, a safe space is clearly insufficient. Report to the nearest mental health facility immediately.

Anonymous said...

Pretty good comeback, 6:30. This is fun.

Spurwing Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

Anon 3:57 Please stop your whining you pathetic little liberal moron and go pick up your room and watch out for the monster under the bed and the one in the closet

Anonymous said...

The comment above (10:09) is why I do not take this blog seriously. Why do you rational conservative thinkers put up with that nonsense?

Anonymous said...

The answer to JJR's original question is simple - its only cultural appropriation and therefore wrong if an 'oppressor' (in this case whites) does it to an 'oppressed' (generally blacks/natives/gays etc).
When they do it to us - no problem.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Anon 5:17 Liberals dont think becuase it gives them headaches so TAKE A ASPERIN FOR YOU MIGRANE

Anonymous said...

Why do you rational conservative thinkers put up with this bird nonsense?

Anonymous said...

We put up with this because to censor someone would be contrary to the whole purpose of this board.

We are not like the left, removing the comments we don't like and pretending they didn't happen. Instead we respond to them, encourage some, debate some and vigorously slap them down if we see the need. Simply removing their posts though would mean they win since we are unable to counter their arguments.

Anonymous said...

3:59 AM - Yes, I've also wondered why the à-la-Hitchcock avian invasion here is tolerated, accepted or just ignored, if the other posters were in any way serious about the value of their own comments. The whole site is seriously undermined by these constant and whimsical bird-brained remarks, which are often irritatingly dyslexic as well as irrelevant.

Firebird said...

Hey a deaf-mute is more intelligent then a bunch of collage snowflakes hey even a parrots more intelligent