Anne Boleyn now Black – New portrayal of history

 

Anyone who has been watching TV and Netflix has seen a dramatic change in the makeup of the cast who portrays various characters.  Commercials themselves have now become mind bending challenges to our cultural expectations.

This is a sensitive topic and I am sure this will be controversial. But since when did Queen Anne become Black? Are we to defy a reality that Anne just wasn’t Black? And for film? I give you a flashback as to how we got here.

More of the cancel culture? Is this the “history” of the future?

 

Variety can reveal the first look of “Queen & Slim” actor Jodie Turner-Smith as Tudor queen Anne Boleyn — the most notorious of Henry VIII’s wives, best known for her untimely demise by execution — in three-part psychological thriller “Anne Boleyn” for ViacomCBS-backed U.K. broadcaster Channel 5. The show wrapped production on location in Yorkshire in December, and is set to air later this year.

Produced by Fable Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, “Anne Boleyn” garnered headlines last year for Turner-Smith’s casting, which marks one of a handful of times a Black actor has portrayed a major royal figure on a British terrestrial broadcaster. More recently, Sophie Okonedo played Queen of England Margaret, who was married to Henry VI, in the BBC’s “The Hollow Crown.” She starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

Flashback:

Oscars new requirements for ‘Best Picture’ – includes cognitive disability, deaf

This should insure mediocrity in the film industry. “People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing” counts for inclusion in the requirements to be in the “Best Picture” category. Apparently Walmart comes to the film industry.

The diversity and inclusion initiative has been a heavy focus for the Oscars the past few years, shown by the expansive membership initiative. Today, as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, AMPAS announced new representation and inclusion standards in order to be eligible in the best picture category.

For the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremonies, scheduled for 2022 and 2023, a film will submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four standards.

The diversity and inclusion initiative has been a heavy focus for the Oscars the past few years, shown by the expansive membership initiative. Today, as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, AMPAS announced new representation and inclusion standards in order to be eligible in the best picture category.

For the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremonies, scheduled for 2022 and 2023, a film will submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four standards.

 

At least two of the following creative leadership positions and department heads — Casting Director, Cinematographer, Composer, Costume Designer, Director, Editor, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator, Sound, VFX Supervisor, Writer — are from the following underrepresented groups:

• Women
• Racial or ethnic group
• LGBTQ+
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

At least one of those positions must belong to the following underrepresented racial or ethnic group:

• Asian
• Hispanic/Latinx
• Black/African American
• Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
• Middle Eastern/North African
• Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
• Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

B2. Other key roles

At least six other crew/team and technical positions (excluding Production Assistants) are from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. These positions include but are not limited to First AD, Gaffer, Script Supervisor, etc.

B3. Overall crew composition

At least 30% of the film’s crew is from the following underrepresented groups:

• Women
• Racial or ethnic group
• LGBTQ+
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

More at Variety

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Chevrolet Kills the Impala after 62 Years

 

Another chapter ending and another aspect of our culture being buried and laid to rest. Almost, except for some wonderful enthusiasts who still wish to savor the memories of a time gone by never to return. Thanks for the memories.

Detroit News:

Production of the Chevrolet Impala will cease Thursday after six decades, making the Impala yet another Detroit sedan to be laid to rest as buyers switch to crossovers, SUVs and pickups.

Introduced in 1958 and produced continuously except for gaps in the 1980s and 1990s, the final Impala will roll down the line at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. Seen by many as emblematic of the all-American car, more than 16.8 million have been sold globally (not including the 1994-96 Impala SS, which was counted as a Chevy Caprice).

Impala enthusiasts around the country are sad to see the nameplate hit its expiration date and cherish even more the Impalas they have found and made their own.

Detroit — Jeff Tucker had found the car he’d been searching for, the exact model he had when he was 17: a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible in Marina Blue.

It took him years to track down and eight hours to drive from Buffalo to Montreal to see it, but once he did, he knew it was his. That first night he took it out for a cruise in 2009, it was like reliving his past. “So many years later, and it was still turning heads,” the now 58-year-old said. “It took me right back there.”

 

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible
(Photo: General Motors)

MoreFinal Chevy Impala comes off the line at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

The Impala was in “a class of its own,” Chevrolet proclaimed in a 1964 commercial filmed with the car perched on top of the towering 400-foot Castle Rock in Utah. As a camera pans around the car with a female model draped over the seatbacks, the voice-over continues: “No other automobile offers so much of what so many people desire. With styling that brings you back to look and look again, Chevrolet stands alone. Alone in pure dedication to beauty and relaxation.”

 

 

This was back when all the neighbors came out to look at and congratulate you on your new car. Back when neighbors knew each others’ names and actually spoke to one another. Cars were not meant for a garage.. no, behind glass so all could admire.

It was also back when cars were actually attractive and the new models looked “new.” Cars back then were projections of a healthy White American ego and that, in itself, was a beautiful thing. Today, cars are pretty much ugly and look just about the same.

And back to the good old 1950’s.  1958 the first generation. 1959 brought changes.

Chevrolet Impala Commercial Going to the Dance 1958

 

 

Chevrolet urged drivers to “See the USA in your Chevrolet” and equated “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” in a series of commercials from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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Six Companies Control about 75% of Media Sources

 

Eureka!  And the answer is …

by Mustang

We’ve come to use the word media as a means of communications (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, the internet) that influence people.  One question that niggles all of us from time to time is how much influence “media” has on the American people, our culture, and/or our national psyche. 

I did a cursory investigation, and what I learned was that less than ten companies control all media sources in the United States.  These include, in general ranking, the Walt Disney Company, NBC-Universal/Comcast, Time-Warner, Viacom-CBS, Sony America Corporation, and Seagram’s (yes, the whiskey company). 

Their involvement in films, music, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, Internet and social communications platforms roughly equal 75% of the total of American media offerings.

Jaw dropping.

Six companies in control of everything that impacts American society.  It is interesting to see who controls these companies.  They are mostly self-loathing, American-hating Jews.  I could go on to discuss the filth in films, decadent lyrics in music, anti-American television broadcasting and newspapers, television productions that must include a percentage of homosexuals, transgenders, and at least several psychopathic and well-tattooed and pierced but “funny” characters. 

I might even mention the incident where Disney was caught transmitting subliminal messages to our children —which over several years of debate, has convinced parents that there’s nothing to worry about because, after all, colonialism was really a very bad thing.  Besides, what pre-teen doesn’t think about sex?

But then it occurred to me that media companies may not be the problem.  They only deliver what “the people” demand —what they are willing to pay for.  It’s been going on for a while, now.  I remember my mother plopping me down in front of the black and white television when she wanted to do things without having me under foot. 

Today, parents provide their young children with video games that allow the player to rape and murder animated characters.  Cell phones are now minicomputers, so the kids can entertain themselves for hours on end, releasing parents to do their own cell phone thing. 

We can even have verbal fights on Twitter, and never worry about someone punching us in the nose for being rude or obnoxious.  And we wonder what happened to our society.  We moan about what’s happened to the America of our youth.

What happened to our country was atrocious parenting.  This, too, is nothing new; instead of having an abusive father who we feared might beat the crap out of us for misbehaving, we have abusive fathers who simply ignore us.  And Mom?  We won’t be receiving any “motherly advice” from modern Mom.  She’s on the cell phone, too.

All of this leads me to the conclusion, in agreement with my Internet friend Bunkerville, that it’s too late to save America.  It’s already gone —not coming back.  But as much as we want to blame “media” for our abysmal state of affairs, it really does boil down to parenting —or lack of it.

How am I wrong?    

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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GQ Mag and the strange tale of men wearing of a Codpiece

 

Why the Codpiece Remains One of Menswear’s Most Essential Accessories

From Thom Browne’s runways to a new book, this strange assertion of delusional manhood keeps cropping up in art and fashion. So goes the headline.

GQ used to be a suave manly magazine. Now it’s this.

Sometimes we get a glimpse into a society by the absurdity of what has become of its culture. This is prima facia evidence.

The story continues:

Male vanity, of course, used to express itself visually with outrageous displays of myth-building tailoring and portraiture, while it’s now become something more like an oil-and-vinegar combo of preening and insecurity.

The insecurity often gets in the way of the preening, unfortunately, and perhaps that is why despite the codpiece’s brief relevance to the history of fashion, it has returned again and again as a token of male virility disguised as performance wear in sports and dance. That’s the spirit Browne’s seersucker runway captured, with its pirouetting ballerinos in tutus, codpieces proudly displayed like badges, a sendup of the overt sexual signaling of historical fashion.

Browne is not a designer who lets his collections hang heavy with laborious nods to other centuries, periods, or cultures. The levity of his work comes from his indulgence of a dilettante’s attitude towards his references:

“I don’t really approach [fashion design] from a historical point of view,” he said. ”It’s more taking ideas and almost reintroducing them in ways that aren’t a time reference.” That’s why he loves endlessly tweaking and freaking the suit, an object so deeply embedded in the greater style consciousness that even minor changes, like his floodwater hems, drive people nuts: “We still get reactions, even 15 years later. Some people hate it—they don’t understand why it exists, and I love that about it.”

Was that before the soy epidemic?

“I just like to make people see things differently,” Browne said. “And make people either love it, or hate it.”

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Just more liberals trying to emasculate men. Does one wear this with a thing and hair bun or is that like wearing Versace head to toe

 And can Bruce Jenner still wear it or is it only for men that haven’t realized they are women.

As our Republic’s birth rate falls and we wonder why. We simply are not replacing ourselves which essentially finishes us as as culture as we know it. The progressives are more determined than ever to help the cause.

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Oxford students want University to ban clapping

 

Just when you think it cannot get more absurd it does. Oxford University no less. The next generation’s leaders will now become mute little automatons. Silent drones carrying out their master’s orders. It’s all about control – the hint I give you on a Friday.

The Oxford University student council is lobbying the prestigious British university to end applause, arguing that it could trigger anxiety and was unfair to disabled students.

The Oxford Student reported Wednesday that the council had passed a motion to “mandate the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, otherwise known as ‘silent jazz hands’ at Student Council meetings and other official SU events,” and to “lobby the University” to make similar changes.

“Loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids,” the university newspaper said.

The students’ decision comes a year after the University of Manchester Students’ Union made the same move to “avoid triggering anxiety and improve accessibility.” More at

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Yes, let’s have a joyless useless life. Welcome to 1984 and then some. From my stash of old stuff:

From the 2003 Television docudrama: George Orwell – A Life in Pictures. A reminder from George Orwell.  This is where we are.

 

 

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‘The Hunt’ movie ads pulled – ‘Elites’ hunt and gun down ‘deplorables’

 

“Nothing better than going to the manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.” Universal is about to release a movie in which liberal “elites” hunt and gun down rural “deplorables” for sport. ESPN pulled ads and others might follow.

Just another day in the entertainment business.

Stills from Universal’s “Private Hunting Experience” featurette for its R-rated satire ‘The Hunt’

 

“Did anyone see what our ratfuc*er-in-chief just did?” one character asks early in the screenplay for The Hunt, a Universal Pictures thriller set to open Sept. 27. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

In the aftermath of mass shootings within days of one another that shocked and traumatized the nation, Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire.

The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.Over the Aug. 3 weekend, ESPN pulled an ad for the film that it had previously cleared, while AMC ran the spot during the season premiere of its drama The Preacher.

It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.

The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. “War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.

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First is the shorter version ad and we wonder what has happened to our society? We blame Trump?

 

 

The more disturbing and grotesque ad:

 

 

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Child Drag Queen Dances Away on Good Morning America

 

 

The 11-year-old trailblazing drag kid ‘Desmond is Amazing’  So says the header. Good Morning America has reached a new low. I happened to catch the show at the time, and assumed that it would never see the light of day on YouTube. Wrong.

Sexualizing an eleven year old. Isn’t even more amazing the parents are not arrested for child abuse? Even more amazing is a bevy of drag queens are added to the grotesqueness of the exhibition on GMA. ABC reaches a new low.

Drag clubs are nothing new in New York City — but it took a 10-year-old to dream up the first drag club for children.

Desmond Napoles from Brooklyn in New York City is better known by his drag name, Desmond is Amazing. Though still quite young, he first expressed an interest in dressing up in drag as a toddler and has become somewhat of a celebrity on the drag circuit.

And he is convinced that there are more kids out there just like him. So now, the precocious youngster is launching Haus of Amazing, the ‘first and only drag club for kids,’ where no adults are allowed.

More with pics at Daily Mail“

“They support me by letting me do what I wanna do”. You think?

Better yet, “Desmond the amazing” has his own channel of YouTube where lots of perverted individuals can go and glimpse at this tragic state of affairs.

 

Just your daily reminder that Youtube considers this more acceptable than Alex Jones.

 

“GMA Day” surprised “Desmond is Amazing” with three fierce drag queens and some amazing gifts.

 

 

“Desmond Is Amazing,” who is the subject of frequent lavish praise from the progressive left as a child drag queen (sic), is reported to have headlined the event “Club Whoa!” at a Brooklyn gay bar called 3 Dollar Bill. According to available photos and patron statements, adult men threw money at the 10-year-old boy as he danced on the stage in a wig and sexualized clothing.

Desmond lives in Brooklyn. His lifestyle is supported, or perhaps encouraged and determined, by his parents, and the leftist media and the LGBT lobby have frequently held him up as an icon of bravery and progressivism, regardless of the tragic dangers of transgenderism or how sadistic and unnatural it intuitively is to push such behavior on a young boy.

Desmond lives in Brooklyn. His lifestyle is supported, or perhaps encouraged and determined, by his parents, and the leftist media and the LGBT lobby have frequently held him up as an icon of bravery and progressivism, regardless of the tragic dangers of transgenderism or how sadistic and unnatural it intuitively is to push such behavior on a young boy.

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Netflix bans employees from looking at each other for more than five seconds

 

George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived. I first thought this was from The Onion and a spoof..but no. The thought police are here. When will this nonsense end?

Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules.

The new policy also bans the company’s film crews from asking their colleagues for their phone numbers, according to an article in the Sun.

“Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate,” an on-set runner told the Sun. “Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.”

“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed,” the source continued. “And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.”

Other new rules include: “Don’t give lingering hugs or touch anyone for a lengthy period of time,” “Don’t ask out a colleague more than once if they have said no,” “Steer clear of a colleague once they have said they are not interested in you,” and “Don’t flirt.” The rules also encourage employees to “Shout ‘Stop, don’t do that again!’ if a colleague has been inappropriate.”

Calling an innocent six-second glance “harassment” trivializes the very real struggles of those who are actually harassed, and a no-phone-numbers rule is going to make it more difficult for employees to communicate. More at National Review

 

Welcome to America… formerly the land of the free.

 

And of course this from my stash of old stuff.

From the 2003 Television docudrama: George Orwell – A Life in Pictures. A reminder from George Orwell.  This is where we are.

 

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