Monty Python is Cancelled

The Old Vic shuts down a Terry Gilliam production because the Python has finally been deemed an official badthinker:

A London theatre has been criticised for “pandering” to mob rule after cancelling a production by Monty Python star Terry Gilliam – reportedly due to staff unrest about his views on trans rights and the #MeToo movement.
80-year-old Gilliam was set to co-direct the musical ‘Into the Woods’ at the Old Vic next year, but the show was abruptly cancelled last week. While no reason was given, entertainment news outlet The Stage reported that there had been dissatisfaction among staff since May, when the production was originally announced.

Staff concerns apparently revolved around Gilliam’s previous comments in the press relating to transgender issues, race, and the #MeToo movement, which some felt were at odds with the theatre’s “culture and values.”

In 2018, Gilliam said during a BBC diversity debate that he tells “the world now I’m a black lesbian.” He repeated those remarks during an interview last year, telling The Independent that he should be able to identify as a “black lesbian in transition.” He also described the #MeToo movement as a “witch hunt” that allowed “decent people” to get “hammered” by “mob mentality,” and called some rape accusers “ambitious adults.”

Describing Chappelle as the “greatest standup comedian alive today,” Gilliam noted in a Facebook post on October 14 that there was a “storm brewing” over the streaming service’s support for the show. The comedy special has been in the news after backlash over allegedly transphobic content – including Chappelle describing gender as a “fact” – with Netflix staff staging walkouts and facing off against the comedian’s supporters.

Two weeks later, the theatre announced on its website that it had “mutually agreed” with co-producers Scenario Two that the “production of ‘Into the Woods’ will not take place at the Old Vic.” The Central London theatre had apparently sold £300,000 worth of tickets for the production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical.

Despite my own experience, I don’t have any sympathy for Gilliam, Chappelle, or any other Hellmouth celebrity that finds themselves cancelled for trivial social blasphemies. Some of them, like Gilliam, spent their entire careers gleefully sawing away at the civilizational branches upon which they were sitting. Their fall was always inevitable.

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Ban Fake Guns In Hollywood

Clearly the denizens of the Hellmouth can’t handle them:

Alec Baldwin has accidentally shot and killed the female cinematography director of his upcoming western movie Rust and wounded the director while firing a prop gun on set.

The 68-year-old was filming a scene for the movie at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the gun went off around 1.50pm, fatally wounding 42-year-old photography director Halyna Hutchins and leaving writer-director Joel Souza, 48, badly injured.

Hutchins – believed to be a married mother-of-one – was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital in an air ambulance but was later pronounced dead, while Souza was taken by ambulance to the Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center. He has since been released, though his exact condition is unclear.

Meanwhile Baldwin was taken to a Santa Fe detectives’ office to be questioned about the shooting. He was not arrested and was later released without charge – though investigations are ongoing.

I understand how a prop gun mishap – or mishandling – can get an actor or actress shot. They’re actually being aimed at, and loading mistakes can happen. But how do you “accidentally” shoot the directors? Unless they’re standing in for an actor during a run-through, there is no reason to be pointing a gun at them, let alone pulling the trigger.

Anyhow, we’re told that if it saves just one life, it’s worth it, right? And clearly, it would save lives if actors just pointed their fingers at people and shouted “bang!”

UPDATE: Given the fact that the Hollywood crews were on strike and had been replaced by local New Mexicans, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the live rounds were planted by a union member.

It’s unclear where the union got the information that the round fired by Baldwin was a live one, since none of its members were on the movie set.

They’d certainly know if one of their members was responsible for loading it.


First They Shut Down Big Tech

Now China is gunning for the Hellmouth:

In a dramatic turn for the major studios, Hollywood’s share of China’s box office is in free fall, reportedly collapsing to less than 10 percent as Beijing aims to bolster its domestic movie industry while continuing to block major Hollywood releases from playing in Chinese cinemas.

The result is a potential existential crisis for Hollywood, which has bent over backwards to please China’s Communist dictators in the hopes of maintaining access to the lucrative Chinese market.

But the reverse has happened. Hollywood’s share of the China box office market has plummeted to just 9.5 percent so far this year, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, as reported by Variety.

The stark decline comes as Hollywood imports are being edged out by domestic releases.

Last year, only two Hollywood releases cracked China’s top-ten grossing movies — Tenet and The Croods: A New Age. For 2019, only Avengers: Endgame and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw made the top-ten list. A decade ago, Hollywood accounted for eight of China’s top-ten grossing movies.

Chinese audiences are instead gravitating toward home-grown movies in larger numbers, lifting the time-traveling comedy Hi, Mom and the buddy-cop adventure Detective Chinatown 3 to blockbuster status. Meanwhile, recent Hollywood titles like Disney-Pixar’s Luca and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon have failed to resonate with local audiences.

Even Universal’s dependable Fast & Furious franchise, which has been enormously popular in China, is showing signs of fatigue. The latest installment, F9, saw its China grosses plummet in the second week by a stunning 85 percent.

Hollywood’s decline in China comes as the Communist country has overtaken the United States to become the world’s largest movie market.

If you think it’s an accident that China increasingly appears to be targeting the neoclown strongholds in the USA, well, you’re not paying attention. It’s obvious that China is not so much focusing its “unrestricted warfare” on the USA per se anymore as on a specific and influential foreign demographic. My guess is that the media will be next, followed by Wall Street.

Believe it or not, there is not only considerably more freedom in the Chinese media than in the US media – by which I mean there are far fewer no-go zones – the rules are considerably more coherent and stable. Remember, I’ve not only been interviewed on Chinese state TV about trade and cryptocurrencies, I was asked more than once to return, most likely because both my predictions – contra the other experts – were correct. Do you think that would ever happen on Fox, CBS, ESPN, or even the Disney Channel?

Remember, China’s primary goal is to be left to their own devices. And their increasing engagement with the West appears to have taught them that unlike China, the USA is not a nation.

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How Zimmerman Sold His Soul

It’s always been readily apparent that it wasn’t vocal talent that made “Bob Dylan” successful. From his 2009 interview with Ed Bradley:

Why do you still do it? Why are you still out here?

Well, it goes back to the destiny thing. I made a bargain with it, you know. Long time ago. I’m holding up my end.

What was your bargain?

To get where I am now.

Should I ask who you made the bargain with?

(laughs) You know with, with, you know, the chief, chief commander.

On this earth?

On this earth and in the world we can’t see.

It appears that his contract is now up, given how what may be the price he paid for his fame, money, and worldly success is unexpectedly coming to light.

This is how the entertainment world actually works, for the most part. Those who are truly talented, but are unwilling to sell their souls are overlooked, bypassed, blocked, and stripmined while the lesser talents who will pay any price for a few decades of fame are relentlessly pushed on the unsuspecting public by Satan’s little servants.

Zimmerman’s flirtation with Christianity in the 1980s is even more interesting in light of these developments. It appears he tried to escape his bargain then, but is resigned to his fate now.

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Wednesday AM Arktoons

ALT★HERO Episode 11: Fudgesticks!

DEUS VULT Episode 11: Bow Before the Demon King – or Die

This marks the final episode of Deus Vult for the time being. Next week it will be replaced by Something Big, a brand new series from Chuck Dixon and Frank Fosco. And if you need a reminder of why Arktoons is important and why it is worth subscribing to support it, this news that no comic or cartoon from the past is safe from SJW convergence should suffice.

It’s learned that He-Man is now black in the Kevin Smith Masters of The Universe: Revelation series coming to Netflix where it has also become known they passed on using an original black character.

Before we continue, it should actually be noted all the ideas for the Masters of the Universe: Revelation series are coming from Netflix exec Ted Biaselli, as Smith was simply hired to develop and promote the series (Kevin Smith isn’t even a He-Man fan).

So apparently Ted Biaselli’s big idea for He-Man is to make the character as woke as possible, as it already appears Teela will become the new He-Man based on the trailers and official series descriptions.

But Ted Biaselli didn’t stop there as He-Man’s grandfather has been race-swapped, changed from a white dude to a black dude.

Recall how I have said Hollywood would never allow He-Man – a blond white male – to be made out to look good in the series, and now we see the character is changed to have black ancestors and get replaced by the woke Teela.

The Hellmouth is determined to eradicate every last vestige of the West, right down to The Iliad, Beowulf, and the Bible. So it falls to us to maintain our stories, defend our culture, and make new ones. When you subscribe to Arktoons, you help us do that.

And they’re not going to stop with mere blackwashing and race-swapping:

The rise of gender-diverse representation isn’t a coincidence. Shows created and run by queer women, trans, and nonbinary showrunners are largely responsible for the influx of nonbinary and trans characters in kids’ animation. Among the 10 animated kids series that feature the most LGBTQ characters, trans, nonbinary and queer creators account for 65{cc08d85cfa54367952ab9c6bd910a003a6c2c0c101231e44cdffb103f39b73a6} of that representation alone.


Is this reparations or something?

The PA Supreme Court, wouldn’t overturn obvious election fraud, but they didn’t hesitate to overturn a rapist’s conviction and set Bill Cosby free:

Bill Cosby will be released from prison today after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction, ruling that prosecution from five women who weren’t involved in his trial impeded his chances of a fair trial. 

The Justices also ruled that a prior remark by Montgomery County District Attorney Bryan Castor that he was not going to prosecute him, led Cosby to make incriminating comments in a civil deposition, that prosecutors later used to make their case against him.

Cosby, 83, was the first male star to be brought down by the #MeToo era. He was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, but he was accused in public discourse and civil lawsuits of assaulting many more women. Their claims couldn’t be prosecuted because they fell outside of statutes of limitations. 

One presumes Harvey Weinstein is next. The Hellmouth isn’t about to accept any restrictions on its minions’ behavior.


The death of the Hellmouth

The Hollywood spell is breaking:

Oscar ratings went from 43.7 million in 2014 to 23.6 million in 2020 to 9.8 million last night.

Good. Stop supporting those who hate you, your nation, and your Christian faith. Don’t give one single dime to the Hellmouth, in any of its guises.

Stop staring into the abyss and the abyss will starve.


Don’t defend the Devil’s own

Charisma Carpenter offers suggestions concerning how she thinks people should respond to allegations of historical sexual and psychological abuse:

• Please don’t tell people to “rise above,” “just move on, it was a long time ago,” “get over it” and “forgive and forget” abusive experiences. This is dismissive and devoid of empathy. Justice for the abused is an integral part of the healing process. It’s hard for a traumatized person to move on when they watch the transgressors move up the ladder and gain power even as they repeat patterns of toxic behavior without answerability.

• Don’t ask others to share details of their trauma beyond what they are willing to volunteer. Questioning someone’s experience when it is not a part of a formal investigation is insensitive and signals that you, the judge, need more evidence to evaluate what you are being told is truthful. Just listen. Be empathetic. Be a safe person.

• Believe others when they tell you they are hurt or traumatized by events that occurred in their life. It’s taken serious courage for them to identify their pain and be able to speak about it aloud.

• Don’t play devil’s advocate for an abuser, make excuses for them or imply that victims have somehow misunderstood their trauma. If they are speaking about it publicly, they have likely done hard work in regards to their trauma and gotten help to process their experience clearly.

• Don’t expect victims of abuse to talk about their abuse at the time it happened. Often it takes years for survivors to process their trauma and even longer to realize the extent of harm it has caused.

• Ranking verbal and mental abuse as less intense or serious than acts of physical violence is also a form of abuse. It denies and dismisses a person’s experience as not being “painful enough.”

• Empathize with people who have experienced verbal, mental or sexual abuse. Just because you can’t see the scars doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

• Don’t blame people for staying in abusive situations. Blame the abuser or institutions still in place for making it difficult or impossible to leave. The underlying message is that the victim “asked for it” or that it’s their fault they were abused. It’s not. It’s the abuser’s fault.

• Sexist jokes, job-security threats, microaggressions and passive-aggressive behavior can no longer be accepted as “part of the game” to get ahead. Let’s cultivate change away from such toxic tropes. We owe it to the next generation to leave a better legacy in the workplace.

• Rationalizing power abuse, misogyny, racism or sexism to a survivor by explaining, “It was a different time then,” is unacceptable. These things were never OK. If we minimize these past behaviors, we’re bound to keep doing them in the future.

• Refrain from making comments, especially publicly, that unwittingly undermine the pain of others. Ask yourself: Do I have anything substantive to add to this conversation? Have I experienced trauma from abuse and discrimination? If the answer is no, it is not your turn to be heard.

• Believe people when they say, “This happened to me.” Believe it the first time.

• When an abuser is identified, keep the focus on the culprit instead of diverting the conversation to the abuses of others. Comparisons and “whataboutism” are tactics used to obfuscate the process of holding a specific person accountable and bringing them to justice.

• Seeking accountability and consequences for patterns of workplace abuse aren’t about “cancel culture.” It’s best to reframe it as “consequences culture.”

• Don’t make a survivor responsible for how their trauma makes you feel. Rather, consider the person who has been violated. That’s where the focus belongs.

• Headlines often describe acts of rape, assault or drugging victims as “sexual misconduct.” It is not “misconduct.” These behaviors are predatory and criminal. They should be labeled accordingly. Call the thing, the thing.

• Hire people who have spoken out. Nothing is more isolating and scary than having your ability to feed your family taken away. This fear holds people hostage to their suffering and supports a broken system. Stop labeling victims of abuse as the ones who are problematic. The abuser is problematic — not the abused.

It’s important to remember that the court of public opinion is NOT a court of law. There is no presumption of innocence in the court of public opinion, and given the historical nature of the Hellmouth, there should absolutely be a presumption of guilt if a Hellmouth power player is accused of abusive behavior. It’s almost certainly true.

Too many men are fearful that they might one day be accused of their own creepy or borderline behavior, which inclines them to defend the indefensible. And the fact that some of the women who are making accusations are literal whores is irrelevant, as under even the most amoral libertarian contractual standard, a prostitute always has the right to decide with whom she will engage in business relations or not. There is no statute of limitations on history.

Good and moral men are not going to be taken down by a higher public expectations of behavior. Gammas, creeps, and pedos will be. So the higher the behavioral bar is raised, the better. And the sooner the true realities of the Hellmouth are exposed, the better. 


How did I ever know?

I don’t know anything about The Talisman, a fantasy novel published by Peter Straub and Stephen King in 1984. After all, given the success of The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones, it could be about anything, right? But as soon as I heard that Steven Spielberg and the Duffer brothers had acquired the rights to turn it into a streaming show, I was pretty sure that whatever it was, it was focused on children.

Steven Spielberg has found his next project: a series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s 1984 fantasy novel The Talisman. The 74-year-old director will be executive producing an adaptation of the book for Netflix along with the Duffer brothers, best known for creating Stranger Things for the streamer. The series has been a long time coming, as Spielberg has been interested in bringing the novel to the screen since two years before it was even published, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That’s a strong level of interest in what is near-worthless intellectual property. Is there really any need to ask what the basis for that interest was?

The series likely appealed to the Stranger Things alumni, as it follows a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer as he travels to an alternate dimension in search of a talisman to save his mother’s life.

Oh, that’s why. Quelle surprise…. 


Don’t defend Joss Whedon

Really, really don’t. Remember the old saying about where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Well, when you’re dealing with the Hellmouth, where there is even a faint whiff of sulfur, there is demonic deviancy. And the usual “hurr durr whores who don’t suicide their careers deserve the abuse” isn’t just stupid, it’s totally inapplicable to an underage girl of the sort that Dawn was on Buffy:

Trachtenberg’s original post read, “Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this. I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior….very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did.” The caption was then revised to include the following addition: “The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He’s not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again.” Born October 11, 1985, Trachtenberg appeared on Buffy between 2000-2003- which would put the actress between the ages of 14-15 when she first started filming the series.

Never, ever, trust a gamma of any age around a young woman. Sooner or later, they will gamma-creep on her. Guaranteed.