- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2003

Le snob

“If you’re an American and you go near Kate Hudson, keep your mouth shut, and stay away from the condiments.

“She’s been filming her latest movie, ‘Le Divorce,’ in Paris, and she obviously prefers the company of Parisians to folks like us. …

“In an interview, she said, ‘Sometimes I’ll be walking down the street and I’ll hear some American and I’ll just go, “Of course they hate us, of course they can’t stand us.”’…

“[She] continued: ‘We’re the most annoying, boisterous creatures in the world. I mean we come in and we eat mounds of food, and we’re like, “Where’s the kaachup for our french fries.” I’m like, “Shut up!”’

“We think not, Kate. We think that perhaps you should stay in France if you like it there, and we’ll stay here and stop seeing your movies.”

From “Kate Hudson: ‘Of Course They Hate Us,’” Friday in Newsmax at www.newsmax.com

A man’s world

“[Men’s magazines in the 1950s reflected] notions of masculinity that seemed firmly in place throughout World War II and embattled ever after. The decay of certainty, the sense of ideological threat that accompanied the postwar economic boom, the mutation of the GI into the man in the gray flannel suit summoned a nostalgia for an unambiguous manliness expressed in violent action….

“The staples of publications like Argosy express in lurid, living color the deep wish for a morally and sexually black-and-white world. Masculinity is defined by the testing ordeal. The protagonist is typically pitted in grossly unequal, unfair combat against implacable, monstrous enemies….

“For many decades now, popular and political culture has promoted a fantasy of the 1950s as a long idyllic moment when family life, gender roles and moral values were fixed in utopian perfection. Yet it is clear from the subliterature surveyed by [Adam Parfreys new book] ‘It’s a Man’s World’ that at least half the gender equation was deeply troubled by the restraints of domestic life and felt most energized and fully alive imagining situations of mortal peril and physical combat, ones that included supine and often half-dead female bodies in urgent need of rescue or whip-wielding vixens to be overpowered and tamed.”

Gary Indiana, writing on “The smell of ink, the thrill of testosterone,” Sunday in the Los Angeles Times

Dissent or ‘hate’?

“Recently, there has been a lot of congressional hand-wringing about media conglomeration, focusing on the red herring that consolidation results in, as Sen. Barbara Boxer put it, ‘Communist and Nazi tactics in controlling opinions their citizens hear.’ …

“The technique of trying to virtually assassinate those who dissent was perfected by leftist special interest groups years ago, with Dr. Laura [Schlessinger] as the target of an effort by gay extremists fronted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). …

“These days, of course, anything that counters the leftists’ agenda is labeled ‘hate.’

“Many have compared [a radio networks] decision to pull the Dixie Chicks from the airwaves for a month in response to listener outrage at their insult of the president to the specious attacks against Dr. Laura. The two couldn’t be more different. One was a corporation responding to a natural and massive marketplace rejection of the singing trio. Americans en masse were insulted and disgusted by their behavior and we wanted them to know. …

“When [‘Dr. Laura] brouhaha was underway, did Congress launch hearings? Did Barbara Boxer bemoan how we were all turning into Nazis? Of course not. Because it’s fine with Democrats when the agenda suits their own. …

“The reality is this: Americans like Dr. Laura and they don’t like the Dixie Chicks.”

Tammy Bruce, writing on “Witches, Dissent and Hypocrisy,” in the July 28 issue of Broadcasting and Cable

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