“The real story, though, isn’t that Palin said “North” instead of “South.” Let’s be honest: Vice President Joe Biden could have just as easily blown a line like that. No, the real story is that Palin was discussing a complex, precarious, highly dangerous issue as if she were an expert, even though she clearly isn’t. Does anyone outside of Palin’s relatively small group of smitten followers honestly believe that she is competent to act as an expert on Korean policy? That she knows the intricacies and risks of engaging with the North Koreans? That she understands the possible leadership struggle going on there? Do you think she has the first clue about the history of Korea over the last century? Do you think she’s ever heard of Syngman Rhee, the Bodo League massacre, the Battle of Inchon, or National Security Council Report 68, or that she knows about the decades of Japanese rule in Korea? Do you think she’s ever read about the role the propaganda efforts of the post-Stalin Soviet government played in the eventual armistice that ended the fighting? Doubtful, at best. Now, do you doubt for a second that Joe Biden could reel off a dissertation-level analysis of these issues from the top of his head?”—Mitchell Bard: Why Sarah Palin’s North Korea Flub Matters (via apsies)
SHALLICK:This White House uses the First Amendment to protect flag burning, to protect pornography, to ban school prayer. Why, when the Second Amendment clearly says that the government will not infringe upon a citizens right to bear arms--
TOBY:It doesn't say that.
TOBY:In fact it doesn't say that at all. [Sardonic.] It only says that if you remove some words from it. It says "A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the government shall not infringe." The words "regulated" and "militia" are in the first sentence. I don't think the framers were thinking of three guys and a Dodge Durango.
SHALLICK:You don't really know what the framers were thinking, do you?
TOBY:No. But I do know that if you combine the populations of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia, you'll get a population roughly the size of the United States. We had 32,000 gun deaths last year; they had 112. You think it's because Americans are more homicidal by nature? Or do you think it's because those guys have gun control laws?
I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.
Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?
I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
”—Joss Whedon’s email reacting to news that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer film will be written by, and starring, unknown Whit Anderson. (via freezeatlantis)
In response to your response to the “guys as the key and girls as the lock thing”. I think your response was really brilliant, but I want to bring up one problem I caught. Using the word “retarded” is damaging. I understand that you were trying to state that the person who said this “simile” was being ignorant and a jack ass (as well as his friend for thinking it was “cute”) but using such a word is really demeaning to persons that are actually mentally handicapped. It’s ironic because you talk so strongly about how wrong this statement is but then use a mental condition as an insult. Please don’t take my comment as trying to be rude or down-play you; I respect your post but I don’t think using language like “retarded” (or “lame” or “gay”, as other examples) is really effective in getting your point across.
Yeah. Shame on me. I used the word retarded, and because of that, right now up in heaven a little angel with down syndrome won’t be getting its wings.
Fuck you. I mean it. Fuck you right in the face.
You are a member of the thought police, and you are the fucking enemy. Well guess what? I won’t let you shape my language. I won’t let you shape my thoughts.
I know myself. I know my heart. I know my language. I know all the delicious and powerful words that scare pathetic and weak-minded fucks like you.
Words like cunt, nigger, faggot, and retard.
Dangerous words. Loaded words. Beautiful words that the easily offended would ban and burn like books if you could. You realize that’s what you are, right? A hypervigilant book burner. Except you’re worse. You do it on the linguistic level, one word at a time in the name of someone else’s hurt feelings because you’re too warped to tell the difference between an ameliorated pejorative and actual hate speech.
Well fuck that and fuck you. You don’t get to set the standards. You don’t get to deem appropriateness. As long as I’m putting pen to paper with a pure heart, you don’t get to say shit.
How dare you accuse me of damage? As if my words rang forth across the internet, and now somewhere there’s a classroom full of special ed kids crying into their helmets because I used the word retarded. Oh, please.
You know what’s really damaging? Having someone rush to their defense demanding special treatment for their delicate sensibilities. Fuck that shit. I’m not the one making a big deal about being mentally handicapped. You are.
You’re the one who’s being demeaning, not me. You’re the one acting out of fear, not me. You’re the problem, not me. I love my language — all of it — and I won’t let easily offended, self appointed thought police tell me how to use it.
I strongly suggest you lighten the fuck up, because it’s not political correctness that’s ultimately going to bring us all together. It’s having the good sense to recognize actual hate speech when we see it, and having the good sense of humor to recognize that not one of us cunts, niggers, faggots, or retards is ever above catching a little shit.
“And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course —those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff, But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”—Tina Fey’s Controversial Speech Edited by PBS - The Hollywood Reporter
I never hear anyone arguing over whether The Darjeeling Limited or The Life Aquatic is their favorite Wes Anderson movie. Oh, I’ve heard arguments about them- I’ve had arguments about them… but never about which one is most-beloved. Quite the opposite. Likewise, I never hear anyone debating…
My favorite Wes Anderson film is The Darjeeling Limited.