DANES TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM

Mark Steyn on provocative art:

We should note that in the Western world “artists” “provoke” with the same numbing regularity as young Muslim men light up other countries’ flags. When Tony-winning author Terence McNally writes a Broadway play in which Jesus has gay sex with Judas, the New York Times and Co. rush to garland him with praise for how “brave” and “challenging” he is. The rule for “brave” “transgressive” “artists” is a simple one: If you’re going to be provocative, it’s best to do it with people who can’t be provoked.

Thus, NBC is celebrating Easter this year with a special edition of the gay sitcom “Will & Grace,” in which a Christian conservative cooking-show host, played by the popular singing slattern Britney Spears, offers seasonal recipes—“Cruci-fixin’s.” On the other hand, the same network, in its coverage of the global riots over the Danish cartoons, has declined to show any of the offending artwork out of “respect” for the Muslim faith.

NBC’s next step: replacing sitcom Will & Grace, out of respect for the Muslim faith, with Homosexual & Jewess, a 30-minute deathcom based on actual trial transcripts. Here’s Dianne Rinehart in The Hamilton Spectator:

We are all Danes now, as Paul Belien, editor of the Brussels Journal said in his editorial this week.

Or we should be.

Because today Denmark is taking a beating for us all, fighting for press freedoms that can mean the difference between democracy and totalitarianism, between free speech and terror, between sleeping at night and being afraid of the knock on the door, between light and despair.

South Africans know of the fear brought by midnight doorknocks. How are they dealing with the Danish Dozen?

A South African court banned the country’s Sunday newspapers from reprinting the cartoons.

Oh. Over in New Zealand, the Cartoon Crisis has forced Prime Minister Helen Clark to adopt a bizarre new position:

“We will be keeping our ear close to the ground offshore,” she said.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/05/2006 at 07:42 AM
    1. Speaking of art, did you see that mob of tykes at the school in Gaza, with their ‘teacher’ standing by, while they burned a Danish flag that they made with their own little hands?
      Just adorable!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. As usual Mark Steyn articulates perfectly what reasonable people have been seething over silently for quite some time now.
      Go to the ABC’s Compass program website and see.
      COMPASS LINK.

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve been seething over it and I’m an atheist!

      ps…sorry for all the comments.

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. No no Tim you’ve misinterpreted Unzud..
      It’s thut exent egen..
      Helen is keeping herear close to the ground..
      Of course sbs is not afraid to be controversial.Any tv station which can air a programme (film) in which an actor fellates the statue of Christ in a church and the statue turns into a real person -well they are untouchable and fearless.
      Turns out the first epithet is right anyway.
      Commercial and Public radio has no problem with Jesus jokes and anyone who comlains is brushed off with the term “wowser..” or religious fanatic/crackpot…

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 05 at 09:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. #3,Brian, Not clear, seething over what?

      Posted by stats on 2006 02 05 at 11:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, the writers and producers of “Will & Grace” are so brave!  So transgressive!  So iconoclastic!

      Why don’t I watch that show anymore, I wonder?

      Posted by ushie on 2006 02 05 at 01:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. “We will be keeping our ear close to the ground offshore,” she said.

      Doesn’t the silly twit realize she’ll drown?

      I’m sorry for the Danes, but this whole fiasco is providing lots of giggles at lefty socialist squirming.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 05 at 01:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. “We will be keeping our ear close to the ground offshore,” she said.

      glub, glub, glub

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 02 05 at 01:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie — One of the proofs of the jaw-dropping cluelessness of Hollywood/New York media types?  They have the cast of Will & Grace doing TV adverts condemning hate speech and insensitive humor…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 05 at 02:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. I was thinking of that classic “Twilight Zone” episode with Billy Mumy as a little boy who can turn adults into horrific things if he is angry with their thoughts and words.

      The adults appease the child and indulge his every whim.

      Scary stuff.

      Posted by JDB on 2006 02 05 at 03:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ich bin ein Danish!

      (And a new urban legend about jelly rolls starts.)

      Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2006 02 05 at 04:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Slayer Daddy 9

      They have the cast of Will & Grace doing TV adverts condemning hate speech and insensitive humor…

      What, Whoopie Goldberg wasn’t available?

      JDB 10

      I was thinking of that classic “Twilight Zone” episode with Billy Mumy as a little boy who can turn adults into horrific things if he is angry with their thoughts and words.

      Based on Harlan Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” ??

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 05 at 05:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Blofeld, that’s MUCH better than the version I posted on the next thread up.  Wish I could pull it, now, I do.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 05 at 05:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Eureka! I thought I had been banned! Thanks, Andrea, for fixing things up.

      7: Ushie – The Prime Minister has a very long snorkel. However, for reasons better explained by those who have keys to the time machine, there has been an infestation of trilobites in New Zealand waters, so she still runs the risk of being nibbled to death.

      Posted by paco on 2006 02 05 at 05:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. StoopDD — Nope, the Serling ep predates the story by years.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 05 at 05:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Richard M (Daddy Killer?)  (Where am I?  I was doing my taxes, became hysterical…)

      See, hate speech toward Christianity shows how much you care…

      Posted by ushie on 2006 02 05 at 05:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie and Richard, regarding the Twilight Zone story, there is a short called “It’s a Good Life” along those lines, too. The song “You Are My Sunshine” features in it, and I can’t remember who wrote it.

      Same synopsis, though, kid with special powers gets his own way.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 02 05 at 05:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. What’s amazing is the extreme mildness of the cartoons.
      The ABC mentions only the one with the bomb turban. Would it be OK if the cartoonists gave a name like Khomeini to all the Bearded Ones? I assume most Moslem rioters have not seen even one cartoon – ‘Mob Rules OK’.
      Surely the point of all the cartoons is to comment on the close connection between violence and official Moslem religion, which is now being well and truly reinforced.  It’s how Christians are always treated in Moslem countries.

      This is culture wars pure and simple.  Failure to separate Church and State.  George Harrison financed The Life of Brian, whereas Saddam Hussein, on his arrest, thought it valid to say ‘I will meet God with a clear conscience and as a believer’.

      Meanwhile, the liberal press mostly act as irreligious hypocrites.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 05 at 06:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1, Those little flag burning tykes are in training for the Muslim originated new technology of child-sacrifice suicide bombings. These babies will turn to ash in Copenhagen in the near future.
      #17 “You are my Sunshine” was written by the Louisiana, USA, boys G. Mitchell and Jimmy Davis in 1940. Jimmy became governor and built the “Sunshine Bridge” which still hovers over the Mississippi River. It’s a hair raising experience to drive over it.

      Posted by stats on 2006 02 05 at 07:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Niknarf,

      That’s the espisode! According to the SciFi Channel website, the script was written by Rod Serling based on the short story “It’s a Good Life” by Jerome Bixby.

      It’s a classic and was redone in the “TZ” film and an updated “TZ” TV show in the 1980’s with Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman again. (I didn’t see that version).

      “The Simpsons” even did a piss take in a Halloween special.

      The analogy came to me reading Steyn because, it seems, we’re not supposed to even think these fundies are nuts, let alone say it, or we get those types marching and worse in London and around the world.

      So we say, terrified, “That’s real good. You did a good thing there.”

      Posted by JDB on 2006 02 05 at 07:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re: #5,
      The hypocrisy and double-standards!
      The cowardly reverential treatment of Islam compared to the constant ridicule of Christianity.

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Now it seems a Catholic Priest has been shot dead in Turkey and they’re not sure if it was related to other acts of utter insanity in the Islamic world.
      Danish embassy in Beirut torched as well, according to the BBC!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Incidentally, the infamous Will & Grace episode will not be making any references to Christianity.  NBC has backed off.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 05 at 08:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dateline on SBS are indulging in even more Christian ridicule this week. I can’t believe they’re actually going ahead with their predictable take on the so-called Intelligent Design ‘debate’.
      SBS is becoming famous for their appalling timing! They’re already well known for their rank stupidity!
      Apparently I’ve struck a raw nerve with the folk at Dateline, because these supposed defenders of free speech and diversity of opinion, have taken to the cowardly and corrupt act of censoring me there. What absolute hypocrites they are!
      You should see the type of comments they actually allow on that site! MAN!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 05 at 08:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. STOP,STOP, LOOK AT THESE HERETICS: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/9183008/kanye_west_world/

      BURN THEM!, SLAY THEM!, etc, etc.  🙂

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 02 05 at 10:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20. I first read that story years ago and it creeped me out bigtime. I would have been around 13-14. I couldn’t remember the author, but it’s one that never goes away.

      I just have this vision of a house in a cornfield in an indistinct haze of nothingness with a gramophone playing “You Are My Sunshine” over and over again.

      Never saw the TZ ep. Don’t want to, either. I lerv my imagination too much.

      Would love to get my paws on that story again, though.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 02 05 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Very well done, Tim.

      If only the MSM had the intestinal fortitude to print the damn things.

      And, if only they would make it widely known that this whole thing was manufactured out of lies and deceit.

      Quote

      “Meanwhile, the Danish tabloid Extra Bladet got hold of a 43-page report that Danish Muslim leaders and imams, on a tour of the Islamic world are handing out to their contacts to “explain” how offensive the cartoons are. The report contains 15 pictures instead of 12. The first of the three additional pictures, which are of dismal quality, shows Muhammad as a pedophile deamon (sic), the second shows the prophet with a pig-snout and the third depicts a praying Muslim being raped by a dog. Apparently, the 12 original pictures were not deemed bad enough to convince other Muslims that Muslims in Denmark are the victims of a campaign of religious hatred. “Akhmad Akkari, spokesman of the 21 Danish Muslim organizations which organized the tour, explained that the three drawings had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.” Akkari claimed he does not know the origin of the three pictures. He said they had been sent anonymously to Danish Muslims. However, when Ekstra Bladet asked if it could talk to these Muslims, Akkari refused to reveal their identity.” http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/668 End quote.

      This clearly explains the four month gap between the original publication on 30 September 2005 and the “spontaneous” outrage that has erupted over the last few days. And wasn’t it lucky that all those Islamic countries just happened to have a handy stockpile of Danish flags ready to burn for the cameras?

      Posted by SandiM on 2006 02 06 at 03:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. According to Ciao Baby Negus(otherwise known as Georgie Orgy Suffer then Die..
      Debate,even today is “raging” over Intelligent Design..I think not George you should be so lucky.
      Bit of wag the dog optimism..

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 06 at 09:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. 15 literary know-it-all

      the Serling ep predates the story by years.

      Ah, if I were a lot less senile and a lot more energetic, I’d google up the essay by H.E. where he claims that R.S. ripped off all his best ideas from unpaid, uncredited SF writers.  Yeah, that’d work …

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 06 at 12:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. That will surprise the hell out of Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch.

      And Stoop, ya don’t want to start trading H.E. stories with me, baby…*g*

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 06 at 11:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh tease me, why don’t you?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 07 at 04:40 PM • permalink

 

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