Friday, February 9, 2018

Yes, let's #BringBackDundee. We should also #BringBackBazza!

The reaction to this recent Superbowl marketing stunt utilizing the classic Aussie comedy Crocodile Dundee has been fascinating. Seems that squillions of people are genuinely keen to see a fair dinkum reboot of the movie series!

The NT News has even been running a campaign to make it happen.

When I first heard about the idea of a sequel centred on Mick Dundee's son I thought it wasn't a very good one. But given the interest it's provoked in recent days I've actually warmed to it.

As far as I know the hoax trailer had Yank comic Danny McBride as the lead. But of course you'd need a real Aussie bloke playing the main character -- not some bloody seppo! I think Chris Hemsworth would do a great job.

Clearly the massive support for such a movie being made is driven in part by widespread frustration with political correctness. Without a doubt many Aussies believe that their country does have a distinctive national character, best exemplified by the laconic, blokey Dundee. Obviously this idea upsets the cultural Marxist crowd, which makes it still more appealing to local normies.

With that in mind there's another comical Aussie icon that I'm sure many people would love to see brought back to life on the silver screen: Barry McKenzie.

Bazza was one of Barry Humphries' best known creations from early in his career. (Here's the satirist's autobiography BTW. A fascinating read.) It was made into a commercially successful film by Bruce Beresford.

Not surprisingly this variation on the yobbo stereotype is distasteful to today's "culturally senstive" smart set. Guardian reviewer Luke Buckmaster's opinion of the McKenzie movie was a bit kinder than it was for Crocodile Dundee. But he still found the humour in it deeply offensive

The jokes in The Adventures of Barry McKenzie are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and guilty of virtually any other derogatory stereotyping you care to name. Bazza’s zingers include “When it comes to fleecing you, the Poms have got the edge on the Gypos”; “hungry Arab, would have dropped the bastard if he wasn’t qualified for the pension,” and “I’m that thirsty I could drink out of a Japanese wrestler’s jockstrap.”

Ha! The lefteous indignation that such jokes provoke (even if they themselves aren't that funny) is actually amusing in itself.  All the more reason this character should also be brought back to life, IMO. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Musos' PC posturing ultimately unwise. But Colin Hay probably benefited short term

Some more thoughts on the unedifying mass tanty thrown by Australia's rock royalty: What they did was perfectly understandable. Rebellion is a common thread through all rock music, after all. And the establishment has long been seen as Christian and conservative.

I don't think that has actually been true since the fifties. But it's certainly long been a widespread belief ... So, for decades now if you wanted to be seen to be rebellious, you would set out to mock and offend those uptight Christian squares. And it was ultimately a good business decision.

Sure, you might have lost some sales as a result. But if you didn't obey the PC narrative there was no way you'd get access to that massive MSM megaphone, so crucial to commercial success. 

But that's all changed in the last coupla years. A helluva lot of people have really woken up to how dominant cultural Marxism actually is in so many institutions and industries. They're spooked about it -- energized as well. They are the rebels now. And unlike in the past, they now have a means to join forces and build a movement -- namely social media.

The cultural dynamic is very different now. Yet Darren Hayes, Jimmy Barnes et al were still playing by the old rules. That's why I think that in the long term they may be shocked by the public reaction to their dummy spit over Cory Bernardi's playlist.

It won't kill any of their careers, sure. But I suspect it (and other PC virtue signalling they subsequently engage in) will slowly erode their fan base and ultimately their income.
That said, I can see that in some cases it was prolly a good decision, at least short term. Take Colin Hay for example. 

Shuffling down Enmore Rd recently, I saw that the ol' trooper from Men At Work had a concert slated at the iconic Enmore Theatre.

As anyone in Sydney knows only too well this suburb, along with those surrounding it, is absolutely chockas with PC types. 

Now, I know that established musos tend to have diehard fans who will travel to see them. Still, I suspect that the combination of Hay being in the news sledging hate figure Cory along with all the local offline advertising would have resulted in quite a buzz about this one-off concert, which was actually held last night.

Not sure if he packed it out. But even if he didn't I suspect there were many more bums on seats than he would've had if he hadn't joined that attempted bolshie boycott of Bernardi's AC100 countdown on Australia Day. Fact that Hay's song "Down Under" came up as number one on it, therefore garnering some more media reports, wouldn't have hurt him either.

IMO he should actually thank the conservative pollie for the extra publicity! Something tells me he probably won't, though ... 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Guardian's Luke Buckmaster frets about Crocodile Dundee's dangers

There has been talk about a Crocodile Dundee reboot with American comic Danny McBride playing Mick Dundee's son. But it looks like it's some sort of viral marketing stunt to boost tourism.

My own reaction to the possibility of this sequel: It would've been very unwise since Hogan himself was the perfect Dundee. Now that he's old and wrinkly it just wouldn't work. And attempting to get a younger Yank to carry off something so definitively Australian would just be cynical as -- a real case of flogging a dead croc. 

But that's not the main grievance from the sneering hipster set. Trapped in the thought prison of political correctness, they find the very idea of the larrikin Aussie bloke so memorably epitomised by the iconic Hogan character as appalling -- even socially dangerous -- in itself.  

A recent column by Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian is a case in point. Dude is so humorless, it's like a mini-comedy in itself -- a self parody to be exact.

Like so many on the cultural Left, he seems to believe art is not a mirror held up to (human) nature, but a tool to manipulate viewers into some kind of behavioral ideal. He seems not to understand that when people see a comedy they don't actually look for directions on how to live their lives. They just want to escape from reality for a while and have a laugh!

Of the rumoured project Buckmaster writes:

So if we assume the unthinkable: that this project is actually going ahead (though Screen Australia has not confirmed it), what would Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home need to do to capture the spirit of the original three Crocodile Dundee movies, released in 1986, 1988 and 2001?

For starters, in addition to being vulgar and witless, the new film would need to be sexist, racist, homophobic and transphobic. It would need to have awkward jokes unfunny at the time of release and even less amusing when revisited years later.

"Sexist, racist, homophobic, and transphobic." Gawd. For today's serious young insects, they're like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!

And "unfunny" to whom? Surely not the millions of people across the globe who lined up outside theatres to watch the movie and laughed out loud at regular intervals as it was projected before them. Being one of them I remember this well.

Anyhoo, if Buckmaster's profile photo is any guide, it looks like he himself hasn't yet hit forty. Did he even see it in the cinema back then? If so, he must have been a mere whippersnapper -- and a sullen one at that. 

He then describes a scene he found particularly offensive

Take, for example, a scene from the original film, based in a pub in New York. Mick Dundee (Hogan) chats up a trans woman, before a friend pulls him aside: “I’ve been trying to tell you all night, that girl, she’s a guy!” Dundee responds by sexual assaulting her. He grabs the woman in the groin area, then points and yells: “A guy dressed up like a sheila! Look at that!”

The pub erupts into laughter and applause. There are high fives and back slaps.

Yeah, because it's like, a movie. It's not real. It wasn't actual sexual assault, and the scene wasn't somehow exhorting people to go out and commit violence against the transgender community. It was just a joke about the rural Aussie bloke Dundee's complete lack of urban sophistication (for want of a better word). 

Dundee sexually assaults another woman later on, in the same way, at an art gallery. His love interest Sue (Linda Kozlowski) consoles the distraught woman by saying: “It’s OK, he’s Australian.”

Again, not meant to be taken seriously. Also, a self mocking gag about our country's international reputation as a land of horny hicks.

Buckmaster doesn't just find the character of Dundee deeply threatening to today's social fabric. In his view the American woman who takes him to the Big Apple is also guilty of "wrongthink" (although this is ameliorated by the fact that she's a pawn of the patriarchy who lacks "agency").

Sue, a journalist, initially appears to have a reasonable amount of agency, before we learn she is dating her editor and her father is the publisher. During a quiet scene in the original movie (directed by Peter Faiman and written by Hogan, Ken Shadie and John Cornell), Sue complains to Dundee about a previous lover. She says this guy is a lefty type, “probably marching right now, for the gay Nazis or something”.

If poor Luke found that line upsetting, imagine how triggered he must have been by the late Bill Leak's brilliant toon!
Rather than make me look back in anger (or rather, sneering disdain) at the original Crocodile Dundee, elements like this increase my affection for it. Clearly, the film was lightheartedly reflecting some significant and enduring issues.

It wasn't trying to change the world. It was just having a laugh it what it was like! And isn't it interesting how much has remained the same? 

It's not just the rainbow fascism in particular, by the way. Think about that tranny scene mentioned above. Dundee's description of the "woman" as a "guy dressed up as a sheila" is now called "misgendering". It was a faux pas back then and now it's actually illegal in some parts of the Western world.

Dundee's blunt description basically captures the argument against transgender totalitarianism: A man dressed as a woman (with or without his genitalia surgically removed) is still not a real woman.

Hate to break it to ya, hipsters! The truth remains the truth, no matter how much you tell yourself otherwise.

That's why that scene, along many others in the original movie, will continue to get laughs -- even though Buckmaster and his sour-faced ilk are so appalled by them. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cory Bernardi triggers PC Left with Australia Day Spotify playlist

Gawd, but we live in strange times … In days of yore po-faced moralists decided what music people could and could not listen to. Puritanical preachers warned against “satanic” rock 'n' roll, remember? To them "Elvis the Pelvis” was the devil himself!

Now it's the musos wagging their fingers, making censorious demands. Darren Hayes, Colin Hay, Jimmy Barnes and other superannuated ol' rockers are imperiously deciding who can and cannot listen to their songs!

But to be fair, it's actually not their fault. They're just being used and aren't aware of it … Basically, the farcical mass tanty over Cory Bernardi's Australia Day playlist is primarily the result of cultural Marxism. These malevolent crybullies, who totally control the ABC, Fairfax, most unis and many other institutions besides, are totalitarians who turn everything upside down. In their insanely arse-about worldview right is wrong, division is unity, bigotry is tolerance, and censorship is freedom. 

So completely have these ol' musical dudes been duped, they reckon it's Bernardi who's the only one politicizing their music. WRONG! If anything, he's trying to de-politicize it. The people who most aggressively associated their hits with a specific agenda were the sneering hipsters at Triple J. These virtue signalling twats moved their Hottest 100 countdown to Jan 27th, purportedly so as not to offend Indigenous people.

Yeah, right! Zif the smug whitey-tighties at the national broadcaster genuinely give a rat's clacker about the issue ... This “change the date” bollocks has been primarily driven by the Greens, remember. (Think of all their local council shenanigans in recent months.) And that party is so dang pallid, it should be called "The Whites".

After lowlife cultural Marxists pulled this swifty, no iconic Aussie muso dared utter a peep of protest -- even though I'm sure many were not happy about the shift. They knew that if they had, they'd be falsely slimed as raaacist! by the usual suspects.

So along comes Cory Bernardi and says let's do what we always did: retain a kind of "Hottest 100" on Australia Day to celebrate great Aussie musical talent! Without a radio station of his own he did the next best thing: create a Spotify playlist.

And this is what so many Oz musos are losing their shit over! By opting into Triple J's nasty divisive narrative, they're basically saying that having their hits counted down on Jan 26 (still the official date for Australia Day) is somehow eeevil and raaacist.

So if it's eeevil and raaacist to be part of a national musical countdown on Australia Day now, surely it was in the past, too? So, why didn't Darren Hayes, Colin Hay, Barnesy, and all the others presently poncing about indignantly ever express any disquiet back then?

If the PC narrative is valid, think of the countless Aboriginal hearts those rockers broke by having hits played on Jan 26 year after year! The artists who sledge Bernardi's AC100 playlist must renounce all previous Triple J Hottest 100 inclusions. If they don't, surely it means that they actually take pride in genocide; that they are okay with “Invasion Day”. Shame on them!

In any case, it's been amazing to watch how it escalated ... Started with serial offense taker Darren Hayes being triggered by Bernardi's playlist.

He rustled up some outrage from his peers via Twitter.

This prompted a response from Cory Bernardi, which I think summed up the situation well. He's right, music is for everyone -- it's apolitical. Clearly, he's been trying to keep it that way with his "campaign".

Before long it had become a snowflake tsunami. Pretty much the next day it was front page news! (I think the Daily Telegraph hit the right note, BTW. In their cover, it's Bernardi who's the rebel. Conservatism is the new counterculture, remember!)

Some of the rockers' reactions have been so pompous and silly it's incredible. Take Colin Hay, who actually advised the South Australian Senator to go and get stoned. As Stefan Molyneux would say: "Not an argument!"

Barnesy's outburst was a doozy. He received an Australia Day award just last year. If he thinks inclusion in a playlist on Australia Day this year is beyond the pale, then surely he should hand it back, shouldn't he? That would be the very least he could do. 

FFS ... Why would anyone listen to anything Jimmy Barnes says, especially about politics?

Latho offered some pithy observations on Twitter regarding Darren Hayes, prompting so-called comedian Lehmo to come to Dazza's defence. (Actually, it must be one of the first cases of a bloke white knighting for another bloke. I suspect we might see much more of it from now on, given that the traditional kind almost certainly qualifies as sexual harassment these days.)

In any case, check out Lehmo's last line in this interchange. Does that seem like a reasonable response to Latham's previous tweet? Looks like a classic case of projection to me.

As well as being overtly sexist according to today's PC rules, Troy Cassar-Daley's contribution was ironic as. "Music brings people together and doesn't divide." That's exactly what Bernardi was saying! People from across the political spectrum enjoy it -- including conservatives -- which is why demanding to be taken off the playlist was the truly divisive choice!

Then there was Mick Thomas, of Weddings, Parties, Anything. ("Anything"? Anything the loony Left says is acceptable, it seems. And screw everything else ...)

Actually, I think Thomas's contribution was the most revealing of all. He flat out states that fear of being banned by a commie venue is a major motivation for his dummy spit. Then he adds that being included in the playlist wouldn't be worth his while financially anyway.

Ha! Typical "commie"! All over the shop, as usual ...

I'd say these two factors were key in all the other cases of outrage. The superannuated rockers were terrified of being smeared as bad, evil and wrong by association with one of the PC Left's prime hate figures. This would result in a net loss of earnings for them, at least according to their calculations. And that's why they kicked up a stink.

So, in the end, really nothing to do with a sincere concern for the feelings of Aborigines. Just faux outrage as usual ... Gawd, what a sad ol' bunch of fools they are.