Contemporary popular culture and the antiheroes of the Hollywood Left by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

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The article, "The dog and pony show of year round electioneering and the mainstream media," as well as the discussion that followed on the lack of civility in the world and how we are being led by the secular humanists into lives of barbarity and crude behavior was excellent — true on every point and it provided much food for thought!

Antihero worship

During the sixties the social media elite created the idea of the antihero, an unshaven drunkard, foul mouthed, irreligious, crude, violent and of course divorced. He lives in a unkempt room in a boarding Image by Russell L. Blaylock, MDhouse or rundown apartment and chain-smokes between eruptions of foul language and filthy one liners. His clothes are disheveled as is his hair, and he stumbles about the room in a vain effort to clear the alcoholic stupor from his addled brain. Then suddenly he becomes the standard bearer of a carefully chosen moral crusade that he pursues throughout the rest of the movie — which is shot by an idiot director who thinks filming by an equally drunk cameraman with a swaying, jerking camera, is a reflection of brilliant modern cinematography. This new thinking has taken over the film industry so that now our youth feel that to be socially acceptable and cool — they must imitate the antihero.

The girls in these movies all talk like sailors, wear clothes that would embarrass a street walker, and look upon virginity as a disgusting disease that much be immediately rendered obsolete. This is done by taking said virtuous young damsel and introducing her to the wonderful world of uncommitted sex with a drug-addled, nitwit young man who speaks in fragmented, unintelligible sentences and strange utterances and whose hair is arranged in a series of spikes with their tips painted bright orange. The guys speak to the girls as if they hated them and never does one witness any sign of chivalry or even good manners expressed toward the young lady, no matter how beautiful she may be. When I grew up, to have a beautiful girlfriend brought all the best manners out in her date. One was very careful to always be complementary and never insult your date in any way. Now, it is if the guy could take her or leave her and she tolerates all of his crude behavior as if it were a point of attraction. In fact, women are told that the best date is the "bad boy". This of course is the social misfit who has a prison record, likes to physically abuse his women, and sports a number of tattoos depicting sexual themes or violence.

Social engineering by the Hollywood Left

Of course throughout the film we are exposed to every left/liberal cliche and bits of condensed dogma that they can squeeze into a one and a half hour film. Each film is designed to contain at least one example of the many leftist causes — that is, at least one homosexual couple, a Catholic priest who is a pedophile or a Baptist preacher railing against sexual sin, a handicapped person who is mistreated by a compassionless conservative (spouting Nazi slogans), an environmentalist railing against capitalism, and of course all positions of power in the film — the sheriff, the chief of police, the mayor, the head of the CDC, the chief of surgery — are all either women, who are arrogant and domineering and without question in charge, or blacks proudly spouting leftist, politically correct snippets. These icons of the left are rarely portrayed as religious or, heaven forbid, conservative. Yes, there are conservatives in each of these positions and a growing number of black police chiefs who are quite outspoken in their conservatism. And there are a number of women conservatives in powerful positions who are gentle, sweet, compassionate, Christians or Jews.

The left is always railing about stereotypes yet no one in our society resorts to stereotypes more than the left — all Southerners are portrayed as uneducated, racist, violent, morons with at least three missing teeth up front and married to their sisters or first cousins. This is especially true of movies about Mississippi — I have even heard it said that Southerners are so stupid that they don't believe in evolution. To the leftist movie makers and TV programmers, all religious people are hypocrites and closet perverts.

Hypocrites at large

Speak of hypocrites, the left tell us that we must do something about drugs as it is destroying our youth, yet they not only forget that it was they who introduced the youth to the wonderful world of drugs during the sixties, but they also have the main characters in their movies lighting up and passing around weed and using other mind-altering drugs. They scream for gun control, yet all of their movies are filled with gun violence. They are all for birth control and abortion but they have every female in their movies portrayed as a nymphomaniac, bed hopping girl who uses language like a valley girl. All families are dysfunctional and dad is either out of the picture or a babbling nitwit. The children are all wise and we can always
depend on them not only having all the correct answers but saving the day at the end of the tangle of poor writing and spasmodic camera work. In each family, we have to suffer through the loud, obnoxious, troubled child most often dressed in his or her all black gothic uniform, waxing eloquent on the evils of life in the United States which leaves them at the point of suicide. Of course, of all the other "normal" family members, they alone are the compassionate, open minded, considerate and empathetic member of the family and they possess a wisdom of the neoplatonist professor.

This is but a glimpse of the world that the left has created with its vision of utopian bliss. As we have witnessed in Russia, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Southeast Asia, China, Venezuela, Brazil and dozens of other countries, utopian collectivism does not bring about utopia — it brings about the destruction of society — anarchy — which is the foundation of totalitarian dictatorships.

Written by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock is President of Advanced Nutritional Concepts and Theoretical Neurosciences in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written numerous path-blazing scientific papers and many books, including Excitotoxins — The Taste That Kills (1994), Bioterrorism: How You Can Survive (2001), Health and Nutrition Secrets (2002), and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003). He is Associate Editor-in-Chief and a Consulting Editor in Basic Neuroscience for Surgical Neurology International (SNI).

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The Hollywood left, the antihero, and a dystopic future

by Dr. Miguel A. Faria

Dr. Blaylock's description of Hollywood's antihero is colorful — accurate representations of the typical protagonists depicted in the Hollywood movies of the last three or four decades. It is only that the vulgar aspects are getting worse and the antiheroes more depraved as the years pass. It is interesting that the antihero, as defined by Merriam Webster, is simply a main character “who does not have the usual good qualities that are expected of a hero.” But Hollywood has elevated him to an omnipresent cinematographic deity that unfortunately is imitated by impressionable youths, whose parents in the political correct environment of contemporary culture are reluctant to correct, not only in behavior but also as to moral conduct.

The antihero becomes the role model for impressionable youth

Not surprisingly (more in tune with the popular culture), an Urban dictionary defines these antiheroes very accurately as, “darker heroes, jerks, pathetic, hard, jaded, or mean.” And even explains why the public is so approving of these antiheroes: “…they also have physical attractiveness…. Mostly they are intriguing and can therefore can be very, very, SEXY especially if you love bad boys (girls).” And therein lies the rub, these antiheroes of Hollywood, as noted further by the Urban dictionary, “gain the sympathy of the audience.” These antiheroes are admired by an audience, who is no longer educationally able to recognize the real attributes of a classic hero; no longer capable of recognizing literary taste and verbal eloquence — instead they are entertained by the unredeeming vulgarities, sex, and violence, without recognizing a good story. Moreover, progressive Hollywood producers would rather promote fictitious criminals who, despite being serial killers, also have "their amiable good sides"! This is condoned by moviegoers because more and more we are dealing with a shallow public, semiliterate audiences, and poorly educated youths who no longer read the classics and thus are incapable of recognizing real heroes and having difficulty making moral choices. Today's youngsters are being brought up in situational ethics and moral relativism, "educated" in morally neutral schools and reared by parents imbued with politically correctness, and who laugh with them at the nonsense on the screen “without making judgments” in moral shallowness and blissful ignorance of literature, art, and their own history — in short, a society in free fall intellectual decadence.

Social engineering — art attempting to dictate life or just plain politics?

As to how blacks are depicted by Hollywood perhaps it could be that Hollywood is attempting to influence life for the best. We can speculate that the elitist Hollywood intelligentsia may actually be attempting to provide black youth with role models. The problem is that these fictitious role models, as Dr. Blaylock describes, are liberal stereotypes with little connection to real life. And yet, Hollywood could have provided real life role models. We have great black Americans living today that Hollywood and the media could promote: Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Dr. Ben Carson, etc. But the Hollywood progressives won’t use them because these real Americans don’t provide the snippets. Besides they are of a different political persuasion, and conservatism Hollywood despises. This neglect of accomplished black conservatives is not only contrary to the progressive’s own policy of diversity, but unfair to the individual. Even the story of President Obama could be used to instruct black youths that they can succeed; instead the mainstream liberal media constantly indoctrinate black youths to the lie that they cannot succeed without government assistance — choosing to promote class warfare, racial strife, and sensationalism for their political value and their own self-interest.

And what about Hispanics? Latin-Americans are almost always depicted as drug dealers and hoodlums. If most of the antiheroes are white or Hispanic, doesn't Hollywood understand that according to the laws of human nature this engenders hostility in those so depicted, perhaps even causing backlash and resentment. Affirmative action in Hollywood (for those who are more equal than others) was established supposedly to even the playing field over four or five decades ago. Has it worked?

And is all of this racial and ethnic representation remotely accurate? How long will art continue to misrepresent life? We must conclude that stereotyping is allowed when it is politically correct or when directed at certain groups, but certainly not at other groups that are politically protected. Catholics and evangelicals are fair game in all spheres. Ditto for Hispanics being portrayed as criminals and members of gangs. Needless to say "southern red necks" are fair game year round. Blacks and women are protected and promoted as long as they toe the politically correct progressive line. How long will this politically geared social engineering project last?

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump supposedly has shown thar there are many “angry white males,” who have been alienated (for decades). I would venture to say that there are many angry Americans, and not just among Republicans as the media would have us believe but also Democrats and Independents. The government has too much power and is out of control, and the resultant anger runs deep. Dr. Ben Carson, the black neurosurgeon who recently dropped from the presidential race, has just endorsed Trump, as the GOP candidate “who best represents social conservatives.” In the Colorado primary election, Trump received the majority of Hispanic votes. I’m still surprised that Hispanics have not noticed that in Hollywood along with “southern red necks”  and Italian "mafiososos," they are fair game in the stereotyped in the Hollywood culture.

Martin Luther King’s dictum that a man should be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character should be applied not only to African-Americans, but also in ethnicity, political persuasion, religion, and heritage, applied to Hispanics, Catholics, evangelicals, Italian-Americanss, and "southern red necks."

Dr. Blaylock also intimates the assault on traditional family values. I agree. This has been in effect also for several decades. Why? G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) provided the answer when he wrote many years ago, “The ideal for which the family stands is liberty. It is the only institution that is at once necessary and voluntary. It is the only check on the state that is bound to renew itself as eternally as the state, and more naturally than the state.” As an impediment to the unrestrained power of the State and the degeneration of society imitating the degrading popular culture — the family is a bastion of stability and tradition that must be demolished by the Hollywood elites and their allies in the liberal media to recreate the world in their own image. Years ago I wrote that the campaign against child abuse was more about government power and about breaking families than about justice and child protection. It turns out that is the case as advances in neuropsychiatry reveals the reconstructive nature and fluidity of memory and the consequent fallacy of relying on implanted (false) memories in children by child psychologists and social workers with excessive zeal.

Hypocrisy galore in conclusion

Talking about hypocrisy, liberals indeed love to throw at conservatives the label of being hypocrites on the issue of religion. But what about the Hollywood moguls who decry money and profits for everyone else but themselves? Imagine the self-righteous indignation of the antihero, while portraying the evil rich people as uncaring and obsessed only with money and material possession. All the while, such Hollywood producers, like chic Bob and Harvey Weinstein (and many others), who spilled out politically-correct shibboleths and promote liberal causes, including gun control (while having their violent, heavily tattoed antiheroes  armed to the teeth shooting other miscreats or hapless victims) — all the while laughing all the way to the bank, being many times richer than the evil wealthy people lambasted in their movies!

The media and popular culture decadence is self evident for anyone half-way awake to notice, anyone who may even by accident turn on the television set. (Incidentally, we only use our TV set to watch DVDs of wholesome movies such as those listed on our Great Books and Documentaries section in our website.) Be that as it may, in the interest of justice, let me just mention one movie that typifies the decadence of our popular culture, the 1999 film, American Beauty, a much acclaimed film by the movie industry, Hollywood, and the popular culture. The movie cost $15 million to produce and it raked $360 million at the Box office. Supposedly it is another middle class satire, but  it is worse than that: It is a cynical portrayal of progressivist life without artistic beauty or any other rewarding features. The film is simply a decadent and degenerate movie, and the recent allegations of unwanted sexual advances and predation of teenage boys years earlier on the part of Kevin Spacey, the central star in the movie, suggests that the bad art in this movie was simply imitating sordid life, and not the other way around. In fact the real life allegations are worse than the happenings in the movie. It looks more and more that liberal progressive Hollywood celebrities, such as the like of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey were not only hypocrites, but degenerate human beings exemplifying the state of our popular culture. Predictably Weinstein is in hiding, while Spacey claimed to be “horrified” if he has done what is alleged that he did, and put himself in rehab!

It never fails to amaze me how the liberal politicians and progressive reformers persistently militate for “change,” and "look forward to the future."  And yet the future that is ironically depicted more and more in Hollywood films is a surreal, amoral, cold, totalitarian, nightmarish dystopia —  a vision that George Orwell (1903-1950) prophesized was "a boot stamping on a human face - forever."

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Editor in Chief and a World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International (SNI), and an Ex-member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2002-05; Former Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002), Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS); Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).

Copyright ©2016 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

This article may be cited as Faria MA. The Hollywood left, the antihero, and a dystopic future. Hacienda Publishing, March 13, 2016. Available from: http://www.haciendapublishing.com/articles/contemporary-popular-culture-...

Notice: Thes articles were first published by haciendapublishng .com on March 13, 2016 and they are "reprinted" by popular demand with an addition to Dr. Faria's article in response to the sexual allegations on the part of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey in October 2017!


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Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein ... Plenty of celebrities are also signaling how offended they are now that there’s blood in the water and the man at whose feet they once knelt and (use your imagination) has been brought down by his perverse pathological hubris. It’s fair to ask what took them so long, too, and not just to react to recent breaking developments.

Where were they when Harvey made the news two years ago, when cops set up a phone sting and he didn’t deny groping 22-year-old Italian model Ambra Battilana? And what’s with the report about A-listers Matt Damon and Russell Crowe helping to spike an expose 10 years before that at The New York Times? (Damon is the “action hero” who called for confiscation of guns.)…

And Harvey? He’s out. He may be facing criminal charges for rape. So predictably, he’s pulling a Weiner and going into “rehab” (and coincidentally escaping U.S. jurisdiction?)

Weinstein

So he won’t be making good on his threat to make an anti-NRA movie starring Meryl Streep (who also had no idea!). Here’s what Harvey told Howard Stern in January, 2014:

“They are going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them … I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it”...

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

Kevin Spacey worse than "American Beauty" fiction!

The following was added to the article as an update:

"The media and popular culture decadence is self evident for anyone half-way awake to notice, anyone who may even by accident turn on the television set. (Incidentally, we only use our TV set to watch DVDs of wholesome movies such as those listed on our Great Books and Documentaries section in our website.) Be that as it may, in the interest of justice, let me just mention one movie that typifies the decadence of our popular culture, the 1999 film, American Beauty, a much acclaimed film by the movie industry, Hollywood, and the popular culture. The movie cost $15 million to produce and it raked $360 million at the Box office. Supposedly another middle class satire, it is a cynical view on life without artistic beauty or any other rewarding features; it is simply a decadent and degenerate film, and the recent allegations of unwanted sexual advances and predation of teenage boys years earlier on the part of Kevin Spacey, the central star in this film, suggests that the bad art in this movie was simply imitating sordid life and not the other way around. In fact the real life allegations are worse than the movie. It looks more and more that liberal progressive Hollywood celebrities such as the like of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey were not only hypocrites, but degenerate human beings exemplifying the state of our popular culture. Predictably Weinstein is in hiding, while Spacey claimed to be “horrified” if he has done what is alleged and put himself in rehab!"

100 greatest films of the 21st Century

The BBC recently published an interesting article, “The 100 greatest films of the 21st Century,” in their Culture section. The subtitle informs the reader that the list is “the best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.” At once, my interest was piqued.

As expected, the list contained movies I hadn’t heard of. However, I definitely concur with their Number 1 pick: Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)!

Being a fan of the David Lynch TV series, “Twin Peaks,” as well as his 1997 movie masterpiece, “Lost Highway,” I had previously watched “Mulholland Drive” — after reading the review of that film in the Classic Movies and Documentaries section posted under Random Notes on this website.

There’s the saying, “they don’t make movies like they used to,” but that phrase certainly doesn’t apply to David Lynch films!

History, politics, and literature in films

Unfortunately, Isabella, they missed, the great historic films, even the epics films that were based on historical facts (even if they had lingering uncertainties or took excessive poetic license). I would have included the movies below, all of which are all cited in Great Movies and Documentaries.

Several movies resurrected the ancient Romans and one the Mayan civilization:
1. Gladiator (2000) Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Richard Harris. But several other movies that dealt with the ancient Romans, such as the The Eagle (2011), The Last legion (2007), and Centurion (2010) should have honorable mention.
2. Apocalypto (2007) directed by Mel Gibson. I believe this one to be his best directed movie ever, an extremely accurate depiction of one aspect of Mayan life.

Several movies revolved on politics, espionage, and the cold war:
3. Archangel (2005), a masterpiece on the death of Stalin.
4. Farewell (2009) based on the even better and more accurate book by Kostin and Raynaud.
5. The Dancer Upstair (2002) on the secret story of the capture of Abimail Guzman head of the Shining Path guerrilla (Sendero Luminoso) in Peru. Starring the best living actor, Javier Bardem, and produced and directed by the genius of John Malkovich.
6. Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 (2011) based on Ayn Rand’s masterpiece.

Interestingly, three great movies dealt with the Crusades:
7. Kingdom of Heaven (2005) directed by Ridley Scott and starring Orlando Bloom, recounting the events in the interim period between the Second and Third Crusades and the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin.
8. Day of the Siege (2013), starring F. Murray Abraham and Enrico Lo Verso about the historic siege of Vienna. Had the Ottoman Turks succeeded, it could very well have meant the end of Christendom and Western civilization.
9. Arn: the Knight Templar (2007) based loosely on the life and adventures of a Swedish Templar knight during the crusades.

Several movies dealt with music or literature
10. No Direction Home (2002) about the music and life and times of Bob Dylan.
11. Love in the Time of the Cholera (2007), starring Javier Bardem based on the celebrated novel by García Márquez. It is the only completely fictional movie cited in this list.
12. Anonymous (2011) dealing with possibilities and the uncertainties of the real identity of William Shakespeare.

Hypocritical celebrities!

This story in the New York Post is reminiscent of similar episodes by other hypocritical environmentalists, including the environmental guru-in-chief, Al gore, who called for the elimination of the internal combustion engine within 25 years in his 1992 book, Earth in the Balance, while globe-trotting via airplane jets!

DiCaprio takes private jet extra 8,000 miles to collect environmental award, May 21, 2016, New York Post

Leo DiCaprio picked up an environmental award in NYC this week — but hypocritically expanded his carbon footprint by 8,000 miles when he obtained the honor, by taking a private jet from Cannes, then flying straight back to France on another jet for a model-packed fund-raiser a night later.

DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro.

Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech. DiCaprio’s foundation just pledged $15 million to environmental causes at this year’s World Economic Forum. And during his Oscar acceptance speech he said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”

But he’s also been slammed for his use of private jets and yachts. Environmental analyst Robert Rapier, who said the actor’s movie-star lifestyle “diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions,” told us of DiCaprio’s latest trips:

“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow. It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another.” Rapier added, “Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ . . . It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people. . .”

Trump Presidency inevitable thanks to the popular culture?

The Trump Presidency was responsive and inevitable, thanks to the popular culture! So writes a liberal Canadian author and environmental icon. She explains why the Trump presidency was inevitable and subtly points fingers at not only commercialism and plutocracy, rightly or wrongly, but also at celebrity worship, reality TV, and popular culture — definitely much correct in the latter.

Consider Trump video of himself body slamming CNN on Twitter; Trump’s tweet that Mika Brzezinski, "bleeding badly from a face-lift" after Mrs. Brzezinski had been gratuitously attacking the Trump family, etc.

So why are the mainstream media complaining, while we conservatives are enjoying the show? Because he fires back when he or his family is attacked by the light weights talking heads? It should also be noted most of us who elected Trump still think he is doing what he was elected to do, including defying political correctness and given great blow towards freedom of speech. In any event, watch and enjoy Ms. Klein's video. She is polite, erudite, and very perceptive for a liberal:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-40482218/president-trump-presiden...

Trump and Mika

Yes, MAF, but the left has already prepared their robotic response. It is not OK for Trump to force feed these creatures their own hateful medicine, because he is the president, and anyone in that office should be above that.

I am guessing that is why any civilian liberal could trash Sarah Palin without being a misogynist, or right after the 2000 election, make fun of Katherine Harris's makeup and tight blouses (she wasn't allowed to be proud of her body, though usually all women are constantly urged to be). Because they were not president, so it wasn't really attacking women.

The left acts as a collective, and within a day tens of millions of them all use the same rebuttal. It is like trying to punch down a two feet thick iron wall. But did Mika's recently departed father not pass an ounce of class to his daughter?---ARB
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The presidency reflects its constituency, just as it did with the vulgar entertainment provided by Bill Clinton. Although Clinton definitely crossed the line going much farther than Trump ever did — e.g., even making Yosser Arafat wait just outside the office, while he and Monica played behind closed doors; lied in court, perjuring himself; all the while letting Janet Reno run the Justice Department, the ATF and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team as police state thugs - he is still the star of the Democratic Party, loved by the Left and the media.---MAF