Archive for February 26, 2023

By John Ruberry

Deep down every wokester is weak. Just as most bullies are. You criticize a woke person and you are called a racist, a bigot, or some sort of “phobe” or another. They expect you to cower in shame afterwards.

And if you don’t?

Like the dystopia described in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the editing of books deemed offensive has begun. The endgame in Bradbury’s storyline was the banning of all books. 

Last week the publisher of Roald Dahl, Puffin, announced it was editing some of his works–which include the classics Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda–to remove language they deem offensive. Augustus Gloop, the gluttonous German boy in the first book, will no longer be “fat,” he’ll be “enormous.” In Matilda, “mothers and fathers” become “parents.” The bald witches in The Witches will come with a disclaimer about baldness. 

Next came the backlash.

But let’s talk about the author first. 

Dahl, who died in 1990, had slight misanthropic and even more direct anti-Semitic sentiments. At the very least he was a beast of a person. Dahl’s marriage to Hollywood actress Patricia Neal–one of my late mother’s favorite performers by the way–was tumultuous. Neal suffered a stroke while pregnant, and as she recovered, she couldn’t remember the words of many things. Dahl, a serial adulterer throughout their marriage, refused to give his wife things she asked for, including food, until she used the correct word. 

Neal’s nickname for her husband was “Roald the Rotten.”

Dahl’s publisher for much of his career was Alfred A. Knopf.

After asking Knopf that a person who was “competent and ravishing” should send him dozens of Dixon Ticonderoga pencils, Dahl was sent different ones, after his first request was laughed off. Dahl made more demands and then threatened to send his writings to a different publisher.

But instead, Knopf released the popular author. Employees of the publishing house cheered when they heard the news of Dahl’s dismissal. They fought back against a bully and won.

Salman Rushdie, who lost his sight in one eye after a recent attack, was one of the prominent writers who came to Dahl’s defense. “Roald Dahl was no angel but this is absurd censorship,” Rushdie Tweeted. “Puffin Books and the Dahl estate should be ashamed.”

Even Queen Camilla voiced her support for him.

A few days later Puffin backed off. Oh, it will still publish the edited, make that censored, versions of Dahl’s books. But the original Dahl works will also be printed. Here’s my prediction: Woke Dahl, just like the New Coke debacle several decades ago, will go down as colossal failure. Vintage Dahl will win.

Heroes are hard to find in these complicated times. But the legacy of “Roald the Rotten” has been used to fight back against another bully, the woke movement, which deems itself morally correct and beyond reproach.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Dating Apps and Bigotry

Posted: February 26, 2023 by datechguy in culture
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Of all the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse. He will go any length for it-risk fortune, character, reputation, life itself.

Mark Twain

Something stuck me when I saw this piece on Twitchy:

Kaeley Triller’s been described as a “highly skilled female operative of the theocratic right” and considers herself an old-school AstroTERF. On Saturday she decided to share some of the matches a lesbian dating app found for her friend:

ah the agony of choice…

As you might guess there are plenty of people who insist that a woman like Kaeley is a bigot if she doesn’t consent to date and/or sleep with any of these people, but looking at this photo brings up an obvious question to me..

How many of the “transwomen” are as they would call it “transexclusionary” when it comes to dating?

I mean after all if these “transwoman” are in fact women as they maintain and are in fact lesbians as the also maintain then surely they would not exclude other “transwomen” from their dating pool would they. In fact if these woman are not rushing to choose other “transwomen” as both dates and sexual partners must we conclude that they are by their own standards bigots?

Now I don’t know the answer to my question and perhaps someone who has a greater knowledge of these dating apps and how they keep stats can figure it out. If they determine that the “transwomen” there are in fact happy to date other “transwoman” then I’ll gladly concede that my supposition is wrong.

But if in fact they are holding out for actual women then they become the ultimate confirmation of the Mark Twain quote above