Monday, January 12, 2015

Why you shouldn't pay attention to what Rush Limbaugh says (hint: he's a stupid person)

Meanwhile, I hear his one-man
show portraying "Gilligan's Island"
Skipper Alan Hale is not
to be missed!
Just in case you were wondering what the smug and braying have to say about possible casting decisions in upcoming action movies, professional bloviator Rush Limbaugh has weighed in emphatically and decisively on who should be the next actor to portray James Bond: not Idris Elba.
“Do you watch Luther?  Luther on Netflix?  I have it, I just didn't watch it.  Here's the thing, though.  James Bond is a fictional character, obviously.  James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming.  He was white and Scottish, period.  That is who James Bond is.  But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland.  But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out. But the franchise needs to get with it, right?  The franchise needs to get hip. The franchise needs to get with the 21st century.  That's right. We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white.  Bond was never black.  Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond.  The character was always white. He was always Scottish.  He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that. Okay, so we're not supposed to have a problem with this.  I mean, it's the movies.  Come on, we've had 50 years of white James Bonds.  We need to spread it out.  We need to be equal.  We need to be fair about this.  Okay, fine, let's play a little game.  (interruption) Jay-Z's favorite drink?  How would I know what Jay-Z's favorite drink is?  Ah, what would that be, Cristal?  Yeah. How about in the movie about the Obamas, 'cause there's gonna be one, how about George Clooney play Obama and Kate Hudson play Michelle (My Belle) Obama?  How would that do?  I mean, if we're gonna do this, let's imagine it.  Nelson Mandela movie, Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela and Nelson Mandela was black.  The movies can do whatever.  Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela.  How about that?  We're just playing here, ladies and gentlemen.”
Aside from being a little overly worked up over a fictional character for a grown man over 60 years old,
Okay, so I had an Indiana Jones fixation...but I was 20!!!

there are other fundamentally stupid things about what he said.

  • Yes, Bond was Scottish... when he was portrayed by Scottish actor Sean Connery. He's also been played by actors who were English (Roger Moore), Irish (Pierce Brosnan), and even Australian (George Lazenby). Timothy Dalton was born in Wales, his mom was American and his dad English, so I don't know what that makes him. I guess since he's white, has an accent and played James Bond, he must be Scottish. 
  • The difference in terms of what's appropriate in casting George Clooney and Kate Hudson as the Obamas or Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela and Idris Elba as James Bond is that one of those casting decisions involves, again, a fictional character. So, you know, real apples and make-believe oranges.
  • However, considering all the white actors portraying Egyptians in Ridley Scott's "Exodus", it wouldn't be the world's biggest shock to see George Clooney and Kate Hudson cast as the Obamas, would it?

"Egyptian, y'all. Right on."

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