Monday, June 04, 2007

Trailer Trash

It must be ten or more years ago that people started noticing how many Hollywood villains were English. As PC advanced, the writers and casters were simply running out of villains. For years white South Africans were about the only people on the planet it was acceptable to hate - so when the Rainbow Nation took off in the early Nineties the culture really started scraping the barrel. Why not the English ? So Anthony Hopkins and Steven Berkoff made pots of dosh playing the roles which an earlier Hollywood gave to Gert Frobe and Boris Karloff.

On Today this morning, children's thriller writer Anthony Horowitz (11 minutes in, RealAudio), on choosing a villain :

"... it's getting harder and harder ... the Alex Ryder books are meant to be set in the real world ... when you're trying to do an up to date, modern villain there are so many pressure groups - and there is I think a greater sense of fear, of offending the wrong people, even of breaking the law now, so for example a Muslim villain - to go straight in to the deep end - I think it would be impossible now for me to produce a Muslim villain - and indeed the bad guy in Stormbreaker, the first of the Alex Ryder books, was a Lebanese buinessman - by the time we made the film last year he had strangely morphed into Californian trailer trash ... "

"Because Hollywood didn't want to take the risk"


"Absolute fear now of offending the wrong party"

Poor (in every sense) whites are about the only group left on the planet with no-one sticking up for them.

13 comments:

JohnM said...

Doesn't undermine your basic point but Brits have been playing Hollywood baddies for a lot longer than ten years. Think of Ben Hur with its British Romans and American Jews.

Bodkin said...

Steve Sailer wrote an entertaining piece about blonde bad guys in Hollywood and how all terrorists in movies are either Germans or English.

http://www.vdare.com/sailer/050619_obsession.htm

WRT your post:

"Poor (in every sense) whites are about the only group left on the planet with no-one sticking up for them."

Indeed.

Poor whites are the new untermensch. Well, not so much new, its been like this for quite a while.


Many people get their cues as to what is, and what isn't socially acceptable from TV and film. These people know that it is wrong to be 'racist' but perfectly good and right to treat poor whites as though they were less than human.

Larry Teabag said...

Laban's guide to blogging:

1. Castigate the culture of victimhood whereby different social groups have whinging competitions about which of them are today's ultimate victims.

2. Whinge about how poor whites are in reality today's ultimate victims.

verity said...

It's far more than 10 years. Since I was a little girl, most movie villains were English, usually played by Denholm Elliott.

recovering liberal said...

You have a look on the discussion page on Charlene Downes at wikipedia you will find a lively debate about deleting her entry as
"The murder case is not terribly notable; the victim is not notable (or encyclopaedic) at all."
"People are murdered every day, other than the soapboxing by a far right party which doesn't prove notability. there's no evidence of the significance of this one."
"Delete nothing paticuarly notable - unless there was an uproar over the girl getting served in food."

This must be the most notable case of the decade, not just for the explosive allegations made in court but for the suppresion of the case. Has it been reported at all by the broadcast media?

Just another dead Chav I suppose. Move along...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Larry teabag can tell the difference between
(a) lamenting the entire victimhood culture - ie saying that no group (even poor whites) should be able to claim the mantle of victimhood.
(b) promoting the claim that their nominated victim group (ie poor whites) is more deserving than others.
?

JuliaM said...

"...nothing paticuarly notable - unless there was an uproar over the girl getting served in food."

Yeah, that must be it. I mean, killings don't concern people much nowadays, but who wants to eat a human-flesh kebab.? Lamb is much lower in cholesterol....

British National Party member said...
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British National Party member said...

"Poor (in every sense) whites are about the only group left on the planet with no-one sticking up for them."

Thats not true Laban, and you know it.

Voyager said...

Since I was a little girl, most movie villains were English, usually played by Denholm Elliott.

....or Sydney Greenstreet

James G. said...

Let's not forget the entire Imperial High Command on the Deathstar in Star Wars!

Peter Cushing ruled.

FlyingRodent said...

So let me get this straight - ethnic minorities are under-represented amongst Hollywood villians, ergo the white race is oppressed.

So if all films were like Delta Force, True Lies (Arabs), Die Hard (Germans) and Bad Boys (French), then presumably that would be somebody standing up for poor whites?

This looks like self-pitying blubbering over nothing, which seems to be quite a popular pastime amongst all ethnicities these days.

This perpetual boo-hooing about minorities reminds me of an argument I used to have with my Mum as a kid - How come there's a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but there's no Childrens' Day?

I'm sure you can guess what the answer was.

verity said...

Larry Teabag dijo...
Laban's guide to blogging:

1. Castigate the culture of victimhood whereby different social groups have whinging competitions about which of them are today's ultimate victims.

2. Whinge about how poor whites are in reality today's ultimate victims.

1:17 PM

Incorrect. We do not, like the United States, have a category known as 'poor whites'. America is an immigrant nation all the way and it had slave labour until they outlawed it. So you had 'wealthy' immigrant landowners, slaves who lived on their plantations (I am not endorsing this idea; I am citing the situation and rejoice that many of those descendants are now very wealthy indeed) and you had immigrants who weren't landowners, but started towns and villages and, with their industry, created America, the greatest and most benign non-imperial power known to the history of the world. (America haters, fill in your blanks here, with your ignorant spewing.)

Some immigrants did not prosper, and they became known as "poor whites".

I wish silly, angry British people who feel powerless wouldn't try to conflate terms they simply do not understand and try to apply them to a totally different society. It's such a humiliating display of ignorance. They've never been to the United States; it is so glaring it's embarrassing.

I would add that - rich, middle class or poor, the indigenous British - whose brilliance lit up the world - have watched the Stalinist One-Worlders work on stealing our heritage and our wealth.

You don't like it? Bugger off. I am not opposed to "assisted passage" for those of you who wish to return to the thrilling, opportunity-filled and deeply pious land of your ancestors. In fact, I think we could slip you a little something extra to help you square the relatives to take you in.