Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Day Thoughts: Memorial Fundraising, Blazing Saddles + Bill Burr

Happy MLK Day. This is a day off for government employees and some businesses in progressive states. Today is a celebration of the myth. Not the man. All religions need saints, martyrs and myths, and progressivism is no different.

The myth is strong enough for the statue in D.C. The sad part about the statue is that the memorial had a $120 million fundraising target yet needed $10 mil from the US government and $25 million from the Chinese government to meet the fundraising goals. The Chinese completed the statue as it was designed by a Chinese designer. The memorial had large donations from major corporations, foundations and private names. Some big names like car manufacturers, the Gates Foundation and even Tommy Hilfiger and George Lucas dot the major donor list.

Despite this, the MLK memorial nearly missed fundraising (and having their permit revoked) despite a multi-year campaign and $35 million from the US and Chinese government. The fundraising foundation could not accrue roughly $85 mil (a ceiling due to corp + foundation donations) from the American and especially the black community. It is not poverty but priorities that created the fundraising problem. Blacks spend between $7-9 billion per year on hair care products. Do the math. If those hair care companies had devoted 1% of sales to the MLK memorial in support for their customers, they would have met the fundraising goal in a little over one year. MLK's legacy is a monument designed and assembled by Chinese that some blacks grumble about but did not prevent because they needed Chinese money. The dream is in stone, even if someone else built and bought it.

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Ever watch Blazing Saddles, see the credits with Richard Pryor*** as a screenwriter and think, "Oh damn, that is why they have such great black jokes"? You would be wrong. On the DVD commentary track with Mel Brooks and in interviews, Brooks says Pryor wrote Mongo lines and some one liners. The race jokes are not Pryor. The race jokes were from the minds of Mel Brooks and his mostly Jewish writing staff. Brooks says that he would take jokes and use of the "n-word" to the funny black lead, Cleavon Little, for approval if they were using it right and being funny. Little would tell him to relax about it, and that it was funny. Brooks also says he could neevr make the movie now, yet does not name the reason or discuss the environmental reason why he couldn't. Omerta. I really like Blazing Saddles, but like nearly all Mel Brooks films, the story falls apart in the third act. He doesn't know finish anything well. He needs a screenwriting "closer".

Watching Blazing Saddles, it feels like a black liberation tale, espcially being produced in the early '70s right after the Civil Rights crusade. Gene Wilder being cast as the Waco Kid was a bit of good luck due to the original Waco Kid being too drunk to be reliable. Let's break down the story to its bones:

Evil white money man who manipulates dumb white governor into appointing a black sheriff for a hick town the money man wants to ruin for his gain, expecting the townspeople to go nuts because they are so racist. Racist goyim do not accept black sheriff, but smart, Waco Kid with curly hair played by a Jewish actor accepts him and works with him. Those stupid goyim can be taught that you are good, just let the city guy sell you to them. Black wins the town over, town accepts everyone (including the Irish) by the end, and the black sheriff even gets to sleep with a cute white woman.

If this sounds like a bunch of different teledramas or movie plots, it does because this might be the original. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" was for the elite to accept a black as an equal over 2 hours. This Brooks comedy might have been the original for goyim rubes in the back country. Viewers could laugh and mock the old timey fools and think "I'm open minded unlike those yokels". I like this film, but I do not appreciate the Jewish jokes on us townies. This plot still exists, but has been changed so that the gay guy fits the role formerly held by the black guy. The circus stays the same, only the clowns change.

*** Since some of Pryor's value was shock related to sex with black and white women and criticism of their peculiar behaviors, is there a white comic who mimics that act at all today... ever? Bill Burr seems close. He is a modern comic that jokes on women, men who cannot control their women as well as black and white stuff. Burr's wife is black. Deep down we're all the same evaporates about week three if you date outside your race or religion, but you dig who you dig. While SWPLs love Louis C.K. for his post-racial comedy, which is really just make fun of whites and privilege, isn't Burr the more post-racial comic? He makes fun of everyone. His line about not wearing the same shirt within 5 days with your black friend is hilarious and true. It might be that Burr is more prole in upbringing while Louis C.K. is more proto-SWPL.

3 comments:

Rifleman said...

Mel Brooks told a story once of being confronted by a black male on an airplane who wanted to thank him for creating a black hero for him and his son.

Brooks was proud of that achievement.

For blacks having a black male who beats White men and then gets to fuck White women is the ultimate hero.

Jews agree.

praguestepchild said...

I really like Blazing Saddles, but like nearly all Mel Brooks films, the story falls apart in the third act. He doesn't know finish anything well. He needs a screenwriting "closer".

To be fair, very few comedies close well. They typically are hilarious in the setup one-liners and situations but having to finish off the plot usually dampens the hilarity. The end of Airplane wasn't funny. All the classic funny parts of Holy Grail happen in the first half of the film. The only comedy I can think of offhand that was strong all the way to the end is Team America, the scene at the end was perhaps the funniest part of the movie and nicely set up in the bar/hitting bottom scene.

chris said...

Wow, never would've guessed about Burr. Good for him, she looks good w/ extensions & makeup.