No ‘appropriations’ allowed

Here’s a thought. Since a white woman cannot be allowed to write fiction from the point of view of a black person, and a non-Mexican woman cannot write friction from the point of view of a Mexican immigrant, and a woman cannot be allowed to portray a transgender person in a movie, then no one younger than 250 years old should be allowed to discuss the moral failings of the Founders of this nation. Right?

Novelist Alexandra Duncan canceled her would-be novel “Ember Days,” because there was a backlash over her having written part of the book from the point of view of a black American.

There was major criticism of the novel “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins, a white woman with some Puerto Rican ancestry, who dared to write about the travails of Mexican immigrants.

Actress Scarlett Johansson said she dropped out of the film “Rub and Tub,” in which she was set to play a transgender person, after facing backlash.

So, who among the living can criticize George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and others for owning slaves?


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10 comments on “No ‘appropriations’ allowed

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Thomas.

    Glad to see you’re still kicking.

  2. Without a freelance gig I was lying about pouting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just glad you’re still writing whatever the reason.

  4. Athos says:

    Nancy Pelosi could star as the wicked witch of the west in a remake of Wizard of Oz!

  5. Not an appropriation. Apropos.

  6. Anonymous says:

    5th line down, first word. Should be fiction yeah?

  7. Bill says:

    One question always occurs to me when I see words like ‘backlash’ and ‘criticism’ and that is, who and what are the sources of the claimed ‘backlash’ and ‘criticism’? Rational thought is certainly not a part pf it.

  8. Rincon says:

    Glad you’re back on line, Thomas. To bad Duncan cancelled her novel. Not only did she give in to the looney tunes crowd, but she probably would have made a boatload of money from the free publicity and the sympathy purchases by those millions who are very tired of political correctness.

  9. Rincon says:

    To go slightly off subject, I’m trying to figure out what to make of the Coronavirus hospital data being rerouted to HHS instead of the CDC. The explanation that it will provide faster data doesn’t make any sense to me. Why would setting up a system from scratch in an agency with no experienced personnel be faster than either setting it up in the CDC or improving the existing system? And would a completely new system with no real world testing be as accurate as the present one which presumably has had the bugs worked out of it?

    Just looking for viewpoints, not necessarily a debate.

  10. Athos says:

    Rinny, sorry it took so long to get this but I’ve been following the data on the Covid-19 dashboard (it’s a southern nevada health district vehicle. The numbers are crazy low (compared to the panic our evil tool governor is spewing) and can show deaths and hospitalizations and cases.

    Very eye opening. Do you have anything like that in Chicago?

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