Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet?

And here I am referring to virtually the whole of the entertainment industry.

Television’s glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing “The Handmaid’s Tale” with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles — the first under the administration of President Donald Trump — was widely expected to have a strongly political flavor, and host Stephen Colbert set the tone in his opening monologue.

“However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way,” he said.

“All the late night shows, obviously, ‘House of Cards,’ the new season of ‘American Horror Story.'”

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” were the big winners, with five statuettes each.

“Big Little Lies” cast members Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard all took home Emmys, along with director Jean-Marc Vallee. It also won outstanding limited series.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s acclaimed series based on the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, won awards for writing and directing as well as the biggest prize of the night — outstanding drama series.

Ann Dowd, picking up her first Emmy at age 61 for her portrayal of brutal instructor Aunt Lydia, spoke of how her award was “a dream” while outstanding lead actress Elisabeth Moss turned the air blue with an expletive-strewn acceptance speech.

“That was the clean version,” Moss joked backstage after the show, describing the opportunity

“I was just trying to remember everybody, and you do have a weird out of body experience.”

Atwood, 77, said “One takeaway would be ‘never believe it can never happen here’ which was one of the premises that I used for the book. And, as I’ve often said, nothing went into the book that people hadn’t done.”

As it happens, I read The Handmaid’s Tale when it came out and was astonished by how moronic it was. I used to read everything she wrote since we are almost of the same generation, both from Toronto and we used to catch up occasionally when we were living in Vancouver back in my hippy day in the 70s. If you liked the book and then the show, you are now officially classified as dull witted, stupid, and fantastically ignorant of everything that matters. It was, in fact, the last thing of hers I ever read so have been free of her idiocies for more than two decades. How do people take such things seriously?

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33 Responses to Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet?

  1. C.L.

    Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet?

    Yes. The Liberal Party.
    Next question.

  2. Bruce in WA

    “Big Little Lies”

    Have a left-wing friend (I know, I know), who is also very politically and media savvy. He told me this morning when we were out at breakfast: “I downloaded “Big Little Lies”; got through 25 minutes and wiped the whole thing. Absolute sh!t.”

  3. Andrew M.

    I guess this post is one of those “you had to be there” moments.
    Have any Cats actually read this book?

  4. John Constantine

    Pack of whatsits?.

    Been to a local government conference?.

    Glittering. Simply Glittering.

    Rolling a turd in Glitter really does make it Progressive.

  5. Lem

    Look it was her chance to feed off 1984, and Brave New World, and all the dystopian novels, in lieu of an original idea, but I have to say that at least some young people I know have watched the tv series (which is skewed to a more modern era with references to the potential evil uses of telecommunications) and have had pause to think about the dangers of totalitarianism, so at least that’s something.

    What I found amazing was not the series but the article I read about her thoughts on it published recently, including this quote, which frankly showed her petticoat and made me want to puke:

    In the wake of the recent American election, fears and anxieties proliferate. Basic civil liberties are seen as endangered, along with many of the rights for women won over the past decades, and indeed the past centuries.

    Insightless.

  6. stackja

    1st Primetime Emmy Awards
    From Wikipedia,
    Most Popular Television Program
    Pantomime Quiz, (KTLA)
    Armchair Detective, (KTLA)
    Don Lee Music Hall, (KTSL)
    Felix De Cola Show, (KTLA)
    Judy Splinters, (KTLA)
    Mabel’s Fables, (KTLA)
    Masked Spooner, (KTSL)
    Treasure of Literature, (KFI-TV)
    Tuesday Varieties, (KTLA)
    What’s the Name of that Song, (KTSL)
    Best Film Made for Television
    The Necklace (Your Show Time Series)
    Christopher Columbus
    Hollywood Brevities
    It Could Happen To You
    Tell Tale Heart
    Time Signal

  7. Awake

    Sorry OT.

    Gab.ai
    Twitter like social media for all. I just signed up 2 days ago. The founders’ goal is a freer speech for all. As you know FB and twitter are left leaning.

  8. Steve Smith

    You are quite right. There is no “bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet” then the Hollywood crowd.

  9. Dave in Marybrook

    These lectures were actually fascinating…
    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-2008-cbc-massey-lectures-payback-debt-and-the-shadow-side-of-wealth-1.2946880
    But her novels have never lived up to their openings.
    Avoid the poetry.

  10. Art Vandelay

    As pointed out by Instapundit:

    WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? Oh my: Prelim ratings for Emmys predict new record … low. “If this firms up in final ratings, it will surpass 2016 as the worst-rated Emmys of all time, and 2016 surpassed the previous low, and so on. In fact, as Newsweek pointed out yesterday, the Emmys have lost 50% of their audience since 2013 and the lowest ratings since 1990, and last night’s extravaganza certainly didn’t turn the ship around. One could blame the plethora of TV choices viewers have, including streaming, but those didn’t arrive only in 2014. Consumers have had lots of choice for two decades or more, and yet the sharp decline only started in the past few years. Why?” Yeah, it’s a real mystery.

    The entertainment industry is about as irrelevant as the mainstream newsmedia these days.

  11. Grumbles

    Had to read this book for English literature (SPOILER ALERT)… a very boring account of a future where babies are so precious abortion is non existent, and a young woman falls for a servant boy of the older couple hosting her as a surrogate. She gets pregnant to him but they pretend it’s the old guys baby. I presume progressives were most abhorred by the lack of abortion services.

  12. PoliticoNT

    As it happens, I read The Handmaid’s Tale when it came out and was astonished by how moronic it was.

    Watched five minutes of it on SBS. Thought, ‘fuck me, what complete shiite.’ Switched off. No wonder it won an Emmy.

  13. Sinclair Davidson

    A story well told? A role well acted? A translation from book to small screen well done?

    It may be true that Hollywood are the biggest pack of idiots in human history but it isn’t clear why they are so from this post.

    You didn’t like the show? Okay. The leap from there to the post is huge. I believe the expression is “show your workings”.

  14. Blind Freddie

    I was a little suspicious when a film whose natural audience was less than 1% of the population won the big prizes at the Oscars this year.
    It was a bit like turkeys voting for Xmas, while excitely preparing the stuffing and gobbling away away about the the best sauces to accompany KFCs
    It just doent gel.
    I cant put my finger on why, but viral and everlasting stupidity it hardly what you would expect from the mogols of Tinseltown.
    Anyway, I must resist this global madness and stop
    myself get from getting sucked into this global crap.

  15. Rafe

    What about the people driving our unreliable energy target. They claim to be cerebral and informed unlike entertainers.

  16. Shy Ted

    It’s getting harder and harder to pick a good movie from sites like rottentomatoes because if it’s arty or progressive the critics aren’t critical and rate it highly. I’ve walked out of a few in recent times. Conversely a good, fun movie or something politically incorrect gets poor scores but the audience vote is much higher. Accidentally got to see Tommy’ Honour last week, 66% from the critics, 73% audience, 100% from me. And I’ve taken to avoiding Muslim-friendly movies which is a shame cos I like Dame Judi. And here’s what the “critics” say about Ali’ Wedding – Ali’s Wedding is a super sweet Australian-Muslim rom-com. Just what the doctor ordered. And It’s not just a cinema seat-filler; it’s the future of Australian film. And audience said I didn’t get the fuss. I enjoyed the movie but the blatant attempts to make the people in this movie likable as opposed to seeing them as terrorists was too much..

  17. Muddy

    Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet?

    Australian taxpayers of sound mind. No contest.

  18. Pete of Freo

    I thought Atwood wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” to highlight the plight of educated, modern Iranian women after the Khomeini revolution, and that she set it in the US to avoid a fatwa.

  19. Leo G

    The Emmy- an American film industry award named after the British version of the early cathode ray tube video camera (EMI’s EMItron).
    Considering the common informal usage of the word tron- it can refer to a manic queue jumper or a geek- it might be appropriate to use “emmytron” to refer to an Emmy Award finalist.

  20. Winston

    Isn’t The Handmaiden’s Tale an allegory of the Iranian Revolution? Or don’t the luvvies see it that way?

  21. closeapproximation

    The Handmaid’s Tale recent TV adaptation was excellent TV. It was 1984 crossed with the Iranian Revolution, together with “sci-fi” element along the lines of “Children of Men”.

    Just because the fundamentalists were Christian and not Muslim (which obvs has the greater risk of turning into reality now in 2017), does not make this a bad show. The production was superb, the acting fierce.

    And there have been plenty of nutjob Christians over the ages, it’s just that the most toxic elements of Christianity have thankfully been neutralised. Time to get to work on the Muzzies.

  22. closeapproximation

    Isn’t The Handmaiden’s Tale an allegory of the Iranian Revolution? Or don’t the luvvies see it that way?

    Yes I think it clearly is, of course the luvvies are too blind to see, but that doesn’t stop the tv series being f**kin awesome (haven’t read the book).

  23. Roger

    Isn’t The Handmaiden’s Tale an allegory of the Iranian Revolution?

    No, it’s a ridiculous liberal’s paranoid fantasy about a dystopian USA.

    Atwood defended it as such when it came out and has done so recently.

  24. My wife read the book and reckons the TV version is quite different. It certainly stirs the emotions.

    It’s not my sort of Sci-Fi, no aliens or spaceships…

    And the US left still haven’t worked out that this sort of confected anti-Trump nonsense just reduces their support.

  25. Winston

    Roger,

    wow, just wow. People like her really can’t see real world, actual, theocratic totalitarianism right in front of them, can they? I’m stunned she can produce that story without looking at what the Ayatollas did in Iran, or stop and think isn’t this how hard line Islam actually works in the real world?

  26. mh

    I saw The Bolt Report last night, and Bolt discussed the Emmys with Gerard Henderson. I thought their analysis was quite shallow. The American entertainment industry is owned by global interests and these morons like Colbert are their commodities (puppets). If they were told to support homosexual marriage during the Emmys, every single person there would be supporting homosexual marriage.

    Tim Allen was a Trump supporter, so the globalists cancelled his popular show Last Man Standing. That’s what every one of these ‘entertainers’ would have known at the Emmys, so they all had to laugh along all with retards like Colbert and Baldwin. It’s as pathetic as this

  27. Roger

    I’m stunned she can produce that story without looking at what the Ayatollas did in Iran, or stop and think isn’t this how hard line Islam actually works in the real world?

    Islam is in the realm of the exotic to these people and therefore off limits to criticism, Winston.

    A few liberals, like Bill Maher, are exceptions to this, but only because they are anti-religious in general.

  28. Stu Morgan

    Steve I think you’re a touch harsh on Atwood. I mean, I’m really enjoying the show – but I think of it as more along the lines of Obernewton (post-apocalyptic fantasy) than something along the lines of 1984. “It could never happen here” – depends what you mean by “it”. I think we can all agree here that the “it” that America was heading towards prior to Trump was a pretty dreadful place.

  29. ArthurB

    I watched some of the first episode, and couldn’t be bothered staying until the end, for one thing I found some difficulty in hearing the dialogue, and the whole thing struck me as being little more than agitprop for those who hate Trump, Abbott etc. Luvvies must be the most gullible group of people on the entire planet.

  30. Tim Allen was a Trump supporter, so the globalists cancelled his popular show Last Man Standing. That’s what every one of these ‘entertainers’ would have known at the Emmys, so they all had to laugh along all with retards like Colbert and Baldwin.

    They oughta be real careful – the “Dixie Chicks effect” may rear up and bite them on the ass.

  31. JC

    Funny how people take out different views on things.

    I watched Handmaid’s Tale without knowing about the book. I took away the view that it was set at a future time when a religious group with strong ‘vironmental cred had taken over the US.
    I had the view it was a leftwing grouping.

  32. Titch

    The empty headed noddies that are the “celebrities” epitomisze the group think that gets air time on all the media. They are nothing but nodding ninnies, who collectively could not have an original thought between them. That establishes their creditionals, what more do you need?

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