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‘Tom And Gerry’ Cartoons Racist???

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Europe, News, Political Correctness, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 01/10/2014 by floroy1942

Now I know the world has gone stark raving MAD! I just read that Amazon is issuing a racism warning with all Tom and Jerry cartoons shown on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video channel. Tom and Jerry racist? Which dumb, Neanderthal-brained idiot came up with that idea? Its a harmless (and very funny) cartoon series for crying out loud!!! It just goes to prove that we, as a species, have finally lost it!!!

For Some Reason People Look At This And See This!

For Some Reason People Look At The Left Side And See The Right Side!

Tom and Jerry have been around since the forties, and from that time onward have entertained billions upon billions of people around the world, and I have never heard a single person accuse the cartoons of being racist. But now some ‘holier than thou’ idiot has given the ‘Racism Ball’ another push, and who knows what it will roll over next! People have even complained about characters in the cartoons smoking for crying out loud. Professor of Sociology, Frank Furedi, said: “it was a form of a false piousness and a type of censorship which seems to be sweeping cultural life.” Well, he got that right!

However, it would seem that complaints have been received because the housemaid in the cartoons is shown as being black! To some weird people this is seen as racial stereotyping. Because of this, Amazon have released a cautionary note about “ethnic and racial prejudices”. The actual wording put out by Amazon is as follows: “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” For crying out loud, give me a break!

The cartoon series has been relaunched over the decades several times but it was necessary to edit some portions to satisfy the current sensibilities of the watching public i.e. the limp-wristed  moaners in today’s society.

If these people get their way perhaps the word ‘Black’ will be banned from the English language altogether soon because of its racist connotations. You can just imagine it can’t you: Shop Assistant, “What colour would you like Sir?” Gentleman: “Er… The very very very very dark one please” Shop Assistant, “Oh you mean the black one?” Latest headline: Shop Assistant Sentenced to Death for Racist Comment.

Surely Something For The Animal Rights People To Complain About?

Surely Something For The Animal Rights People To Complain About?

As a reasonably intelligent person you really have to ask where all this racism crap is going. How far are we going to allow this insanity generated by a very few bigoted people to control us. Racism is a bad thing because we all have to live together on this planet of ours, but going to extremes is insane.

At least in Britain, this whole business started when Tony Blair introduced his famous Racism Law to prevent the public from criticising his Multi-Cultural Britain policy. This opened the floodgates to every lunatic in the country who saw it as a chance to make a name for him/herself.

Today it has gotten to the stage where you barely dare open your mouth for fear of upsetting some self-important wise-ass. I am waiting for the day when some sanity comes back into people and we can live our lives in harmony without all this stupidity. We are all different, but contrary to what some people think, it is perfectly possible to live together on this planet and for some to have a black maid without it being an insult.

Roy.

Sean Penn Should Keep His Mouth Shut!

Posted in Britain, David Cameron, England, Human Rights, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 14/02/2012 by floroy1942

Don’t you get annoyed when silly personalities wishing to get some free publicity stick their noses into business that doesn’t concern them? The latest to join the ranks is Sean Penn, Hollywood star and big friend of Argentina. He had the nerve to call for David Cameron to enter into negotiations with the Argentina government over the Falklands issue.

"Pull the Trigger Man - Pull the Trigger!"

Following the Argentine Presidents line he called Britain ‘Colonial’ saying: “It’s necessary that these diplomatic talks happen between the United Kingdom and Argentina. I think that the world today is not going to tolerate any kind of ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology.” Bloody cheek!!!!!!!!!!

How Chummy!

Always a strong supporter of South American nationalism he posed for a photo with President Kirchner when making his announcement, referring to the Falkland Islands as “The Malvinas of Argentina”. He is reported to be a strong supporter of Hugo Chavez and its anybody’s guess as to why he is so in love with South America. I do not care how many films he has made and how many Oscars he has, he should stick to the thing he knows best, acting!

Falklanders in the UK Border Agency?

It seems he hasn’t spared a single thought for the islanders and their wishes. I wonder what he would say if he actually took the trouble to visit the islands and talk to the people. He seems quite content to forget their human rights. I think he had better not go there now, for he may never leave alive! So far as I’m concerned, he better not come to Britain in the near future either! Personally, I would stop him at the airport and declare him ‘Persona Non Grata!” In fact, why don’t we hire some Islanders and give them a job in Passport Control! Stupid pompous little ass!

Roy.

Why Hollywood Sound Directors Should Be Fired!

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 11/02/2011 by floroy1942

How often have you strained to understand what an actor is saying under the BLARE of the movie soundtrack? How often do you wish you had a volume control in your hand when you went to the cinema? Answer yes to one of these questions and you are among many who are getting fed up with the movie industry.

"What Did He Say?"

My wife and I are firm film lovers, but sadly so disillusioned at the music levels in movies over the past decade or so, that whenever we watch one at home, be it on DVD or a TV channel,  we need to constantly have the volume control in one hand. We listen to two actors having a conversation but are suddenly deafened when the music cuts in. We make a grab for the volume control to turn down the volume, and then put it back up again when the actors say something again!

Many times, when you have both music and speech, you cannot understand a word of what is said because the voices are drowned out by the music. What ever happened to the good old days when conversations were crystal clear and the soundtrack was at a level not inducing headaches and tinitus?

It seems that today, the music is far more important than the script, and we might just as well go back to the days when actors and actresses didn’t say a word. Why should an actor bother learning a script if no-one can hear it?

It is time for the film industry to take a long deep look at itself and sort out which is more important, the spoken word or the music. Considering that every film is watched from beginning to end by the director before release someone surely should notice that the music drowns out the script.

The Sound Man

It would seem film and sound directors have forgotten that for a cinema audience to have full enjoyment of the film, they need to understand clearly what is being said. Otherwise, what’s the point? How can you follow the plot of a movie when you can’t hear the voices? They seem to have forgotten what the word ‘balance’ means, i.e. the correct volume level between music and speech that makes the movie experience a pleasurable one.

John Wayne - Always Crystal Clear!

Watch an old movie from the 50’s or 60’s and every word spoken is clearly understood while the music does what it is intended to do, provide atmosphere and background. Not today, and I have to ask why!

The technical ability of today’s sound engineers is incalculably better than the rudimentary systems in use 50 years ago, but it seems while technology has advanced, the minds have gone backwards.

These days movies are all about sensationalism, but I guess its just the times we live in. But whether people are watching a period drama or an action movie, I think if you asked them, they would prefer to hear the actors and actresses once in a while. It does help when trying to follow the plot. How often has your partner turned to you and asked, “What did he say?” Its not unusual to rewind a DVD a little and repeat something in an effort to make out what was said, often in vain. In most films you may catch only snatches of any conversation taking place on the screen and trying to piece it all together is tiresome.

The Director Not Doing His Job?

Perhaps it’s just coincidental that when this phenomena first started, studios began complaining about dropping cinema audiences, hence the loud blockbuster, action-packed movies of today which is Hollywood’s attempt to lure people back. I guess it could also be to do with disco’s, clubs, and some shops today having music so loud that you need to shout in the ear of the person you are talking to.

The Name Says It All

Hollywood, if you want people to continue watching your movies try more ‘balance’! Going to the cinema, or watching a film in the comfort of your own home, should be a pleasurable experience – not a quiz show! “What did she say?????? Hell, I missed that!!!!!”

Roy.


They Want To Re-Edit ‘The King’s Speech!!!

Posted in England, Insanity, Modern World, Parenting, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 26/01/2011 by floroy1942

It has been revealed today that the director of the UK box-office hit ‘The Kings Speech’ wants to re-edit the soundtrack of the movie to make it more accessible to families in the US. To my knowledge, this is the first time such a thing has been done.

Colin Firth as King George VI

But why would Tom Hooper want to do such a thing? Well, it appears the film got downgraded from a PG rating to a 12+ rating in the UK (after complaints by the director) by the British Board of Film Censors. The reason for the original high rating was simple: foul language!

I have never seen the sense in bombarding the film-going public with foul language in the first place. For the last ten years or so, when Hollywood first introduced the cinema audience to this phenomena, language in the movies has steadily got worse.

For example, in the last twelve months I have heard actors using the F word in every breath and have to ask myself, why is this necessary? Is it for so-called authenticity? Funny, but the old-time film makers managed to get just as much of it into a movie with nothing more than the occasional ‘darn’.

The Real King George VI

That the foul language on the big screen has corrupted our youth is in my mind beyond question. Walk the streets of Britain today and you hear mothers with their children ‘f’ing and blinding right left and centre like tarts. When the children reply they are just as bad.

Many times my wife and I have sat in our local ‘watering hole’ and heard Brits at the next table ‘f’ this and ‘f’ that in a constant stream. Sadly the women are just as bad as the men.

Even on TV you cannot escape it as uncouth guests on talk shows, or members of a game show panel give vent to their invective at will.

So why is bad language necessary in a film about the speech problems of King George VI? Personally I do not see it!

Roy.

The Oddity File.

Posted in Britain, England, Insanity, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23/02/2010 by floroy1942

Occasionally odd-ball items appear in the news, and some are incredible to say the least. A news item the other day suggested that Hollywood should pay more attention to science. Not a bad request when you consider some of the things Hollywood will have us swallow. Professor Sidney Perkowitz of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has started a drive to get the Hollywood film script-writers to obey the laws of science when writing.

Starship Trooper Bug

He quotes films such as ‘Starship Troopers’ where he says the bug creatures were so huge they would have collapsed under their own weight, and in ‘The Core’, he criticised a team journeying to the centre of the earth to explode a nuclear weapon in order to get the Earth spinning again. For the Tom Hank’s movie ‘Angels and Demons’ the professor was unhappy about the amount of anti-matter Hanks was chasing. It was he said, “More than we will make in a million years running a high energy particle collider” plus he added, “you cannot contain it with an iPod battery”. Quite right Sir, that was a bit over the top.

For myself, I must say the script-writers do sometimes stretch our imaginations and there is room for improvement, but in pure sci-fi movies it would not seem quite right if Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock had to jump on a bus to get across town.

I am sure you have seen rude place and street names, and Britain seems to have its fill of them. Among the funniest are the following: Sandy Balls, a holiday centre in Hampshire the name of which dates back to the time of Henry VIII – Back Passage,

an alleyway in London – Crotch Crescent in Marston Oxfordshire – Friers Entry and Rape Lane in Oxford – Slut’s Hole in Norfolk and Salubrious Passage in Swansea.

Self Explanatory

I guess each country has its oddities, but I find these quite funny. The question is, would you want to live in e.g. Slut’s hole? I guess you need a warped sense of humour to really appreciate these names.

One of the more serious stories to hit the news this last week, was a report that English police have been told not to chase after criminals near the end of their shift in an effort to keep down overtime payments. You would indeed be a lucky criminal if the police were closing in but suddenly all disappeared because their shift was ending. I can just hear the police calling to the criminal; “Stay where you are. The next shift will be along in twenty minutes”.

It would appear some people never learn! Recently a news item told the story of a millionaire’s kid who advertised a party on Facebook while the parents were away. It resulted in the house being trashed by the ‘guests’, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the property. Yesterday it seems some silly young girl called Rachel Ross, who is 15 years old, made the same mistake with the inevitable result.

Trashed Party House

As in the first case, our little girl thought to have some fun while her parents were away, but didn’t count on 50 yobs turning up at her door

who subsequently tore the place to pieces. They urinated in cups and a child’s bed, left decorative samurai swords embedded in the walls and poured paint over the family’s laundry. On top of that they stole an X-Box, a Wii, jewellery, two laptops and a collection of antique weapons. The first victims were not short of a bob or two, but Rachel’s parents are not so lucky and are now looking at bills of thousands of pounds to rectify the damage.

It would seem it is now considered ‘cool’ to trash someone’s house at a party and it is fast becoming a regular event. Years ago I saw for myself inconsiderate people stubbing out cigarettes on the carpet or the sofa, and throwing drinks around at parties in someone else’s house, and vowed then never to have a party in my own home. It’s a rule I haven’t broken yet! Sometimes you never know the people you know!

An old English saying; There’s nowt so daft as folk!

Roy.


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