The New Beige

You like fun. That’s why you’re here. That’s why any of us are.

But not everybody likes fun. Recently, filmmaker and Internet celebrity James Rolfe released a video at his website Cinemassacre. In it, Rolfe, a self-avowed fanatic of the Ghostbusters franchise, gave a very reasoned and subdued explanation why he will not be seeing the new Ghostbusters movie. Rolfe made his decision based on the movie’s trailer: The jokes fell flat, the effects didn’t impress him, and he didn’t appreciate its makers using the goodwill of the Ghostbusters name to put out yet another remake instead of coming up with a unique way to revive the franchise. Therefore, he won’t spend his money on the movie.

Mild stuff. The problem for Rolfe is that the main cast of this movie is female.

ghostbusters 2016

The reactions were swift but sadly predictable. Rolfe–one of the least political Internet personalities out there–is a misogynist, a sexist, a whiny manbaby, a loser, and so on.

To be fair, the bulk of tweets I saw were in support or Rolfe, which is a good sign. But it’s important to highlight the disproportionate level of vitriol directed his way.

Here’s the thing: Rolfe did mention the all-female cast, but only to wonder if, given that the movie has the same name as the 1984 original, people are going to refer to it as “the female Ghostbusters.” He finds this absurd since, in his opinion, the movie should have a different title to differentiate itself.

If Rolfe actually said something derogatory about women like “Women can’t act,” “Women aren’t funny,” or “I won’t see this movie because it has women in it,” I could see the reaction. But his video was as mild a criticism as it gets. So what gives?

The whole thing is absurd, but it goes to a bigger point: Rolfe’s sin was not enjoying what The Powers That Be deemed must be enjoyed in order to be a “good person.”

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What we are witnessing is a war on fun. The reason this bothers me so much is because this war is trying to bully and destroy targets who have not inserted themselves into any broader culture war. And that’s what this is. All civilizations are defined by their culture, and he who controls it, wins.

Without fun, life would get really boring, really fast. Imagine if all you ate was a turkey dinner. That sounds great for the first two or three days. After three weeks you’d be begging for even a little variety, a broccoli spear, or a nice saltine cracker. Anything to break up the drudgery.

We all have our own definitions of fun. But these are cultural forces determined to ram their own opinions down your throat and onto everything you see, read, hear and do.

Whatever name you give to these forces, don’t kid yourself. They fall on both sides of the spectrum and they’re interested in the culture. Some have just been more successful than the others. In the 1980s and 1990s it was the Religious Right. Now, we have the SJWs (Social Justice Warriors).

I don’t want to care about politics. I really don’t. But it’s an oft-repeated maxim that if you don’t pay attention to politics, politics will pay attention to you.

These forces want to enforce a conformity of thought on all of us to correct what they perceive to be societal wrongs. Everything that doesn’t fit the SJW narrative is is racist and sexist, bigoted and homophobic, words which have been tossed around with so much frequency they’ve lost all meaning. And you can be a gay black female with a wife and a house in the suburbs, but if you hold the wrong thoughts then oh boy, you’re suffering from internalized versions of these isms and phobias. If this sounds like a mental illness, it’s because it probably is.

But don’t despair. They have the fix. They have the cure. Like snake-oil salesmen, they will help you correct past wrongs, real or otherwise, and–for a fee, naturally–help make your art meet their standards. But you know what you end up with?

Everything becomes the same. Blandness will reign supreme. This does not make for compelling art. Do you wonder why words used to describe the old Soviet Union were “bland,” drab,” and “gray”? It’s because the party heads controlled the culture via top-down diktats defining the parameters of art, right down to the words you could write and the pictures you could create and the messages art had to convey. Our own culture warriors, in their similar pursuit of ultimate equality, would love to do the same.

soviet union

I call these folks the New Beige. They’re like the Puritans, but without the fashion sense and language skills.

Their goal is ultimate control over the culture. Once they have that, everything else will follow. My man Rawle Nyanzi summed it up really well when he described the New Beige’s desire for a “captive audience”:

Social Justice believes that by bullying creators for having white characters, or shrieking at masculine males and sexy females, they will save the world. Because large companies such as Nintendo, Wizards of the Coast, Marvel, and others have so much market share and brand recognition, Social Justice uses them, combined with their control of film, TV, and publishing, to make sure that all high-quality content acts as propaganda.

They believe they will prevent society’s moral decay. Hobbies are not diversions to them, but social education.

“Hobbies are not diversions . . . but social education.” It explains the New Beige fixation with geek culture. They have to ultimately get at what you think, and the best way to enforce their conformity is through the culture.

My point is not to entice anybody to join a particular side of the right/left struggle, nor is it to lob personal attacks at anyone. It’s to highlight an ideological movement hellbent on forcing the word to think a certain way. This movement has been going after comedians, filmmakers, video gamers, and comic books. Nothing is safe. Everyone must fall in line.

If you thought the 1950s were bland, wait until you see what the next decade might have in store for us.

It’s tough to fight zealots who think that they are doing the right thing. But they are not. In order to help them figure out what is the right thing and what is the wrong thing, I provide here a simple guide, free of charge:

  1. Let people do what they want.
  2. If it doesn’t cause a murder or any other type of harm, great!
  3. If it does cause a murder or other type of harm, fight it with everything you’ve got.
  4. Hurt feelings do not equal injustice.
  5. Differences of opinion are okay. It does not mean people hate you. And even if they do, who cares?
  6. Distasteful speech is still free speech.
  7. Find a hobby or something.

I hope Rolfe doesn’t apologize or pull the video down. He did nothing wrong, and even if he did, we should celebrate his right to say it.

He also shouldn’t apologize because it will make things worse. Recently, I finished reading SJWs Always Lie by sci-fi author Vox Day. In this how-to manual for combatting this lunacy Day–who once told me I shouldn’t be allowed to vote–accurately points out that these SJW-types use apologies as a club to beat the alleged offender into submission, further ostracize them from society, and hurt them economically. I hope Rolfe heeds Day’s advice and stand up to this storm of criticism.

Fight the Beige. Don’t let the world become drab and boring. Think, say, do, listen to, create, and laugh at whatever it is that tickles your fancy. Life is hard enough as it is without do-gooders trying to control what you can and cannot enjoy. This whole Ghostbusters situation is ridiculous, but these small battles have to be fought with the same intensity as the larger ones. Your mind depends on it.

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7 thoughts on “The New Beige

  1. rawlenyanzi says:

    The whole thing is absurd, but it goes to a bigger point: Rolfe’s sin was not enjoying what The Powers That Be deemed must be enjoyed in order to be a “good person.”

    I really enjoyed Rolfe’s Angry Video Game Nerd videos. They’re a treat to watch.

    Without fun, life would get really boring, really fast. Imagine if all you ate was a turkey dinner. That sounds great for the first two or three days. After three weeks you’d be begging for even a little variety, a broccoli spear, or a nice saltine cracker. Anything to break up the drudgery.

    You won’t even get turkey. The SJWs will give us nothing but bread and water.

    He did nothing wrong, and even if he did, we should celebrate his right to say it.

    You’re seeing my article demonstrated before you. The film was made to be critic-proof through shame. Quite a pernicious move on the director’s part.

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      “I really enjoyed Rolfe’s Angry Video Game Nerd videos. They’re a treat to watch.”

      Agreed. I started watching those nearly from the beginning. Crude, but they crack me up, though the biggest kick I got was from people who didn’t realize the character was a parody.

      “You won’t even get turkey. The SJWs will give us nothing but bread and water.”

      Whatever the meal will be, we will get nothing but.

      The point is, I want to live in a world where the SJWs can also put out whatever entertainment or message they want. What I object to is them dictating what the rest of us can produce, and what the rest of us can enjoy.

      “You’re seeing my article demonstrated before you. The film was made to be critic-proof through shame. Quite a pernicious move on the director’s part.”

      Yes we are! “Critic proof through shame” is a great phrase.

      Now to be fair, I haven’t read much about the inner-workings of this film, so I don’t know how much of it was “intended” to check any boxes. What concerns me more are other people’s reactions to it.

      Me, I dislike remakes almost reflexively. This movie might be fantastic, who knows? The trailer didn’t grab me, I have limited time for movies, so I decided I’ll give it a pass. That means I hate women? Please.

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      1. rawlenyanzi says:

        Such is what we have to contend with. If SocJus decided to just put out their own stuff instead of trying to ban everyone else’s, most people would be fine with that. But that doesn’t satisfy their lust for control.

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  2. Bullseye. That was on point man. I had just watched the movie critic explain why he’s not going to rate the new ghostbusters. It was because the movie looked like a cheap knockoff and waste of time!

    But the sjws will take any opportunity to take a stand for cultural Marxism and silence any dissent.

    They have been going to the extreme and claiming they need emergency trauma therapy for getting triggered on the university campus. Tumblr sjws often claim that they have ptsd and if you trigger them then it’s psychological abuse. They want to be able to create a reason why you can’t have freedom of speech any more.

    And the sick Part of it is they encourage this unhealthy mindset where they get enraged by anything that isn’t pc. Their professors are the ones abusing them by seeding and creating a self affliction feedback loop.

    Instead of choosing to feel how you want to feel, and instead of having the maturity to ignore the opinions of others, these sjws have stunted their psychological development. They’re perpetually children. They’re taught to be animals based in sexual desires and hedonism, and ignoring our founding principles which made this country so great in the first place. I’ll stop ranting now.

    That was a great article man, I look forward to reading more!

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      Thanks glad you liked it Luke!

      I seriously wonder about the mental state of people who are so into controlling what everybody else thinks. Going through life like that must be tiring as hell. Unhealthy, too. Brandon Morse wrote a good article about the mental health problems college activists are having; I don’t have the link handy but it’s a good read.

      It is sick, and you’re right that professors are taking advantage of impressionable kids to push a deeper, more sinister agenda. Once again, we need to find alternatives to college.

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  3. My take? If you and I always agree, one of us isn’t necessary.

    That said, I also claim, rightly, that I have no obligation to respect the opinion of another. You believe the world is flat? You believe in white superiority? You believe Jonah lived three days in the belly of a whale? To respect those opinions – let alone those beliefs – is worse than absurd, it’s dangerous, and it might be insane.

    What I have an obligation to do is respect your right to express your opinion or your beliefs, no matter how ignorant or absurd – as long as they don’t result in infringement of the rights of others.

    Thus, I have a problem with those on both ends of the political spectrum, those I refer to as the Rabid Right and the Loony Left, those who want to impose their beliefs, no matter how absurd or dangerous, on the rest of us. I also object to the Libertarian ideal that all things are permissible, as long as they don’t harm anyone else. Sounds good on it’s face, but ultimately, it falls on society to decide when someone else is being harmed.

    Sophomoric thinkers who want to live without government or regulation, should consider a one-way ticket to Sudan. Meanwhile, the mature among us are willing to sacrifice some small limits on absolute freedom in order to live in relative peace and relative harmony. Seems to me, a very small price to pay.

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      “What I have an obligation to do is respect your right to express your opinion or your beliefs, no matter how ignorant or absurd – as long as they don’t result in infringement of the rights of others.”

      Yes! Exactly! I wish I said it as eloquently myself!

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