By Brandon Smith
In the movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ the well regarded district attorney Harvey Dent makes a statement that has since woven itself into our popular culture to the point that we often hear it quoted as if it was said by some ancient philosopher. He noted:
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
The most predictable interpretation of this is that there is a fine line between doing good and doing evil with the best of intentions. People can start out as heroes and quickly fall to darkness in the name of serving the “greater good.” I think there is more meaning behind the quote, however.
There is also the issue of historical revision and the fact that the heroes of yesterday might be considered the terrorists of tomorrow given who is in charge of writing the history books or reporting the news. Sometimes heroes become villains through their own mistakes, other times they are just rewritten that way.
For example, today we hear constant gnashing and wailing from the political left about the “evils” of the Founding Fathers and why they should be erased or canceled from our cultural zeitgeist. They have even attempted to revise the very foundations of American history through their “1619 Project” as they assert that no American accomplishment is valid because EVERYTHING was built around the institution of slavery. They make no mention that slavery has been an institution in every single culture on the planet since civilization began, but that doesn’t matter to them.
The goal of the 1619 Project was to diminish or dismiss everything distinctly American, right down to the revolution that founded our nation. What they care about is the deconstruction of heroes, in part because if you can destroy the character of a hero then you might be able to also destroy what they stood for in the process. And, if you can destroy the ideals of a society, it becomes a lot easier to then control that society.
When the political left seeks to undermine the legacy of the founders they aren’t just engaging in character attacks against men who can no longer defend themselves, they are also attempting to sabotage the vision those men created – The vision of a free republic outside of the dictates of collectivism and monarchy (rule by the elites).
Obviously the Founding Fathers are no longer alive, but there are millions of people that have carried on their legacy for generations that are in fact still living to see their heroes be made into monsters through revisionism.
But the destruction of heroes goes even deeper than historical rewrites.
Leftists are also targeting the very foundations of heroic archetypes and mythologies by attacking heroic representations in our society. They are seeking to change the nature of heroism by hijacking cultural pillars and erasing beloved stories and characters in order to “reboot” them in the image of the leftist cult. This is usually done under the cover of “diversity and equity” as a means to obscure the true agenda. Let’s break down the tactics and motives behind this trend…
Rewriting Heroes To “Reflect Our Modern Era”
Woke ideology does not reflect our modern era in any way; it is actually a masked version of the old social models of collectivism and communism, specifically the social Marxism displayed by Mao’s Cultural Revolution. The only difference is today we have online struggle sessions and corporations are fully onboard with the movement. When leftists claim they are fighting the system, they have no idea what this really means.
Leftists use the reflection argument all the time to justify the gutting of hero mythologies and replacing them with vapid clones. A recent example would be the latest Amazon release of their Lord Of The Rings prequel series. I wrote about this extensively months ago in my article ‘Amazon’s Woke Lord Of The Rings Is The Death Rattle Of Social Justice Content.’ To summarize, the new Lord of The Rings is designed to spread a political message and undermine the values of the past rather than tell a meaningful organic story that pays homage to Tolkien. Amazon even released their woke Lord of The Rings on the anniversary of Tolkien’s death.
Sometimes the propaganda is subtle, and sometimes it’s a train wreck in your face.
Specifically, I examined the political left’s obsession with injecting their own Cultural Marxism into every new entertainment product as a means to saturate the media space with their ideology. When they say they want to rehash old stories and old heroes but write them to “reflect the world of today,” what they are really doing is erasing past ideals and principles and eliminating choice. They don’t want you to see the world from different points of view; you are only allowed to see it from THEIR point of view. This is the exact opposite of good story telling.
Diversity As A Crutch And A Cudgel
Diversity is meaningless. It serves no purpose in terms of heroic representations. People identify with actions and deeds and principles, not skin color. Leftists in Hollywood do not actually care about diversity of skin color, they only care about two things – Using minorities as a crutch to justify poor storytelling and lazy productions, and using minorities as a cudgel or weapon when they face criticism.
That is to say, when they make garbage media with no imagination or effort, they announce “we got diversity, though,” and this is supposed to make you want to watch their products anyway, otherwise you might be “racist.” By extension, when you dare to criticize the political pontificating and terrible writing in their media, they can then say “our stories are fantastic, you just don’t like us because we hire brown people.” See how that works? They use minorities as a shield, either for their ineptitude or their malicious intent, but they DO NOT care about such people if they can’t exploit them.
“Diversity and inclusion” is the new slave plantation that leftist elites in Hollywood use to farm virtue points and ESG loans. That’s all there is to it. If they actually respected the idea of presenting diverse heroes, they would create original minority heroes and write them well. Or, they would pick minority heroes from real history and avoid implanting current day woke politics into that era.
Narcissists Can’t Write Heroes
It has long been my contention that the leftist ideology is rooted in appeals to narcissism. Everything about it is based in entitlement rather than sacrifice. It is based in demands for special treatment rather than respect for accomplishment and merit. It is based in equity of outcome while eliminating equality of opportunity. A person that has embraced the victim mentality can never be a hero or imagine how a hero would act. They have no relationship to the concept, because narcissists are usually villains in the real world and villains tend to see themselves as victims while they spend their time victimizing others. How else can they justify the evils they do?
No Conservative Heroes Allowed
As our media world was overrun with woke ideologues over the years the depictions of heroes and villains have become utterly twisted. Heroes act selfishly with ego and hubris, and villains are usually depicted as either misunderstood people that are only reacting to the trespasses of society, or they are ridiculous exaggerations of conservatives and liberty activists. This trend has become an epidemic in films, television, video games, comic books, etc. Only in the past couple of years has there been mass push-back against the agenda, but there is a long way to go before things can change for the better.
Many of these woke productions fail miserably, but they aren’t necessarily interested in box office success or making money. Again, what they care about is saturation, as well as murdering the hero archetype openly where everyone can see. They want to destroy your heroes in front of you and replace them with woke pod people. This is what drives them.
The biggest problem is that most conservatives ignored the culture war while only focusing on fleeting political battles. They acted as if the culture war didn’t matter, and in the process we have almost lost our country completely. Future generations need heroic ideals and examples to live by, among real live people as well as in popular media. By ignoring the culture war, conservatives ignored the future.
There are some people out there that are working to change our country’s course by producing original media with a heroic message based in American foundations of freedom, individualism, self reliance and meritocracy. I’m working to join them by producing my own graphic novel project based on a survivalist hero. The best we have is Burt Gummer from Tremors – He’s great but we need more. Readers who are interested in original non-woke entertainment can learn more about that project HERE.
It’s important not to underestimate the power of media in culture. There is a reason why leftists are so obsessive with it; by changing all our heroes to villains they hope to change our values and our behaviors. They aren’t just rewriting movies, or characters, or comic books, they are trying to rewrite us.
The only way to stop this is to identify the threat, neutralize the propaganda, and then bring back legitimate hero culture by writing it once again with our own hands and our own deeds.
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“They make no mention that slavery has been an institution in every single culture on the planet since civilization began, but that doesn’t matter to them.”
Yet, their ideology is all about enslaving people.
Yes, the Left’s campaign to eradicate contemporary Archetypes is insidious…but consider that Hollywierd is solely an apparatchik of a higher authority, one whose ‘Entitled’ status can not, must NOT ever be challenged; the Giga-Wealthy.
To that end the entirety of ‘Media’ in our country has been bent and twisted out of shape to such an extent as to present thier preferred basis as THE basis for ALL; Moral Relativism.
Is it not fascinating to witness those actually, directly revealing both what and who they actually are?
Since the turn of the 19th to the 20th Centuries the truly entitled amongst us have used the Media of the day to prompt millions to Patriotically surrender thier lives – both as a measure meant to thin the herds of ‘Deplorables’ to manageable levels and to ‘level the playing field’ in thier favor by reducing the number of MALES who would otherwise oppose them – all in an effort to produce EXACTLY what we see today.
“You can LIE to some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time…but you cannot LIE to ALL the people ALL of the time.” which – I think is attributable to PT Barnum, feel free to correct me if I err in that attribution…
You are HERE, NOW as the saying goes. In thier attempt to execute – impossibly so – the third element of the triad quoted above thier hubris has overstepped the bounds of what is possible…and in making that attempt they have ‘outed themselves’. Too, that selfsame attempt reveals the true depth of thier desperation, for the Hall of Mirrors they have so artfully crafted now is seen to be collapsing under it’s own weight and tens or hundreds of Millions are awakening to the TRUTH of thier servitude.
Thankfully – now – the Reckoning is steadily approaching it’s boiling point and the Apex predators which have conned virtually everyone into believing the crap they have been spewing for more than Century WILL be the ones left in the pot BOILING – to use the analogy of the Frog so often quoted; too many are AWARE now that not only is something very, very wrong with the World-view they were raised on buy also from WHOM that originated FROM.
Cheerio Kiddos…Have a Happy 2nd American Revolution,
“Yet, their ideology is all about enslaving people.” They themselves are enslaved: wage slaves, debt slaves, thought slaves to memes created by others for purposes of control and manipulation and exploitation.
This article is spot on and beautifully written. Collectivism and communism do not allow “heroes”. Hero is an empowered individual who’s example benefits and inspires others to embrace their uniqueness and strive to achieve their potential as fully human. Hero is an equal opportunity endeavor not sourced dictate or decree. Marxist machines have no use for heroes.
Excellent reply! They ARE enslaved themselves…!
I stopped watching all the ‘new’ reboots and remakes a long time ago because 90% of them really suck.
Star Wars 7-9 really suck. I could barely make it through #7 and refused to watch the rest.
All new Star Trek is horrible. I could only get through 3 episodes of STD, 3/4 of the first season of Picard, and 1 episode of Strange New Worlds.
I have become so disillusioned with all this new garbage that now I just refuse to watch it. All I watch now is older shows and movies that were made before all the predictive programming and SJW nonsense started to ruin everything.
It’s really heartbreaking that we have allowed all our favorite movies and shows to be destroyed by people with a warped mindset and a sick agenda.
Its not just movies, it’s badly affecting gaming too. Nowadays, you can’t enjoy a new simple video game without a woke agenda in place (coupled with it being unfinished at launch and excess “micro” transactions), or companies unesscessarily showing support for “progressive” causes for no reason other than to virtue signal (look at roe v wade and all the major companies showing support for abortion like bots). Only indie productions on both the movie and game sides don’t have any of this, even then, many big companies are either trying to censor or outright remove games because a developer shows good messages that big corporations hate. So yes JonJon, it’s pretty bad at the moment in terms of the culture war. Hopefully things can turn around.
I hate that they ruined Rick and Morty, but I knew it had to happen. In the first season Rick Sanchez hated government, and said it more than once. There was no more of that talk in the new episodes. Now he’s just a pansexual heavy drug user.
“… there is a fine line between doing good and doing evil with the best of intentions. People can start out as heroes and quickly fall to darkness in the name of serving the ‘greater good’.”
There are behaviors that humans do. Then there is much more foundational ‘Human Essence’ of what a person truly is inside. The essence of their soul. The content of their character. What is left after all one’s masks have been stripped away.
Starting out as a ‘hero’ and ending up serving darkness are behaviors in a specific context. But Behaviors can and do change like the wind. What a person truly is inside… deep inside… who They are in their essence… does not change with the moment. While nothing in Life is without shades of Grey… when you get right down to it a person is basically either a good person or they are not. Some who lives by their word or not. Someone you can trust, or not. Someone with real integrity. Someone you want to be around, or not.
Truly good people do not become addicted to power. They do not sell out. They do not abandon their principles for any reason whatsoever. They are not seduced by notions of ‘Greater Good’. They live from the INSIDE OUT, not from the Outside in. You don’t care about some ‘Greater Good’ out there. You look into your own soul and do what your Heart tells you do. Why? Because you are living with integrity, love, and compassion for others. These are not behaviors you choose or not. These qualities are what you ARE. That is, if you are truly a good person.
“Leftists are also targeting the very foundations of heroic archetypes and mythologies by attacking heroic representations in our society.
Let’s identify what this really is. Leftists do not believe in God. Leftists want to BE GOD. As such, they can’t acknowledge the real God. They can’t have or allow true historical heroes because THEY have to be the ‘hero’ right here and now. Nothing that came before matters because as a Leftist… all that matters is NOW and YOU and your own deification. So everything else has be erased or demonized or be called racist or some other vicious slam.
There can be no real God nor no heroes. Not when THEY have to be god.
This is just the oldest, original sin dressed up in 21st Century Wokeness Times.
“‘Diversity and inclusion’ is the new slave plantation that leftist elites in Hollywood use to farm virtue points and ESG loans.”
Diversity and inclusion are the powerful blasts of dynamite being used to raze and erase what’s left of America’s moral and ethical foundation. They are true Wolves in Sheep’s clothing seducing and tricking and leading millions of Americans to personal and National ruin.
True good people are not allowed near power these days. They are only allowed so far like a tease before the rug is pulled. Ross Perot. Ron Paul. Ben Carson.
True Believer’s in the Almighty never rely on “man” but on the Creator Who made the universe and everything in it. That’s where true power and authority come from. The final battle is between God and satan and who mankind chooses to follow. Good or evil, Yahweh (God) or satan and the spirit of Jezebel.
Though a struggle, True Believers will always prevail in the final end but the battle needs to be won only with the Almighty leading us. Not the Satanic powers that are at the helm of man’s govt.
The Books of Exodus and Job; the story of Lot leaving Sodom are a picture of (America today) tells us a lot of satan’s plans with God’s allowing….BUT with limitations on satan to what amount of evil he can do. Though the battle will be hard-fought, True believer’s will prevail. The battle, only to increase greatly is a battle between True Believers and
Game, Set and MATCH in my humble opinion.
“A person that has embraced the victim mentality can never be a hero or imagine how a hero would act. They have no relationship to the concept, because narcissists are usually villains in the real world and villains tend to see themselves as victims while they spend their time victimizing others. How else can they justify the evils they do?”
I always wondered how a guy like Adolf Hitler or Bill Gates were able to sleep at night. They may be soul-less, but I think you’re right that they in some way think they were/are heroes (at least of their side).
The late great mythologist Joseph Campbell, author of the iconic
HERO OF A THOUSAND FACES, must be spinning in his grave.
Brandon, you I sent you an email.
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Ask yourself why don’t conservatives control any institutions and it’s because conservatives don’t really have any fixed principles they deem worth fighting for. In fact, today’s conservatives were yesterday’s liberals, and today’s liberals will be tomorrow’s conservatives. We see this time and again with ex-communists, ex-socialists, ex-democrats switching sides as they get older or disestablished as ‘counter-revolutionaries’ by younger more progressive upstarts. Once you understand we’ve been in a rolling revolution for centuries, it’s easier to free yourself of nostalgic myths that never were. There is no ideal time to go back in time to because that time never existed.
That’s not true at all. Conservative principles have been fixed for decades – Small government, individual liberty, meritocracy, constitutionalism, states rights, the non-aggression principle, religious moral compass, etc. I could go on and on, but nothing you said is accurate. Conservatives don’t control most institutions of power today because there has been a concerted agenda for many years by leftists and globalists to hijack those institutions. It’s called CONSPIRACY REALITY. Also, conservatives are generally not people who seek dominance of other people through collectivism; we don’t crave power like leftists do, we crave independence. There have been numerous ideal times in American history that were far better than today. No era is perfect, but it is undeniable that the further left America goes the steeper our economic and social decline. This is a fact.
I don’t know, 1870 to 1913 seems like it was a great time to be alive for all Americans. My grandfather’s grandfather, a former slave, had over 200 acres of land. And this was not unique. I know two other people with similar stories. A black-owned funeral home near me started in 1874. Another one in Durham, NC started the same year. Also, the architecture of that era is beautiful and things were well made, and people and society were generally more free. This is the worst time to be alive in human history, hands-down.
Hi kmose, I appreciate your post, but I still think that this is still perhaps the best time to be alive in human history. Much can be accomplished if liberty wins, which I think it will. And far from the worst, most Americans are living like kings. And I’m serious about that. Consider that a king in the 12th century had bad ventilation in his home, freezing cold winters with outhouses, rot, etc. And their level of entertainment was what? Anyway, overall, I think my parents’ generation and my own had it the best as many came from nothing financially to rise up to something. My kids’ generation, on the other hand, I think will have it very tough with so many jobs being replaced by AI/robotics.
The main problem with hero culture is that for 99.99% of people it’s a lie. Most people don’t get to become heroes, even in their own definition of heroes. Even people successful in their own fields rarely feel like heroes, because in hero culture the only way to be a hero is to be superhuman.
Hollywood is terrified of re-defining hero as a common decent person doing the right thing in difficult circumstances, because common decent people who feel confident of themselves would not accept either the conditions they live in or the lies they are told, or both. And the alternative of defining heroes as purely mythical figures has the problem that when people realise they can’t be a hero but are encouraged to be one in every possible way, they may resolve that tension in unexpected, unhealthy and dangerous ways.
No, it’s not a lie, it’s something to aspire to. Not everyone gets to change the world in a big way, but that’s not the point of the hero archetype. Superpowers have very little to do with hero mythology. Most people face adversity at some point, and the more individuals face that adversity with courage the bigger the difference to the future. They are indeed heroes. Heroic symbols inspire millions of people to be heroes in their own way. Hollywood is REMOVING these examples and they are doing it for a reason. The elites are afraid of millions of people standing up as individuals and acting on their own. Any single person could be the hero that turns the tide. To say that heroism can’t be attained is simply not true; the times and the obstacles present the challenge, and anyone can rise to that challenge and do extraordinary things. It’s up to them.
I was ridiculed every time I commented under youtube videos on this topic that the FedRes was subsidizing all of this unpopluar woke content. Now that we know the .gov has been paying media companies to promote the covid jab, I hope it’s obvious by now. The central bank should have always been the sole focus of this liberty movement. Now most people under 40 really don’t see a difference between gold and silver as money, and “money” that can be created from thin air by certain people. As a result, these people are perceived as being godlike and can get way with funding what they like and denying funding to what they don’t. It isn’t “get woke, go broke,” it’s more like “get woke, get millions from uncle Sam.” The entertainment companies are doing the .gov’s bidding and getting paid for it, with money conjured from thin air. Just like the automakers, they are destroying their businesses and alienating their customers at the .gov’s behest.
I found your prior post enlightening…thank you for sharing that here with everyone.
Your assertion that it IS the Federal Reserve is utterly correct in my own estimation since having the ability to materialize currency out of ‘thin air’ as they do stands at the root of thier capability to suborn a multitude of ‘servants’ to do thier bidding.
No more dangerous circumstance has EVER been faced by the Liberty-minded of this once Great Country. It is also the case that ALL such machinations are – quite naturally – performed ‘sub-rosa’…out of the “Light of Transparancy’ lending credence to the many who feel that there is no way to resist those. Never have any been so wrong…as of late the Project Veritas exposes shown.
Despair is wholly non-productive and as an operational basis must be squelched immediately by any seeking to reorder the Nation back onto it’s Founding principles…it’s FOUNDATIONS.
That said, for all the media’s glowing coverage of the “Wokesters”, the backlash is already fermenting at extreme speed…hence, “Get WOKE, Go BROKE” is now becoming the operational categorization of that strategy with even Disney appointing a New Captain who is shelving long running projects amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in his effort to right his ship.
Already WE are having a material effect on the adversaries of Liberty…and now that is beginning to “Snowball”.
Have Faith Sir.. we WILL prevail in the End.
I wouldn’t say despair, its more like frustration. Yes, I learned that about Disney from a Dave Cullen video. What I take from it is, the money controllers, hampered by out of control inflation, can no longer afford to subsidize,control and micromanage entertainment, having to devote all counterfeiting to manipulate financial and commodities markets now. Its just frustrating watching those who want real change avoiding the fact or ignorant of the fact that its THEIR money/monetary system, and for that reason it will always be ultimately used against you. If a state or municipality seriously goes against the Feds, then they will no longer have dollars and the ATMs will go empty. They already set this example in Greece. Your state or town will recieve no more FedRes notes or federal “funds.” If you really want freedom, then its no more heroin, and it will be very painful. I’m fine with that and understand it. It just seems like many believe freedom can be achieved less painfully. For true freedom, or something much closer to it, the central bank has to go, and the fallout faced. That means your 2020 F-150 will no longer run and your daughter will not be seeing the dentist anymore and your children will see things that in recent history only kids in 3rd world countries see. Most leaving comments don’t seem to fathom that. It is their monetary system. Thwart them, and they take it down. Their Sampson option.
The PTB’s “Samson Option” as you label it certainly seems ‘formidable’….but is it, really?
Certainly, if an INDIVIDUAL reneged on his debt, he’d have an Army of Debt Collectors on his tail…but what if instead of an individual it was an entire municipality or better still an entire region?
In short order it becomes exponentially more and more difficult to execute against such even if they’re “good little compliant debt serfs” sooo what if the serfs aren’t so compliant?
Necessity IS the Mother of Invention, certainly and at a transition such as that both barter AND individually held Silver would ‘step into the breach’ straightaway, I’m quite sure.
Here’s an interesting take on that entire venue to consider,
“IF someone owes you $20,000, then it’s THIER problem, but IF someone owes you 20 MILLION dollars, then it’s YOUR problem.”
An interesting thought to consider perhaps.
Rest assured, they NEED us WAY more than we NEED THEM…especially if the entirety of the Red States came together as ONE.
In Canada, the Canadian Vice Premier was in Alberta recently and was told to her face by a T-shirted man to “GTFO of Alberta” which is her ‘home’ province, if a Globalist can be said to have one. The upshot here is, it AIN’T just US Brother. Imagine if Alberta, British Columbia and possibly the Yukon joined the Red States and told EVERYONE to go pound Sand; OUR Country would stretch from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Brownsville Texas…and utterly SPLIT in two the remaining ‘dis-United States’. How long do you think those would survive without OUR Oil, OUR Agriculture, OUR productive capacity? The US coasts are non-productive, hollowed out shells of thier former selves with appreciable natural resources.
I’d give those two years at most before they FOLDED.
Best Regards Sir…JOG
PS: Western Canadians are currently VERY, VERY dissatisfied with Ottowa.
“Without appreciable resouces…”
“I’m working to join them by producing my own graphic novel project based on a survivalist hero. The best we have is Burt Gummer from Tremors – He’s great but we need more.”
YES – WE NEED MORE OF THIS…
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There’s no more heroes in storytelling because Hollywood writers have cast themselves in the hero’s role in a phenomenon called author intrusion. Whether a woke retake or new material, I can’t see or hear anything except the writer’s ESG blanket suffocating the story.
The worst threats to a Nation are usually not coming from outside the borderlines but from within.
Yes, there are always hostilities among Nations. And we have the Worldwide migration of millions of people without regard to documentation, fitting in to the native culture, or to the legacy customs and beliefs of the people in the host nation.
Rotting from within. That’s the most devastating threat to the health of the Nation.
When standards of excellence no longer apply. When passing down cherished values is seen as archaic and ‘Nationalistic’. When the youth of the Nation is no longer taught basic studies. When the youth of the Nation is not encouraged to think at all… and so They never learn how to.
When Group Think takes over a Nation like a terrible fungus that grows wild without restrain and covers the Land hip deep from sea to sea.
When the inspired documents that were the very foundation of the Nation are ridiculed and ignored… even by those who sit in places of power.
When it is a sin to call someone a boy or a girl. And an additional sin when you don’t present the chance for them to ignore their birth plumbing and decide to pose as another sex that they will never truly be.
In short… when Reality no longer matters. That is Rotting from within.
And a Nation that has embarked on a suicide course of National Rot has no need for heroes. All that matters is… to make things worse each day that comes along. And to ignore our shared humanity as precious beings who were gifted a spark of the Divine but who choose to ignore the Light and embrace Darkness.
But there are still heroes today. Those who refuse to give in to The Rot that is settling in all around us and who courageously live lives as our Creator intended us to. Ignoring the rot on the Outside. Being the hero on the Inside and letting that shine out to others.
Heroes don’t have to wear capes or have super powers. Heroes can just be regular people who
know Who put us here and Where our real treasures lie.
Fortunately, reality doesn’t care whether one believes in it or not. That may be what ultimately saves us.
Not sure I can toss Rings of Power into the woke bin 2 episodes in.
Still a story of Light v Dark, Good v Evil and character arches of how those heroes become who they do in The Lord of the Rings age by Tolkien.
Galadriel’s character is the definition of individualism, wisdom of power and being reluctant with it.
They just have black hobbits and elves now which why wouldn’t Middle Earth have them? I don’t feel the woke being forced on me yet and a ways to go before seeing the whole picture.
You obviously didn’t pay attention. Galadriel is a Mary Sue. Somehow she’s a “warrior” even though she was never a warrior in LOTR lore. All the men around her are useless; she defeats a Cave Troll by herself and even flips her sword around like a baton in the middle of the fight while not looking at it. Then she demands to see the king like a Karen and gets exactly what she wants. Elrond acts like her gay male BFF who just wants to hear about her day. Then there’s the “forbidden” black/white elf/human relationship which takes up most of episode two and it’s boring as hell. And all the race swapping on the side for a story set in ancient England where there were NO black or brown people. Beyond that you have all the comments from the producers and the cast talking about “equity, diversity, inclusion, feminism, LGBT representation, etc.” You clearly know nothing about Lord Of The Rings and know nothing about woke propaganda. Your argument sounds like a typical marketing ploy – “You can’t criticize it until you see the whole thing…” No, we’ve already seen this. We’ve seen it hundreds of times and we don’t owe Amazon the benefit of the doubt. I even wrote an article months ago predicting what would happen in this show and almost every prediction has been proven true so far. Why? Because woke cultism is utterly predictable.
Not so Brandon, tsk, tsk tsk…
Galleries is described by Tolkien in bithe TLOR and the Silamarilion as “the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves remaining in Middle Earth…” and also, “a March for both the loremasters and athletes of the Eldar in the days of thier youth…”
Tis Tolkeins conception, not your’s and not mine…though I full well grasp your frustration with the current ‘lunatic fringe’ which can’t even decide what thier own biology IS.
Jeez….damn frickin auto-correct,
“GALADRIEL”, NOT “Galleries”.
You need to re-read the books. Tolkien NEVER described her as a warrior. She never led armies and never fought with sword and armor. Never. Sorry, that’s the lore. Galadriel represents the divine feminine, she had power of magic and influence, not power of arms. The Amazon depiction of her as a troll slaying terminator is laughable. Tolkien is rolling in his grave.
Brandon is right, Justoneguy, Galadriel is not mentioned as going into battle or leading armies or killing orcs and trolls in any book written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and that includes the Silmarillion which Amazon doesn’t even have the rights to. Being athletic is not the same as being a warrior so you’re really grasping at straws there. I have all the books including many written by Tolkien scholars. Read them dozens of times each. The Amazon show plants little moments from them in ROP but none of these moments are accurate to the original writings. If you like the show then that’s fine, but it is trash when it comes to accuracy and when it comes to Galadriel. Jackson’s movies aren’t entirely accurate either, but his are much closer to the spirit of the books. ROP is a travesty.
Rings of Power actually reminds me of a communist re-write of LOTR; as if Amazon is trying to change the history of the original content and context and paint a new picture in the public consciousness. People like Justonguy are already falling for the ploy by digging up thin quotes barely related to the point, all to defend the feminist power depiction of Galadriel. It’s truly bizarre. If you have to sift through thousands of lines of text to find one line about Galadriel being “athletic” then you need to reconsider your argument. She’s not a warrior. Never was. Period. If they want to tell a fantasy story about a female warrior then they should create an original production instead of hiding their propaganda inside LOTR. But they won’t do that, because the show would probably fail harder than Rings of Power will.
Case in point for the worst woke movie: Hidden Figures. In reality, these were black women who calculated the approximate splashdown point of a given rocket mission. The movie portrays them as being central to the moon shot program. Forget the other 399,997 people who worked on that program. And they have all the white men portrayed as these villanous, racist, Archie Bunker types. I tried to watch it because I’m an Apollo buff, but it’s so nauseating, I can’t watch it.
The trig related to trajectory was well known much earlier – Isaac Newton developed much of the math, but the early Greeks had developed trig earlier than that. I know my father was assigned to an artillery unit in WWII, and the reason for that was he was very good at math.
The movie October Sky used the standard trig formula for calculating the position that a projectile would hit, so it’s not like the women in Hidden Figures invented it.
Certainly, they had to account for air friction, and, once the capsule had slowed down, wind speed, but even with using trig tables, it’s just not that difficult. I used to teach it to physics students in 11th or 12 grade.
It would be fun to re-write the US Founding Fathers as a colonial era super hero team fighting for individual rights and personal freedom from oligarchs and bankers. Decades worth of material right there. 🙂
Cool. 😎 I like it.
It doesn’t help that a good percentage of history books in this country are authored by Eric Foner or Howard Zinn. (Both are hard leftists)
@Brandon: A little off topic, what do you think of John Lovell of Warrior Poet Society?
Are his training courses any good?
Not sure, I’ve never taken one so I can’t say. He seems like a good guy, and I would suggest his course over a conman like Max Velocity.
I think another reason they hate the idea of the traditional hero is because they represent an objective sense of morality. And leftists tend to be moral relativists.