Kung Fu Zu
What is it about the Left Wing Artistsphere that impels the inhabitants to insert their Leftist life view into every corner of the entertainment business? Why is it they must take classic period pieces which by definition are about time and place, and deform them with the latest modern fetish whether it be the hatred of religion or promotion of homosexuality? Why is everything political? I am not sure I have the answers to these questions, but it is undeniable that this is too often the case.
I just watched, on PBS, the first episode of the most recent Father Brown series. Being a traditionalist, I was not pleased with the product. In the latest version, Father Brown appears to be ensconced in a parish somewhere in the English countryside. In the original stories, Father Brown was a peripatetic fellow, who while living in London, was tied to no particular church.
Physically, the actor portraying Father Brown is also not very much like the man created by G.K. Chesterton. The actor was neither short enough, nor dumpy enough, nor physically benign enough. But these faults are nothing in comparison to the hatchet job the new writer has done on the original story.
Chesterton’s “Hammer of God” takes place in a small English village where two brothers of an old aristocratic family reside. The older brother is a real English “rotter”; a cruel, foul-mouthed, skirt-chasing, philandering degenerate who did not care a jot for others and pursued nothing more than his own hedonistic pleasure. His brother was an overly pious vicar with aesthetic inclinations.
The story is built around the older brother’s violent death by a hammer from the local smithy. In turns out, that while standing on the church belfry, the vicar simply dropped the hammer straight down on his brother’s head. The deciding factor in the murder is that, as seen from that height and angle, the older brother who was wearing a green hat, looked like a disgusting green bug. It seems the vicar had spent too much time praying at elevated altitudes and began to believe he was God thus had the right to exterminate such vermin.
In the latest TV version there are still two aristocratic brothers, one a rotter and one a vicar. But, in this version the rotter stands away from the belfry wall and his vicar brother throws the hammer in an arc, through the air. The old rotter again, gives up the ghost.
However, in the new version, instead of thinking he is God, the vicar is a prig who says that given the distance his brother was from the belfry, it must have been “God’s Will” that the hammer struck and killed him. And oh, I forgot to mention, he killed his brother because he had a homosexual relationship.
Now I may be overly sensitive to these things, but words have meanings and I find these changes to be important and indicative of the propaganda campaign being waged by the Left.
One might ask, “What, is so disturbing about these small differences?” Just this, in the first version the killer is unambiguously guilty of committing the sin of murder. Additionally, he is puffed up with pride and could be accused of being blasphemous. Clearly, the killer alone is guilty of his sins and acting contrary to his religious beliefs.
In the 2013 version, God is culpable. On top of that, the crime is committed not because of the older brother is such an all round rotter, but specifically because he has a homosexual relationship. There you have a Left wing three-fer. A religious fanatic, kills a homosexual because it is God’s will. How much better can it get for the modern propagandists of the Left?
Note the subtle way the present script writer changes the vicar’s attitude i.e. between a man thinking he is God and a man blaming God, to undermine and criticize religion. Note the ham-fisted way the writer uses violence against a homosexual to stress the intolerance of the vicar and by extension religion. Note the way religion is to blame instead of the vicar sinning against his religion.
Was the anti-religious slant of the 2013 version simply the chance outcome of a more contemporary re-write of a well know story? We all know better than that. I am sick of such propaganda. And I have decided to point out such agitprop every time I encounter it. There is certainly no general outcry for transforming beloved classics in a way to push homosexuality and condemn religion at the same time.
In such ways do the modern Left undermine our culture. At least, they should come up with their own “classics” and not fool me into viewing such rubbish by using the name of a great writer. • (2950 views)