In Praise of Internet Porn

Wallanderby Brad Nelson   2/17/15
I just finished watching episode one of season one of the Swedish show, Wallander, starring Krister Henriksson (not to be confused with the Kenneth Branagh version). This series combines good writing and production values with often incredibly stupid plot holes and Leftist talking points.

But for some reason, quite unlike the propaganda of such shows as Boston Legal, the propaganda content of Wallander is not as obnoxious or irritating. Instead of pulling my hair out I find much of the spin to be funny.

And few shows that I’ve watched in the series (including seasons 2 and 3 on Netflix, and this very first episode on Hulu) have been funnier than this first show of season 1, Innan Frosten. You have gay weddings (along with a couple men kissing), cops losing their guns, cops putting themselves unnecessarily in danger, and wall-to-wall religious nuts who mix with current Swedish culture like oil mixes with water.

Pornography is usually defined as explicit sexual content. And that’s all well and good. But on a deeper level, we could define pornography as any form of art or media that leads to little more than mental (or political) masturbation. And this episode is that. It’s a Leftist’s wet dream.

The story in this episode revolves around some ex-Jonestown (the cult of Jim Jones) disciples who are now doing their schtick in Sweden. They hate homosexuals (they try to blow up a homosexual wedding). They hate test tube babies (one of which they attempt to kill by drowning). They hate all kinds of things because, in case you missed the message in bold print, religious people are all whacked (unless they are part of performing a homosexual wedding inside a church) and are HATERS — while the Swedish secular types are all wise, good, and tolerant.

It’s interesting to note that this same “toleration” can find nothing bad to say about “radical” Islam, for example (often making criticism criminally punishable), so it’s a kind of psychopathic “nice,” at best. And this “niceness,” as we see in the news and from demographic statistics, will likely mean that not only will white Christian Swedes (if only in TV scripts) gleefully keep trying to blow up homosexual weddings, but they’ll have plenty of help (in the real world, a concept somewhat foreign to the Left) from the Muslims with the beheadings afterward…all thanks to the “nice” immigration policies of the enlightened Swedes and other Europeans.

This episode functions as porn for the Leftist mentality. Whether it is “soft core” or “hard core” porn, I’ll leave to your determination. But they do show more than just a little leg.

As funny as the Leftist propaganda is, the big laugh for me is to see what amounts to a piece of Leftist propaganda aimed at people in which the message is that people who believe thick dogma (such as these Jonestowners) are dangerous, deranged, “hateful,” intolerant, and would probably blow up the world if they could because it’s all so evil. In order words, your average Scandinavian or European viewer of this series is being propagandized even while being told the horrors of someone else’s propoganda.

Can Europeans be this stupid? The answer is obvious. And this was probably the dumbest, most inane, self-serving plot I’ve seen yet in this series. A close second might have been the one were the neighborhood vigilantes killed an innocent guy in season two.

Why do I watch this show, you may ask? Well, it’s getting harder and harder to find anything of decent quality on Netflix or elsewhere. The acting is generally good. Krister Henricksson, in the title role, fleshes out a very believable character. And aside from a habit of inserting obviously stupid plot holes (and they become fun to spot like playing some kind of TV version of “I spy”), the stories are generally interesting and, as already noted, often unintentionally amusing. Maybe that’s my own version of pornography.

There’s also an aspect to watching Wallander that is like watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000 with Mike (or Joel), Crow, and Tom Servo. Along with the drama (which is often quite good) you get many goofy things to make fun of, especially including the behavior of the cops. Kurt Wallander’s daughter has just joined the force in this very first episode, working side-by-side with her father. And one wonders if the police academy in Sweden is some kind of online correspondence course. Are cops really as consistently stupid as this? Is there no technical advisor for this series? Or (which indeed could be the case) does this series actually accurately reflect the behavior of the police force in Sweden where the multiculti influence may have rotted their brains? (Ya gotta see it.)

Whatever the fault of Christians, the reality is that they, upon a Jewish foundation, lifted civilization up from the dogs. But now, through shows such as this, they are being slandered and made the dogs. And it’s not that Jonestown-like people don’t exist. But watch a few episodes of Wallander and you, like me, may be thinking that the Kool-aid drinkers are on the other side of the camera.


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8 Responses to In Praise of Internet Porn

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Your view of pornography reminds me of the scene in Airplane in which Peter Graves as Captain Oveur checks out the magazine rack, which is divided into “Fiction”, “Non-Fiction”, and “Whacking Material” (which is where he picks up something to scan).

    One wonders if the people doing the series know that Jim Jones was associated with San Francisco Bay area liberals, at least until he did something (I’m not sure what) to make himself too hot even for them to handle. (Note that it was a Democrat from the San Mateo area, Leo Ryan, who was killed to precipitate the final apocalypse there. He was replaced by Republican Bill Royer in a special election, but in 1980 Democrat Tom Lantos won it back.)

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I was not aware of that aspect of the Jim Jones story. Tell us more! Or maybe someone else knows more. But it wouldn’t surprise me because the search for an earthly Utopia was (and still is) hot in the minds of many on the Left. I’ll have to find a good and honest book on the subject.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I hate to beat a dead horse (this is liberal ass, so that doesn’t quite count), but here’s a pretty good description of how cops are portrayed in this episode (and, really, most episodes) of Wallander by an astute IMDB.com reviewer:

    But while I never expect the cops in Ystad to act like the Strike Team on The Shield, you would hope they use their brains.

    

Two cops come across a van with explosives in the woods while their searching for a kidnapped baby. Instead of disabling the van while they follow the baby’s cries, they just walk right past it.

    

Then the cops shoot the driver and stop the van. Of course then one of the cops lets the female passenger get her gun and they drive off toward a church they want to blow up. Man, how hard is it to catch a criminal.

    

Of course the church is being guarded by police with rifles and they get a call the van is coming their way. So what do the cops do? Well of course they go into the packed church and tell everyone to leave all the while getting stuck in the middle of the crowd. Maybe they could have set up on the road to shoot and disable the truck as it’s coming toward the church? Instead some of the people were sitting ducks in front of the church right next to the road.

    

I can overlook the anti-religious theme, I’ve watched enough Morse and Lewis to almost expect it. But if this were a realistic depiction of the police in Sweden the criminal community of Europe must be flooding in there because they don’t have to worry too much from the police.

  3. Rosalys says:

    I’ve only seen the Kenneth Branagh version of Wallander on Masterpiece (PBS) and I find it so tiresome. I just can’t take anymore of the main character’s angst.

    It’s a very Progressive thing to do to identify the Jim Jones cult as a band of Christians. Jim Jones was no Christian!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I tried to watch the first episode of the Branagh version…and found it tiresome (good word). I guess I’ll get my Wallander fix by watching the remaining season 1 episodes that I have not yet seen. And I do think Krister Henriksson’s work in the Swedish version if very good.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of pornography (and the suicide of the Swedes to backward Islam is, to my mind, pornographic), James Lewis has a pretty good overview article on the subject: Muslim Sacralized Rape and Feminized Sweden. It mentions the city of Malmo (often referenced in the Wallander series) that is now apparently majority Muslim.

    Keeping to my own rule, of sorts, about engaging in useless “descriptive conservatism,” let me say what should be done. What we ought to do is stop all Muslim immigration to this country and do like Norway is doing and have an aggressive policy of deportation for law-breakers.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, immigration control is essential. But the Cheap Labor Lobby rejects any immigration restrictions, if only because they would have to be enforced by actually controlling the border. Well, Lenin always said the last capitalist would sell them the rope to hang him. The Camp of the Saints works much the same way.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Timothy, I admit to not knowing how potent and important the cheap labor lobby is. My natural skepticism leaves me open to believing it could be a big factor.

        Still, if you look at dolts such as Jeb Bush (and even Marco Rubio), you see the emasculated “wuss” factor that I so often talk about and which I think is a direct and clear expression of something Dennis Prager calls “nice, but not good.”

        No one wants to lay down the law and hold to needed and necessary standards. Everyone wants to be “nice.” And so I would say not to underestimate this factor which may completely dwarf the cheap-labor-lobby factor. Not sure how to get good polling data on that though. 🙂

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