by Brad Nelson 6/9/15
There’s a kind of Hamlet mentality with me now: “To engage the culture or not engage the culture. That is the commercial break.”
I’d heard tell that Clint Eastwood made a joke about Bruce Jenner. Someone from Hollywood Life (whatever that is…like I say, I don’t stayed tuned in to most of this stuff these days) wrote “What she’s doing is so heroic, and it requires a lot of courage.” [She?]
Saving a stranger from drowning likely requires courage. But dressing up like a woman (outside of vaudeville) more likely requires mental illness, delusion, or the poison of a mass mind that calls “good” anything that pushes the boundaries of freakishness.
I write this not having a resolution to this question nor expecting one. I remember as a child visiting the old B&I store in Tacoma. It was one of the first mega-stores or themed stores. It was like a gigantic Sears combined with a zoo. They had the famous gorilla, Ivan, who (according to Wiki) spent the first 27 years of his life in a 40′ x 40′ concrete enclosure. Later he was given probation and moved to more humane confines and died in 2012 from complications during a medical procedure.
At the old B&I store they also had displays of monkeys behind glass in rather confined enclosures as well. And my brother and I loved visiting the monkeys because if you put monkeys (or human 5-year-olds, for that matter) in an enclosed space, lots of funny stuff will happen. In the case of the monkeys, shoving small pieces of straw up their urethra was one of their pastimes that I remember howling about with my brother. They seemed to do it with such care. But what else have you got to do?
Looking back, enclosing such relatively intelligent creatures like that in such a confined space is not a good or humane idea. Zoos (and other exhibitions) have progressed past that, and for the better.
And it makes me think of Bruce Jenner (pretending to be a woman) on the cover of Vanity. If you put a human being in the confined space of libtard pop culture, screwy things are going to happen. And I’m not even suggesting that this is so because we’re closely related to monkeys. I’m saying this is so because it seems to be a tendency for intelligent creatures to do really stupid stuff when they are bored.
I view Bruce Jenner with detached amusement. He’s crazy and probably deserves pity (my friends tend to disagree with this, saying that he deserves absolutely nothing, and I haven’t much of an argument to put against this). What I deserve is a break from this kind of insanity, which is exactly what my method is of late. But sometimes you just have to stop to watch the monkeys. And laugh.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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