A White American’s Response to Actor Jesse Williams’ Racist and Nonsensical Speech About Race at the BET Awards

Jesse-Williams-AP-640x480.jpg

In 2016 Americans have become so cowardly that we now largely allow racist and nonsensical comments such as those uttered by Jesse Williams at the 2016 Bet Awards to stand without a response. I am not afraid to call out Williams on his racism and nonsense.

Below is found selected excerpts from his speech in quotes and italics. My comments follow each quoted passage.

“Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET.”

The Black Entertainment Network is a cable television network created for black people which caters specifically to black people and one assumes it is staffed almost solely by black people. BET was founded and operates on a racist and segregationist premise. The BET awards is a racist and segregationist awards show because only black people are eligible for its awards and it is presumably only black people who vote on the awards. The night he gave his speech, Williams accepted a racist and segregationist award. It was fitting that, as will be shown below, in a number of respects his acceptance speech was racist and segregationist as well. I cannot leave the topic of BET without mentioning that it stands as a prime example of the type of double standard that permeates most every aspect of the view of racism and race held by the typical African American. We can all imagine the reaction of black America to a WET.

“A thank you Nate Parker, Harry ohm and Debbie Allen a for participating in that. Ohm before we get into it, I just want to say you know I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them a for being here, for teaching me ohm to focus on comprehension over career, that they a make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us.”

Mere seconds into his speech, Williams proved that he does not deserve to be looked at as the leader and role model of his people that he obviously desires to be as a consequence of his bad command of the English language.

More important is Williams’ contention that the educational system is apparently involved in some vast right-wing conspiracy to hide the truth from African Americans out of a fear of something or other. It is probably safe to assume that eighty percent of educators in the U.S. are on the Left politically. Therefore for Williams’ to believe that educators are doing anything other than bending over backwards to accommodate African Americans curriculum wise means at least one of two things must be true. He may just be unintelligent. If this is the case he would be far from the first himbo actor who looks like a male model and has acting chops but little brains. Perhaps he is so blinded by his own racialized worldview that he cannot see the truth when it comes to issues connected to race. Maybe both are true.

“Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. Alright.”

Was Williams referring to the same “teachers” who work in schools that do not teach the “truth” to African Americans? The system Williams’ refers to as being set up to “keep down” African Americans allowed him, a person of color, to become one of the most beloved and rich actors in the entertainment industry. A majority white nation made him a television star and allows him to live a luxurious lifestyle. It is astonishing that a person could have so little self-awareness that he cannot see that his own life disproves the concept of a system designed to make black people unsuccessful in the U.S.

Could it be possible that when making his speech Williams forgot who has occupied the Oval Office for the last almost eight years? Does he not understand that a majority white electorate gave Barack Obama two election victories not despite but because of his race? The fact that Obama became president itself shows that Williams’ view of the “system” is laughable.

One does not have to look hard to find additional evidence. From the moment an African American child in need is born, she or he benefits from federal, state and local government assistance. An African American child who graduates from high school with just an average grade point average will be handed a full scholarship to most any college or university she or he wishes to attend for no other reason then race. An African American college graduate who completed her or his degree with just an average grade point average will be offered a full scholarship to almost any graduate school one might chose simply do to her or his race.

Once an African American begins her or his working career, she or he will usually find it easy sledding. This is because every entity of a good size that employs people has affirmative action quotas and is desperate to fill them. African Americans will be often hired over more qualified whites because diversity policies demand it.

Once an African American gets her or his foot in the door, she or he will usually quickly become acquainted with two realities. One is that it is almost impossible for an African American to get fired unless she or he does something along the lines of committing a felony or stops showing up to work. Employers are often so terrified of being accused of racism and being sued that African Americans who cannot do their work are many times allowed to continue to collect a pay check and the responsibility for their work falls to others.

An African American who performs as well as the average worker will be many times be quickly promoted even if it means being pushed ahead of more qualified whites. Affirmative action policies are in place for every wrung of the workplace ladder.

It is safe to assume that although educational and workplace affirmative action meets the dictionary definition of racism, Williams supports both because they benefit people of color.

“Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.”

This was one of the few parts of Williams’s remarks that deserves praise. Peer reviewed research has long shown that children who are born to married parents and grow up with a mother and a father in the household are many times more likely to grow up to be productive members of society. Unfortunately, around seventy-five percent of African American children are born out of wedlock. The percentage of African American boys who grow up with no positive male role model in the house is about the same. Although Williams apparently recognizes illegitimacy as a problem in the African American community, what he fails to understand is that it, and not whites or a corrupt racist system, is the most significant problem facing African Americans.

“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people every day.”

The reason why police officers find it easier “to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people” is because the black community seems to assume that all cops are racists and out to get them. It is no wonder that even a cursory examination of video evidence uncovers the fact that African Americans often adopt a combative attitude in encounters with law enforcement officers. If one goes looking for a fight with a policeman she or he is likely to find it.

Another problem is that a large number of African Americans do not seem to realize that it is against the law to disobey a lawful order from a police officer. To few African Americans appear to understand that they must comply with any directive issued by a police officer as along as doing so does not force them to break the law and the failure to do so immediately makes them guilty of disorderly conduct and subject to lawful arrest.

Rhetoric like that used by Williams in the speech only serves to fuel the problems between African Americans and law enforcement. Williams is a part of the problem.

“So what’s gonna happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”

I would respond to this if I could figure out what the heck he is talking about.

“Now… I got more y’all…”

By reinforcing the notion that speaking in “black English” is acceptable, Williams is setting back the African American community.

“Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t wanna hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich.”

Tamir Rice’s shooting is explained not by race but by the fact that at the time he was shot he was holding a toy gun that was indistinguishable from the real thing. How did he get hold of such an object?  How is it that he was never taught not to wave such a thing around on a city street. Were Rice’s parents married when he was born? Were they married when he was shot?

“Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.”

The Rekia Boyd killing was what is referred to as a “bad shooting” by law enforcement officers. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it had anything to do with race. The fact that Williams thinks otherwise for no reason besides the cop was white and the victim black proves that Williams is a racist.

If Williams really believes that someone stole into Sandra Bland’s cell to murder her and her death was not a suicide by hanging then he truly is a himbo. The Hunt shooting just happened. Williams should reserve judgment until all the facts come out.

The Eric Garner situation deserves in depth comment. It is true if a choke hold had not been placed on Eric Gardner he likely would not have died at the hands of the police that day. However, people like Williams conveniently fail to mention several other facts surrounding the case when speaking on Gardner. If Gardner had not violently resisted arrest after informing the law enforcement officers on the scene that he planned to do so he would still be alive. If he had not been in terrible health he would likely not have lost his life even if a choke hold had been utilized to subdue him. If Gardner had not been illegally selling cigarettes in public, something which had been habitually guilty of, he would not have died while being taken into custody.

This last point brings to mind what is the second biggest problem facing the African American community. This is the penchant for breaking the law. Africans American’s make up about thirteen percent of the population in the U.S. but commit about 50 percent of the serious crimes in the nation. Rather than work to reform the African American community from within and work to make African Americans more law-abiding, people like Williams blame black crime on whites and argue that convicted African Americans should receive less jail time.

Were Boyd, Garner, Bland and Hunt born to parents who were married and remained married until each grew to adulthood?

“Now the thing is, though, all of us in here gettin’ money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to gettin’ money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.”

Might he have been drunk when he gave his speech?

“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.”

obama-smart-mfg750-410x273.jpg

What conditions did Williams have to meet to become beloved, rich and famous that a white entertainer does not have to meet? What conditions did Barack Obama have to meet before he could become president that a white candidate does not have to meet?

Who is “she”? Did he think someone was standing on the stage next to him? Did Williams have a drink in his hand when he accepted his award?

 “Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”

Churches have made more of a positive contribution to the  lives of African Americans than any other institution. Here Williams runs them down. This is most unfortunate for those African American criminals I wrote of earlier because it would do them well to have religion in their lives.

“And let’s get, let’s get a couple things straight, just a little side note – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”

mansions-band.jpg

Does Williams find himself brutalized when living in his mansion, riding in limos and eating in the finest restaurants?

He is commanding people like me to shut up. This is yet another example of the Left trying to win politically by silencing all those who disagree with them.

100-dollars21.jpg

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo,…”

A majority white America has given Williams a lifestyle of the rich and famous. He is not owed anything.

“We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”

Does Williams believe, as does the Nation of Islam, that white people were created in a lab and engineered to be evil?

The last part of this passage touches upon the infuriating concept of cultural appropriation. I have two questions I would love to have answered. Is Williams guilty of cultural appropriation when he wears a business suit or communicates using the English language? Are black people who play classical music, tennis or golf committing cultural appropriation?

“The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”

I grateful to Williams for disabusing me of the notion that black people were figments of my imagination.

By referring to African Americans as “magic,” Williams is implying that people of other races are non-magical. In other words, he means that by nature of their biology, black people are racially superior to other people.

The victimhood narrative pedaled by Williams is a cancer upon African Americans. Rather than be given a Humanitarian Award, Williams should be viewed as a person who is harming is own race.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog and follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I approve all blog comments. No exceptions.

Advertisements

Eugene Bites: Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 14: “Twice as Far”

IMG_1146.JPG

Episode 14 of season 6 of “The Walking Dead” (“Twice as Far”) was absolutely enthralling. Perhaps the best way to tease what is to come is to mention that it included what has to be one of the weirdest and funniest lines ever spoken in the history of television.

Great Walker Makeup

the-walking-dead-episode-614-eugene-mcdermitt-2-935.jpg

There was some more great walker makeup this installment that begs to be highlighted. A walker with a lead helmet made for one of best ever seen on the program.

Rosita Espinosa

IMG_1136.JPG

Christian Serratos  turned in a strong performance as Rosita Espinosa. She has quietly done her job well since joining the cast.

Dr. Denise Cloyd

IMG_1098.JPG

That the community allowed Dr. Denise Cloyd (Merritt Wever), the only person in Alexandria with medical experience, to leave the safety of its walls for any reason was ridiculous. Her stated reason, that she knew the names of drugs needed by the group, was too silly to have been convincing. She could have written down the names of medicines. The moment she set foot out of Alexandria the believability level of the show dipped.

Daryl “Mr. Cool” Dixon

TWD_614_GP_1021_0086-RT-1200x801.jpg

Watching Daryl “Mr. Cool” Dixon (Norman Reedus) struggle to drive a truck with a manual transmission was a very funny touch. That “The Walking Dead” did not take the joke to its logical conclusion is inexplicable. A quick cutaway showing something other than the interior of the truck followed by a return to the truck and a view of Darryl in the passenger seat and Denise driving would have elicited a second round of laughter.

Denise’s Murder

the-walking-dead-episode-614-denise-wever935.jpg

Denise’s murder had to be one of the most shocking moments in the entire run of the show. That “The Walking Dead” continues to surprise its viewers is one of the reasons it has kept such a large audience for so long.

Dwight

IMG_1118.JPG

Seeing Dwight (Austin Amelio) on our television screens was another one of the episode’s surprises.  He represents a return to the all-white male top tier villains standard the show has set. Paula appears to have been just a one episode departure from the show’s norm.

Dr. Eugene Porter’s  Evolution

IMG_1125.JPG

Dr. Eugene Porter’s  (Josh McDermitt) evolution into a new person has been most welcome and entertaining. His doing what Sgt. Abraham Ford, portrayed by Michael Cudlitz, would call out of the box thinking led to one of the weirdest and funniest lines ever spoken in the history of television. Ford tells Eugene: “You know how to bite a d#*k, Eugene. I mean that with the utmost of respect.”

the-walking-dead-episode-614-daryl-reedus-3-935.jpg

After Eugene is shot we see him having to be carried away. We wondered if he would survive. A few minutes later we learn that he was only “grazed” by a single bullet. If he was only “grazed” why did he need to be carried off?

Carol

IMG_1076.JPG

In contrast to the character ark of Eugene, in this installment we see the further disappointing character development of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). Carol decides she does not want to kill for the people of Alexandria ever again and so leaves the community. It is too farfetched to believe that Carol, who as I stated in commentary on an earlier episode this season, evolved into the ultimate pragmatist and realist when it came to surviving a zombie apocalypse, would become a person who would do such a thing.  The last two episodes informed us that it was Carol’s religion which caused her transformation. I have never missed an installment of the show and never recall Carol’s spirituality to have been referenced in any way until this season. To use it as a key plot device six seasons into the show seems cheap. So too does having Carol run off. She has always been one of the best and most important characters in the series. She will be back just as happened the last time she separated from the main core group of survivors.

As Good as Ever

the-walking-dead-episode-614-walker-935.jpg

Six seasons in “The Walking Dead” is as good as ever. It is too bad that prejudice against the horror genre will prevent the show from ever getting all the credit is deserves.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog and follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I approve all blog comments. No exceptions.

IMG_1094.JPG

The Despicable Oliver Stone and His Terrible Movie JFK

JFK3.jpg

Two months ago I blogged about the despicable Oliver Stone and his terrible movie JFK. Since my comments were made in a post about a television show, they would likely only have been read by those interested in the program. For this reason I decided to restate my arguments in this new blog post. Back in January I wrote:

“Oliver Stone knew when making his movie JFK that Jim Garrison had been diagnosed with “severe and disabling” mental illness “of the type that will require long-term pyscotherapeutic approach.” Stone was aware that Garrisons was corrupt and unethical as they come, had been known to have slept with a loaded gun under his pillow and his conspiracy theory related to President Kennedy’s assassination had zero merit and destroyed the lives of innocent people. Yet just as social justice warriors told us that “the facts don’t matter” after the UVA rape case was demonstrated to be a fraud, Stone, if he were to be honest, would say the same when defending his movie JFK.  From Stone’s perspective, that JFK is a pack of lies is not important. The point of his movie was to communicate to his audience a “greater truth.” This is the basic notion that the American government is horrible and the U.S. is a force for all that is terrible in the world. In the postmodernist tradition, Stone wants to help to rip down the United States so that something he perceives will be better can be created in its place.

Stone wants to undermine the American system as we know it today by causing people to lose faith in it. Only then, can it be overturned and replaced. Nuts to Oliver Stone.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog. I blog a lot about politics. My many blog posts about the entertainment industry also touch upon politics. See my blog’s home page for links to these blog posts.

You can follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I will approve all blog comments. No exceptions. Try me.

Thank you for reading my blog.

img-oliver-stone-1_152934423555.jpg

Product Placement in Television

x-files-2016-ford-explorer-platinum-01.jpgProduct placement in The X-Files

 

Last month I blogged about product placement in television. Since my comments were made in a post about a television show, they would likely only have been read by those interested in the program. For this reason I decided to restate my arguments in this new blog post. Seventeen days ago I wrote:

“The coming of such blatant and reappearing product placement is an obvious evolution in television. Every day the percentage of us with DVRs is increasing and less and less of us are watching commercials because it is so easy to fast-forward through them. Advertisers will not buy commercial time if people do not watch their advertisements. Expect to see arrangements…in which…[companies] both buy traditional commercial spots and have their product featured in…episodes as well, to become the norm. This does not bother me since it may lead to the eventual elimination of traditional commercials altogether. Furthermore, if done skillfully, product placement could even aid the viewer in her or his willingness to suspend disbelief when viewing a television program.”

I say bring on the product placement and banish television commercials forever. It will mean a superior TV viewing experience for all of us.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog. I blog a lot about politics. My many blog posts about the entertainment industry also touch upon politics. See my blog’s home page for links to these blog posts.

You can follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I will approve all blog comments. No exceptions. Try me.

Thank you for reading my blog.

product placement.jpg

 

 

 

Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 13: “The Same Boat” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below)

the-walking-dead-episode-613-walker-800x600.jpg

Episode thirteen of the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” (“The Same Boat”) will go down as one of the most memorable in the show’s history. Unusual storytelling techniques, very scary characters, constant tension and a strong plot all made for a wonderful hour of programing. As good as it was, the installment did have some irritating moments for which “The Walking Dead” deserves criticism.

Creative Touches

38d15ea2605ec02374fd033fcba0195a5915ecc2.png.cf.jpg

Beginning the “The Same Boat” several minutes before the end of last week’s installment was a creative touch. The same can be said for scenes which followed and depicted the conclusion of last week’s episode  from the perspective of characters not seen in last week’s show.

Saviors

the-walking-dead-episode-613-maggie-cohen-2-935.jpg

The “Saviors” were chilling and reinforced the reoccurring theme of “The Walking Dead” that in a world where all civilization breaks down the living are more dangerous than zombies. The ruthlessness and stone-cold heart of the Saviors leader, Paula, ably played by Alicia Witt, made her frightening.

Paula

the-walking-dead-episode-613-paula-witt-935.jpg

It was no surprise that Paula was white for 100% of the series’ top tier villains over six seasons have been so. Such casting is another way for the program to prove its Leftist bona fides. Paula’s gender was a first for a prominent villain of “The Walking Dead.” In a strange way I think female bad women like Paula represent a feminist statement. She thinks of her “boyfriend” as no more than a sex toy. In feminist’s eyes men are superfluous. One Angela Kang wrote “The Same Boat.” Is she an admirer of Lorena Bobbitt?

We learn in the episode that Paula was a secretary before the zombie apocalypse. Was Kang telling the audience that if not for sexism in America secretaries like Paula could live up to their full murderous potential? Will we continue down this bad woman road and see next week a female character lie about a rape allegation or are some aspects of the cult of true womenhood still held sacred by those behind “The Walking Dead?”

Tension

the-walking-dead-season-6-episode-13-trailer.jpg

After the Saviors put jackets over the heads of Carol Peletier, portrayed by Melissa McBride and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and begin the journey to a “safe house,” the camera shifts to the perspective of both women. The views of both Carol and Maggie, which are limited to the ground at their feet, proved to be a potent technique to raise the tension felt by the audience throughout the entire hour.

Frustrating Dialog

the-walking-dead-episode-613-maggie-cohen-935.jpg

It was after the safe house is reached that the viewers were subjected to some frustrating dialog. The pregnant Maggie asks: “When was it ever smart to get knocked up?” The take away is meant to be that even before the zombie apocalypse, women who had children were stupid. Here we have an example of the Leftists in the entertainment industry denigrating motherhood and women who get married, have children and stay home to raise them. Maggie follows up her question with the line: “Women used to just die in child birth and they always thought the world was going to end.” The ignorance expressed by Angela Kang, who presumably came up with this piece of dialog, is appalling. Giving birth is the most natural thing in the world that a woman could do for if women ceased to do it the human specious would become extinct. Child birth is actually not all that dangerous for women at all. In fact, it is only in very recent history that doctors were even present when a child was born. Traditionally, women gave birth at home attended only by a midwife. Pregnancy is not a malady. There has never been a time in history when women in large numbers died while giving birth or believed that the “world was going to end.” I assume there was a clumsy attempt at a statement on abortion somewhere in there.

Carol

the-walking-dead-episode-613-maggie-cohen-3-935.jpg

While being held captive Carol falls to pieces.  Her crying, hyperventilating, and betraying that the fact that Maggie was with child was so out of character for her that it took me out of the show for a period. The ultimate realist, pragmatists and all-around coolheaded person that Carol has evolved into over the course of six seasons would never come apart as she does in the installment. Considering other themes of “The Same Boat,” it is fitting that Carol’s motherly, or grandmotherly insticts, account for her weakness.

Double Standards

While Carol is behaving out of character, a woman Savior remarks: “Guys can’t handle pain.” The comment was a prime example of the double standards upheld by the Left. Concepts which entail that the basic biology of men and women make them different are acceptable to the Left as long as they are complimentary toward women and derogatory toward men.

Religion and “The Walking Dead”

Religion played a big role in Carol’s experiences in “The Same Boat.” Religion seems to have been a theme in every recent episode but just what “The Walking Dead” is trying to communicate visa vie religion during the season is not clear to me. I have no choice but to default to the 2012 “The Walking Dead “ installment in which viewers were shown a large number of walkers sitting in church pews. The not so subtle message intended to be conveyed was that all religious people are zombies.

A patronizing tone and forced Leftist social engineering have been features of a great many episodes of “the Walking Dead.” Despite this fact the show is still one of the best things on television. Give me more!

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog and follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I approve all blog comments. No exceptions.

the-walking-dead-episode-613-saviors-935.jpg

Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 12: “Not Tomorrow Yet” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below)

IMG_0972.JPG

Episode 12 of season 6 of “The Walking Dead” (“Not Tomorrow Yet”) was solid television. Read on for my observations on the installment.

Carol

hero_wide_640.jpg

The first few scenes were several of a number that cast Melissa McBride’s character Carol Peletier in the role of homemaker and mother. For over five decades now the Leftist entertainment industry has denigrated moms and housewives in general. It was therefore surprising to see the show present motherhood and homemaking in a positive light through Carol’s character. However, “The Walking Dead” had to put a feminist spin on Carol’s role and make her just as fierce a fighter as the men. The Leftists in the entertainment industry see the world as they want it to be and not how it is in reality. They deny the science of physics and its explanation for the fact that men and women do not compete against each other in the Olympics. In their view woman should serve in ground combat units alongside men and would typically preform just as well as males in a fight. How will they react the first time a woman POW gets passed around among some foreign enemies like a child’s baseball glove on a ball field?

IMG_0940.JPG

This episode a romance blossoms between Carol and Tobin (Jason Douglas). Carol goes off to fight Negan and the Saviors. Tobin tells Carol that her toughness “terrifies” him and that he is going to sit out the fight and stay behind on the home front. We know who wears the pants in that relationship. In Carol and Tobin we see the Leftist entertainment industry’s wish that the American male becomes wussified and behaves more feminine and the American female acts more masculine. This brings up another field of science that the Left ignores—Evolutionary Biology.

IMG_0920.JPG

Early on we are shown a close-up of Carol in which her striking eyes are on full display. I was immediately reminded of the fact that in recent months I have noticed what appeared to me to be a large number of women on cable news stations who were wearing some sort of contact lenses to enhance the appearance of their eyes. I did some research and determined that during the episode Melissa McBride must have been wearing what are known as “Big Eye Contact Lenses.” These lenses increase the size of the iris and make the color of the iris much more vibrant. Some also have a thicker than normal black outline around the outside of the iris that make its color standout more prominently against the eye’s white sclera than would naturally be the case.

Carol has long been one of the best characters on the show. Her character ark has been fascinating. She is a stark realist who accepts her world as it is and this makes her most interesting.

Morgan

IMG_0936.JPG

That Morgan Jones (Lennie James), by contrast, is an unfailing idealist and pacifist, is why I dislike his character so much. Whenever he appears on screen I hope I will soon see him become Zombie fodder.

Walker Makeup

IMG_0912.JPG

This installment served to further reinforce my opinion that the walker makeup has been taken to a new level of excellence this season.

Politically Correct Merit Badges

IMG_0954.JPG

The episode earned for “The Walking Dead” two politically correct merit badges. The first was for the depiction of the continuing development of the lesbian relationship between Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) and Dr. Denise Cloyd, played by Merritt Wever. The second was for a lesbian kiss the two shared.

The Fight Against the Saviors

IMG_1007.JPG

The firefight and overall combat between the core group of survivors and the Saviors made for some very exciting television.

Supplies

It was refreshing to see that in the last few installments dwindling food has played a part in the season’s story. It has given the show an increased sense of realism.  Perhaps in future episodes we will see cars breaking down, gasoline stores running low and firearms wearing out.

Five days is too long to wait for the next episode. If you are looking forward to it as much as I am and care to read my comments on the installment check back in with my blog a few days after it airs.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog and follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I approve all blog comments. No exceptions.

IMG_0988.JPG

Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 11: “Knots Untie” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below)

144a4b7d0378e13e7eb473ce88801148.jpgEpisode 11 of season 6 of the Walking Dead (“Knots Untie”) was another in a long line of strong installments. The observations it brought to my mind are explained below.

Sgt. Abraham Ford

the-walking-dead-episode-611-sneak-abraham-cudlitz-sasha-martin-greene-1200x707.jpg

When Sgt. Abraham Ford, portrayed by Michael Cudlitz, first appeared in season four of the show, I loathed his character. He was written as the caricature of a military man that Hollywood and television writers who have not served in the military and never had a friend or family member who served in the military often vomit up. Abraham fit the stereotype of a serviceman that those who know nothing about the military other than that they hate everything about it and everyone associated with it often embrace. As the show’s seasons have progressed, “The Walking Dead’s” writers have apparently come to the realization that those in the armed forces are just like the rest of the population because Abraham’s character has evolved into a real person.  I have come to enjoy him. However, the moronic dialog spoken by him in connection with Maggie Greene’s (Lauren Cohan) pregnancy and Rick Grimes and Michonne (Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira) becoming a couple was a step backward. Hopefully there will not be any more of such silliness going forward.

landscape-1447679481-ustv-the-walking-dead-s06e06-still-01.jpg

Ford speaks of Rick and Michonne “uging bumpies” instead of “bumping uglies.” This after last week’s episode that featured Eugene Porter, played by Josh McDermitt, speaking the words “hunky dunky” rather than “hunky dory.” Are both explained by some sort of inside joke only known to the most super of super fans or those who work on the show?

Carl Frimes

IMG_0758.JPG

About a quarter of the way through “Knots Untie”, we observe Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) tell his father that he will stay behind in Alexandrea when the majority of the core group of survivors leave for the Hilltop Colony. It was a nice moment symbolizing that Carl has become an adult.

A Stunning Scene

IMG_0865.JPG

While the group is en route to the settlement we are treated to a stunning scene of writhing walkers trapped by a car wreck.  It was a reminder that the show’s special effects have always been as big a star as any cast member.

Costumes

IMG_0763.JPG

Those who designed the costumes of Paul “Jesus” Rovia  (Tom Payne) and Ford for this installment did a great job. The black leather trench coat and gloves and orange hat “Jesus” wears are a great look. Ford had an equal “cool factor” going for him with his deep blue parker with fur lined hood.

The Hilltop Colony

twd-hilltop-colony.jpg

Setting the Hilltop Colony on a former living history museum that once served as a plantation was a brilliant and fascinating stroke. With black smith and carpenter shops and plenty of quality land already cleared for farming it has almost everything a group of the living would need.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene

images.jpg

The best acting performance of the episode was turned in by Lauren Cohan. I am looking forward to seeing how the series will develop as Maggie Greene assumes a leadership position in the group.

We are now two episodes in to the resumption of the season. I am sure there is still plenty more fun to be had. If you wish to learn what I think about next week’s installment check back with my blog a day or two after it airs.

If you enjoyed this blog post, please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

 You may also want to follow my blog and follow me on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).

You can email me at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. I always welcome suggestions for blog topics.

 I also have a YouTube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpauuMnQBSI2FWgFiScj2mw

I believe in free speech and so I approve all blog comments. No exceptions.

images (1).jpg