Pop Culture, etc.

When you’ve finished reading this article, Burt hope you’ll enjoy the article he wrote a couple of days ago: “Romney’s Sister Souljah Moment.”

Being as old as I am, I am not the least bit embarrassed by the fact that I am not only unaware of the movies, TV shows and music, that are currently popular, but, aside from a few people named Bieber, Snooki and Kardashian, who somehow snuck through my defenses, I am proud to say I don’t know the names of the current idols.

One thing that I have become aware of is that the female icons of today are not as attractive as they used to be, and I don’t attribute that to my age, but to their lack of faces and figures. For instance, Angelina Jolie has the pencil legs of a 90-year-old and lips that are larger than her arms; Lady Gaga looks like something the cat dragged in; and Sarah Jessica Parker looks like the homely girl that pretty girls hung out with in high school so they’d look even prettier by comparison. When you compare them to the likes of Rhonda Fleming, Rita Hayworth and Doris Day, you’d think you were comparing different species from different planets.

Speaking of things cultural, it has always annoyed me that people are expected to be impressed by certain books, movies and plays, simply because they have been lauded by certain critics and academicians. I’m not suggesting that it isn’t possible to enjoy these works or that those who claim they love them are lying and merely trying to pass themselves off as aesthetically superior to the rest of mankind, although that is certainly a very real possibility. I just want people who share my lack of appreciation for some of these over-hyped creations to know they’re not alone.

On my list are Moby Dick, Walden, Hamlet, Last Year at Marienbad, Triumph of the Will, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, King Lear, Gone With the Wind, Blow-Up, Rules of the Game, Titanic, Dr. Zhivago, The Sun Also Rises, L’Avventura, War and Peace, Strange Interlude, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Great Gatsby.

Understand, I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. But I have read or seen all of them, and my yawns were loud enough to drown out half the dialogue, and I don’t want other people to think that they’re the only ones who wound up in a coma, thanks to these works of art.

One of the nice things about getting old is that you stop worrying about impressing people. If I think of another thing, I’ll let you know.

Speaking of age, I read that some guy in his 70s named Tarnae Watanabe just scaled Mt. Everest after having climbed it 10 years earlier. When asked why he did it, instead of the usual “Because it was there,” I’d like to think he said, “You mean I already climbed it?! Why didn’t anyone tell me?”

Although I have long been aware that, aside from Germany, Europe is an example of what happens when you let spoiled brats control the economy, until I heard it from Charles Krauthammer, I did not know that in Greece, hairdressers are allowed to retire at the age of 50 because theirs is regarded as a hazardous occupation. I guess that means John Edwards isn’t the only person in the world who takes his haircuts a damn sight too seriously.

The more I hear Washington, D.C., referred to as the nation’s capital, the more I wonder just which nation they have in mind. It’s hard to recognize it as our own when a bill to criminalize gender-based abortions falls short of the two-thirds majority required, 246-168. Although 20 Democrats joined 226 Republicans in voting for what one would assume is a no-brainer, inasmuch as the only other place on earth where such abominations take place is the cesspool known as China, seven Republicans voted along with the liberals. The unholy seven included Rep. Ron Paul. You kids still think he’d make a great president?

Barack Obama came into office saying the U.S. should be much more like Europe and now, thanks to his disastrous economic policies and his constant groveling to Russia, we are.

Criticizing this administration isn’t merely taking advantage of a freedom guaranteed us by the First Amendment, it’s a patriotic obligation.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Send your comments to BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    OUR CULTURE IS GOING TO HELL.  SOON EVERYONE WILL WEAR GOLD CHAINS,
    $ 500 SNEAKERS, BASKETBALL JERSEY & JEANS FALLING OFF.  WE’LL CARRY A GUN & SHOOT PEOPLE FOR FUN.  THE AUDIENCE WILL BE BEATEN WEEKLY &  THE PEOPLE WILL CHEER.

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX6IS3CUXZKIEMD6LWHZ5ZBWWU John

    Some of the titles that appear in the above-mentioned list I, either, am acquainted with or have actually reat/watched…and that coming from someone who was born in 1964(!). As for the likes of “Snooki”, Lady “Caca” and Paris Hilton, someone please tell me again WHY they are famous?

    I think that  I’m more apt to remember, with a sense of nostalgia, the likes of the late Andy Griffith, Earnest Borgnine and Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins on the original “Dark Shadows”). And please, someone start asking me about Madalyn Murray-O’Hair.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Light: You are right.  In certain circles, reason expires for lack of oxygen.

    Dave: I must confess that I couldn’t make heard or tail of your final sentence.  But I do wonder what those last words are that you wish to have said about you.

    Burt

  • Light_V_Dark

    Burt,

    God and Dad have been in exile, since the Neo_Stalinist_Maoist_Flower-Child_Coup, in 1968, @ The Democrats’ convention.

    Joining the Democrats in their Proud_A_&_GAYTHEISM, are the NEWLIBS. AKA, LILY_LIVERED_LICENTIOUS_LIBERTARIANS.

    Atheism, is NIHILISM, MURDER AND SUICIDE. Speaking to Run_Paullyannists, Hippies and their SPAWN, is analagous to trying to REASON WITH SUICIDE BOMBERS AND KAMIKAZE PILOTS. €=·{|)
    http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/nihilism.htm

    Philosophers’ predictions of nihilism’s impact on society are grim. Existentialist, Albert Camus (1913-1960), labeled nihilism as the most disturbing problem of the 20th century. His essay, “The Rebel”1 paints a terrifying picture of “how metaphysical collapse often ends in total negation and the victory of nihilism, characterized by profound hatred, pathological destruction, and incalculable death.”

    Helmut Thielicke’s,”Nihilism: Its Origin and Nature, with a Christian Answer”2 warns, “Nihilism literally has only one truth to declare, namely, that ultimately Nothingness prevails and the world is meaningless.”

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    I could see DC being the capital of a state of mind, but I agree with your own quandary; “The more I hear Washington, D.C., referred to as the nation’s capital, the more I wonder just which nation they have in mind.”
    Frankly, the lines from Tarnae Watanabe, might be heard on the streets of DC’s cobblers, 7/11 owners and cabbies, and many other renters, if asked why he or she moved there.
    There is something about the swamp gases, like those that inspired oracles, that gives the capital it’s aura. But, it’s what makes POP stars. 
    Think now. Who were the gate-crashers at the White House Dinner (names and motives)?
    Would anyone consider a monument to Billy Sol Estes on “K” Street. (Look him up.) Or, maybe a shrine to President Martin Sheen? (Sponsored by ExLax).
    POP Culture has had its place in many histories, but usually in supporting roles. When they enter the policy pavillion prancing that mists rise clouding the minds and darkening the hearts of decision makers.

  • GlenFS

    Burt,  Thanks for the chuckles.  Funniest was your wry line about advantage(s) of aging!

    You even offered the Obama team another promise kept they can use, in being “more like Europe”.  So a piece of both humor and substance.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Bruce A:  You are right, of course.  But as Obama told someone early in his administration when he was asked why he thought peace between Israel and its Arab/Muslim nations would finally take place, “Because I’m here now.”  That is the sort of egotism that pervades the thinking of left-wing pinheads.

    Burt

    • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

      “Because… (he’s)…here now.” has raised the temper in the whole Middle East.

  • Bruce A.

    I don’t know why anyone including the President thinks we should be more like Europe.  Nothing government run works.  What makes anyone think we could make anything that consistently failed all over Europe would work fine here.
    We should not copy European  models, they should copy ours.

    • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

      The problem, as I see it, Bruce, is that Americans seem to want to be infantilized as Europe was by us.  For  fifty years; nourishing them, strengthening them into maturity; we brought them (healthy) into a competitive- while watching their backs as big brothers do against the bullies.
      Now, as we size ourselves up in the mirror, we see the big brother is more tired, spent and fatigued than “Olde Europe” and suffering internally from the politics against which he thought he was protecting them.