Like many right-wing folk I was raised on the movies that were made in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Many of the movies made in the ‘30s and ‘40s possess a charm and appeal completely lacking in later decades. They reflect (or maybe echo) qualities of a culture and people that are appealing even to the decadent descendants of that world living in the tattered remains of today.
That’s why even though Robert Osborne, the late host of Turner Classic Movies, was an obvious member of the Hollywood leftist fraternity it was still worth my while to tune in to TCM and watch the films. For the most part I didn’t even mind listening to him discuss the movies either directly to the tv audience or as a dialog with some other Hollywood boob. As annoying as it was to hear Osborne discussing aspects of the film with the likes of Alec Baldwin or Sally Field it was still bearable for the most part. Osborne rarely went full tilt commie during these discussions so the tooth gritting quotient was still acceptable.
As Osborne aged, management must have decided that they needed a succession plan. To this end they installed an auxiliary host in the person of Ben Mankiewicz. Ben is the grandson of a Hollywood screenwriter and a strident leftist who appeared alongside the “Young Turks” during the 2016 presidential election results while they were melting down on camera. Occasionally his moonbattery has been on display but like Osborne he was usually able to keep his affliction under control.
Well, last month Osborne died. I guess Mankiewicz is nominally the host now. But several new hosts have been trotted out. Diversity, of course, is being touted in the choice of genders and races on display for these new hosts and based on the complete lack of name or face recognition associated with them I’m guessing they are essentially unknowns and therefore extremely economical employees for TCM to utilize. Well, what can you do? It’s not as if Osborne was any big star. I think his claim to fame was that he knew some of the golden age actresses personally and was able to get them to appear on the show for interviews. These new hosts blather on from their points of view but they’re not that much worse than the old act.
But now we’re reaching a new level of abuse. Tonight, the presentation of “The Bad and the Beautiful” was co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and David Letterman. Now this is a level of toxic television viewing that I would compare with having to listen to Sauron chatting with Saruman about the latest advances in orc breeding. We have reached the limit. I assume a meltdown is imminent. It will probably occur during a John Wayne western and will involve words like imperialism, cultural appropriation, patriarchy and racial genocide. At that point, I’ll either have to cancel TCM or shove my foot through the LED screen.
To combat the sense of loss I feel at having to cede yet another familiar cultural facet to the leftist demolition brigade I have decided to add classic movie reviews as a regular part of this blog. In the past I have endeavored to mix in a few sci-fi and western movies into my normal “current events” posts. Going forward I propose to increase them and expand the selection to golden age and equivalent quality later films that I think will be of interest to my readers (and you know who you are!).
So farewell Robert Osborne, you were a mostly benign lefty host of TCM. You are sorely missed now that we know what’s coming next.