Category Archives: Art

NYC to link funding for arts and museums to diversity, de Blasio says

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From Fox News: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city will begin linking funding for arts groups and museums to how quickly they increase diversity at their organizations, posing a challenge for the city’s major institutions.

New York City is renowned for its diversity – 67 percent of residents identify as people of color – but only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations are employees of color, according to a recent study from the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.

However, the 175-page report comes amid the mayor’s re-election campaign, as de Blasio works to strengthen his standing as someone who fights inequality.

The plan to tie funding to diversity was unveiled as part of CreateNYC, the city’s first comprehensive cultural plan that received feedback from 200,000 New Yorkers and took 10 months to complete.

In a press conference, de Blasio said the city would collect data on the diversity of staffs and boards at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and dozens of other organizations, according to the New York Times. “This will be a factor in the city’s funding decisions going forward,” Mr. de Blasio said at the announcement in Queens, reports the Times. “We do this because we believe in fairness.”

“The least-white jobs are maintenance and security,” Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of cultural affairs, told the Times. “And the whitest are curators. That points to some problems.”

Although it remains to be seen how much cultural organizations will now feel pressured to change their hiring tactics — and whether or not this move boosts the mayor’s campaign in any way — de Blasio’s announcement drew praise from some city officials.

Our city draws strength from its diversity. No matter who you are, what language you speak, or how much money you have, you have a right to take part in the city’s rich cultural resources,” said New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.

DCG

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Actors in Caesar-as-Trump assassination play in tears and fear

File this under:

The Left can give it, but not take it.

New York Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the [Central] Park this summer staged a modern “re-imagining” of the Bard’s classic Julius Caesar play, in which Caesar is stabbed to death by conspirators in the Roman Senate, but with Caesar portrayed by a Donald Trump lookalike, sporting reddish-blonde hair, wearing a suit and a tie that hangs a few inches below his belt.

To make the allusion to Trump unmistakable, Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia – who begs “Caesar” not to attend the Senate because she had a premonition about his murder — is a Melania Trump lookalike, complete with a Slavic accent. (See DCG’s post on the play here.)

In other words, the Shakespeare’s play, which ended on June 18, was “re-imagined” by Leftists into an assassinate President Trump porn.

One of the changes that became clear in the 2016 presidential election is that America’s Right really have had enough. Thus, the birth of the New or Alternative Right, who are distinguished from the traditional Right or Conservatives in that the AltRight champion American nationalism and populism, and refuse to be passive, but instead are assertive, even combative if need be.

On June 16, AltRight activists disrupted the Caesar-Trump assassination play. Laura Loomer dashed onto the stage, shouting, “This is political violence against the right!”

When Loomer was escorted by security from the stage, AltRight journalist Jack Posobiec, DC Bureau Chief of Rebel Media, who filmed the disruption from the audience, stood up and told the crowd: “You are all Nazis, like Joseph Goebbels. You are inciting terrorists. The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands. Goebbels would be proud. You are Nazis.”

Posobiec was also escorted out by security.

During a subsequent performance of the assassinate Trump play, another AltRight protester, a man, rushed the stage shouting, “Liberal hate kills!” Indeed it does, as seen in Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson’s shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and three others at a Republican baseball practice on June 14, 2017. (See “Pedogate and the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise”)

Police charged Loomer, Javanni Valle of Brooklyn, and Long Island man Salvatore Cipolla with trespassing.

By that time, Delta Airlines and Bank of America had withdrawn their funding of the play. Even the liberal National Endowment for the Arts distanced itself with a statement saying that no federal taxpayer dollars had been used in the production of the play.

In a June 24, 2017 article for The Guardian, decidedly nonobjective reporter Oliver Milman who calls Posobiec “a rightwing conspiracy theorist” as if there are no real conspiracies (see “Operation Northwoods: A true U.S. government conspiracy for those who mock conspiracy theories“), writes that Corey Stoll, the actor who played assassin Marcus Brutus in the Caesar-Trump play, said the protests made him “sob” and the cast “exhausted and nervous”.

BooHoo. Poor babies.

Corey Stoll, one of the Tribe, has acted in the Netflix series House of Cards and the Marvel film Ant-Man. In an essay for Vulture, Stoll moaned that the Caesar play “had become the target of hecklers and online vitriol”. Despite those evil Trump supporters, the actors pushed bravely on:

“The protesters never shut us down, but we had to fight each night to make sure they did not distort the story we were telling. At that moment, watching my castmates hold their performances together, it occurred to me that this is resistance.

When I signed on to play the reluctant assassin Marcus Brutus in this production, I didn’t know Caesar would be an explicit avatar for President Trump. I suspected that an American audience in 2017 might see aspects of him in the character, a democratically elected leader with autocratic tendencies.”

While acknowledging that Caesar was “an explicit avatar for President Trump” and that “A nontrivial percentage of our liberal audience had fantasized about undemocratic regime change in Washington,” Stoll nevertheless disingenuously proclaims that he “had little fear of offending people” and did not think anyone would see the play “as an endorsement of violence against” a duly-elected sitting President.

Really?

Stoll continues:

“The Wednesday after our opening night, a gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team, injuring four, including Representative Steve Scalise. Of the more than 150 mass shootings so far this year, this was the first that appeared to be aimed at a politician. Like most Americans, I was saddened and horrified, but when the president’s son and others blamed us for the violence, I became scared. [,,,]

Our final show. Exhausted and nervous, we took our places. Before I could make an entrance, someone started screaming and was led off, as the audience angrily turned against him. [,,,] During the assassination, another person sprinted to the stage, yelling, ‘I’m sick of your bullshit!’ He was tackled almost immediately. Forty-five minutes later, we finished the show, and our run, as scheduled. Backstage, I exhaled and sobbed.”

Everyone and altogether, say:

~Eowyn

Disney movie merchandise is a penis-shaped bubble wand for kids

The 1977 movie Star Wars is notable for several reasons, one of which is that it marked the beginning of Hollywood’s extremely lucrative movie merchandise business. In fact, Star Wars holds a Guinness World Records title for the Most successful film merchandising franchise. In 2015, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at $42 billion.

Tweeter Tim McInerney @sharpedge42 found a Disney “Frozen” movie merchandise — a penis-shaped bubble wand toy for kids.

Sick.

Here are the Google translations for the non-English words on the bubble wand card, which suggest the penis bubble wand is aimed at the EU market:

  • seifenblasenschwert = German for “soap bubbles sword”
  • Bacchetta magica bolle = Italian for “magic bubble wand”
  • Baguette magique a bulle = French for “magic bubble wand”

Fashioning a child’s toy in the shape of a penis is a way for pedophiles to “groom” — train, accustom, habituate — children for sexual predation.

H/t Voat

See also:

~Eowyn

The origin of Lena Dunahm’s raunchy nature: Meet her father, the “artist” Carroll Dunham

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Now you why know Lena Dunham is so messed up and infatuated with sex as verified by her crude sex scenes in her former HBO show, Girls, and her desire to display her naked body whenever she can.

Lena Dunham’s father is Carroll Dunham, an artist. Here’s a bit about his work. From artnet:

“Carroll Dunham is a contemporary American painter. Employing a unique stylization of the human figure, Dunham’s work playfully and crudely examines painting tropes and traditions. With thick black outlines and simple imagery—a blue sky, green trees, and pink flesh—he employs cartoonish semblances of nature and sexually grotesque imagery as a foil for experimenting with color and line. Dunham’s take on painting is opposed to an authorial identity, and rather offers a complex integration of formal crafting and philosophical thought. “The area in which I tend to wander when I’m thinking about my own work, is the area of how the mind works,” he once said. “How the personality is constructed. What parts of me can be allowed freedom and what parts can’t, all of which in the end come down to questions of the soul and what the soul is.”

Born on November 5, 1949 in New Haven, CT, Dunham went on to receive a BA from Trinity College in 1972. His works can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. Dunham lives and works between Cornwall, CT and New York, NY with his wife and fellow artist Laurie Simmons.”

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

DCG

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 150th Caption Contest!

Marvelous captions!

The FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of FOTM’s 150th Caption Contest, with three #1 votes, totaling 12 points, is . . .

Snoopy danceReagan James!

Here’s the winning caption:

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MomOfIV is in second place, with three #2 votes, totaling 6 points. Here’s her caption:

The children finally have a target for tossing the slop from the school lunch program.

chemtrailssuck and Kevin J Lankford are in third place, each with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here are their respective captions:

They left out the 5 o’clock shadow!

Best spot in Chicago for a tomato stand.

CalGirl and Zorro are in 4th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:

Hey kids! Lookie here….we’re celebrating the life of Michelle Obama by representing her as a dictatorial ruler in a foreign country controlled by Muslims today, who enslaved her people to build her out-sized pyramid tomb in the desert….and the thousands of years of incest that kept the throne “all in the family.” Go forth and aspire to copy these “achievements!”

“Ghetto Queen”

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, Reagan James!

Here’s your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

~Éowyn

Hacksaw Ridge: A movie for Memorial Day 2017

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Today is Memorial Day — a day when America remembers and mourns the too-many soldiers who had died in this country’s wars.

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Instead of glorifying wars, I decided that a way to mark Memorial Day 2017 is to honor and remember a Christian pacifist and one of the most courageous soldiers in our nation’s history — Desmond Doss, a combat medic in the U.S. Army in WWII, whose convictions and heroism are dramatized in the 2016 brutal and profoundly moving movie, Hacksaw Ridge.

A Seventh-day Adventist firmly committed to the Sixth Commandment “Thou shall not kill,” Private Doss refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. He became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty by single-handedly rescuing 75 wounded soldiers during the terrible Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Hacksaw Ridge was directed by Mel Gibson and marks his triumphal return to Hollywood ten years after his effective ostracism due to his alcohol-fueled anti-Semitic slurs and abusive rants of rage at his then-girl friend. First screened at the Venice Film Festival where the movie received a 10-minute standing ovation, Hacksaw Ridge was nominated and won many film awards, including well-deserved awards for Gibson and actor Andrew Garfield, who portrayed Doss.

Desmond Doss demonstrated that pacifism does not equal cowardice, and that one can be a patriot and a pacifist. Most importantly, he is a much-needed, timely reminder of the power of being a Christian. After Doss’ 77th Infantry Division had bivouacked for the night from the Maeda Escarpment (“Hacksaw Ridge”) battlefield, he alone returned to drag or carry on his back wounded soldiers, one by one, to the cliff’s edge and rappelled them down by rope.

After rescuing each soldier, Doss would pray: “Please Lord, help me get one more”.

For me, 7th Day Adventist Desmond Doss is also a reminder that all Christians, no matter the denomination, are all — and should treat each other as — brothers and sisters in Christ. Doss stayed married to his only wife, Dorothy, until her death in 1991. He died on March 23, 2006, at the age of 87.

The movie is now available in DVD and BlueRay format.

~Éowyn

The Egyptian Tranny Caption Contest

This is the 150th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: On April 21, 2017, Chicago artist Chris Devins finished painting a mural of Michelle Obama as an Egyptian queen on an apartment building at the corner of 74th and Chappell on Chicago’s South Side, across the street from Bouchet Elementary School where Mooch had graduated.

Devins had financed the painting with $12,000 from a GoFundMe campaign. He said: “The purpose of this mural is to give today’s children someone they can literally look up to and to celebrate Mrs. Obama’s life and accomplishments during the last 8 years as First Lady of the United States.”

Alas, Devins plagiarized the image from another artist — Ethiopian-born Gelila Mesfin, who had posted a photo of her painting to her Instagram account (@Thick_East_African_Girl) last November.

After first denying knowing of Mesfin’s work, Devins eventually admitted being “inspired” by Mesfin’s painting and offered her a licensing fee. (Source)

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Ancient Egypt had trannies too! Who knew?

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn