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In yet another example of her support of the right wing's hypocritical culture of life, Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ABC's The View proposed this morning that child molesters should be put "in the ground." After a discussion about what kind of prison cell Michael Jackson might serve his time in if he is found guilty of child molestation, Hasselbeck callously decreed, "[Child molesters and sex offenders] shouldn't even have a cell...Get rid of them, exterminate them." Obviously this compassionless new mother is unaware that most child abusers have been abused themselves, and while this doesn't excuse such pitiable crimes against children, Hasselbeck's ignorance is indicative society's ongoing desire to cleanse itself of "damaged goods" rather than address or take responsibility for the massive psychological consequences of child abuse. Regardless of his guilt, Jackson is walking proof of this kind of damage, while Hasselbeck (who was recently named Jersey GOP's GOP Babe of the Week) is the product of a privileged, upper-class upbringing.

This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.

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TAGS: elisabeth hasselbeck, michael jackson, the view


It's French to Me

It's French to Me

In the years I spent flipping through NYU school bulletins not once did I see XXX.6666 Annoyingly Incorporating French Idioms Into Film Criticism Only People Who Speak French Will Be Able To Understand anywhere on the curriculum. Anyone who writes film criticism (at least the "serious" kind), or reads it on a semi-regular basis, probably knows exactly what I'm talking about here. I know my writers do, because some of them are guilty of doing this too.

In this week's We-Love-Last Days issue of The Village Voice, some Random French Word (RFW) seems to appear in half the paper's articles. I don't take issue with the use of "déjà vu" and "musique concrete"—the former has fully absorbed itself into the American vernacular and the latter is a popular enough style of music that Robert Christagu can use it without meriting a punch in the neck—but this gives me the willies: Joshua Clover, who says he dislikes Gus Van Sant for the same reason he hates David Lynch ("Everyone I meet at parties loves them and, worse, expects me to love them too, which is to say, loving them is part of the rules about being a certain kind of person"), uses the word "auto-da-fé" in his article "All Van Sant's Cowboys Get the Blues" so casually he might as well be talking about a piece of pie. You know what I dislike, Joshua? People I meet at parties who talk to their friends in a language they know the people in the direct vicinity can't understand.

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TAGS: film comment, joshua clover, nathan lee, phillip lopate, the village voice


In the midst of the Bush Administration's latest scandal, I've periodically flipped through the three major cable news networks and noticed something odd (or not so odd, actually): while CNN and MSNBC have devoted a large (though not inappropriate) portion of their programming to interviews with Joseph Wilson, the husband of the CIA agent allegedly outed by White House svengali Karl Rove, Fox News has toggled between "exclusives" about a high-level terror suspect arrest in Iraq and, just minutes ago, a puff piece and interview with Edward Klein, author of The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President (just one look at the unflattering, oddly cropped photo of Clinton on the book's sleeve below should tell you where Klein's loyalties lie). Inquiring minds would like to know: Just how far will she go? Killing babies, perhaps? Hmmm? Kitten soup? Apparently FOX has decided to start a smear campaign against the New York senator and former First Lady, whom the publisher calls "the most polarizing figure in American politics" (ha!), a full three years before the next presidential election. Those conservatives sure know how to plan ahead. Just look at Iraq. Meanwhile, Desperate Housewives' 15 Emmy nominations have sadly gone overlooked.

This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.

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TAGS: and how far she will go to become president, cnn, desperate housewives, edward klein, fox news, hillary clinton, msnbc, the truth about hillary what she knew, when she knew it







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