Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Little Red Bag

This actress hasn't a clue:

While she explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru's Andes, Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words 'Serve the People' printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.

While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru.

The Maoist Shining Path insurgency took Peru to the edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.

Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.

The journalist fails to mention the 20-43 million killed in Mao's little Great Leap Forward. I'm not saying you have to be an idiot to be a Communist/Socialist, or ascribe to tenants of their teachings, but you do have to ignore a substantial portion of 20th century history. In fairness to Ms. Diaz, we're not sure she gives two hoots about Communism, though the bag seems to be a hot item--an altogether separate topic.

Tangentially, I can never figure out why we're not allowed to even mention Hitler's name, but championing Communists who killed far more people that Hitler ever did is considered progressive. Whatever.

I'm not going to put the entire blame on Diaz and the Hollywood crowd for diminishing our reputation throughout the world because Bush, his neo-con supporters, and his cowardly liberal enablers too deserve some credit. But this tasteless maneuver is yet another instance of the negatives effects of the left coast, effects of which they seem to be completely unaware.

As per usual in these instances, I'd recommend burning it to the ground, though if they would start to make tasteful and enjoyable movies again I'll consider recanting.


Doom said...

I still think we should end up exporting more than the naturalizing illegals, but that's just me. On the upside, Hollywood queens would have no difficulty staying thin and childless where I would propose to repatriate them. Though the guys would have to go straight (no more gerbils for Richard Gere, well, maybe to eat if he could find one, rats more likely). Bah, that's just as it is, for the moment.

More importantly, I did want to tell you I had sampled some stout. A lady friend requested that I cook a meal. She brought the fixings, and some stout. Admittedly, English stout, Hopback Brewery's 'Entire' stout specifically, but it should do.

I thought it was the best part of the meal. I still like my favored beers, but I sure wouldn't pass up a stout.

A Wiser Man Than I said...

There's something almost incendiary about a good stout. I think I may just go have one right now.

Doom said...

Yeah, you could be right. I'm pretty low on dough, but I want another taste. Hmm, I might have to join you in your pursuit.