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Mannequin (1987)

As I mentioned in a Tweet, it’s a horrible movie that definitely didn’t stand the test of time. But it does offer a window into decades of cultural indoctrination by the left. The character of Hollywood, the gay black guy, would be considered an offensive stereotype today, but in 1987 it was part of the leftist propaganda machine to normalize homosexuality. Hollywood is hilarious and harmless and supportive of the movie’s main character and hero (played by Andrew McCarthy). The gay-hating character in the movie is the department store security guard who’s shown to be a total moron and is the enemy of the movie’s main character and hero. Watching the movie, you can’t help but have positive vibes about Hollywood, and the propagandists knew that some of that would rub off into people’s real-world attitudes towards homosexuals after they watched the movie.

But refreshingly, in the 1980s, women could still be depicted the way they were in that movie. McCarthy’s real-world girlfriend is a conniving bitch, possibly because she’s a career woman who puts getting ahead over her romantic life. Her co-worker sexually harasses her. This is considered funny in the context of the movie, and something that she just accepts that she has to put up with in order to get ahead in the world.

The ideal woman is presented as the mannequin come to life. She appears to have no goals in life except to be supportive of her new boyfriend. Consequently, McCarthy has way more fun with her than with his former human girlfriend who, when they were together, was mostly angry at him for not being someone else (someone simultaneously more alpha, more successful and more attentive to her).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 6, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Posted in Movies

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  1. So the mannequin is a stand in for a sexbot, that a mere human girl can’t compete with.

    Or at least that’s one way to view it.

    So when are you reviewing Umbrella Academy?

    Mike Street Station

    August 6, 2020 at 9:40 AM

  2. I have been wondering when all this LGBT- propaganda started in movies and TV. I remember that there was quite little of it still in 1980s, but in 1990s it was already pretty common.

    tmmm

    August 6, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    • Midnight Cowboy (1969) has a gay theme.

      toomanymice

      August 6, 2020 at 1:40 PM

      • I vaguely remember seeing Midnight Cowboy on tv when I was young. I don’t remember much besides thinking how stupid and boring it was. But I don’t recall it being particularly sympathetic to homos. At that point, I think they were satisfied just to have the topic mentioned in a movie at all.

        destructure

        August 8, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    • Norman Lear started it in the 1970s. “All in the Family” had an episode where Archie Bunker’s old friend (a football player) reveals he is a homosexual. Later the spin off show “Maude” had an episode where she defends a gay bar.

      I also remember Barney Miller having sympathetic gay guest-stars (some drag queens got busted, hijinks ensue at the expense of the Polish American cop’s obvious discomfort with them). The characters would probably be seen as mincing stereotypes now, but were definitely “progressive” at the time.

      The move towards toleration of homosexuality seems to just move in a straight line from the 1960s today, regardless of the President, who controls Congress, etc. This is evidence to me that the shift in attitude is driven by deep material changes in society as technological and medical advances make traditional gender roles obsolete. “Cultural Marxism” and the media are followers of the trend, not the cause.

      Peter Akuleyev

      August 7, 2020 at 5:47 AM

      • This is evidence to me that the shift in attitude is driven by deep material changes in society as technological and medical advances make traditional gender roles obsolete.

        Nah. It’s been discussed here that those who follow traditional roles tend report more happiness and satisfaction with life.

        Following the LGBTXYZ piper is a bad plan.

        bomag

        August 8, 2020 at 12:01 AM

      • “This is evidence to me that the shift in attitude is driven by deep material changes in society as technological and medical advances make traditional gender roles obsolete.”

        Traditional gender roles are not obsolete. They’re still the best game in town. People with their sh*t together still practice them in their own lives. It’s mostly fruitcakes and losers who’ve abandoned them. Charles Murray wrote about this in Coming Apart.

        The media worked overtime to influence public opinion in favor of the gay agenda. Even so, the courts and government still forced it on a public that didn’t want it. That’s not to say public opinion hadn’t shifted significantly because it had. But it still hadn’t reached majority approval when the courts and government acted. It was only after the courts and government overruled public opinion that public support for the gay agenda reached its current level.

        https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/who_rules.html

        Democracy is a sham. Politicians don’t act based on the public good or even public opinion. Rather they do what the media and billionaires tell them to do. Because the media and billionaires are the ones with the money and influence they need to get elected. Elitists are pushing destructive views and policies on the rest of us whether we want it or not. They’re manipulators.

        https://nypost.com/2019/08/17/luxury-beliefs-are-the-latest-status-symbol-for-rich-americans/

        destructure

        August 10, 2020 at 2:28 AM

    • Lion once pointed out how on the late 70s-early 80s sitcom Three’s Company, where the running gag was they had convinced the stiff old landlord that Jack was gay so they could live together in a coed setting, even though homosexuality was something to be joked about or looked down on in the context of the show, it still had the effect of softening the audience’s view of it. So even a show that had a sympathetic fake gay character as opposed to a sympathetic real one had the effect of being pro-gay propaganda.

      Hermes

      August 7, 2020 at 2:53 PM

      • Yes, if no other reason than it brought open discussion of homosexuality into prime time where kids were watching. Prior to the 1970s that was unthinkable, and even the Norman Lear shows I mentioned above targeted an older audience. Three‘s Company was directly targeted at teens and young adults.

        Peter Akuleyev

        August 8, 2020 at 2:39 AM

      • Bosom Buddies (1980) with Tom Hanks went even further with the main characters cross dressing to live in an all women’s apartment building. Of course, that gag was done 20 years earlier with Some Like It Hot (1959).

        Even as a little kid, I realized the point of Threes Company, Bosom Buddies and Some Like it Hot were to ‘flip the script’ by swapping the roles of straight men with gays and trannies and putting the straight men ‘in the closet’ so to speak.

        destructure

        August 8, 2020 at 11:48 AM

  3. Man’s unrelenting vicious existence culminating into the 21st century has shown us that NSA (no strings attached) pump n dump should be the new norm. We were always at a crossroads of whether the universe should sustain an animal like man to continue his seed. The free will of whether I should eradicate all my male competitors who could also kill me is the problem facing all men since the dawn of time. Lower animals do not vacillate, they are programmed to live, to destroy or be destroyed by Mother Nature.

    I hope Covid-19 finishes off human existence, albeit in a nice way, a soft landing, where many people gradually die from it, like dying in your sleep.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    August 6, 2020 at 10:01 AM

  4. You should look up the career of the director, Michael Gottlieb . After a few failed movies, he moved over to video games.

    Also, movies from the 80’s show why black and white movies age better than color movies. The fashion and settings scream at your eye as being very dated. At tvtropes.com, Mannequin would be referred to as an unintentional period peice.

    superdestroyer

    August 6, 2020 at 12:55 PM

  5. Kim Kattral, right?

    raoulduke2767

    August 6, 2020 at 2:12 PM

    • Yep, Lassie

      Jokah Macpherson

      August 6, 2020 at 3:47 PM

      • Speaking of that, Porky’s would be a good 80’s film to review. I saw it pretty recently and thought the humor had aged well, although it’s one of those that people would probably say, “couldn’t get made anymore.”

        Jokah Macpherson

        August 7, 2020 at 12:06 PM

      • I did a rewatch of Blazing Saddles last week. I’ve not seen the movie in decades but during our current BLM hysteria it made me curious to see how a potentially banned movie had aged. It was weird to hear tons of N-words but no F-words in an R rated movie.

        Conclusion: The movie is still funny but I forgot how comedy used to be so heavily influenced by Vaudeville. There are a lot more obvious “set up and knock’em down” type bits and jokes. You don’t see those anymore in what passes as comedy today. Also I forgot how anti-racist the movie was for it’s time. By the end of the movie, the town was even able to accept the Irish! However to a millennial, the movie would simply be seen as racist in the same way Gina Carano got accused of being a Nazi for posting an anti-Nazi picture. https://boundingintocomics.com/2020/08/05/the-mandalorian-star-gina-carano-accused-of-racism-for-sharing-historical-anti-nazi-photo/

        The young are almost laughably ignorant.

        Mike Street Station

        August 8, 2020 at 8:49 AM

      • “I did a rewatch of Blazing Saddles last week.”

        One of its jokes was poorly done. A woman says to a man “Is that a ten-gallon hat on your lap or are you enjoying the show?” and he acts all insulted. It’s actually a huge compliment. Think about it.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        August 10, 2020 at 3:55 PM

      • Why do they call it a 10-gallon hat if it only holds two to three quarts of water?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 10, 2020 at 4:00 PM

  6. world is falling apart, and Lion is offering us posts about B movies from the 80s. Come on Lion we need discussion on HBD, presidential election that will shape US politics for next 50 years, declining US white demographics, or at least some Indian BO!

    uman

    August 6, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    • Equally repulsive is an attractive woman who comes your way with a sweaty odor reminiscent of a diet of salad dressing.

      UBO (universal body odor) or UBI, most would agree that the latter is more worthy of discussion!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      August 7, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    • Yeah, it is kind of annoying that this used to be an interesting blog, but between Lion’s obsession with the Wuhan Chinese virus as the only issue that matters at all and his attempt to move his presence over to Twitter, it’s dying out.

      Hermes

      August 7, 2020 at 2:49 PM

      • “attempt to move his presence over to Twitter”

        What, that’s why he hasn’t been around?!

        S.J., Esquire

        August 7, 2020 at 10:06 PM

    • I too am interested in his commentary on the elections. Since he’s now a Biden man, I’m curious how he’s going to spin Joe’s dementia into a net positive.

      Lion, have you joined the Lincoln Project yet?

      Mike Street Station

      August 8, 2020 at 8:54 AM

      • Lion says Joe Biden is a traditional Democrat who works for proles. This might be true, given his recent remarks about blacks (because by ignoring boring blacks, socialism does really work wonders for proles) and by lauding the Hispanic community as being wonderful and diverse, because Hispanics make far better workers for prole bosses and all around, they are more compatible with proles in any work setting.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        August 10, 2020 at 11:08 AM

      • Joe Biden used to be a traditional Democrat. Now he’s just an empty shell.

        Mike Street Station

        August 10, 2020 at 4:58 PM

  7. “The ideal woman is presented as the mannequin come to life. She appears to have no goals in life except to be supportive of her new boyfriend. Consequently, McCarthy has way more fun with her than with his former human girlfriend who, when they were together, was mostly angry at him for not being someone else…”

    Imagine someone liking you more when you’re nice to them and supportive instead of angry at them all the time. Not sure how feminism ever convinced women to forget this important lesson.

    Jokah Macpherson

    August 6, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    • women are nice and supportive towards good looking alphas, if she’s angry at you, it’s a you problem

      gm

      August 7, 2020 at 10:45 PM

  8. The actress Carole Davis is the mother of Lauren Silverman who is the wife of Simon Cowell and was previously the wife of billionaire Andrew Silverman.

    anonymouse 1

    August 6, 2020 at 4:34 PM

  9. I’d be interested to see you review films from the perspective of a review you disagree with. I’d imagine Pauline Kael would give you material to work with.

    Curle

    August 7, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    • He has discussed the movie Passengers as a good movie that was panned by critics for contradicting SJWism.

      Hermes

      August 7, 2020 at 2:47 PM

  10. Lion, whatever you reasons, you have been treating your commenters so badly that it is a testament of their fondness towards you that some are still commenting.

    Not liking what one has is a curse that is not your fault, maybe worse than those lgbt you speak about, that always ruins the life of those affected by it ….

    Hope your doing well despite all that.

    Bruno

    August 7, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    • Meriprolestan (now Murkaprolestan) has run its due course. Name me one silver lining in the land of happy go lucky proles or multiculti proles. If you’re not hoarding or frivolous consuming like most of its citizens, there is still beautiful scenic nature found in America. But the people suck balls totally.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      August 7, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    • Must be something like extreme OCD. Probably, Mysophobia. He can still write short posts on Twitter, but anything long and coherent must be too difficult for him now. I own some Twitter stock, but I cannot make myself read it.

      My 2¢

      August 8, 2020 at 2:24 AM

    • It’s not so much the commenting problem, it is just lack of content except from another corona article here and there. Maybe staying at home was affecting the lion badly. I am still hoping for a comeback otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

      Hashed

      August 8, 2020 at 5:23 PM

  11. I know you have analyzed Joe Bitin’ as someone with an average IQ. But his recent “repugnant” remarks about blacks being a monolithic group echoes what some of your followers who have suggested that blacks are boring and lack diversity in thought (a similar remark made by certain HBDers about Eastern Asiatics being a group of high IQ monoliths, an inverse of blacks). Furthermore, he goes on to say that Hispanics are the better of the NAMs and even hinting that Mestizo Hispanics in Arizona are different from the greasy Cubanos, loserish Puerto Ricans and fiesty yet self-hating Dominicanos that occupy their Caribbean infested Florida in great numbers like they do in NYC.

    This is what he said: “What you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said in that interview. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”

    Hey, Joe Bitin’ may be peeking at your blog!

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    August 7, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    • Miami is more than 50% Cuban and about 80% Hispanic give or take (accounting for undocumented Caribbean Hispanics who live in Florida). It is the 4th most corrupt city in the country and pretty slick, because it is not a diverse or important city in the likes of Chicago, DC or NYC which are more corrupt.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      August 10, 2020 at 11:12 AM

  12. The Ferriso (indeed a real Italian surname) Wheel should be installed in Staten Island despite the ongoing project was deemed abandoned a few years ago. The writer of this article calls Staten Island residents, a cranky populace who wants to secede from NYC.

    Maybe a carnival installed on the island will bring cheers to its residents who otherwise need to venture into Beltway Brooklyn, the Jersey Shore or even Manhattan during the San Gennaro Festival to experience a circle jerk.

    https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/this-giant-ferris-wheel-could-be-coming-to-staten-island-070920

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    August 8, 2020 at 10:06 AM

  13. Sorry, OT but, since the Google ban thread is closed, testing whether WordPress really bans Unz Review links: https://www.unz.com/announcement/google-vs-sydney-schanberg/

    mapman

    August 8, 2020 at 1:01 PM

  14. Older but still decent chick uses monstrous rifle to bag the world’s most dangerous game animal:

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    August 9, 2020 at 6:33 PM

  15. BTW, the recent executive order signed by Trump in order to throw more money at proles, especially Reddy States’ proles who otherwise will be earning less at their jobs vs collecting unemployment benefits makes him a winner. And this is the only time where he is a winner by giving it to the Demonbrats with a very good finger.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    August 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM

  16. Mike and Rich’s Top 5 Star Trek TNG Episodes! – re:View (part 1)

    PART 1 OF 2 – Mike and Rich talk about a show from 1987 for over an hour.

    MEH 0910

    August 10, 2020 at 5:05 PM


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