Nuts on the loose on Amazon
Through Norbizness, we find a great new game, Amazon.com Knee-Jerk Contrarian Game. I thought it was so funny that I had to do a rift of my own, with a twist. Instead of just critically acclaimed works and their bad reviews, how about anti-sexist, anti-racist, pleas for tolerance or other liberally themed works? Do Amazon reviews draw out the wingnuts?
Do the Right Thing
*Like most Spike Lee Films, Do the Right Thing is a racist film. This film, like most of Lee's does nothing to promote Black/White race relations. The acting in the film is great, but the film makes all white people look like violent racists. Spike Lee is a racist.
*....This movies basic lesson is that it is ok to provoke, verbally assail, riot, assualt, and break the law if you don't get your way. The ending showed no remorse by any of the rioters and displays a blatant reverse racism that ruins the anti-hate message given in the first two-thirds of the movie.
A Room of One's Own
*After being forced to read this book for English class, I feel it my obligation to let people know just how bad it is. Woolf is an ardent feminist, and will go to whateer length necessary to tell her audience of the supposed atrocities committed upon society by men. According to her, men are pigs who simply suppress women to elevate themselves. Her constant self-contradiction (is she not doing here the same thing that she accuses men of?) makes her thesis difficult to believe. Her unusual style, using dashes instead of proper names, only distracts the reader. All in all, I do not recommend this book to anyone who is capable of conscious thought.
The Invisible Man
*Well geuss what? He got a job all by himself and he got hurt and fired in the same day. In between all of that black people called eachother brother, sister, and niggah which get's a little old after the first five times. The only think this book is about is how black people were treated so badly, I don't feel bad for them because they didn't try to change it. I think that since the man moved into a free state where they treated black people a little better that he should have done something greater instead of becoming an insirational speaker for some secret organization. All he did was speak infront of people speeche after speech. And all for what?
The Handmaid's Tale
*Red is an appropriate motif of the novel- because that's what color Atwood's politics boil down to. She (imagine fingernails scratching a chalkboard) heaps racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism etc ad nauseum into her Leftist field day. Her essential claim is that the end of Conservatism is a 100% Patriarchal, White society of zero tolerance and zero love (and zero freedom). Atwood's understanding of organized religion is also called into question here, as the RoG is some kind of new Christian Sect (at one point, the book reveals them to be in conflict with Baptists). Consider for yourself: a random new religion appears(note: reviewer apparently unaware of the notorious fracturing of Christian sects), it's leaders take over the country, and Harvard is the HQ of their Secret Police. Yeah, right...
If you need to read a book about Gender, "The Garden of Eden" by Hemingway is quite good.(note: this book is horrible, incomplete and one of Hemingway's more misogynist) *...The author seems to say, "This is what will happen if we let those damn Republicans in office!!" Personally, I don't mind hearing the message once or twice, but it is repeated over and over throughout the 400 pages of this horrible book. I can see how a leftist feminist might enjoy this book, but I don't think it is possible for anyone else (including the entire male gender) to enjoy this book.
*A study of other reviews in this section will show that feminine readers will award excellent marks and the masculine minded will denounce the book as boring crap. Love it or hate it, the book is a good one so long as it is viewed through a womens eyes. Much of the "horror" is aimed at women and provoking them into thinking that this could happen. As a male reader, I found this complete bunk and much of the tension was lost on me. Proclaiming this text suitable for academic study may be a mistake. To assess the text well enough to get an "A", one must read between the lines and think as a woman. This is neither an easy or comfortable way of studying a novel and I'm using this review to point it out. Final Word: Be Germaine Greer in the exam hall. Any deviation from the Atwood view wiil reduce one to a "C" at best.
The Vagina Monologues (I thought it was funny, myself)
*A neurotic female that is obviously obsessed with stimulating herself in a public venue while shouting obscenities. Anybody that finds this type of base humor funny needs to re-evaluate themselves and get a life. You can see this type of behaviour on many street corners in many US Cities, why pay. The typical degeneracy that has come to be associated with the liberal
crowd . If you are a 60's washout or general loser in life, by all means divulge yourself and scream "Cxnt" over and over as she has her braindead minions do.
Take a pass on this trash , theres plenty of porn on the web for free.
*the women who wrote this book is actually a man. its a disgusting book.
*...The other problem i seriously have with this book, and maybe this is why i hated Catch-22 as well, is the "anti-war" theme. I find it strange that a person can completely denounce "war", when "war" (yes, as another reader said, War IS bad), freed the early American colonies from Britain's iron grip. The Great Depression wouldn't have ended if a certain man named Hitler had decided that he was satified with his little plot of land in Eastern Europe. I'm not condoning war, but, in war, as in anything, you've got to take the good with the bad.
The Stepford Wives
*...That having been said, this film is an interesting caricature of a certain SMALL segment of the male population. Or perhaps it is an unintentional parody of '70s feminist paranoia. If only the feminazis who blast women who don't follow in their own jack-booted footsteps were as tolerant of other women's choices as they demand others to be accepting and approving of there own. (note: if I remember the movie correctly, being murdered and replaced with a robot was not actually the "choice" of the heroine. But who am I to judge?)
The Grapes of Wrath
*Aside from its nauseating politics, the entire novel is filled with filthy characters doing nothing in particular save a near-constant whining about their sorry "fate." And the end is so unspeakably stomach-turning that any virtues _Grapes_ might have had are dashed for a cheap gross-out.
*I wouldn't even give this book 1 star. IT was horrible. IT was boring. IT was over-exaggerated. It is total communist propaganda. John Steinbeck was a communist and he is trying to infest our lives with his ideals by making everyone hate owners, and want to strive toward a collective society.
Boys Don't Cry
*Another galling thing about this movie is that its another case of Hollywoodization of a true story, like Beautiful Mind or Schindler's List. The real Lana dropped Brandon/Tenna/liar as soon as she found out she/he was missing one important thing in a boyfriend. Those two hicks who murder him/her/it made these really showy apologies at the trial-then laughed about them.
Well, enough ignorance for this afternoon. If you have any other suggestions for books/movies that probably got reviewed by people who knew damn well it would offend them, feel free to offer!