Beware! Colossal spoilers for "Black Sails."
Among the many irritating traits of the SJW is obtuseness
. She really doesn't understand your objections to her antics. She believes that all she is doing is providing representation
to the Blessed Marginalized. Her face shrunken in petulance, she shrieks: "I'm just putting a gay man in this TV show! What do you have against gays, you hateful homophobe?"
Well, against their behavior, my dear, a few things; but that is not the issue.
I have no objection to the fictional depiction of a man who is attracted to men. I have no objection even to the sympathetic
depiction of such a man. Such men exist, such men are human, such men are fodder for literature.
What I object to is your haranguing me on their behalf
. What I object to is your sour attempt to disseminate the moralistic shibboleths of your ilk
Consider the TV show Black Sails.
I love this show. Yeah, whatever, I have my complaints about it; but not one of my complaints is that the central motive of the central character is his love for another man. Indeed, I would argue that Black Sails
is so well written, so humanly
written, that I would not even want the writers to have done otherwise.
I wish, however, that they hadn't been woke.
Note I am about to make a distinction between telling a tale about a homosexual
and being woke
. This is what the SJW cannot fathom: That there is
There is a book that was given by Thomas Hamilton to Captain Flint. Hamilton and Flint were lovers. Flint's piratical rage was born from the fatal mistreatment of Hamilton. The book is an important prop in the narrative.
There is an inscription in the book. Here it is.
The name of him to whom this love is directed is, as you can see, obscured; earlier, the viewer supposes it says "Miranda," the name of Hamilton's (public) wife, but in fact it says "James," Flint's true first name.
This inscription is a great example of intrusive wokeness.
If it had said only, "James, My truest love, T.H.", it would have been powerful. With that line, "Know no shame," it becomes propaganda. We hear in it all the bleating about pride and escaping closets; we see the fingers wagging at us — we who might shame the homosexual — telling us to eat our unbigoted spinach.
This is not the only woke moment in the show. The "shame" motif comes up several times. But this example is so stark and compact! One little line. Keep it, and the moment is woke. Remove it, and the moment is human.
Which do you prefer?P.S.
Yes, the very fact that they made Flint a homosexual at all is rather typical of woke approaches to fiction. It's the usual erasure of the hetero. I think we can be confident that Robert Louis Stevenson did not imagine Flint that way
. Still, it's a fair change, considering Black Sails
only toys with Treasure Island
. And it is merited by the good narrative use made of it.P.P.S.
Huh. With that
attitude, I should probably return my membership card for the He-Man Poofter-Haters Club.