I came across an amazing piece of rubbish in the rubbish that is the Los Angeles Times. It is amazing how incredibly deceitful and deliberately disingenuous these propagandists are. But I’ll wait to respond until after you’ve read this pile of drivel from the “senior culture editor” of the LA Slimes:
Schwarzenegger, your He-Man days have come and gone
March 17, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent decision to return as executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines makes one thing abundantly clear: The former bodybuilder, movie star and California governor can’t seem to grasp the simple fact that his era is over.
He tried to ride out the revelation that he had secretly fathered a child with his housekeeper by penning an autobiography that was long on self-aggrandizement and short on introspection. Then he ventured back to the big screen with “The Last Stand,” prompting critics to declare him too old, too odd-looking (who knew Austrians turned orange as they aged?) and too mired in scandal to resurrect his action hero career.
Now he plans to return to his bodybuilding roots because he just doesn’t get it: The He-Man is dead, and few mourn his passing.
While Schwarzenegger was governating, the cultural landscape changed. Women, led by Lara Croft, Buffy and Nikita, gained muscles and martial arts skills on the big screen and small, while men learned how to talk and even (gasp) intuit.
Dr. Gregory House and Don Draper became the objects of serial desire while the cinematic action hero morphed into Robert Downey Jr., more mind and mouth than muscle. James Bond still thrives, but it is Daniel Craig’s scarred, haunted and human Bond, weeping tears of salt, not vermouth. Sylvester Stallone tried to get back in the game too, and “Bullet to the Head” bombed even faster than “The Last Stand.”
It isn’t just anatomy, it’s attitude. Social, economic and environmental concerns have turned on the in-your-face consumer-machismo that Schwarzenegger and other big men made their signature. Bodybuilding, Hummers, the Cuban cigars, the triple Scotches, the wild nights and womanizing are no longer the accoutrement of A-list masculinity.
Nowadays, real men drive hybrids, extol super-foods and worry more about core muscles and resting heart rates than the size of their pecs. Smart is the new sexy, struggling the new strong, insecurity a form of seduction. It helps if you can sing.
The He-Man did not go quietly. Roused to fury by the feminist movement and the quiche-eating New Male, the He-Man took power in the 1980s, both politically and culturally — it’s no coincidence that Schwarzenegger’s film career launched during the Reagan years. Subsequently, he found sustenance in both the “Fast and Furious” video-game generation and the new political right.
But the rise of the woman warrior, both real and fictitious, the increasing acceptance of gay Americans with their richly diverse definitions of masculine and feminine, and a digitally led shift toward Steve Jobs-cerebral over blue-collar-physical forced the classic He-Man into a very real Last Stand.
It all but defined this past election. Mitt Romney, no one’s definition of a He-Man, was recast as Mr. Fix-It, a can-do guy with money-making smarts who might be good to have around the house. Meanwhile, some of his supporters seemed intent on taking up the machismo slack with a game of gender-political chicken.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) convened a House panel on birth control that was all male. Rush Limbaugh called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because she thought insurance companies should cover birth control. Then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) tried to argue that women could not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape” in last year’s GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat. In the Indiana Senate race, Republican Richard Mourdock insisted that abortion not be allowed in cases of rape because such births are in fact a “gift from God.” (Both Akin and Mourdock lost their races.)
Coming from hard-line conservatives, none of these views were new or even surprising, but the response of bipartisan outrage certainly was. The gender gap has been a political reality for years, but during this past election many voters seemed intent on sending a message: “Knock it off, guys.” Smug and sexist just doesn’t fly even among conservative women.
So for another four years we have a president whose wife has better biceps than he does, a man more visually associated with a library than a ranch. In many ways, Barack Obama is the quintessential third-millennium alpha, the antithesis of such He-Man presidents as Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton (who, after a life-saving diet of veganism and spousal deference, has also changed with the times).
Obama may be commander in chief of two wars and the man who brought down Osama bin Laden, but unlike most of his predecessors he is rarely seen handling a firearm (and then only shooting at clay targets). He does not yell; he has been known to sing.
Indeed, prompted by the Sandy Hook tragedy, one of the first big fights of his second term is against the National Rifle Assn., arguably the most powerful embodiment of Old Guard masculinity in the country. Certainly NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre followed the He-Man script to the letter when he finally broke his silence after 20 children and six adults were slain by a lone gunman in a matter of minutes. The obvious solution, he said, happily stepping back into a time when men were men and women didn’t have the vote, was to arm all the teachers.
And it isn’t just an American phenomenon. All over the world, in countries where male authority is socially and politically institutionalized, the old models of masculinity are being reconsidered. The recent gang rape and killing of a female student in New Delhi sparked a national uproar that resulted in a government panel examining the widespread abuse of women in India and calling for an end to “a culture of masculinity, a cult of aggression.” In Pakistan, the shooting of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai by members of the Taliban infuriated by her insistence that girls should receive an education caused international outrage.
Not even the pope, arguably the world’s most spiritual He-Man — head of the most famous patriarchy, defined by his position as infallible, speaking literally in edicts — is immune. Beset by scandal, including and especially the revelations that the Catholic Church has, for decades, ignored and covered up the rape and sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests, the now-former Pope Benedict XVI recently acknowledged that, beset by health issues and general frailty, he was no longer the man for the job and became the first pontiff in centuries to resign.
So out of style is the concept of He-Man masculinity that History, in publicizing its much-anticipated series “The Vikings,” is pushing not only the role of women (did you know they were allowed to own property and go into battle?) but intellectual curiosity. The lead character may be named for a famous Norse pirate, but he’s portrayed as just as interested in acquiring knowledge and technology as he is in slaughter and booty.
If Ragnar the Viking realizes the age of the He-Man is over, perhaps it’s time Arnold Schwarzenegger did too.
– Mary McNamara, Senior Culture Editor
What are her data points? What actual facts does she offer? Well, a couple of frankly elderly men tried to make movie comebacks which didn’t go so well. That, plus a load of lies such as all conservative he-men are pro-rapist, was her basis for declaring that real men are dead, and good riddance to them.
Mary McNamara says that the fact that 66-year-old Schwarzenegger and nearly 67-year-old Stallone can no longer play macho he-men in the movies somehow proves that “he-men” have been vanquished from culture. What does this idiot think; that if “he-men” were still viable, these two would be able to continue to flex their biceps on the big screen into their nineties???
That proposition is nearly – but not quite – as dishonest as her use of failed Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin and the revulsion of a gang rape in India as “evidence” that real conservative he-men are dead and gone. Did you know that conservative muscle men all supported gang rape? Because that was sure as hell news to me. Did you know that all conservative muscle men cheered when Todd Akin made his stupidly worded statement? Because damn it I sure didn’t. I also wasn’t aware that all muscular men everywhere think that all women should be denied an education the way McNamara assures me they do.
Just to point out a little thing called the truth, by the time Arnold Schwarzenegger left office in humiliation, he had long since been a pawn for pretty much ever arrow in the liberal quiver: global warming, ObamaCare, homosexuality and gay marriage, abortion and embryonic stem cell research. To frame “the Governator” as some kind of right winger is dishonest nonesense squared.
Let’s just call this Los Angeles Times piece what it is: infantile propaganda for stupid, ignorant, wicked minds.
It’s kind of interesting: I want you to notice that McNamara somehow utterly fails to mention the Navy SEAL Team that went in and killed Osama bin Laden. I mean, this woman even goes to Pakistan in her propaganda piece, but not to those masculine anachronisms otherwise known as the Navy SEALs. Because on her dishonest worldview, “he-men” Navy SEALS didn’t really do that job; girl-man Barack Hussein Obama did:
America doesn’t need real actual he-men when we’ve got a posturing coward in our White House.
Those “he-men” Navy SEALs are useless to liberalism. They’ve been killed off to make way for liberal heroes such as:
Lara Croft – like this anorexic woman is going to kick ass?
and 98-pound weakling – literally! – Buffy:
Yeah, these women are just as tough as any man. I know it’s true because I saw it on television.
Not only does it not matter that these two pencil thin pencil-necked women would be knocked right on their asses if they tried to take Joe Biden’s advice and fire a shotgun –
– but facts, truth and reality itself don’t matter. Liberalism urinates on these three things every single day. And for the record liberalism squats to pee on them. Because standing up for pretty much ANYTHING is beyond these fools.
Mary McNamara cites Rush Limbaugh. She deliberately mischaracterizes him, of course. Limbaugh in point of fact most certainly did NOT say Sandra Fluke was a slut “because she thought insurance companies should cover birth control.” Rather, Limbaugh said she was a slut for claiming that she and her fellow women at a high-priced Ivy League university – women who would soon be earning six figure salaries – were on Fluke’s testimony having so much out-of-control sex that they were going through $3,000 worth of birth control every single year. That’s an awful lot of condoms for one girl to need in a year, you know. Sandra Fluke dishonestly testified that birth control cost $3,000 when in reality it costs $9 per month at Wal-Mart. Sandra Fluke dishonestly testified that women who were paying $24,000 per SEMESTER at Georgetown University Law School somehow couldn’t possibly afford to pay that nine bucks a month to fund their own personal responsibility. THAT is why Limbaugh jumped all over Sandra Fluke, all ye dumbasses. But the truth doesn’t sound as good to Mary McNamara, so so much the worse for the truth.
Anyway, Rush Limbaugh has been predicting that liberals were killing off real men and replacing them with feminist girly men for YEARS now. And Mary McNamara’s biased piece of crap is actually all the proof you need to know that Limbaugh was right and McNamara is wrong.
I did point out that liberals and truth, facts and reality are like east and west with never the twain meeting.
Which is why I go back to the Navy SEALs – whom Mary McNamara thinks are dead and gone – as evidence that she is both a liar and a fool. Because, contrary to this idiot LA Times propagandists, these are men who frankly don’t care about making their abs look pretty. They actually stand for something; which is why they’ve got to go. After all, these are the guys who go into buildings when negotiations break down and there are people inside who need to be killed. You don’t get more “he-man” than that; which for the record is why actors like Schwarzenegger and Stallone pretend to be guys like this in their films.
McNamara for whom Hollywood is all the reality she will ever understand – cites Robert Downy Jr. as proof that real men and real man muscle are dead and gone. But it’s kind of funny that she somehow omitted somebody from her own damn Hollywood genre. Because apparently she’s never heard of “The Hulk.”
Does this look like a fellow who is “worrying more about core muscles and resting heart rates than the size of his pecs” to you???
I guess you’re right, Mary, you half-wit; clearly this guy was only focusing on his “core” rather than building those stupid muscles you believe are so offensive and useless.
The first Incredible Hulk movie was number one at the box office and grossed more than a quarter BILLION dollars. And we’ve seen the Hulk in a couple more huge grossing movies since. And what do you know the Hulk actually appeared right alongside McNamara’s sissified Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark in The Avengers. And I could have sworn that the Hulk’s other fellow co-stars Thor and Captain America had spent more than a little time in the gym concentrating on their pecs in that the third highest grossing movie of ALL TIME. Maybe somebody could have considered THOSE muscles rather than the near-septuagenarian muscles of fossilized Schwarzenegger and Stallone that McNamara dishonestly wanted us to fixate upon for the sake of her bogus point.
And let’s consider McNamara’s example of current 007 Daniel Craig. Is this idiot seriously trying to tell me that Craig was less concerned about his “pecs” than was former very non-muscular Bond Roger Moore???? Seriously???
Outside of the fake bubble that is Hollywood, I have memberships at two different gyms (World’s and Gold’s) because the considerably better equipped gym is also considerably farther away. And at both gyms what I see actual men doing is focusing so much on their chests and their arms that they are ignoring their legs. It is decidedly easier to work out one’s abs and legs than it is one’s chest and arms because the latter equipment is nearly constantly in use. This fool woman knows absolutely NOTHING about “he-men” or pretty much any other kind of man.
Of course, outside of Mary McNamara’s incredibly contrived examples was Vladimir Putin, who literally won reelection in Russia by taking off his shirt and showing us, yes, his “pecs.” I’m sure that former KGB thug would have a different view than our resident LA Times idiot.
Again, this woman is a dishonest, biased, liberal turd propagandist who is so selective in her “facts” and so deceitful in her conclusions that it is shocking even by the Los Angeles Times’ “standards.”
I hate lies, which is why I hate liberalism so much.
I don’t have a doubt that Limbaugh will be highlighting Mary McNamara’s gibberish in his radio program. Without trying to replace my opinions for his, I have a feeling that he’s going to be pointing out THE FACT that he’s been saying over and over again for YEARS that liberals viscerally despise strong men. Women can’t have powerful muscles, so men shouldn’t be allowed to have them either. And no decent man would ever try to build something that women can’t have every bit as much of, including muscles. Social justice requires pathetically weak men, albeit pathetically weak men with slim, trim waists.
That’s why we’re heading toward women being pushed into combat by a few feminists. Whether their FAR physically weaker women’s bodies can handle the stress of it or not. That’s simply a fact attested to by a Marine Corps captain (named Katie Petronio) who knows from personal and painful experience that it is a fact.
Again, facts don’t matter one freaking DAMN to these people. They are people who are determined to substitute a lie for the truth until their lie BECOMES the “truth.”
And that’s why we’re gutting our physical fitness standards for male military recruits. Because if men are stronger and have greater endurance than women, well, that doesn’t help the cause of liberalism. So strength must be weakened, and then weakened again and again and again until women can pass the same “standards.”
No woman on earth could be a Navy SEAL. Or a Delta Force operator. Or a Green Beret. Or an Army Ranger. Or a Marine Force Recon member. Or an Air Force Pararescue member. Etcetera. Etcetera. The requirements are simply too physically difficult for women because men and women aren’t the same. And the idea that a man is capable of being something – anything – that a woman can’t be is just anathema to these leftist turds for whom ideology must trump reality.
I watched a young Marine doing standing military presses with 245 lbs. Try that at home, girls. That would be almost as much fun as watching Angelina Jolie and Sarah Michelle Gellar shooting 12 gauge shotgun slugs.
Liberals are gutting strength. They are gutting honor. They are gutting courage. And most of all they are gutting the truth. And they are replacing these qualities – which Americans used to reverence in their real heroes and in the men like John Wayne who depicted those heroes on film – with the weak, limp-wristed feminist pseudo-men that liberals are baiting and switching us with on a pretty much daily basis with their Hollywood drivel even as they cite that selfsame drivel as some kind of proof.
When the real “he-men” are gone, we’re going to need them. And they won’t be there to help you. But if it helps you to feel better, just remember that Georgetown law school students will get free birth control off the sweat of people who won’t earn a twentieth what these entitlement whores will earn in their law careers.
Remember who killed our real men and rejoiced at their demise on the day that it results in our own national demise.
Real men tell the truth and stand up courageously for what is right. Which is precisely why real liberals despise them so damn much and will continue to do everything they can do to discredit and destroy them until their propaganda war on reality succeeds.