This is kind of late, but I just had to write some kind of response. It’s been on my mind, off and on, ever since the election, basically.
I’m just going to leave off how I found this. I just found it, and it bothered me. Austrian actor and prime Eurosnob Christoph Waltz went on Austrian TV to lament the election of Donald Trump. It is entirely in German, and this blogger was kind enough to offer this translation: “This piss-stupid insanity”
Now note, this is all a translation. I do not speak or read German, because I’m a hopelessly ignorant American. I just wanted to respond to some of the comments he made.
G: You live in Los Angeles, which has been and continues to be Democrat, but it borders on Mexico, where Trump plans to build a wall. You live in Los Angeles. Do you personally experience this division in the city?
W: No. Fortunately not. But in California, support for Trump is more in the North-East. At the border to Mexico, it’s solidly Democrat. The wall for me … I don’t know, it remains to be seen. But I can only say that for me personally, the presence of the many Latinos in Los Angeles is fortunate, because they have a completely different way of life, and a much more direct relationship with life, and with humanity.
I have bolded the bit I found offensive. Why the hell does he even remain in the US if he thinks Americans don’t have a direct relationship with life and humanity? What is that supposed to even mean anyway? What, do we use our iPhones too much? This is typical Eurosnob speak. Of course, those poor brown non-Americans are so much better than those fat, disgusting pig Yankees who spend too much money and eat too much food.
I am actually Latino, and I guess I should be flattered by this, but I am not. Instead, I am pissed off. And another thing – I highly doubt this two-time Oscar winner even has many “Latino” friends and the only “Latinos” he meets are the ones that come around to fix his plumbing or mow his lawn.
Americans want the wall because there are too many Mexicans (and other non-Americans) in this country. They aren’t just “taking our jobs” – they’re costing the taxpayers billions of dollars every year. We have to feed them, clothe them, shelter them and educate their children – in their native language no less. The United States is already in deep financial shit as it is, and these people, who have absolutely nothing but contempt for American laws and cultrue, are not helping.
A great deal of these illegals are also pretty violent, but I’ll get to that later. Did Katie Steinle’s killer have a more direct relationship with life and humanity, Mr. Waltz? I’d pay good money to have him answer that one.
G: Much has been said about social networks and the media in the US. There was massive campaigning there, and every one of Trump’s utterances was re-hashed. What is the significance of this? As an actor, you know how important PR is. Did social networks, the media, make Trump even bigger than he already was?
W: Absolutely. Absolutely, because the so-called social networks have, there are now a number of studies about this, they also have a high anti-democratic and undemocratic energy. And I doubt that this piss-stupid insanity would have been able to spread that quickly without the so-called social networks. Because it would always have gone through a bit of a critical filter. As much as one can deplore the degeneration of journalism in the digital age. If there is a critical mind in the background that does not even edit, but just filters, it already looks different. If it needs to be printed or finished for television. On the internet, everyone can spread everything immediately, no matter what it’s based on. And obviously, that makes it much easier to spread negative content, because it’s always like that.
I just chuckle at this one. He’s an old man who is terrified of social media – after all, he stated that Facebook is a step towads fascism. Sigh, yet another person who misuses the word “fascism.” Look, I’m not that enthusiastic about social media either, but I’m not stupid. If I read something, I verify it. Instead of blaming “fake news” sites, he blames it on social media spreading all this “piss-stupid insanity.” God, he lives in quite the bubble. Christoph Waltz is a true SJW. Instead of questioning what he’s read about the election so far, he doubles down. It’s obviously someone else’s fault. He, and all the other “moderate” liberals (in another interview, he actually called himself a moderate liberal, which is a laugh, considering how he enthusiastically defended Roman Polanski, of all people) still believe they’re right.
Anti-democratic? Undemocratic? Does he not realize that first of all, the United States government is not a democracy? We are a republic, with democratic elements. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule. Note how he does not elaborate on the nature of this anti-democratic nature. Or what this “piss-stupid” insanity is. Just that someone on this earth does not think like him, so therefore they must be insane, stupid and anti-democratic.
And he goes to defend the traditional media, because they can shape the message before it goes to print, and that somehow makes it better. The guy is either deluded or clueless.
G: Does this result in a responsibility for the culture industry or for stars who have hundreds of thousands or even more than a million followers? To call for moderation in social networks and prevent further division?
W: Of course I see a responsibility. But I always see a responsibility. I don’t see more of a responsibility than usual, just because of Trump. I argue that if we had been conscious of this responsibility earlier, then maybe we could have … maybe not changed anything, but maybe at least raise awareness. Because honestly, I see it as a deficit in awareness to fall for this kind of demagoguery.
Here’s where it gets a little scary. He does not like social media at all, and has absolutely no social media accounts. That might possibly be due to the fact that he’s no good with computers anyway.
I bolded the part that really concerns me. And what would that awareness be? Supporting Hillary? Once again, he does not elaborate, and the interviewer just lets it go, without pressing him to defend his crazy opinions.
The scary part is that he, like every other liberal Hollywood asshat, feels he has the responsibility to “raise awareness” – also known as “promoting propaganda.” So he’s apparently totally okay with being a propagandist. God forbid any American expect our government to enforce its immigration laws.
Oh, but he must be butthurt about all the mean things Trump said.
G: In his first speech, Trump has appeared conciliatory. It was a bit of a change that he went through there on stage. Do we not have to presume his innocence, give him a bit of time and say we have to wait and see, and we judge him by what he actually does?
W: You mean we declare everything he has said so far as unsaid and say forget it, it does not matter? He did not call for torture, he did not say that if one has atomic weapons, one might as well use them, he did not say Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers? I mean, the list goes on forever. We just pretend this has never been mentioned and say maybe he’s actually a fun guy? Why? What has been said cannot be unsaid. And Obama himself said in his meeting with Trump that we have to work on making Trump feel welcome and that if he succeeds, the country succeeds. Really? If Trump succeeds with what he announced during his campaign, then we have reached the end.
Liberals are completely incapable of avoiding hypocrisy. They are unable to be anything but hypocrites. He is very much the kind of “subjective morals” kind of guy, especially given that ever since his Oscar-winning turn in Inglorious Basterds, he’s been typecast as a villain.
First of all, no, Trump did not call for torture, did not say that if one has atomic weapons that one should just use them, and he did not say that all Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers.
Question. Why is it okay for you to automatically write off Donald Trump (and Dick Cheney, who he believes is an “evil” Vice President) as a complex human being, but we’re not supposed to care that Roman Polanski has evaded justice for over thirty fucking years after drugging and anally raping a teenage girl? Why must I pretend that Polanski has never raped a teenage girl and that he’s a really fun guy? What Polanski has done cannot be undone. Why should any of us ignore it? Because you worked with him? Excuse me, but no. Not just no, but fuck no.
Yes, if Trump does succeed, the country will be better off. Hell, Trump’s not even in office and he’s saved 1,000 jobs. He’s getting shit done. Maybe it’s the end for your brand of libertine globalism, but it isn’t the end for America.
G: The first people to congratulate Trump were right-wing populists and despots. They were jubilant and they now expect a boost from Trump’s victory in America. You are what one could call a wanderer between cultures: you live in America, but you also live in London and in Berlin. You know Brexit, you know both those systems. As someone who really knows both sides well, do you think there is going to be this boost for right-wing populists in Europe?
W: Yes, those right-wing populists are sure to try and benefit from this media hype. That pathetic Brexit person Farage has already presented himself here and has tried to somehow heat up opinions by saying it would be a “Brexit plus plus”. Unfortunately, he was effectively right, there is no arguing with that. But the political systems are so different that it’s impossible to compare one and the other. And Mr Farage would have to explain to me again what organisation it is that the USA want to leave for their own benefit. I know that Trump has announced he would cancel or even just ignore trade agreements, to destabilise NATO if the partners don’t pay – which effectively means that he wants to turn the United States Army into an army of mercenaries. All those things … It is only tempting to make a comparison if one is after a headline.
I suppose that “despot” would happen to be Vladimir Putin. Fair enough. But it’s not like Kim Jong-Un is calling Trump and offering his congratulations. I’ll get to the bolded bit in a minute. That one also pissed me off real good.
Okay, this bit makes it painfully obvious that he just does not know what he’s talking about. Waltz does not think that Brexit has anything to do with Trump’s victory. Uh, yes it does. The two events have one important thing in common: the people’s rejection of globalism. DUH. How could you not know that? I’m not saying you have to agree with it or approve of either Trump’s victory or Brexit, but how can you not know what drove these events in the first place?
And he has some bizarre, personal vendetta against Nigel Farage. He needs to get over it. Jesus.
So, on to the bolded bit. Waltz clearly has no respect for the US armed forces. He is already on record stating that, as far as he’s concerned, the US Marine uniform has the same significance to him as the Nazi uniform. My advice to you, Mr. Waltz, if you figured out how to turn on your computer and navigate to my humble little blog: don’t say that shit to any American. You never know if the person you’re talking to is a veteran, and if they are, and you say that in their presence, they’ll kick your scrawny ass back to Vienna.
But NO, that’s not what Trump meant. At all. Trump expects the NATO nations that aren’t actually paying the money they agreed to pay when they joined the pact in the first place to, oh, I dunno, PAY UP. Are you at all aware of his actual postion on the matter? The United States is BROKE. I don’t know how many times I have to say it. We can’t afford this shit anymore. We certainly can’t afford the archaic and obsolete NATO anyway, and no, we shouldn’t have to send our troops to go bail out some European country when they aren’t even paying their fair share. Trump said that until these countries start paying what they promised to pay, we might not bother anymore. They’ll have to defend themselves. That hardly makes the US armed forces a fucking mercenary force, you asshole.
And the very last bit – get scared, y’all.
G: One more question to Hollywood: Hollywood is an opinion maker. Does the film industry need to have a stronger and more courageous way of dealing with the topic of right-wing populism?
W: Yes. Absolutely. We all need a stronger and more sensible approach to this topic. We all need to start to carefully think about how we want to shape our community and what we can bring to the table. Hollywood is an opinion maker, but Hollywood is also a multi-billion-dollar business. Hollywood has not been led by responsible opinion makers and critical thinkers for a long time. Instead, it is led by multinational corporations whose accountants and business managers dictate more or less where it’s heading. Now, that sounds worse than it is … Or maybe it is worse than it sounds, I don’t know. In any case, a lot will happen within the so-called independent scene in reaction to this.
Vox Day was RIGHT!!! SJWs, after they lie, they double down! They always fucking double down! This is WHY Trump one! Or at least one of the many reasons he won! Nobody but snotty liberals on either coast is interested in Hollywood as an opinion maker. Of course, opinion making is code for propagandizing.
Okay okay, so in another interview, he complained about people complaining about how the public expects historical films and films based on true stories to be accurate. He said this mostly during the promotion of the film Big Eyes. No, Walter Keane did not speak with a nasal Austrian accent, and yet the director, Tim Burton, felt that expecting Waltz to actually speak like an American when playing an American was unnecessary. Waltz also felt that it was unnecessary to acknowledge that yes, Walter Keane actually did some of his own artwork.
So when he performs in films like Django Unchained and Big Eyes, he’s not making historical documentaries or biographies. Nah, accuracy be damned, and yet, he now expects film studios to continue to promote the inaccurate garbage they’ve been promoting for decades because there are still people in the US capable of thinking for themselves regardless of what Hollywood has to say about anything.
So, less comic-book blockbusters and more stupid propaganda like Selma and Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave and Obvious Child and The Butler (especially this one, as the titular character didn’t actually hate the Reagans at all) and all those dreary anti-war films of the Bush era. There’s loads of films I could list, but you get the point. There’s so many it’s hard to keep track of them all, and before you freak out about Selma, my grandfather is black and grew up in the segregated South, and even he said that that movie was a load of crap.
He believes that independent films will continue to push the decidedly false liberal narrative and hopefully save the day, or some such nonsense.
One of the absolute worst aspects of American society is how much power Hollywood has, and how overwhelmingly leftist our public education is (from kindergarten all the way through graduate school). That shit got Obama elected. That shit also got Trump elected in a way because people are sick of it.
Hollywood was firmly in the tank for Hillary. They worked so hard to get her elected – for decades now, almost every single female president character was inspired by her. A great deal of positive political female characters were inspired by her. Hillary got celebrity endorsements left and right. Dozens of newspapes across the nation endorsed her. Hell, fashion magazines like Vogue endorsed her!
And yet it amounted to absolutely nothing. She lost in an electoral landslide. You must be a special kind of stupid to think that doubling-down is going to improve your situation. Spoiler alert: it won’t.
These people won’t stop. They won’t rest. They’ll continue putting out this stupid toxic crap and they’ll attack us and call us bigots who don’t have a direct relationship with life and humanity. They’ll never learn. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. That’s what Ida B. Wells said. She’s so right. This isn’t over, and we’ve got to keep fighting.