If you’re a conservative who lives, works, or shops in Charlottesville, you learn fairly quickly that you’re not welcome there.
Dymphna has written previously about the unsolicited negative remarks made to her by a fellow customer in a Barnes and Noble store when she dared to examine a conservative book.
A car with a conservative or Republican bumper sticker may be egged, keyed, have its antenna and side mirrors broken, or — in extreme cases — get a brick through its windshield.
It’s just a fact of life about the city, like the scarcity of parking on the Corner or the traffic congestion on 29 North. To paraphrase an old southern racial joke: in Charlottesville you’re either Liberal or Quiet.
Such attitudes within effete quasi-literate American culture radiate outwards from Hollywood. Chances are that any fashionable lefty slogan, cause, or T-shirt image was first popularized by some Tinseltown airhead.
Not Evil, Just Wrong — The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria is “a feature length documentary which shows how extreme environmentalism is damaging lives of the most vulnerable populations in the developed and developing world, from the ban on DDT to the current campaigns on Global Warming.” That is, it’s very politically incorrect, and makes cheeseburgers out of one of the Left’s most sacred cows.
The makers of the movie discovered just how politically incorrect they were when they attempted to have their movie translated into foreign languages for subtitling. They contacted various American translation services, and here’s what they discovered:
One of the companies, in the midst of the biggest recessions in living memory, said “our order was too big” and declined to bid for the contract.
However, the Atlanta based International Services translation company really gave the game away when in an email they explained why they were refusing to provide us with their services.
CEO Sue Ellen Reager stated:
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“I have researched your film on the web, and do not see scientific reviews or major press reviews in support (may be too early), and needed that support to assure cooperation from our translators. Because we translate with highly educated people around the world, located in countries like Germany and France, who take Global Warming very seriously, I am fairly sure that several countries will refuse to participate in this project.“
In a follow up telephone conversation Ms Reager explained to “you guys in Europe” how the system really worked.
Ms Reager and her company have “worked in Hollywood for years” she explained. Their client list includes CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Google and Microsoft.
At first she blamed her European translators.
“Your content looks like it is refuting many assertions made by Al Gore and Europe is pro Al Gore… and I am pretty sure they will refuse to participate…we deal with really classy people in Germany and anything attacking Al Gore they will refuse.“
Do they really love Al Gore that much in Europe? Here in the USA Big Al is mostly a joke, fodder for late-night TV comics. He’s widely ridiculed by ordinary people, and is only held in reverence by the rarefied Loony Left-Hollywood Axis of Weevils.
Maybe Europeans have different tastes. After all, the French consider Jerry Lewis’ films to be the highest form of comedic Art.
Anyway, the ultimate insult was the inference that the makers of Not Evil, Just Wrong might resemble — gasp! —Republicans:
Speaking on the phone Ms Reager said that in the email she was “just being nice” to us because we were Europeans and that she was worried that the film might be like some of the “Republican s**t” that gets released in the US.
The real problem is with those pesky Republicans in the US who insist on making films that she and Hollywood don’t agree with.
“I didn’t know whether your documentary is fact based or part of the rubbish that Republicans make. You wouldn’t believe the crap they put out. It is unbelievable s**t, incredible lies,“ she said.
Many Republicans put out films that are just “faith based imaginings,” she added.
If there were ever a “faith based imagining”, the Great Global Warming Scare is a prime example. No deviation from orthodoxy is permitted, and no evidence contradicting the faith can ever be considered. Heretics are expelled from the community and shunned.
For decades a popular slogan for environmentally-minded people in our area has been “Save the Bay”. It’s a reference to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which has suffered from exploding development in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area (which happens to be driven by the metastasis of the federal government).
Some years back I saw a bumper sticker in Charlottesville with an amusing variant on this slogan: “Pave the Bay”.
I wonder how long his windshield lasted.
Hat tip: Nilk.