This is why we can’t have nice things – NYT: Mary Poppins is ‘Racist’

Written by on February 3, 2019

In another stunning example of why people are turning away from traditional media outlets the New York Times ran an article written by ‘academic’ Daniel Pollack-Pelzner criticising the 1964 film, Mary Poppins, for it’s use of ‘blackface’ in scenes involving chimney sweeps.

Yes, you read that right. The people that would climb up a chimney in order to clean them.

The headline of the piece ‘Mary Poppins and a Nanny’s Shameful Flirting With Blackface is an example of a lack of any real social commentary, or it is an attempt to cash in on a trend of ‘reverse trolling’ that is going about the internet, in more traditional terms ‘saying something utterly ridiculous for attention. In my day, we called these people degenerates, and we stoned them, with big rocks, as a philosopher once said.

The main complaint that the article states is that when emerging from a chimney the fictional character does not clean her face, but simply applies more make up to look darker. Perhaps to fit in with the others, or to shed the more proper façade she has had for the entire film, at the end of the day who cares?

While there can be said to be some racial overtones with the film, given that it was based on a book from the 1940s and was portraying life in 1910. It can also be said that I would not have been even slightly aware of them if this person had not pointed them out. That is simply because I, and I assume the vast majority of the world, don’t think of everything in terms of race. If we did then surely chess would be banned from ever being played again, I sense that I may cause a stir. If chess is banned I’m going to kick off.

Given that there are currently ‘actual’ race issues to be dealing with I think that the New York Times should be concentrating its efforts more on those, instead of a work of fiction. Perhaps turning your eye to the fact that there is currently a large court case going on involving Harvard requiring Asian students to have higher marks for entry should be focused on. Perhaps discussion on why any discussion of immigrants on America’s southern border ends with ‘but they do the jobs Americans aren’t willing to do’ is accepted when it shows that the person arguing this is actively supporting the exploitation of such people for cheap labour. Perhaps concentrating on why voter id laws were shouted down because ‘black people couldn’t be expected to have id or understand where to get one’.

Racial issues abound to the point that a rock degenerate from across the atlantic can sneeze out three before he puts on pants in the morning. There is a culture of nit picking every minute detail of everything that is pedantic and off putting. These are the same people that make an argument for eugenics, but simply don’t realise they will be making themselves the first targets.

Reader's opinions
  1. Mark Rogers   On   February 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    The New York Times, by commenting on the Racist overtones in Mary Poppins is being racist!
    The social commentary of the day was a person appearing to have a relationship/acquaintanceship with a chimney sweep with a dirty face is challenged by the social commentary of a reporter challenging the political correctness of the day with a complete ignorance of what is racist and what is not!
    Racism is defined by something or someone being looked upon as less pure because of their race or the colour of their skin. NOT because they are dirty or have done a decent day’s work!
    If one looked hard enough, one would find racism, classism and sexism in everything!
    Unfortunately, intellect is not a pre-requisite for working at the New York Times, evidently!

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