Thursday, June 12, 2014

Woody Allen tangentially predicts the hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling uproar in Annie Hall

Mark Cuban, of whom a little bit goes a long way, made an excellent point during the recent Clippers uproar.  That being that finding people unfit to own NBA teams on the basis of shaky morals/ethics is a slippery slope.  Cuban goes on to further ask, rhetorically, how many of his fellow NBA team owners are, in fact, without sin.

All that said, Sterling's a shitbag.  A ... um ...

What's that word for when you do something over and over, even after you've been caught?
Yes.  Nicely said.

Sterling's a recidivist when it comes to racial discrimination, and he deserves having two billion dollars worth of shit dumped on his head (although it's worth noting that the shit washes off in the shower but the Two Billion continues to reside in the bank account).   But Cuban's comments make a good bit of sense.  They also make me think about the bit from Annie Hall, where Alvy Singer is talking to Allison Portchnik.

Allison: I'm in the midst of doing my thesis.
Alvy Singer: On what?
Allison: Political commitment in twentieth century literature.
Alvy Singer: You, you, you're like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y'know, strike-oriented kind of, red diaper ... stop me before I make a complete imbecile of myself.
Allison: No, that was wonderful. I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype.
Alvy Singer: Right, I'm a bigot, I know, but for the left.

I'm a bigot, I know, but for the left.  That makes me laugh every time, because we are all, friends, bigots of a sort.  Let he who is not cast the first stone.

Oh look -- I found the video ...

Sorry about the hard to read type.  I know from experience that if I try to go in and change it it will get worse, not better.

Also, kind of interesting the difference between the actual script and the scene as it played in the movie.


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