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  1. RWJAMES commented on Candorville about 2 hours ago

    “Good argument, but flawed in that there were free blacks who owned slaves (historical fact).”
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    Not sure I see your point, unless you are contending that all slave owners (White, Black or heliotrope) acted like Simon Legree.
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    “My point is that Ian Fleming was clear that Bond was/is a Scotsman, just as Harriet Beecher Stowe was clear that Legree was white. Neither author’s work should be tampered with.”
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    Then why are you not complaining that Bond has been played by English, Irish and Aussie actors?

  2. RWJAMES commented on Candorville about 7 hours ago

    " Simon Legree was a fictional character. Would you cast a black actor to play him?"
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    No, but only because Legree’s race was central to his character, motivation and actions – Bond’s race is not. One could argue that his gender is, so perhaps a female Bond might be a stretch, but I am not certain.

  3. RWJAMES commented on Candorville about 16 hours ago

    “Cate Blanchett played a historical male figure – Bob Dylan.”
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    Yes, and earned an Academy Award nomination in the process. She did not, however, appear as a woman – she simply played her part in drag, with which I have no problem.
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    I do have a problem, however, with needlessly changing the race and/or gender of historical characters. How would it be if the upcoming movie, “Selma”, portrayed MLK as a WASP, or turned George Wallace into an African-American?
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    It would be beyond distasteful – it would be dishonest, disgusting and a complete perversion of historical and cultural realities.

  4. RWJAMES commented on Betty about 21 hours ago

    sigh
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    The ‘N’ in PIN stands for ‘Number’ – stop saying ‘PIN number’ or I will have to report you to the Department of Redundancy Department.

  5. RWJAMES commented on Stone Soup about 21 hours ago

    Holly would LOVE to be sent to live with Andy!

  6. RWJAMES commented on Pearls Before Swine about 21 hours ago

    If you are really that excited about eating things that fall from trees, I invite you to gaze upwards, open-mouthed, below a bird’s nest.

  7. RWJAMES commented on Luann about 21 hours ago

    I think there may be a typo in his name… is that ‘b’ supposed to be an ‘r’?

  8. RWJAMES commented on Candorville about 21 hours ago

    Since Bond is a fictional character, there is no good reason why he cannot be played by a Black actor; if there can be an all-Black version of the Wizard of Oz, why not a Black OO7? Hell, why not a female 007, for that matter?
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    However, were Bond an actual historical figure who happened to be White, it would be a different matter. Despite her obvious talent, for example, it would be absurd to cast Meryl Streep to play Nelson Mandela.

  9. RWJAMES commented on For Better or For Worse 2 days ago

    “a real bonafide watchmaker, canny and precise, smart as a whip and practical, would never do something this boneheaded.”
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    If intelligent people were incapable of doing stupid things, our world would be a vastly different place. Also, while a watchmaker may have considerable dexterity in his or her hands, that does not mean s/he cannot have two left feet. Also, watchmakers spend most of their time seated; balancing on narrow ceiling joists while hunched over in a poorly-lit, confined space may not be their strong suit.
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    “It’s totally possible Larry has a drinking problem making him unsteady on the rafters. He probably took a shot of the strong stuff before going up there and found himself dizzy and unable to hang on.”
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    It is also totally possible that an earthquake struck the Canadian shield and threw him off balance, or that he was startled by the sonic boom from a low-flying CF-16… it is far more probable, however, that the meddlesome old fool simply slipped.

  10. RWJAMES commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    At last! Something for him to fix!!!!