Listen: Mary Poppins, Travers, Phoenix Restaurant discussed on John Batchelor
"Washington's mall w m. This is the Ben Shapiro show. Harrison, just one second. I I have to make note of the fact that we are now living in an era when everyone is suggesting racial offense at everything everything there's an actual piece in the New York Times by of jangle Pollock Pels ner have no idea who this person is I guess that disappeared on page. See one of the New York edition today. Hey, his adjusters that Mary Poppins is about black face. I'm not kidding you. It's an actual thing. Here's what Daniel Pollack Pels new rights. Mary Poppins returns we've picked up four Oscar nominations last week is an enjoyable derivative. Film. It seeks to inspire our nostalgia for the innocent fancies of childhood as well as the holidays at the first Mary Poppins film concert for many adult viewers part of the new phones style Jehovah is bound up in a black face performance. Tradition. That persists throughout the Mary Poppins cannon from yelled Travers is book to Disney's nineteen sixty four at uptaken with disturbing echoes in the studio's newest take on the material nary Poppins returns. Eight. Now, you may be thinking maybe racking memory this point, Mary Poppins, where was the Al Jolson singing mammy part of Mary Poppins where the black pace black-faced part of of Mary Poppins. Like I remember the penguins popping into Trump paintings. And I remember the guy who's floating around on the ceiling. But I don't remember the part where they all put on black makeup, and then in derogatory fashion attempted to mock black people don't remember that weird. I watched it like a week ago with my daughter. I remember Eddie of those things where is the black face. You're not gonna believe this is so great. The columnist says one of the more indelible images from the nineteen sixty four is Mary Poppins blacking up. He's talking about the section where Mary Poppins takes coal dust and put on her face when the magical nanny played by Julie Andrews, accompanies, her young charges, Michael J banks up their chimney, her face gets covered in soot. But instead of wiping it off she gave me powders her nose, and cheeks even blacker then she leaves the children on a dancing. Exploration of London rooftops of Dick Van Dyke shooting chimney sweep, Bert. This might seem like an innocuous Connex seen. If Travers is novels didn't associated chimney sweeps blackened faces with racial caricature. Wait, why now so if you watch the movie, and you didn't read the book or you read the book, and you skipped right over the part with racism, then I'm supposed to take away from Mary Poppins putting on soot. So that she looks like a chimney sweep that she's actually making fun of black people who aren't in the movie and supposed to take offensive this for some reason. And not only that we're supposed to take offence at the new movie the new movie why because Mary Poppins returns set in the nineteen thirties seems to offer a more racially inclusive vision of banks's London. But. The key sequence in the film plays into a much more fraught history from a suppressed part of Mary Poppins is passed. In Travers is first Mary Poppins novel published in nineteen thirty four a magic, compass transport children around the world, including a stop where they meet scantily clad negro lady, Dan's laying a tiny black picking any with nothing on it at all picking any has long been seen as an offensive term for black child is what the columnist says she addresses, Mary Poppins and minstrels I elected invokes the convention of blacking up. My becomes very why babies you all lose a little black a little bit black boot polish on them. I don't remember this part of the book at all I should be forgiven for that. I read it when I was like ten I think this episode was so controversial the book was banned in the San Francisco public library. And then Travers had to do a revision in the nineteen Eighty-one addition. And apparently there was a bird that pops up. Right. A hyacinth macaw that speaks English. Now, you remember that Mary Poppins has bird in the original Mary Poppins movie. Well, now the bird pops up in Mary Poppins returns. So the bird that was originally in racist sequence from a book in nineteen thirty three that was removed over the course of fifty years did not appear in the original movie. And now peers in this movie having nothing to do with race is a racist reference. I'm gonna go lighten up, folks. If you watch the new Mary Poppins movie, and you came away with racist. You might have a problem. But that doesn't the only ridiculous accusation of black face today is an opinion piece. Rashad Thomas in the Arizona Republic. A here's what it says a few weeks ago. I attended a holiday party at a downtown Phoenix restaurant. I walked around to view, the photographs on the wall. Then photograph caught my attention friend said it's coal miners at for work. It wasn't photograph of coal miners with blackened faces I asked Ayla tanks and white woman for their opinion. They said it looked like coal miners at a pub after work, then they step background. Instead, it's men in black face. I asked the waitress speak with manager. Instead, I spoke with the white restaurants owner, I explained to him why the photograph was offensive. Evidently, someone else had made a similar comment about the photograph before yet the photograph remained on the wall. He said he would talk to the other owners and get back to me while leaving. I asked him if he had spoken with the other owners in not spoken with them. But mentioned Google said, it's coal miners after work. Well, that's because it's a picture of coal miners after work like I'm looking at the picture is a picture of coal miners after work, but because this person looks at a picture of coal miners, and so black face the picture should be removed. Says frequently I enter art galleries, and I am not represented in the art which leads to uneducated curation for for exhibitions while shopping. I have ignored because it is. It is assumed I'm unable to purchase anything inches is based on a stereotype lack face caricatures stereotypes of black people at the downtown Phoenix restaurant. My concern that the photograph of men in black face was a threat to me and my face and voice were ignored the operators of that downtown restaurant can choose to take the photograph down leave it up or create a title card with intention statement. No matter their decision, I think the photograph should be taken down sacrificing one image for the greater good. So now if you put up a photo that has nothing to do with black day since of coal miners who are covered in coal dust, which is black. Now, we're supposed to take down that picture because you misinterpreted the picture. This is the same argument that folks are constantly having over particular words in the English language that sound like racial slurs, but actually are not racial slurs. And people will use particular words, say the words because then media matters will take it out of context and suggests I'm using the racial slur, which I am absolutely not. But that's how stupid we have become. We've seen cases of people lose their jobs for using words that are actually not even remotely related to racial slurs, but somebody interpreted as a racial slur. And then they lose their jobs. This is all insanity. If you've got nothing better to do than go around to local restaurants, looking for pictures of people covered in coal, and then suggesting the black face being is you."