Monday, July 19, 2010

And Don't Get Me Started on Philanthropy, You Cheap Fucks.

Ross Douthat's latest column of warmed-over Steve Sailerisms has been deservedly worked over, but I do wanna highlight this precious bit:

The most underrepresented groups on elite campuses often aren’t racial minorities; they’re working-class whites (and white Christians in particular) from conservative states and regions. Inevitably, the same underrepresentation persists in the elite professional ranks these campuses feed into: in law and philanthropy, finance and academia, the media and the arts.

Uh, the arts? Really?

I'd be a tad more sympathetic to the alleged underrepresentation of conservatives in the arts if I thought even for a goddamn minute that these people had an appreciation for it.

Exhibits A through Z is the chorus of attaboys from the premiere "white Christian" publication, The National Review, aimed at "An American Carol," which is, statistically-speaking, one of the worst movies of all time:

"It struck me as a bold and natural progression from a winning formula," said K-Lo. "It’s brave given the risk of peer ridicule and the potential for career suicide... And it’s funny," said Kathleen Parker.  "It is one of the most powerful pieces of cinematic artistry I have ever seen," said Frank Gaffney.