#MeTooing Bernini

Thomas Campbell, the director the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, praised the “compelling, hypnotizing, even inspiring” elements of the piece. “And yet . . . ” he added, “I am now struggling to recalibrate my thoughts on this work because a subject that I used to regard almost as an academic premise for virtuoso sculpture—abduction scenes are, after all, common in renaissance and baroque art—seems much less academic two years after the start of the ‘Me Too’ movement.”

I was following links about Renaissance and Baroque sculpture, looking at beautiful images but you can’t hide from this inane wokesterism no matter what you do. God, I wish these creatures at least left art in peace.

How can a person – an art museum director, no less – not perceive as a sacrilege even mentioning something as inane as #Metoo in the same sentence with a work of art? These people will soon start censoring ancient Greek mythology for not promoting the latest flavor of woke orthodoxy.

12 thoughts on “#MeTooing Bernini”

  1. Greek and Roman mythology is #alwaysproblematic. But this piece makes this museum director sound thick in the head because he needed #metoo to figure that out. :/

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  2. That’s truly like sf – remember “The Invisible Man” by Wells? – but kind of frightening:

    // Canadian-made ‘invisibility shield’ could hide people, spacecraft

    The invisibility technology has never been intended for public use, said Cramer. While he has been demonstrating the material to Canadian, U.S. and allied military around the world since 2011, there wasn’t much official interest. In order to keep it out of the wrong hands, the company applied for patent protection.

    “We couldn’t keep delaying this any longer,” he said. “The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there.”

    And some Americans still think the Second Amendment is a relevant subject of discussion and fantasize standing against the government or something. 😦


  3. I was also impressed by this post with numerous photos re life in US army:

    Так, друзья — сегодня будет большой и интересный пост о том, как на самом деле живёт армия США. Мой товарищ из Украины Александр Святов выиграл грин-карт и уехал в США, а сейчас служит в пехоте американской армии по контракту — в американскую армию принимают иностранцев, и уже через год службы вы можете получить американское гражданство и множество льгот. Про свои приключения Саша рассказывает на ютуб-канале а также в телеграме — так что обязательно подписывайтесь!



  4. I don’t see why so many people feel that the representation of something is the same as approval of it. And now a trained art person thinks so. Aargh.


  5. If you’ve subscribed to the “Disney+” streaming package, be sure and read the warnings on all the racist/sexist classic Disney cartoons before you let Klara watch them.

    The original “Lady and the Tramp” cartoon has Siamese cats in it and an Italian cook speaking in dialect.


        1. “I really need to know if it’s now beyond the pale.”

          The Siamese cats were drawn with slanted eyes and front teeth that woke viewers consider to be stereotypical bucked teeth attributed to Asians. Their mean-spirited words — both voices song at different pitches by the popular 1950’s singer Peggy Lee (“We are Siamese, if you please. We are Siamese if you don’t please.” ) — are obviously racist.


  6. “I’d actually love to watch the classic old Disney. I never saw any of it, for obvious reasons.”

    If you really want to watch the Disney classics (and have the time to do so), you can sign up for Disney’s new streaming program “Disney plus ” for $6.99/mo. Apparently, you get unlimited access to EVERYTHING Disney has produced, from the first feature-length cartoons in the 1930’s to the latest Marvel superhero movies.

    The sole exception is their 1946 movie “Song of the South,” based on the famous Uncle Remus fables by Joel Chandler Harris. Disney is so afraid of having that movie vilified as racist that they’ve NEVER released it on any home video format in the United States.


  7. A lot of the unpleasant (and inconvenient) realities of human nature are a common subject of art, music, and literature.
    These aspects are never going to change, which will always “present a problem to” any kind of current “standard of” social and moral expectations and the resulting dogmas and stigmas they create.


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