No, not the radioactive one.
Today we’re going to have a look at the fallout the magnificent statement of El Guapo, pardon, Obummer, pardon, President Obama on gay marriage caused in Japan. Oh yes, we’re going there.
Beat Takeshi, (in)famous movie maker and, from my experience, chauvinist pig extraordinaire, came out with a statement about Obama’s statement. He has been on TBS’s current affairs show “Joho 7 Days, Newscaster” and has been quoted by Japan Zone with saying “If you support same-sex marriage, then eventually you would support a marriage to an animal.”
Of course that quickly drew the ire of the usual suspects who desperately need lessons on free speech. Ishikawa Taiga, Tokyo assembly member and Japan’s first openly gay politician came out with saying “He is a world famous film director. It is disappointing that such an influential figure made that kind of negative comment. As a movie director, he must be a person with a great sense of imagination. I wish he had been able to put himself in the position of gay and lesbian people in society.”
That’s all nice and cute.
But the biggest issue here is not whether one supports gay marriage or opposes to it. The big issue is free speech. Beat Takeshi can have his opinion on things and he has the right to voice it. Simple as that. Of course there is the pseudo-argument that free speech doesn’t give you the right to offend someone, but that is, as I said, ridiculous. Being offended always takes two. One sender, one receiver, and some people today are offended by everything.
Debito Arudo, who is pretty much to me what the red rag is to a bull, came out on the Japan Times with a similar whine where he ranted and raved about “microaggressions” and how horrible it is to be complimented on how well he speaks Japanese by Japanese people who don’t know him. Of course, he, too, took offense from things like that, just like the whiner that he is. No, I have no respect for him and his, as he claims, “big fights” against “racism”.
Free speech. Beat Takeshi’s statement may be offending to some, yes, but as I said he has the right to say it. That’s what free speech is all about and it’s really sad to see that Japan is now slowly falling into the same Newspeak fascism as Europe and the US.
I find it also funny that El Guapo’s, I mean Obama’s statement, was celebrated in Japan. It is funny because his statement is 100% irrelevant. Yes. It is absolutely unimportant and means absolutely nothing. Obama can support gay marriage all he wants, that changes nothing. He is president, he is not congress and senate and can thus not write and pass laws (even though, taking his performance as president into account, he probably believes he is.) Obama has the right to voice his opinion in favor or gay marriage, just like Beat Takeshi has the right to voice his against it.
This is free speech.
And knowing Beat Takeshi, it is very unlikely that he will row back on it. He is, as I said, a chauvinist pig. Some of the comments he made about women in the past are hardly what I would call classy. But the thing is, even then he can say it. It’s free speech.
But we live in a time where free speech has become acceptable only when it follows the mainstream or when the modern Thought Police, aka the media and “activists”, approve of the voiced opinion. The moment it strays from this it becomes “hate speech” (no matter how well voiced or backed up by facts) and people, like Geert Wilders and Susanne Winter, are actually put on trial for saying their opinion.
Fascism is back. It has shed the looks of black and brown shirts marching through the streets under lit torches. It has taken up the looks of “sensitivity”, political correctness and the retarded idea of “if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.”
Ignazio Silone, writer and Socialist, had the right idea. He said: “The new fascism won’t say ‘I am fascism.’ It will say ‘I am anti-fascism’.” (though, there is some discussion whether Silone ever said it or not, there is also discussion on Churchill stating something similar, yet there is no evidence for it, so it might just be a variation of what Huey Long, 1930’s politician from Louisiana, said “When Fascism comes to America, it will (be in the name of/come under the guise of/be called) anti-Fascism!”)
Personally, I hope he doesn’t row back. Not because I support his opinion, no, but simply because I support his right to say his opinion.
Though, here it shall be noted that a search for Kitano’s statement on the net doesn’t reveal anything other than “Outrage Beyond”, his latest movie, which is also acknowledged by Japan Zone.
PS: Gay marriage is not the issue at hand. Seriously, it’s not. El Guapo is just trying to distract everyone again. I mean, Obama is… ah, I really need to pay more attention to this, really. Anyway. It’s not an issue. You know what’s an issue? 16 trillion debt and counting. Record unemployment. No proper budget for three years. But the media and the “activists”, again, bury the real issues under something they’ve hyped up. The media continues to play Obummer’s Dog & Pony Show.