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“a lot of fuzzy feminist thinking” -Frank

The following is from the editor of the Niagara Falls Reporter to film critic Michael Calleri who wondered why some of his reviews were not being published:

Michael; I know you are committed to writing your reviews, and put a lot of effort into them. it is important for you to have the right publisher. i may not be it. i have a deep moral objection to publishing reviews of films that offend me. snow white and the huntsman is such a film. when my boys were young i would never have allowed them to go to such a film for i believe it would injure their developing manhood. if i would not let my own sons see it, why would i want to publish anything about it?

snow white and the huntsman is trash. moral garbage. a lot of fuzzy feminist thinking and pandering to creepy hollywood mores produced by metrosexual imbeciles.

I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta.

where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females.

i believe in manliness.

not even on the web would i want to attach my name to snow white and the huntsman except to deconstruct its moral rot and its appeal to unmanly perfidious creeps.

i’m not sure what headhunter has to offer either but of what I read about it it sounds kind of creepy and morally repugnant.

with all the publications in the world who glorify what i find offensive, it should not be hard for you to publish your reviews with any number of these.

they seem to like critiques from an artistic standpoint without a word about the moral turpitude seeping into the consciousness of young people who go to watch such things as snow white and get indoctrinated to the hollywood agenda of glorifying degenerate power women and promoting as natural the weakling, hyena -like men, cum eunuchs.

the male as lesser in courage strength and power than the female.

it may be ok for some but it is not my kind of manliness.

If you care to write reviews where men act like good strong men and have a heroic inspiring influence on young people to build up their character (if there are such movies being made) i will be glad to publish these.

i am not interested in supporting the reversing of traditional gender roles.

i don’t want to associate the Niagara Falls Reporter with the trash of Hollywood and their ilk.

it is my opinion that hollywood has robbed america of its manliness and made us a nation of eunuchs who lacking all manliness welcome in the coming police state.

now i realize that you have a relationship with the studios etc. and i would have been glad to have discussed this in person with you to help you segue into another relationship with a publication but inasmuch as we spent 50 minutes on the phone from paris i did not want to take up more of your time.

In short i don’t care to publish reviews of films that offend me.

if you care to condemn the filmmakers as the pandering weasels that they are…. true hyenas.

i would be interested in that….


Jezebel hits the high points in their summary, but you’ll find the whole (very long) story at the Chicago Sun-Times blog. This is not some guy selling papers on a street-corner spouting his nonsense to anyone who doesn’t walk away fast enough. This is the editor–the person who controls what news stories people see in a local newspaper that was apparently well regarded until 2012 when editor/publisher Frank Parlato took over. Mr. Parlato is so secure in his belief that men are the superior sex that movies featuring strong female characters disgust him and he won’t publish reviews about them. Will. Not. Publish those nasty, nasty reviews with woman stuff all over them.

What else doesn’t pass Frank Parlato’s moral filter?

To those of us who know these people still exist in positions of power (and that’s anyone who was awake during the recent U.S. election cycle), this may not even come as a surprise. But every day I encounter people who think feminism is just a euphemism for women hating on men, and I’m fucking sick of it, for lack of a more elegant phrase. They’re not listening. They’re not reading. Or they’re listening to Fox and reading the Niagara Falls Reporter, I dunno. All I know is that every day I’m more and more convinced that I have to keep doing what I’m doing even if gets me into more than my share of arguments and sometimes costs me “friends.” We need feminism because there are still too many people out there, male and female, who believe that “traditional” gender roles are sacrosanct–that a man’s rightful title is Head-of-Household and a woman’s is Little-Girl-Mother-Wife whose office is in the KITCHEN (with a view of the swingset) and YES! It’s the fifties! Happy Days Are Here Again!

Not on my watch.


11 responses

  1. Clancy Nacht

    Reblogged this on Clancy Nacht.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  2. Stina Leicht

    Go, Rosie, go! Thanks for this.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  3. @bluejack, it’s a revival of The Honeymooners.

    November 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    • [dies]

      November 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  4. Also, what is this movie “Snow White and the Huntsman” and why haven’t I seen it?

    November 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  5. That’s a whole lot of asshole when “no thanks” would have been enough. Parlato didn’t just throw Professional out of the window, he shut it, locked it, painted it, and barred it so there would be no chance of it ever returning.

    November 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    • He did, at that. :)

      November 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  6. Pat MacEwen

    Seems to me this guy is going to have fewer and fewer reviews to publish, then, because movies have shown a decided increase in strong female roles (Twilight b.s. being a notable and nauseating exception). Personally, I always suspect a shortcoming in the manliness department whenever a guy starts spouting this stuff. He’s overcompensating for something! Real men don’t need to prove it.

    November 19, 2012 at 5:15 am

    • Yeah, when you have to use the word “manliness” three times to make your point, you might be protesting too much.

      November 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  7. Bob

    Thanks for this week’s episode of Breaking Retrograde. It’s no consolation, I know, but I guarantee that Frank’s dementia isn’t confined to his views on women. As a class, the editors of weekly newspapers deserve a chapter in DSM-5.

    November 19, 2012 at 4:18 am

    • According to Michael Calleri, this paper was founded by a bunch of people who were unhappy with the direction their current paper (the Niagara Falls Gazette) had taken. Calleri says in the Sun-Times piece,

      “The Reporter’s key impetus was a true iconoclast, a guy who is in the Charles Bukowski mold. His name is Mike Hudson and he is famous for being a local legend, a fast-talking raconteur, an author, a poet, a two-fisted guy (if you know what I mean), and an important member of the seminal punk band, The Pagans. I liked Mike.

      Under founder Hudson, writers had complete freedom of expression at The Reporter. The newspaper was a stark contrast to the staid and traditional Gazette. The Reporter was also wildly popular.”

      So, apparently Hudson was the exception. It looks to me like Parlato has turned it into a creepy tabloid. Very sad.

      November 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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