Wednesday Reads: Natural Born Assh*lesPosted: April 4, 2018
Last night, while looking for comedies on Filmstruck…my son noticed the 1994 Oliver Stone movie, Natural Born Killers. Yeah, I said the same thing…eh, what the hell is that doing in the comedy section? But…he wanted to watch it. I had not seen the film since it came out in the theater and I thought, what the hell.
I think tRump must really enjoy this film, because there is a line in there about a snake biting a woman:
Old Indian: Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, “Why have you done this to me?” And the snake answered, “Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake.”
I know that orange natural born asshole likes to tell this tale, I didn’t realize just how much he likes it:
One of President Trump’s earliest documented uses of “The Snake” came in January 2016, on the eve of the primary season that he would go on to storm.
Speaking to a crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with the state’s all-important caucus just days away, the candidate put on reading glasses and read the story from a piece of paper: A talking snake fatally bites a woman after she takes it in to give it care.
“I read this the other day, and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really amazing,’ ” Trump told the crowd.
Trump used the poem repeatedly on the campaign trail to illustrate the threats posed by refugees from Syria and other countries. The United States is the woman who naively gives others refuge; immigrants are the snakes who deliver the fatal strike.
“The Snake” was back this week after a hiatus, when Trump did another rendition during a freewheeling speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.
For someone who is not known as a man of letters, this is one of Trump’s only literary touchstones. It is a crowd-pleaser, part xenophobic fearmongering, part tale told by Grandpa — “story time with Trump,” as one college supporter said that day in Iowa.
Funny, when I think of the snake, I think it is tRump, but we didn’t invite him in. Certain Russian factors forced him upon us.
But the lyrics have a far more complex origin than Trump’s use might imply. The poem originated in the 1960s from a soul singer and social activist in Chicago, Oscar Brown Jr. Its appropriation as a tool to drum up fear about immigrants has turned heads; some of Brown’s family are asking Trump to stop using it. And now, people are reading deeper into the president’s fixation with the parable.
This is the story of the president and “The Snake.”
So, please go to the link and read the story of the asshole and the snake.
The rest of today’s “stuff” is cartoons.
I think that was a turd joke?
And with that….this is an open thread.