Well, nuts to you too

This is adapted from a comment I made on Zippy’s blog. The article I wrote that I’m referring to, by the way, is here, and you can comment there or here about it if you’re so inclined. I think it came out well, and I recommend “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” highly.

I recently wrote an article on the newest Harry Potter movie (which was great), and I mentioned in passing how disgusting I found J.K. Rowling’s personal and political views. It got me to thinking why.

I think it has to do with a contempt for the middle class. Rowling went right from dirt poor to impossibly, tremendously rich; her time spent in the middle class was so short she wasn’t able to experience much of what it was like.

A consequence of this is that she honestly CAN’T understand why middle class people are concerned about things like paying welfare, or illegal immigrants taking jobs, or the country being overrun by Muslim refugees. She sees refugees, immigrants, and mothers on welfare as “poor”, and thus sees it as all of our responsibility to take care of them.

After all, she crunched the numbers: If all of us middle class people gave up a latte a day, we’d be able to give every single mother a home! What is WRONG with us? Why do we all hate minorities (the majority of the poor)? Why are we such horrible racist monsters?

She doesn’t understand what it’s like to be one firing and a month out of work away from slipping below the poverty line, because it’s not something she experienced for any significant length of time. To her, middle class people not wanting to get rid of the one big vacation they take every two years, that they scrimped and saved months for, is evil, because someone, somewhere out in the world, just happens to be suffering worse.

I think this explains the attitude of a lot of our supposed elites.

I mentioned earlier that for all that talk of Trump targeting middle class white Americans or white males, I can’t remember him directly addressing white males or even whites in general at all the entire election.

Now, what he DID do is promise to bring in jobs and to get illegal immigrants out so they’d stop taking jobs, and since it’s white Americans who are the ones that the elites are attempting to run out on a rail, or worse, they correctly surmised that it was white Americans who that message resonated with the most. What they didn’t catch is that this said a lot more about them then about the white Americans they were condemning so strongly.

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5 Responses to Well, nuts to you too

  1. GRA says:

    I too enjoyed Fantastic Beasts. James Howard’s score was great and Dan Fogler’s performance was a gem. I still remember him in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

  2. John says:

    Nah, I wouldn’t describe Rowling’s economic beliefs as disgusting.

    She has certain beliefs about fiscal policy and immigration that she honestly believes because she never experienced what it was like to live a long life as part of the middle-class.

    But she cannot imagine anything differently because she doesn’t have that experience.Thus why she honestly believes that her convictions are good and better than other convictions.

    She may be wrong,sure.Her experience is too limited to from an accurate opinion, sure.But I wouldn’t really describe it as disgusting in my opinion.

  3. Crude says:

    She’s fitting in with her new crowd, I suspect, and little else. It’s not like she’s treading new ground here. What she has to say about money and taxes and the poor and pretty much anything else, could be said by almost anyone else in her niche of ‘entertainment + extreme wealth’.

    • What got me more than anything else were her comments on Brexit and her comments on the casting of Black! Hermione in the stage show. She insulted and demeaned the people responsible for her phenomenal wealth in the first place.

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