Ben Shapiro

The Real Problem With MTV’s “Skins”

2011 February 2

On January 18, MTV premiered “Skins,” an egregiously semi-pornographic television show featuring underage kids engaging in drug deals, sex, and sex talk of every sort, while consistently outsmarting their enraged and clueless parents. The reaction on the right has been predictable: Parents Television Council led the charge for advertisers to pull their dollars from “Skins,” and has thus far succeeded with General Motors, Taco Bell, and Wrigley, among others.

Equally predictable was the reaction from the Hollywood left, which deployed the usual responses from its dog-eared culture war playbook. read more…

Eric Alterman, Moron

2010 June 3

For those of you who haven’t heard of Eric Alterman of The Nation magazine (and unless you’re a shut-in with a crush on Michael Moore and a strange love of unicorns and lotion, why should you have?), he is a far-left columnist who makes it his mission to say silly things.  That is not unexpected, since he is also a professor of English at City University of New York.  A liberal professor who speaks out about issues outside his area of expertise and makes a fool of himself in the process?  Who woulda thunk?

For example, he penned an entire ridiculous book entitled What Liberal Media?, which argued that the media was actually conservative.  In order to reach this counterintuitive conclusion, Alterman essentially labeled everyone to his right “right-wing”, which would make Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and everyone not openly associated with the Marxist left a right-winger in his book.  For a solid review of that tome of stupidity, read here.

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Joe Biden’s Soft Anti-Semitism

2010 March 10

If you’re Israel, there’s nothing like being lectured on your domestic policy by a man who thinks that the United States and France kicked Hezbollah out of LebanonJoe Biden is probably the least-informed man in American politics when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  That may be because he, like President Obama, want to portray some sort of moral equality between the violent and murderous Palestinian Arabs (yes, their population is largely violent and murderous, not just their leadership) and the Israelis, and knowing too much about the conflict would make it difficult to draw that sort of moral parity.

On Monday, Biden said, while visiting Israel, that,

“It is incumbent on both parties to build an atmosphere of support for negotiations and not to complicate them.”

He was responding to a decision by the Israeli government to erect 1,600 “settler” homes in East Jerusalem.

“Yesterday the decision by the Israeli government to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem undermines that very trust, the trust that we need right now in order to begin … profitable negotiations,” blathered Biden. read more…

Why Darren Aronofsky Makes My Top Ten Overrated List

2010 January 18

Editor’s Note: Ben Shapiro gives away the ending of “Requiem for a Dream” in this post. He also explicitly summarizes the sequence which gave the film its NC-17 rating. Reader discretion is advised.

David Swindle was kind enough to email me about his post earlier today responding to my piece at Big Hollywood (my post was entitled Top Ten Most Overrated Directors of All Time).  David offered me the space to respond to his response.  Since I respect David so much, I felt it was worth the time and effort to answer briefly.

“The article is a hyperbolic provocation, not to be taken seriously. Shapiro makes dumb statements …”

The “dumb statement” with which David takes issue is my contention that the auteur theory of cinema is “idiotic,” a declaration from which I do not backtrack.  In my own defense, many film authorities make the same claim (see William Goldman, the most prominent critic.)  Here’s Hitchcock himself (my #1 most overrated, but still great director) on the auteur theory:

“A lot of people embrace the auteur theory.  But it’s difficult to know what someone means by it. I suppose they mean that the responsibility for the film rests solely on the shoulders of the director. But very often the director is no better than his script.” read more…

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