Monday, August 10, 2009

What Ross Douthat Considers Sexy

I have to confess that after reading his most recent column in the New York Times, I started feeling kind of sorry for the poor guy. It turns out that two of Douthat's most favorite movies are the pre-pubescent silly comedies Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. The reasons why he likes these truly idiotic films is are ideological (trust it to Douthat to find ideology even in something this inane): "They’ve made an effectively conservative message about relationships and reproduction seem relatable, funny, down-to-earth and even sexy." So staying a virgin until the age of 40 and an unwanted pregnancy are what Douthat finds sexy. As we have seen from his previous columns, Douthat's sex life is so miserable that he must be really lamenting not keeping his virginity for good (I wrote about the reasons for his hatred of women here and here .)
The director of these silly movies has just released a new film called Funny People. The lack of success of this movie makes Douthat really sad. I, however, see a lot of hope in this movie's failure. Maybe people are getting tired of this mindless kind of entertainment. Maybe they feel that they can finally have an agency in this world and don't need to numb themselves by Adam Sandler's stupid jokes and repetitive comic routines.
It's funny how Douthat's language always betrays certain truths that Douthat's badly digested conservatism prevents him from verbalizing. This is what he has to say about marriage: "More than most Westerners, Americans believe — deeply, madly, truly — in the sanctity of marriage." Douthat is right here, of course. Believing in the "sanctity" of any institution is, indeed, crazy. Believing in Judd Apatow's movies (which according to Douthat are based on "endless penis jokes and all") is even more insane. These films don't have a message, political or otherwise. All they do is provide us with completely mindless, escapist entertainment that we all need every once in a while. It doesn't oocur to anybody except Douthat, though, to take them seriously and build a political agenda around them.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE your weekly anti-Douthat feature. Please continue writing it. It always makes me laugh.

Clarissa said...

Thank you, I'm planning to continue it. There is nothing this guy writes that makes any sense whatsoever. I wonder why the NYTimes keep paying him. Are they trying to present us with a caricature of conservative thought?

Anonymous said...

I am also always looking forward to read your post on Douthat's weekly platitude! Thanks for making me laugh and laugh.

For someone like you who sees ideology everywhere, this was a rather surprising post, though.

In my view, American comedies have always been conservative. I don't see how Apatow's comedies make an exception.


Clarissa said...

I'm glad you like these posts. :-)

Douthat should start paying me for getting people interested in him. :-)

I've never been able to suffer through more than 2 minutes of these movies, but I know I couldn't get drunk enough to see a political agenda in them.

Anonymous said...

Man, you've really got it in for this guy. :)

Clarissa said...

I'd love to see a reasonable well-informed conservative opinion on the pages of the NYTimes. Why they are payung this clown is beyond my understanding.