September 23, 2014

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Alas, even that rather tepid spirit of rebellion appears to be absent in the hearts of kids these days. Behold, Muggeridge’s Law made flesh:

Movies that show smoking, such as Bill Murray’s St. Vincent, should be rated 18A, protesters told a lineup of filmgoers Saturday morning.

Seventeen-year-old Shadi Mousavi Nia has been involved with the movie initiative for three years, with the Canadian Cancer Society for five. She said she’s disillusioned by the “€œsmokers”€™ corner”€ at high school.

“€œIt always made me feel very sad … They”€™re the leaders of tomorrow,”€ she said.

Which is why I”€™m stocking up on double-ought ammo.

But not cigarettes. Yet. All I can do is cling to the knowledge that cancer runs in my family.

The trouble is, if it manifests as a brain tumor, it will be hard for me to know when to have myself seen to. This whole news vs. satire nonsense already makes my head hurt.

Did you hear about the movie The Monuments Men? It’s one of those “€œbased on a true story”€ films, but it turns out that George Clooney’s pet project, set during the Second World War, only achieved historical authenticity in one respect:

Despite a relative absence of gore and boobs, The Monuments Men got slapped with a PG-13 rating. For depicting “€œhistorical smoking.“€


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