The Simpsons

Dear American Friends Thinking About Moving to Canada Because of Trump’s Presidency

Hi all, I’d like to thank you for considering about joining me in my little country just north of where you live, or in the case of Alaskans and Hawaiians, to your east. Anyways, I would like to welcome you to Canada, if you come. However, I would like to kindly remind said all that the problems of your homeland will not be resolved through emigration.

While I sympathize with Democratic Party voters, moving to another country will not realize your dreams. Instead, the Democratic Party must gain control of the White House, the Supreme Court, and, most importantly, the US Congress.

How can this be accomplished?

In broad and simple strokes, the Democratic Party should:

  1. Maintain consistent and ongoing grassroots work among constituents,
  2. Fight tooth and nail for every vote in America—especially the rural votes—rather than preach to its urban choir, and
  3. Take control of Congress, duh.

I do salute Hillary for speaking to the better angels of Americans and for being the only sane presidential choice. She was the better candidate and she would have been elected head of government of another country years ago. It is ironic that although Hillary has inspired a generation of female heads of government around the world, she herself was not elected the President of the US. I hope she isn’t arrested for simply being Trump’s opponent, because that would be quite totalitarian and wrong.

It is also unfortunate, I know, that the writers of The Simpsons were right and that Donald Trump will become the president of the United States. At the least, however, that means that there will be some four years in which the Democratic Party can rebuild itself into something that functions… functions well and that functions competitively.

My Fair Lady [1964]

5 / 5

Brilliant, witty, My Fair Lady is an outstanding musical and arguably the best romantic comedy, ever.

Not to be missed: Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison at the height of their powers, the influential costume designs by Cecil Beaton, the memorable and oft-referenced score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, along with a subtle and nuanced ending far better than could have been imagined by George Bernard Shaw, himself. As a minor point, the people in charge of the film should have used Audrey Hepburn’s singing voice instead of Marni Nixon’s. As Hepburn wasn’t going to beat Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins for the Oscar for Best Actress—Hepburn wasn’t even nominated that year, and as fans of the musical still prefer Andrews’ voice to Marni Nixon’s, Hepburn should have been allowed to retain her pride and dignity through the use of her more modest singing voice.

Jack Warner Trivia:

  • When director George Cukor demanded reshoots, Jack Warner had the sets torn down.
  • After seeing the first rough cut of the film, Jack Warner rose and then silently bowed to Rex Harrison.
  • When it was revealed that Audrey Hepburn was not nominated for an Oscar, Jack Warner and George Cukor angrily protested.