I have loved and shared Latma’s brilliant satire and musical parodies since I discovered it about four years ago. Many people will recognize this brilliant troupe by We Con the World, which became an immediate You Tube hit.
I read producer Caroline Glick’s essay which explained in the most general way the reasons why they will not be in regular production. It sounded like corrupt cronyism, but that is nothing new for the socialist post-Zionist world.
For those still blinded by their youthful idealism or perhaps allegiance to a Jewish organization no longer serving Israel’s interests, this should be a shrill warning of what Statists do through PC. Why hasn’t such brilliant satire, replete with Mel Brooks quality musical numbers, been a staple on an Israeli television network?
A statist government decries any art which doesn’t transmit a message it approves. I recall reading an anecdote about Menecham Begin meeting with a Rumanian artist who had made his way to Israel after being released from the Soviet Gulag. He told the prime minister that he had been fine while he was doing the State’s bidding, but as soon as he was true to his soul he was consigned to the frozen wasteland of Siberia. That’s why PC, which is a Statist staple of control, is fatal for comedy. Ask yourself could Blazing Saddles be made today?
Here in the USA we have been told what’s hip, what’s cool, and what’s funny for as long as there’s been print. I recall Sinatra singing Love and Marriage,and the airwaves vibrating to the Beatles All You Need is Love. The message was always about love. Women were romanticized. Although country songs still wail about passion gone wrong, the culture police have okayed the words bitch, hating whitey,and all kinds of pornographic words and violent actions because it’s part of the rap culture. Tell me on what planet thug violence and sluttish behavior is OK but an ingenious political satire show is too controversial? Welcome to the 21st century: a world of cultural upheaval. This Rosh Ha Shana may it be written in the Book of Life that Latma return wittier and more ingenious than ever. We need them. Israel needs them.
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