WWI Film Triggers Whiny GQ Sex Writer

WWI Film Triggers Whiny GQ Sex Writer

WWI Film Triggers Whiny GQ Sex Writer

The film 1917, set in World War I, has already won two Golden Globe awards, for best drama and best director. Now the WWI movie is in the Oscar running with ten nominations, including Best Picture.

Finally, the long-forgotten war is getting its cinematic due. Fortune magazine celebrates WWI earning its place in the cultural spotlight. Plus, historians at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City call it “an important representation because it allows people to understand the carnage that was World War I.”

But a writer at GQ Magazine is not so enthusiastic. She complained, “Where are the stories about Not-White-Men’s Lives?”

Who is this whiny writer, anyway?

She goes by the preposterous moniker “Sophia Benoit” (pronounced Ben-WAHH) and pens heavyweight cultural fare such as “The 7 Sexiest Things Men Did Last Month,” and “A Museum is a Terrible Place for a Date.” The latter tells me that Ms. Ben-WAHH doesn’t like museums, much less history museums. Or perhaps history in general, for that matter.

So she griped about 1917 at Twitter:

“I’m not ‘upset’ that there weren’t many women in the movie 1917; I f****** get that there were not very many women in trenches. The qustion is why does that story keep getting told?”

But seriously, Benoit is really not angry. She says so.

“Folks, I’m not even ‘upset’ or ‘made’ or w/e that 1917 got made. I’m sure it’s great! That’s outside the question at hand which is where are the stories about not-white-men’s lives & why are they still not getting made?”

Right. Benoit isn’t miffed at the success of this male-dominated film. And Nancy Pelosi has never had plastic surgery, either.

Yes, men fought WWI. Its leaders were men, too. And while this airhead claims she’s an expert on sex, she knows nothing about history.

To be sure, it’s difficult to understand the cause of WWI. It doesn’t resonate like World War II with easy-to-understand accounts of Pearl Harbor and Nazi atrocities.

Instead, the prelude to the Great War featured nationalism, populism, and a series of incidents that melded into a perfect storm in August, 1914, when European nations fell into alliances like dominoes.

That long-forgotten conflict, which raged primarily across Europe and the Middle East from 1914-1918, changed our modern world in ways that Ms. Benoit should know about, if she weren’t so angry that white men largely fought the war.

WWI saw the introduction of planes and tanks as weapons. New medical technologies were developed to deal with wounds caused by machine guns, including prevention of infection in an era before penicillin. Head injuries also prompted development of helmets, and for the first time, doctors studied “shell shock.”

WWI

Renault FT-17 tank at National WWI Museum. Personal collection.

But even though WWI ended in 1918, its effect on the world did not. Communism arose in Russia after Czarist Russia fell in 1917. The victorious British and French carved up the Ottoman Empire, turning the Middle East into the powderkeg it is today. Hitler later used the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks as a blueprint for Nazi atrocities.

Moreover, the punitive Treaty of Versailles, which bludgeoned a defeated Germany after WWI, led to the rise of Hitler and Nazism. In fact, many historians claim that World War II was really a continuation of World War I.

In short, the repercussions of 100 year-old hostilities still echo today.

Never mind all that, according to Ms. Sophia Benoit. There’s too much testosterone associated with the Great War — white men’s testosterone, that is. That’s anathema to Benoit and her fellow social justice ignoramuses. But what do you expect from a generation which doesn’t recognize the name of Auschwitz or know how many victims died in the Holocaust?

I’m glad WWI is featured again in such recent films as They Shall Not Grow Old, Journey’s End, War Horse, and of course, 1917. Perhaps these movies will lead new generations to understand how the men who fought that war changed civilization, instead of the moronic blathering of a GQ sex writer who resents the stories of white men who bled and died in that conflagration over 100 years ago.

 

Featured image: “Gassed” by John Singer Sargent/cropped/Imperial War Museum, London/public domain.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

11 Comments
  • Dietrich says:

    “Those who forget history…”

  • GWB says:

    why does that story keep getting told?
    Because it’s actually IMPORTANT in the history of Western Civilization, you ignorant, silly tw*t!

    not-white-men’s lives & why are they still not getting made?
    OK, point me to one. It’s alright, I’ll wait. What? You can’t find a radically world-changing event within the past 100 years that doesn’t involve white men? (Well, other than the Red Revolution in China. And that whole Nipponese Empire thing – oh, wait, Americans kicking their ass, so white men! NVM)

    See, this is the problem with the whole identitarian bullcarp: it is Christian civilization, particularly Western Civilization, that has made the world the prosperous, generally peaceful place it’s been for the last century. And that means Europe. And that means white men.

    I don’t say that because I have anything against Africans or Asians or Arabs or anyone else. I say it simply because it’s true. Christianity has certain traits that enable the civilization we’ve known. Greek and Roman civilization had certain traits that encouraged some pillars of our Western world. The portions of the world that have not adopted those concepts have suffered for it. That means no world-spanning empires. It also means no perfect storm of civilization, modernity, industry, and human hubris to give us the grotesque and oh so bloody War To End All Wars.

    (You want to go back further in time? Yes, lots of good [in the sense of tellable, attention-grabbing] stories about Mongols, Egypt, Chinese empires, Japanese Shogunate, etc. And I’ve watched movies about ALL of those. Has Benoit seen any of them? Why not? Is she a bigot? Just ignorant? Both?)
    ( Oh, and very few good stories about sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Because they were and remain tribal to the point of constant civil wars within their own borders. I did watch a good one about an African leader once, though – The Last King Of Scotland. Africa in all its glory.)

  • Johnny Lumber says:

    I wonder if Benoit got to the theater to see Harriet or even Little Women? As a white southerner I enjoyed Harriet, but more because it took place in that hot bed of slavery, Maryland. I got a perverse pleasure in seeing that a a Yankee state was featured as being part of the plantation south. Probably blew a lot of liberal minds. But it was a good movie and even got my anti-gun wife to admit that maybe there are times that people and especially women should be armed.

    The movies that she wonders are not being made are being made but just kinda sink when not released widely, are not very good, or get promoted wrong so half the audience is alienated from the start. Even if good they may not make back their budget.

  • Cheri says:

    This an excellent article. If it were on Lucianne, it would be a MUST READ!!

  • Mike says:

    Sophia is **gasp!** white so she has White Privilege. She should be ashamed.

  • Slow Joe Crow says:

    While the excerpts from Benoit’s article come across as whiny and clueless, the blind pig did find an acorn. Why aren’t there good films about the Harlem Hellfighters or the African regiments (on both sides) fighting in East Africa, or the Indian regiments at Kut or the Western Front? I understand why most WWI films concentrate on the Western Front and can’t fault 1917 because it’s one of the most accurate WWI films ever made but I would like to see good films in English about lesser known campaigns and units.

    • Randy Wolf says:

      After the success of 1917 they will get made. But here is a thought: there are scores of books written about every war ever fought. Many are about forgotten battles or rescue operations long forgotten. Perhaps Ms Benoit should learn her history by READING A REAL BOOK instead of trashy sex crap in some obscure magazine no one but airheads read (I use them ‘read’ loosely, it is more like perusing the pictures).

    • GWB says:

      Joe, could you point out a few titles or some websites? Those sound interesting.
      (If you want to put a couple of websites in without triggering the WP alarms, just put spaces before or after the periods or ‘/’s in the url and it won’t read as one to WP.)

      Maybe Amanda or someone else could do a VG Bookshelf on them!

  • Randy Wolf says:

    After the success of 1917 they will get made. But here is a thought: there are scores of books written about every war ever fought. Many are about forgotten battles or rescue operations long forgotten. Perhaps Ms Benoit should learn her history by READING A REAL BOOK instead of trashy sex crap in some obscure magazine no one but airheads read (I use them ‘read’ loosely, it is more like perusing the pictures).

  • Pippa says:

    If folks are interested in WWI, including what led up to it, and its aftermath, I highly recommend the YouTube series, The Great War (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_War_(YouTube_channel)), and the continuation on the Time Ghost channel, the Between 2 Wars.

    The folks who made The Great War are currently covering WWII in a similar, week-by-week format, with all the ancillary info videos too.

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