Natalie Haynes 3 November 2018 9:00 AM 3 November 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age Donna ZuckerbergHarvard, pp.270, £20.95 Who could possibly take exception to the Stoics? One of the more passive arms of Hellenistic philosophy, Stoicism required its followers to believe in a world where virtue was all, worldly goods were trivial and everything was predetermined. Perhaps you might take exception to this last pillar of faith, since it leaves us dangerously close to being organic robots, with no real autonomy. ‘I was destined to steal,’ a slave once told his Stoic master, Zeno of Citium. ‘Yes, and to be flogged,’ Zeno replied, carrying out the punishment. Your destiny does not excuse you of responsibility, in the Stoic mindset: it just robs you of choice. With its emphasis on virtue and self-control, it is curious that Stoicism has proved so … [Read more...] about Must Ovid be hijacked by the alt-right?
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A producer on the Simpsons has rubbished claims the hit TV show is set to drop controversial character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon . The convenience store owner, voiced by Hank Azaria, has been accused of representing a racial stereotype of Indian-Americans. Film producer Adi Shankar, who does not work on the Simpsons, claimed he had spoken to several people close to the show who said that Apu will be written out. “I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” he told IndieWire. “They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.” But showrunner Al Jean, who previously defended Apu, stepped in to distance the series from Mr Shankar's comments. He wrote on Twitter: “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.” He previously said … [Read more...] about The Simpsons writer rubbishes claims Apu will be written out
A Ned Flanders band will play The Crafuurd Arms in Milton Keynes later this week. Arizona-based band Okilly Dokilly will bring their music, lyrics (which are largely Ned Flanders quotes) and noise to The Craufurd Arms on Friday night.For the uninitiated, Ned Flanders is a fictional character in long-running US animated TV show The Simpsons and lives next door to the famous Simpson family.As part of the band’s unique look, each member wears the olive-green jumpers, pink shirts and spectacles that Homer Simpson’s resolutely cheerful and extremely religious neighbour is known to wear.The band came into play in 2015, and before the end of 2016, they had released their debut album, Howdilly Doodilly, a 13 track record filled with ‘Flanderisms,’ rushing guitars and more than enough left-handed puns.Get ready to rock out with their new lineup, Shred Ned on guitar, Dread Ned on drums and Zed Ned on synth along with original band member Head Ned.What would Homer say? … [Read more...] about Ned Flanders band to play Milton Keynes
President Trump, the baby translator, three-eyed fish… As the World Cup continues, we look all the real-world events predicted by The Simpsons 1. Mexico winning the World Cup The World Cup final remains at a distance but that hasn't stopped football fans from suggesting this year's winner had been predicted by The Simpsons. An episode in the animation's ninth series, The Cartridge Family, showed a match "to determine which nation is the greatest on earth, Mexico or Portugal?". Social media fans became convinced that this could be the World Cup, with one uncanny detail tying it to this summer: "There seems to be a reference to the scandal that recently plagued the Mexican team who allegedly partied with several women before the beginning of the tournament," Portuguese newspaper Eco reported. The two teams could even make it to the World Cup Final. On Monday, Portugal drew with Iran, meaning they are in the top half of the draw for the knockout stage. If … [Read more...] about Mexico winning the World Cup
Finally, as even the most fervent Remainer may agree, Brexit is responsible for something to be cherished. The “Special Relationship” is dead (or at the very least in cryogenic stasis). Good riddance to the era of ritual obedience – and long live what Emmanuel Macron, such a gifted translator, unveiled this week as “le relationship especiale”. With Britain’s global irrelevance cemented by the semi-conscious uncoupling from the EU, it falls to the president of the French Republic to hog the spotlight as the first foreign leader granted a full state visit by Donald Trump. Spare a pang of pity for Theresa May. While she sits morosely in Downing Street with nothing but the Windrush catastrophe and the customs union conundrum for comfort, Macron swanks around Washington and George Washingon’s Virginia plantation, gushing over the tangerine grifter like some pantomime roué seducing some old broad he knows to be incapable of resisting the most … [Read more...] about Trump and Macron are the new Bush and Blair – and we all know how that ended