Here’s a delightful juxtaposition that I just stumbled upon. The first video we have here is the trailer for Cuban Fury, a comedy starring Nick Frost, Ian McShane, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones, about a character played by Frost who enters into a salsa competition. It’s basically the Karate Kid formula, where McShane is playing the Pat Morita role, and it offers the amusing suggestion that “Real men dance!” The movie comes out on Valentine’s Day.
Contrast that with the interview on Fox and Friends between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and author Nick Adams, who is arguing in his book American Boomerang, that men are no longer allowed to be “manly.” He argues that our lack of manliness is a dangerous phenomenon, and Hasselbeck goes one step further, suggesting that the problem is with feminism.
“Is this in direct relation to feminism on the rise?” Hasselbeck asked. “Is it a result just sort of society seeing men that are not as masculine and men that are as masculine being kind of demonized?”
“Elisabeth, you’ve hit the nail on the head,” Adams said.
“Do you see this affecting national security, how a nation operates in terms of being a strong presence globally?” Hasselbeck asked later.
Adams said that it “absolutely” does have an effect on national security. “Wimps and wussies deliver mediocrity, and men win,” he added. “And what America’s always been about is winning.”
See, there you go, folks. The take home from the two videos is that our national security is suffering because our men aren’t allowed to be men (*grunt grunt*) anymore, and the solution, obviously, is more salsa dancing.