Malaka Of The Week: The Krewe Of Endymion

I took a news break after KMac’s Long Day’s Adjourney Into Night. That was a pun I hoped to make during that shit show. Puns on Eugene O’Neill titles are my jam: there was a Putin related one last year, The Iceman Melteth. I’m surprised I’ve never written a post about Joe Biden called The Niceman Cometh. Oh well, what the hell.

I was uncharacteristically indecisive about whether to make this an irksome things or malaka of the week post. My wheels spun around and around like the Chuck Berry song as performed by the Grateful Dead:

That was my morning earworm. I had to get it over with because “that old place was packed” as was my brain with ideas.

It took four paragraphs and a video, but I’ve finally figured out where this post is going. Here we go:

Malakatude takes many forms. Sometimes it involves stubbornly sticking to a boneheaded decision regardless of the consequences. Other times it involves flip flopping on a boneheaded decision and making lame excuses for doing so. And that is why The Krewe Of Endymion is malaka of the week.

For my non-New Orleans readers a reminder of who they are from one of last year’s top 40:

Endymion is an obnoxious parading krewe with political clout and money to burn. Most of its members live in suburban Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes. The latter is the reddest and richest parish in the Gret Stet Of Louisiana.

Endymion customarily has parade co-Grand Marshals. One is still in place, Tulane Football Coach Willie Fritz. A solid pick even if I’m off football these days. The other pick was the  antisemitic and misogynistic former movie star, Mel Gibson. Like the coach’s name, Endymion’s selection process was clearly on the Fritz and the pick gave me the Willies. Owning the libs should not be a part of Carnival.

I missed it but the social media uproar about picking a blatant bigot to parade on public property was instant and loud. Yesterday, local Jewish groups chimed in. They issued a scathing joint statement. Endymion was forced to crawfish and withdraw its invitation to Gibson.

Endymion honcho Dan Kelly claimed there were “threats” against the glitzy and gaudy krewe, but he didn’t call them credible. The local media was skeptical as quotes were placed around the word threats in their headlines. Instead of admitting they’d fucked up and taking responsibility Endymion chose to blame the libs.

Mel Gibson has been slowly worming his way back into the movie business since this infamous antisemitic outburst in 2006:

Gibson, 50, was arrested in the early hours of Friday after he was found driving his Lexus along the Pacific coast highway while allegedly drunk. A three-quarters-full bottle of tequila wrapped in a brown paper bag was found on the floor. He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and released on $5,000 bail.

 

The entertainment website TMZ published what it said was a four-page extract of the police report into the incident. It says that the actor had tried to run away from police and that he “became increasingly belligerent”. The Australian star told the officer that he would regret arresting him and that he “owned Malibu”.

 

The report says: “Gibson blurted out a barrage of anti-semitic remarks about ‘fucking Jews’. Gibson yelled out: ‘The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.’ Gibson then asked: ‘Are you a Jew?'”

We need a palate cleanser after that quote:

Gibson is not only guilty of blatant bigotry, he’s also the director and star of one of the worst best picture Oscar winners ever, Braveheart. Even by Hollywood standards, it’s wildly historically inaccurate according to Alex von Tunzelmann in her much missed Reel History column in The Guardian:

Seemingly intended as a piece of anti-English propaganda, Braveheart offers an even greater insult to Scotland by making a total pig’s ear of its heritage. “Historians from England will say I am a liar,” intones the voiceover, “but history is written by those who have hanged heroes.” Well, that’s me told: but, regardless of whether you read English or Scottish historians on the matter, Braveheart still serves up a great big steaming haggis of lies.

I won’t even detail the antisemitism in Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ. The evangelicals loved it but Reel History did not. Oy just oy.

Mel Gibson was once one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He made some classics such as Mad Max and The Year Of Living Dangerously as well as doing boffo box office with the Lethal Weapon series. He’s now a rich show biz bigot trying to make a comeback.

Back to the Krewe Of Endymion. It’s not the first time they’ve owned the libs with a grand marshal selection. Last year it was right-week teevee host and Laura Ingraham favorite Raymond Arroyo.

Endymion is in cultural and political conflict with the city in which it parades. New Orleans is a deep blue dot in a ruby red state. It is, however, the Carnival big time.

Another reason Endymion parades in New Orleans: They usually hold their gaudy Endymion Extravaganza at the Superdome. It’s unavailable this year, so they’re holding it at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which is ironically named for our first Black mayor.

It’s appalling that I’m obliged to use Dutch Morial and Mel Gibson’s names in the same post. The blame for that goes to Endymion. And that is why the Krewe Of Endymion is malaka of the week.

The last word goes to Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones:

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