The Hollywood witch hunt has spread to New Zealand

The left has turned on themselves and is currently eating their own in Hollywood. Men are being accused without evidence and are losing their careers and incomes based merely on the accusations of women. Media are gleefully destroying them in the court of public opinion and even some women like Meryl Streep have been caught in the crossfire and accused of knowing about men’s wrongdoings and saying and doing nothing.

It is a mass and very public bloodletting that shows no sign of slowing down. The mob mentality has taken over and there are metaphorical pitchforks and lanterns marching through the industry in an ongoing man centred witch hunt.

Perhaps emboldened by the hysteria and the sense of power being felt by victims who can now strike back without fear of repercussions, one woman who supports battered women in New Zealand has picked up her own pitchfork and taken aim at New Zealand literature and films and in particular the late Barry Crump.

Barry Crump

Last night, I watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople for the first time. I’m sure many of you watched it on Xmas night. It’s a great film – a very moving, funny, film.
And it’s based on a novel by a very violent man.
I didn’t watch it when it first came out, for that very reason.
I had real problems with it’s existence.
Barry Crump, you see, was an awesome story teller.
And he was at the extreme end of intimate partner violence. One of the really physically violent ones.
Yet he’s a man that’s mythologised in New Zealand. Regarded as the zentih of the Real Kiwi Bloke.
As it turns out, the screenplay that Taika Waititi wrote was only based on the original premise of the novel, about a boy and a man going on the run.

But there was homage to Crump in there too. (The red ute called Crumpy).

(Also homage to Bruno Lawrence, and the film Smash Palace, at the end).

So how do we navigate all this? How do we get around the fact that many of the men who are lauded, mythologised, and admired in this country, were/are also very violent humans?

In my view, we accept that this is the case. That domestic violence is so embedded in our culture as NZers that it is hard to avoid the work of people like this. And yet, we should. Look a bit closer at some of our national heroes, and we may not like what we find. Bring it out of the shadows, talk about it, and not reward these men with our attentions anymore. 

This statement needs further examination. Yes, we should examine the clay feet of our heroes but if we cannot read or watch the work of a flawed creator then we cannot read or watch anything. Once you say that we cannot enjoy a creative work by a violent man we then have to ask if we can enjoy one by an alcoholic, a drug addict, a soldier who fought in a war you disagree with, a womaniser or an unfaithful husband?

If the creator like Barry Crump is dead how does not reading or watching his work or work based on his work affect him? Will a boycott affect any meaningful change? Who will your boycott actually hurt?

Was Crump’s storytelling sufficient enough to wipe out what he did to women he was in relationships with?
In my mind, never. Never.
Nothing excuses it. Nothing wipes it out.

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