I’m Being Repressed!

All of the recent Gorman discussion smacks of the elite feeling scared that the peasants are gaining control of the system. (and no, I will not link to the tripe that Gorman wrote) I think the authorities had the same things to say about Gutenberg as Gorman has to say about the internet.We all know how well that argument went.

As an explanation, and example, of oppression by the ruling classes, here is a woman, Dennis, and King Arthur, of the Britons:

WOMAN: Order, eh — who does he think he is?
ARTHUR: I am your king!
WOMAN: Well, I didn’t vote for you.
ARTHUR: You don’t vote for kings.
WOMAN: Well, ‘ow did you become king then?
ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake, [angels sing] her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. [singing stops] That is why I am your king!
DENNIS: Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an Emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!
ARTHUR: Shut up! Will you shut up!
DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!
ARTHUR: Bloody peasant!
DENNIS: Oh, what a give away! Did you here that, did you here that, eh? That’s what I’m on about — did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn’t you?

–Jane, ALA is the tart that gave Michael Gorman a sword

8 thoughts on “I’m Being Repressed!

  • June 20, 2007 at 12:27 pm
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    I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

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  • June 20, 2007 at 3:49 pm
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    The responses here neatly demonstrate the pop culture conundrum: how far can we assume that our audience shares our frames of reference? It would appear that a substantial minority of your readers are completely unfamiliar with one of the most famous parts of one of the most popular films of the last 30 years, or at least so little familair with it that they choose to assume that you have decided on a whim to create an Arthurian political parody as a tangential critique of Gormangate. But if that is the case, are we forced to assume ignorance, and painstakingly explain on every occasion that when we say Macbeth we mean the play by Shakespeare, not the TV series Hamish Macbeth, and when we say Shakespeare we mean William Shakespeare not Robbie Shakespeare, and when we say Rimbaud we don’t mean Sylvester Stallone’s Vietnam vet?

  • June 20, 2007 at 9:14 pm
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    Watery tart! I love that part of that exchange. :) If I see MG at ALA this weekend, I will do my best to fart in his general direction. Hehehe.

  • June 20, 2007 at 10:08 pm
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    Martin, I assume that my readers are intelligent enough to either a) get my reference or b) look it up on the internet.

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