This, one of the powerful ending lines in Jeffrey Lord’s American Spectator article, Jon Stewart Flunks His Spartacus Test, in which Stewart’s position on Comedy Central’s censorship of South Park’s episode on Islamic fanatics is slammed. Lord sets the courage test in terms of Kubrick’s Spartacus, the iconic film of the Greek gladiator at Capua and his courage to the last. With that in mind he fast forwards to United Airlines Flight 93 on 911 where ordinary Americans were confronted with their Spartacus moment and proudly passed the test earning our tribute or what the ancient Greeks would call arete, courageously living up to their full potential, excellence.
Faster forward to today and the edgy, over-the-top, iconoclastic South Park created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who decided to take on Islamic Fascists but gently by disguising the Prophet Mohammed as a bear. A web site called “Revolution Muslim” warned the creators that they would end up like Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch film maker killed by Islamic terrorists after he made a film on the treatment of Muslim women. This fatwa put the fear of Allah into Comedy Central which promptly bleeped a 35 second speech warning of “fear and intimidation.”
Now to Jon Stewart, darling of the leftists, brave defender of Democrats, epitome of all moral good. Jon gets his chance to stand up for Free Speech. Jon get his “Spartacus test.” What say, this paragon of leftist virtue, when confronted with intimidation based censorship by Comedy Central?
“It’s their right,” he said of Comedy Central in a verbal shrug of indifference. “We all serve at their pleasure.” In other words, they sign the checks!
The problem is that these Islamic terrorists want to bury us. “American and Western culture — the good, the bad and the ugly of it over a few thousand centuries, from Plato to Parker and Shakespeare to Stone — can thrive only in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. That freedom, as has been made abundantly clear since 9/11, is under full scale assault.”
“The right answer is never to pretend that if you somehow were transported back in time, say to a house in Amsterdam in August of 1944 and the German Grüne Polizei were pounding at your door, you could get away with saying: “Hi. Fox News can %$#@@ themselves. You guys sign the checks. Seig Heil. Ann Frank is upstairs, third door to the right, the room behind the bookcase.”
“The right answer would be, the right answer is always: I am Ann Frank.”
The clever, liberal leftist, Jon Stewart gets an F on his Spartacus test. For all practical purposes, his Obama Hussein idol with his fawning Mideast diplomacy has also flunked the Spartacus test. A great article by Jeff Lord.