David Mamet, the award-winning playwright, author and filmmaker, told Fox News host Mark Levin, “This has always been the problem with education, is that teachers are inclined – particularly men, because men are predators – to pedophilia.”
Given that Mamet was a teacher, himself, for “40-some years,” you have to wonder if this was some kind of confession.
Read more about this and watch the video on Crooks and Liars.
He’s long been known as a “man’s man” kind of writer, and the dialogue in his plays tends to feature strutting characters who deliver carloads of profanity while they express their inner rage. And he’s known for his rhythm of clipped speech in a kind of poetic meter of pauses and stammers.
Politically, he’s been tipped to the Right for the entire time I’ve known of him, going back to the 80s, to be honest. “Speed the Plow” and “Oleanna” are both choice examples of his political thinking getting overtly into his plays.
In the latter 2000s, he openly turned to the GOP, and in the latter 2010s, he fully embraced the viciousness of the Pence White House and its childish former spokesman. This transition has sadly been seen in multiple public figures, ranging from actors Ron Silver and Adam Baldwin, comedian Dennis Miller and many others, where they went from being fairly reasonable people to jumping completely off the deep end. And with the advent of the Pence White House and its open bigotry, many previously quiet Right Wingers felt more than emboldened to practice their anger and hatred in public. (This is why I’ve never bought the canard about the “shy” Trump voter – these guys are anything but shy about how they want to bully everyone else.)
Mamet’s latest unfortunate comments are just repeating the drivel of the current angry Right Wing propaganda. So of course he’s repeating the Qanon pedophile nonsense, and he’s repeating lies about the “stolen election” rather than admitting that Donald Trump is a loser. It’s frankly depressing to see him making vicious comments like these, but it’s not unexpected.
BTW – if any of our friends has not seen the filmed version of Glengarry Glen Ross, it is an essential watch. Pacino, Spacey, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Jonathan Pryce, Ed Harris and the wonderful Jack Lemmon in the best dramatic performance of his career. Gruelling, but impeccable.