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Movie Review: I am Not an Easy Man – Subtle French Success

This is Philip Wyeth. I just watched a French movie on Netflix called I am Not an Easy Man. The plot involves a male chauvinist with many sexual conquests who, after getting knocked out, wakes up in an alternate Paris where women have all the dominant roles. Men in turn are the prey, and receive less respect while they deal with aggressive bosses, or bake cupcakes while their wives and daughters watch sports on TV.

Overall I think it’s very well done, and fair. It follows the rom-com trajectory, which helps move things forward, so it’s not just plain role reversal for its own sake. The cast inhabits their roles effectively as well—neither overplaying it or struggling to sell the inversion.

The movie also doesn’t throw too many punches, so it’s not lopsided for or against either sex. There are even some moments which made me aware of and sympathize with the maintenance and wardrobe hassles women endure, in order to get all those free drinks and compliments that men might resent.

“I am Not an Easy Man” is playful about stereotypes and traditional gender roles as well, being nonjudgmental and more matter-of-fact about the dances men and women do in real life.
There were some very clever flavors, like which hands win in a poker game, as well as the parallel version of what’s considered sexy body grooming.

I can’t overemphasize that even a light, silly movie like this would be botched in America—which leads me to the creeping suspicion that so much of what we’re told about how great life here is, might be—if not a lie—instead a sales pitch to keep us asleep, complacent, and not realize that we’re being shortchanged in life.

European movies in general give me the sense that we’re repressed, fragmented, not fully developed in our worldview. This film, being French, has a zesty flourish that an American production would not.

Whereas Hollywood is about the spectacle, or the political agenda—here we have many more subtleties, which in turn shows more respect for people. We as the audience are human beings meant to reflect on what we’ve watched—not simply be indoctrinated.

The rom-com foil of disaster striking right when you think they’re about to get together was really fun—seeing the woman get her apartment trashed by an upset lover was refreshing after seeing hundreds of Billy Madison types screwing up over the years.

They also resolved the question of how to restore the real world with a very clever twist. Final verdict, I’d give it 3.5 to 4 out of 5. The movie was thoughtful, but not too heavy-handed or weighed down by moralizing. A nice balance of fluff and observation as two people with many conquests go toe to toe—all with the artistic ambiguity you’d expect from the French.

Now, without spoiling the ending for you, I’ll just say that the scenery itself is in stark contrast to before, where everything was clean and brightly lit, like all bubbly rom-coms. The location here at the end is more like what a city street really looks like: a bit bleak, confusing, and agitated.

I feel like we’re being asked: what will we choose to do to find peace, balance, and understanding, in this militant battle of the sexes? Is there any warmth to be found in the spaces between all the talking points we hurl back and forth at each other?

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Video was originally uploaded on May 17, 2018.

Even Ramen Noodle Soup is Now Politically Correct

TRANSCRIPT:

This is Philip Wyeth. I decided let’s have a little bit of fun today. My last couple of videos got in pretty deep, a little, a little more serious, little heavier than I was expecting this channel to get, at least right off the bat.

So something came to my attention which pretty much blew my mind. I can’t believe it actually happened. It’s something that I had thought in one of my crazy dystopian ideas might happen there. But no, it happened in real life and, you know, I want to keep this video light. You may hear various noises from around the building, just gonna let it roll tonight.

First, I got a can of Point the Way IPA by Golden Road, I think I’ll crack that one open. Yeah! So… mmm… that is good… Now I know why John from MGTOW is Freedom and Society for Men’s Freedom drinks alcohol on the air. It is, it is damn tasty.

So anyway, today’s issue–you can hear the packaging here, this is soup. This is ramen soup. Now, I normally eat very clean I lost forty pounds over an eight month period, so not too much ramen noodle soup in my life. But it’s good to keep handy, it’s good to keep handy for when you’re hungover or guests are over, whatever. It’s just something to have.

So when I picked up, you know, my flavor, the one that I like is the original, the blue packaging, which forever is called Oriental. Well now, the packaging, and you’ll see the picture accompanying this video, it’s called “soy sauce flavor.” And below it it says, “same oriental flavor.” So Top Ramen has basically caved to political correctness and they are phasing out the word Oriental in favor of soy sauce.

So, you know, it’s outrageous, it’s hilarious but it’s not shocking considering how people on the Left, their priorities are so messed up that… They’re gonna like chip away, it’s like they’re carving away at a statue thinking that’s gonna solve the world. Chip, chip here. Chip, chip there.

Meanwhile our country is just buried under homelessness, everybody’s broke, desperate for money, inflation, more wars, you name it. We’re getting all kinds of trouble, but you know, these little victories, that’s what matters.

So the soup is no longer gonna be Oriental. I’m may actually save this packaging because the word Oriental is printed on it right now, but I highly doubt that it will be, starting say, six months or a year from now.

So, but, here’s… Two things came to mind—let me set this down so I stop crinkling—but two things came to mind. One is this some sort of glorious coincidence where everybody is—everybody on the right, everybody right of center—is mocking people on the Left.

The soy boys, it’s the infestation of soy, and now here to bow to political correctness, Nissin, Top Ramen, has actually replaced Oriental with soy—and yes, soy sauce is actually something used in their culture’s food, so it’s not completely unprecedented or outrageous. But at the same time, they could have chosen any number of words or flavors. I mean, just “original” is fine or whatever, you know, fake meat—what is, what is this?

I mean, this is bad news when you look at the ingredients list, so you know, for the, for the sauce or whatever, I mean there’s… Oh my god, we got, okay maltodextrin salt, wheat, soybean. And then we got caramel color, dried leek flake–oh, garlic powder, hydrolyzed corn and soy protein. There you go, so it’s that soy protein, very important stuff.

But you know the last thing I was thinking about is, you know, if we’re going to be getting rid of words, you know, Oriental still plays a part in your life. Like, rugs. Oriental rugs. So now when you’re going shopping it’s like, do you want to get an Afghan rug? No, you want to get a soy sauce rug!

So, that would probably come in blue, like the packaging here. So, I think what I’m gonna do right now actually, I’m gonna stop this recording for a moment, jump online and see if I can gather any more information about this whole Oriental to soy sauce change, and see if I’m onto something. I’m gonna resume this in just a second.

Okay, I’m back and I’ve got it! Did some Googling, first thing I found Huffington Post, “Ramen is Racist” from 2011. Anneli Rufus, who if you look her up, pretty insufferable journalist. The best line in the whole article, and the way they write this crap on Huffington Post is just…

“Ramen is racist. Ok, not the noodles themselves. Not the stretchy, slurpy stuff that blabbity blabbity blah…” And then she says, “It’s not racist in substance but in context—if you go back far enough.” Just like, these chatty idiots on the Left… I just… they’re impossible to deal with.

All right, I’m leaving that tab. Next one, 2016 “Chrissy Teigen says she’s not offended by the term Oriental but maybe she should be.” So here we have a couple of tweets of hers. “I really really really clearly am NOT a PC type of gal but I’m a little weirded out at the Oriental dressing option on my flight.”

All right, and then: “Do I think saying Oriental isn’t appropriate? Yes, laughable and ignorant. Am I offended when I hear it? No.” Anyway, so then the article goes on, does some chatty stuff. Actually shows a picture of Top Ramen Oriental flavor and then the person in his Instagram asks—fantasianbaby—“What is even ‘Oriental’ flavor?” And then some hashtag stuff.

But moving along, starting to get to the heart of the matter, here’s some puff piece from 2017. “Top Ramen is Changing Its Recipe to be Healthier.” So that’s, under the guise of being healthier, that’s why they’re phasing out the politically incorrect name.

So here we got, let’s see, “the company has cut sodium by an average of fifteen percent across all varieties, removed all artificial flavors, and removed added MSG (though Nissin does include the reminder that Top Ramen still contains small amounts of naturally occurring glutamates).

So this one scrolls down, “beyond the recipe change Nissin is also announced it’s freshening up Top Ramen’s iconic packaging. Don’t worry, the colors aren’t going anywhere—blah blah blah—and the color coding system isn’t changing, shrimp is still pink, and Oriental is still blue (though now it’s called Soy Sauce).” So that’s that article on foodandwine.com.

And then last we have on the actual Nissin Foods website, “Nissin Foods Top Ramen Finds Noodle Zen with Updated Recipe.” It’s like, man, people actually write that for a living. Somebody actually is paying for their mortgage and their bills, by writing a press release for Nissin soup. How sad is that?

So reading this article, “Nissin is responding to consumer demand for reduced sodium, fewer artificial ingredients by updating its entire product line, to remove added MSG, artificial flavors, reduce sodium content. By focusing on what is truly important to the brand—delicious noodles—Top Ramen is improving its nutritional profile while maintaining the great taste fans love, all at the same affordable price.” Wow, that’s your life.

That’s what you do for a living. And so I’ve got a guy named Gary Lai talking about it—we got quotes, this is very important to have quotes in your press release. Then we’ve got bullet points about the sodium, MSG, and artificial flavors. And then, here’s the the home run right here.

“To accompany the recipe update, Top Ramen is also unveiling new modernized product packaging, additionally in response to consumer demand, for vegetarian options on the shelf, the bold new packaging now calls out the two vegetarian flavors. Soy Sauce—formerly called Oriental—and Chili directly, so that they are more easily identified.

But I will say that I did find a page here on Amazon, Nissin Top Ramen soup, Oriental, 3 ounce package of 24. Looks like the old packaging, I don’t know if you order it if you’ll still get that, if that might be rotten or vintage, but you know, maybe maybe I’ll place an order, let you guys know how I feel about it.

Thanks for listening. More serious videos to come. More social commentary to come, and you can always check out my books on Amazon. Reparations USA, Reparations Mind. Help support this independent author, and I promise to continue making great videos, ridiculous monologues, and just staying current as we lead up to the 2018 midterm elections. Thanks for listening.

(This transcript was first automatically generated by YouTube. I then went in and made corrections, as well as cleaned it up as best as I could.)

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Video was originally uploaded on May 15, 2018.