New York Post film critic Kyle Smith (full disclosure: we’ve been friendly for nearly a decade) trolled the entire Internet Wednesday with an explainer column titled “Women are not capable of understanding ‘Goodfellas'”
Smith’s point boils down, not so much to the film itself, but to the film’s non-stop ball-busting, and how women just don’t understand the appeal of men sitting around breaking each other’s balls:
The wiseguys never have to work (the three friends never exert themselves except occasionally to do something fun, like steal a tractor-trailer truck), which frees them up to spend the days and nights doing what guys love above all else: sitting around with the gang, busting each other’s balls.
Ball-busting means cheerfully insulting one another, preferably in the presence of lots of drinks and cigars and card games. (The “GoodFellas” guys are always at the card table, just as the Rat Pack were, while the “Entourage” guys love video games.) Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs. In the male fantasy, all of this is unforgivable — too serious, too boring. Deal another hand, pour another drink.
The left-wing blogosphere immediately freaked; or, took Smith’s bait.
But in doing so, they only served to prove Smith’s point.
Smith’s entire column is an obvious act of ball-busting. It’s satire. It’s fun. He’s breaking balls. And those clutching their pearls and gasping “Well, I never!” over it only prove Smith’s point.
They don’t get ball-busting. They don’t like having their balls busted. They can’t even tell when someone is engaging in the fine, manly art of breaking balls.
And then re-read this portion of Smith’s genius column…
Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs.
…which is really a Rorschach Test, and you’ll see that these prudes (male and female) failed miserably.
Kyle’s just breaking your balls, morons.
Let go of your pearls and kindly step away from the ice pick.
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