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Kinky Boots

Posted by V the K at 12:41 pm - March 15, 2018.
Filed under: Free (or Private) Enterprise

A 13 year old movie that (maybe inadvertently) celebrates the Free Market in the context of gender dysphoria.

The story begins with the sad closing of a family-owned shoe factory in northern UK. The factory’s product just can’t compete with cheaper imports. One by one, loyal long-term employees are laid off. By chance, the young man inheriting the factory meets a drag queen, who in passing complains that the women’s shoes he wears keep breaking under his weight. No one has bothered serving this market, which would require making risqué shoes in women’s styles but men’s sizes.

It seems like a good opportunity, but can traditional blue-collar factory workers be persuaded to work with, and for, drag queen customers? As though moved by Adam Smith’s invisible hand, everyone learns to get along in the name of getting on with business.
Unlikely as this scenario may seem, it’s based on the true story of WJ Brooks & Co., a UK shoe manufacturing company founded in 1889, but which floundered in the 1990s under competition from imports, until it discovered and began manufacturing to serve the transgender market.

This is a decidedly upbeat comedy with strong social tolerance and pro-entrepreneurial themes. Happily, it was made in 2005, before social justice warriors started demanding separate bathrooms for transgenders, individualized pronouns, etc., so it’s not about anyone forcing anything on anyone else, just about learning to peaceably tolerate each other.

Ah, yes… the Good Old Days when the left claimed all they wanted was tolerance. Before they came to power and demanded absolute submission. It’s why I don’t trust any leftist who says “Nobody wants to confiscate your guns.”

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9 Comments

  1. “Nobody wants to confiscate your guns.”

    Translation: we just want to make sure they aren’t used for any antisocial activities (such as killing schoolkids—or prairie dogs). To that end, we will convince you to allow us to store them for safekeeping.

    Comment by RSG — March 15, 2018 @ 1:12 pm - March 15, 2018

  2. Indeed. But, there is hope remaining. When the property is recycled (as it must due to the lack of actual talent these days) all the good will be replaced with a chorus-line of social justice material. It will be horrible – but all so ‘correct’.

    Comment by Dav — March 15, 2018 @ 1:16 pm - March 15, 2018

  3. I Netflix’ed the DVD years back when they were still a postal delivery service. KB was actually a pretty good film, at least in 2005 terms.

    The property has already been recycled — it’s been running as a live show on or near Broadway for a couple of years now. I’ve had family tell me that the production is quite good, although obviously it had to be SJW’d up enough so that the theater wouldn’t be burned down. Frankly I think that Mr. Fierstein, who “wrote the book of the musical”, is actually a closeted Conservative.

    Comment by Sathar — March 15, 2018 @ 2:32 pm - March 15, 2018

  4. It was never Adam Smith’s invisible hand but Weinstein’s seen by all grope

    Comment by Steve — March 15, 2018 @ 8:51 pm - March 15, 2018

  5. that Mr. Fierstein, who “wrote the book of the musical”, is actually a closeted Conservative.

    a liberal from 20years ago is a conservative today without changing any positions.

    I am still on the Move On mailing list

    Comment by Steve — March 15, 2018 @ 9:08 pm - March 15, 2018

  6. The musical version is pretty good…Cyndi Lauderdale wrote the music, which I liked. It is, as was pointed out, SJW’d up…but not so much as to be unlikeable.

    Comment by TADFORD — March 16, 2018 @ 12:46 am - March 16, 2018

  7. @5

    Pretty much.

    Comment by Cyril J. — March 16, 2018 @ 5:50 pm - March 16, 2018

  8. @5 @7

    a liberal from 20years ago is a conservative today without changing any positions

    Which, indeed, tells you everything to know where we’re at, in 2018.

    Comment by Cyril J. — March 16, 2018 @ 5:53 pm - March 16, 2018

  9. Jenn-durr is a sexist homophobic slur.

    Comment by Matthew — March 20, 2018 @ 2:38 pm - March 20, 2018

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